November 2019 Volume LIV Number 6


All Things AAPD 2019

May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3

D4C Dental Brands Tech Bar is Back
Returning by popular demand, the Tech Bar provides an opportunity to get help with your online reputation, learn how to utilize productivity apps, attend a Tech Session and MORE!
Be sure to visit the Tech Bar in the Exhibit Hall and get a latte at the D4C/Smiles for Life booth – 1514.
Sponsored by D4C Dental Brands/Smiles For Life Network
Exhibit Breaks
Maximize your 20 minute session breaks in the Exhibit Hall with nearly 200 exhibitors!
AAPD 2019 Mentor Program
The AAPD Mentor Program has officially become a staple at Annual Session. Residents, new dentist and sea- soned professionals are all invited to participate back in AAPD’s hometown, Chicago.
The Headshot Lounge
New this year at AAPD 2019, The Headshot Lounge will be available in Salon B all weekend. Not only is this a quick way to get an updated headshot, but it is a free member benefit! The headshots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To access your photo, a link will be sent via email after the conference is over and you can download your image then. Stop by Salon B, Booth 1917, Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., to take advantage of this member benefit you won’t want to miss!
Wristbands for the Welcome Reception
Interested in going to the Welcome Reception at the Museum of Science and Industry, but didn’t have time to go to registration? Or, are you looking to purchase a Welcome Reception ticket? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Stop by the 8th Street Registration at the Hilton Chicago located on lobby level on Friday, May 24, until 7 p.m., to pick up your wristbands. You must have your wristband in order to board the bus to the Welcome Reception.
*Misplaced/lost wristbands must be re-purchased.
What Does your AAPD 2019 Schedule Look Like?
Did you know that you can create your own personalized sched- ule on the AAPD 2019 app and Online Itinerary Planner? The ac- counts are both linked, so you can favorite sessions and events that you want to attend.
Preconference Course
Speak Up for Patient Health: Critical Conversations on Controversial Issues
8:30 AM – 4:15   M
Hilton Chicago – International Ballroom North, 2nd Floor
Robin Wright, Ph.D., Karen Bernstein, Scott B. Schwartz, D.D.S.,
M.P.H., Sharon Parsons, Cora Breuner, M.D., M.P.H., Scott Herbert, J.D.
CE: 6.75
"The topic is important, but I don’t know what to say!" Pediat- ric dental professionals find it challenging to talk with parents and patients (especially adolescents) about a host of medical conditions and lifestyle choices related to oral health. This interactive session offers practical advice from top content experts on how to hold ef- fective conversations on such difficult topics as overweight/obesity, eating disorders, substance use, transgender issues, sexual practices, pregnancy and STDs. It tells how to break bad news in the face of unexpected treatment results – and mistakes. The session will boost communication skills and confidence for pediatric dentists and team members when addressing topics that might make parents and adolescent patients feel embarrassed, upset, judged negatively or unwilling to return to your practice.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Assess parent and adolescent perceptions of the discussion of tough general health topics
  • Start a conversation about a difficult topic
  • Offer emotional and decision support
  • Build relationships of credibility and trust
  • Effectively address the topics of obesity, diet issues, eating disorders, substance use, transgender issues, sexual practices and their outcomes
  • Develop team member skill and confidence in difficult conversations
  • Use motivational interviewing techniques to facilitate conversa- tions with parents or adolescent patients
  • Break bad news in oral health settings
  • Recognize the legal ramifications of providing interventions on tough issues
Opening Ceremony & Keynote Address
Don’t miss a special performance by the Blue Man Group during this year’s Keynote and Opening Ceremony! We will kick off AAPD 2019 with an epic performance you will want to experience! Blue Man Group is a global entertainment phenomenon, known for its award-winning theatrical performances, iconic characters and creative explorations. So grab your poncho and join us for an unforgettable start to AAPD 2019!
Nicole Malachowski, USAF, Ret
7:30 – 9 AM
International Ballroom, 2nd Floor
The first woman to become a pilot in the Elite Air Force Thunderbird Aerial, accumulating over 2,300 flight hours, 188 of which were in com- bat and Commander of an Air Force squadron are just a few of the hats that Nicole Malachowski has worn. Nicole has faced the unexpected throughout her entire life and career and shares her inspiring stories to help audiences harness their inner determination and drive.
A 21-year U.S. Air Force Veteran Colonel, Nicole has forged a path through the various changes in her life that has helped her overcome significant adversity. After graduating from the Air Force Academy, she began her adventure as one of the first women to fly a modern fighter aircraft. From there, she had been personally selected by the First Lady to advise on all matters pertaining to military service members, veter- ans and military families. When an illness left Nicole unable to safely walk or speak intelligibly and ended her military career, she still came out on top and uses her story as an opportunity to educate others.Hers is an inspiring story of the power of determination and the drive of a truly indomitable spirit. She will share her unique story and how all of us can harness the power of the headwinds in our lives. The lessons she learned can benefit you, your teams, and your organization.

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