November 2019 Volume LIV Number 6

 
 
 
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A Message from Your President

July 2019 Volume LIV Number 4

An Overview of the Year Ahead for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
 
For those of you that were able to attend the Annual AAPD meeting in Chicago, I hope you enjoyed the continuing education, events and all the city had to offer. What a fabulous city for Dr. Castellano to have his President’s Dinner in celebration of a year well done as president of the American Academy  of Pediatric Dentistry. I want to thank Dr. Jade Miller, Dr. Jim Nickman and Dr. Joe Castellano, the standing AAPD presidents since my year of coming onto the AAPD executive board. All of these distinguished colleagues have been excellent role models for me to follow. This past year Joe has included me on correspondences so that I would be aware of the status of ongoing projects, preparing me to readily step in as president.
 
I want you all to know that it is an extreme honor and privi- lege to serve as your president. As a practicing pediatric dentist, an academician and a researcher, I hope my experience will offer
assistance in my approach to looking at issues, both current and yet to come. There is a wonderful executive board, board of trustees, CEO, COO, volunteer members and extensive AAPD staff to rep- resent you as pediatric dentists in your efforts to achieve the mission of seeing that all children have a Dental Home to receive optimal oral health.
 
First and foremost, we seek to optimize membership services, as you members make up AAPD. AAPD is here to serve you! Please contact your district trustee or the central office should you have any questions. There are numerous resources available to you, should you need current policy advice, or if you are going to be a guest speaker and need more specific information for your presentation. The Policy Center has a plethora of information and the Reference Manual with written Policies and Best Practices is avail- able online, as well as in a printed version. We intend to continue our efforts in safety, knowing safety in every aspect of children’s care is critical. You can all look forward to the Safety Symposium to be held Nov. 8-10, 2019, right here in Chicago. The Safety Symposium will be all encompassing; including the evolution in medicine and what we can learn from it, safety in sedation, from pre-operative evaluation to medical emergency readiness, cyber safety to protect electronic information, infection control, materials and device safety and adapting an office or institution to safety. This course will provide information you can take home and use.
 
Efforts in child advocacy will continue, through collaborating with AAPD Chapter Leadership and having the annual Pediatric Oral Health Advocacy Conference (aka Lobby Days), in Washing- ton D.C. With ever changing private and public insurance, AAPD will advocate for what is best for children, through policy and lob- bying efforts. The AAPD Research and Policy Center is continually updating information and making it readily available to you as members, and the public-at-large.
 
Membership is critical to our organization to pursue our vision of optimal oral health for all children. We will pursue membership in all categories of our membership categories including pre-doc- toral and postdoctoral  students, Allied membership, International membership, Associate membership, Affiliate membership and, of course membership of all actively practicing pediatric dentists. With our vision of optimal oral health for all children, we need active partners to achieve this goal. Student membership cultivates the awareness of pediatric oral health needs, which will hopefully continue upon graduation. Allied and Associate membership can enhance oral health care awareness at other professional levels, increasing referral for appropriate care. Friend memberships again helps spread the word on the oral health care needs of children, including those with special health care needs. International members are so important because oral health is a global issue. The more we can help each other, the better off children can be. Affiliate membership is critical, as general dentists treat many children, par- ticularly in rural areas, and AAPD is the primary source of quality continuing education for all members, as well as making our Policies and Best Practices available so that all dentist treating children can perform care with the highest level of awareness to evidence-based oral care.
 
Providing quality continuing education is an important service offered through AAPD. In addition to the Safety Sympo- sium already mentioned, you will find the NEW Comprehensive Review: Advances in Pediatric Dentistry Course, designed for the practicing pediatric dentist. This course will be held in the historic Montreal, Canada, and will surely be an excellent venue. This fall the course Safe and Effective Sedation for the Pediatric Dental Patient will take place in Atlanta, and offer you a comprehensive sedation review in accordance with the updated AAPD-AAP joint sedation guidelines and, for those preparing to take the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Oral Clinical Examination, the Oral Clinical Exam Review Course will be available this fall in Montreal. Of course, it is never too early to put next year’s Annual Meeting in Nashville, on your calendar over the Memorial Day weekend. Excellent continuing education on a multitude of topics is always available!
 
AAPD will work with state and district constituents to optimize collaboration, we will work hand-in-hand with other organizations to improve the oral health of children including, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the College of Diplomates, the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry, the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
 
Finally, I thank the numerous members that actively participate in local, state, regional and national organized dentistry; your efforts do not go unrecognized! I look forward to working with you all over the next year to continue to maintain AAPD as the leader in children’s oral health.

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