The Board of Directors, American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Professional Education Committee met October 12-15 in Nashville, TN to put in a lot of hard work on behalf of our members.
The Professional Education Committee met Saturday and Sunday and made great progress. They put some finishing touches on the 2019 program, which is going to shake things up a bit. Attendees are still going to get exceptional education in the classroom from amazing educators like Stephen Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT and Pascal Magne, DMD, PhD, and then they can get their hands on oral scanners and other digital technologies in the Splash Zone and take polishing systems for a test drive in Contour Cove. And there’s going to be a bit of excitement at lunch too, as your AACD colleagues and professional heroes take to the catwalk modeling the latest uniform fashions. The committee also continued programming the 2020 scientific session in Orlando. They’re exploring some new ideas that are exciting to even a seasoned member like myself. Stay tuned for more details. Also, if you have any ideas of companies that would benefit members, let us know so we can invite them to the exhibit.
Other items of business including approving the Academy and Charitable Foundation budgets. The boards also discussed potential changes to AACD bylaws and approved updates to AACD Campaign Policies and Member Meeting Protocol. These topics might not seem exciting, but budgets, bylaws and policies are the nuts and bolts of the Academy. It’s encouraging to see a group of people so passionate about the AACD dedicate their time and attention to these important matters. The charge of the board also includes setting strategy for the Academy. To that end, board members reviewed trends shaping the future of dental practices, recent advancements in dental technologies and retirement patterns and discussed how the AACD can help its members navigate these trends, advancements and patterns. We had good respectful discussions and made some positive decisions to keep our Academy, and its members, moving toward continued success.
While we were in Nashville, board members were also giving back to the Academy by recording educational content for the AACD Virtual Campus. These new courses will be available this winter and are the first of many more to come as we overhaul AACD’s online education platform.
As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to thank all my fellow volunteer leaders for their time and talents. I also wanted to encourage passionate AACD members to apply for committee and board positions. The Academy is really the people it’s made up of – the membership at large and the individuals that step forward to steer the ship. Applications are due November 30, 2018. If you’re considering leadership but have questions, I’d be happy to talk with you.
To wrap things up, I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the months to come and, of course, to seeing my fellow AACD members in San Diego this spring!
J.A. Reynolds, DDS, AAACD