March 2019 Volume LIV Number 2

 
 
 
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AAPD Predoctoral Spotlight

March 2019 Volume LIV Number 2

 The Student Chapter of the AAPD at the Ohio State University
 
The Student Chapter of the AAPD at the Ohio State University was officially established on Oct. 31, 2018. We developed the chapter constitution; installed our executive officers including president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer; and established other positions including director of member eEducation, stu- dent group liaison, and public relations chair.
 
We also registered with the University to be recognized as an official student organization, which would give us access to the university resources and some funding. As part of the reg- istration process, our president, secretary and faculty advisor completed required University training. Next, we obtained a tax ID number and opened a bank account.
 
November was a busy month. In order to advertise our newly formed organization, we hosted our first lunch-and-learn. The catered luncheon was made possible by the generous support of Lavash Café, a local favorite. At the event, we introduced the executive officers and pediatric dental faculty, announced future exciting projects, and gave information on how to become a member. We had 79 students in attendance and so far, 31 dental students have officially paid the dues and joined the chapter. We are very excited to see such interest in the promotion and education of pediatric dental health!
 
Also in November, our president met with the Columbus Dental Society board of direc- tors in order to introduce the group and ask for sponsorship for the upcoming year. After listen- ing to proposed community outreach projects, the Columbus Dental Society pledged $1,000 for 2019 projects plus additional support for the next two years! We are very grateful for their generosity. We also completed a successful application for programming funds through the University for the upcoming lunch-and-learns.
 
To start off the new semester of 2019, a members’ luncheon was held on Jan.14, in order to meet with the new members and in- troduce upcoming projects and events. We also had a pediatric dental resident from OSU/ Nationwide Children’s Hospital give a pre- sentation to our members on how to provide pediatric-focused nutritional counseling.
 
Last but not least, some upcoming events will include a monthly pediatric dentist speaker series beginning in February, and community outreach projects in collaboration with organizations such as the Columbus Ronald McDonald House, Special Smiles, and local refugee centers. 2019 looks very promising for the promotion and appreciation of pediatric dentistry in Columbus, Ohio!
 

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