May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3

 
 
 
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Affiliate Corner

March 2019 Volume LIV Number 2

Greetings Affiliate Members!
by AAPD President Joe Castellano, D.D.S.
 
I am honored to have been asked by the good Dr. Kerry Ma- guire to write a little piece for the Affiliate Corner.
 
First and foremost, let me thank each of you for being an Af- filiate Member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)! We are truly proud that you have chosen to be a part of this great organization.
 
In my president’s message in this issue, I told my story about finding my passion as a pediatric dentist after practicing as a general dentist (GD) for ten years. I became more and more pas- sionate about treating children and eventually returned to school to specialize. During my ten years as a GD, however, I would quite often search for continuing education in pediatric dentistry to help me better meet the needs of the children in my practice.  It was a little challenging back then, to say the least. Fortunately, during that same time, it was becoming increasingly evident to the Academy leadership that there was a genuine need to provide mentorship and good, comprehensive CE to GD’s. The Academy began making our specialty organization and its resources more available to the GD’s, thus providing them a means to obtain the high-quality CE they desired.
 
The Academy continues to focus on the GD, your needs, and how you can best be served. The AAPD has an Affiliate Trustee, Dr. Kerry Maguire, that sits on our board of trustees and provides input from the GD’s prospective on various issues. Several years ago, the Academy created the Taskforce on the General Dentist on which I, along with Dr. Maguire and others, were privileged to serve. It looked in depth at ways the AAPD could enhance the Affiliate Membership and improve the Affiliate Member’s experience. As a result, we have now developed more CE courses tailored to the GD and have added Affiliate Members to vari-  ous AAPD councils and committees. We have also created an Affiliate Member leadership structure through which our Affiliate Members can better communicate amongst themselves, while helping the AAPD better communicate with and serve its Affiliate Members.
 
Moving forward, AAPD will continue to make sure that your needs are met, the experiences you have are positive, and that you continue to see value in your Affiliate Membership. At the end of the day, we are all on the same team. We—pediatric dentists and general dentists alike—are in our offices, clinics and institutions daily educating, treating and advocating for the children we serve. The AAPD’s Vision is: Optimal oral health for all children. Working together, we will make this vision a reality.
 
I look forward to seeing you in Chicago for the AAPD 2019!
 
 

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