November 2021 Volume LVI Number 6

 
 
 
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A Message from Your President

November 2021 Volume LVI Number 6

 All of us are tired of this pandemic. For a year and a half we have planned to go to a meeting, a concert, or a ballgame, just to have it cancelled. We are so ready to get together with family, friends and colleagues, to be with each other "in person" where we can shake hands, hug, sit beside each other and just hang out.
 
Well, the time is coming—AAPD is busy planning for our next annual session, in person, in San Diego. It is go- ing to be a tremendous meeting! Please save May 26-29, 2022, for our big "back together" meeting.
 
But in the meantime, how do we share ideas, get to know our colleagues and get our continuing education? The AAPD has lots of ways for you to stay involved in pediatric dentistry. Let’s start with our website. There is so much information there about what is happening at headquarters, in our districts and in our states. Just get on AAPD.org and explore. Whether you want to learn more about our Foundation, volunteer for a committee, review the practice checklist, read archived journals, look for a new associate, check clinical practice recom- mendations, research legislative issues or order some pamphlets, it’s all on our website.
 
The Education Passport is full of CE courses. You can find everything from past annual session courses and live symposiums to content that was developed for on-line learning. Sometimes the courses weren’t at convenient times, but now you can watch them when it is best for you. This is a great way to stay current with all areas of pediatric dentistry.
 
A fun way to connect to other members are the Shared Interest Groups on Little Teeth Chat. "LTC" is our online community. Just log in and start reading, learning and sharing. Visit one or visit all – there’s sure to be some- thing on LTC that interests you.
 
Our website is such a great resource! Log in and see what is happening in our world.
 
And you can keep on learning even when you can’t be at your computer. There is always time to listen to pod- casts! Commuting to work, working out, walking the dog—these are all times when we can listen to a quick podcast. The AAPD is so fortunate to have Dr. Joel Berg as our host. As a former AAPD president, former Dean of UW, and a leading consultant in the dental industry, he knows the right questions to ask of the guests. The topics on Pedo Teeth Talk range from bioethics to mental health to conscious sedation to behavior manage- ment. The podcasts are about 30 minutes long and are very informative. For our residents and early career dentists, the Newly Erupted podcasts showcase contemporary topics picked by residents. Subscribe to both to learn new ideas to help both professionally and personally.
 

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