On January 5, Dr. DeWayne McCamish concluded his leadership and executive duties with the AAO by offering to match (up to his legal limit of $5,000) member donations to the AAO’s Political Action Committee (AAOPAC). Dr. McCamish was the 2016-17 president of the AAO and served as interim executive director for the last eight months of 2017.

U.S. members were advised of Dr. McCamish’s Match offer via an email message, and many responded by the January 31 deadline. The Match offer raised a total of $33,234, including Dr. McCamish’s $5,000 contribution. 

“I very much appreciate the responses to my Match offer, which will help the orthodontic specialty with its federal efforts this year,” said Dr. McCamish. 

The AAO Political Action Committee (AAOPAC) was established in 1994 to assist the specialty of orthodontics with its presence in Washington, DC.  The AAOPAC is led by a Board of Directors that includes a representative of each AAO constituent organization.  The 2017-18 Board of Directors includes:
 
  • Dr. Kevin D. Horner, Chair (MSO)
  • Dr. Phillip J. Beckwith (COGA)
  • Dr. J. Richard Pfeffer (GLAO)
  • Dr. Massimo V. Verduci (MASO)
  • Dr. Philip M. Mansour (NESO)
  • Dr. Michael A. Feinberg (PCSO)
  • Dr. Morris L. Poole (RMSO)
  • Dr. Jennifer Edwards Butler (SAO)
  • Dr. Clark D. Colville (SWSO)
  • Dr. John D. Callahan (AAO Board Liaison)
For more information about the AAOPAC contact pac@aaortho.org.
 
Mar. 15, 2018

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Dr. Nahid Maleki, president of the AAO, recently contacted the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, advocating for student loan policy reforms as the committee prepares to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA).

A letter from Dr. Maleki to Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray (chairman and ranking member of the committee, respectively) outlines how young orthodontists are negatively impacted by current student loan policies. The letter explains that responses to a recent survey show the average debt for graduating orthodontists is more than $400,000, which impacts, among other things, where they practice and what opportunities they are able to pursue.
 
AAO policy principles for reauthorization, as listed in the letter, include:
 
Ensure access to graduate and professional education for students from all backgrounds.
Preserve protections for student borrowers with federal student aid.
Ease the burden of student loan debt, which negatively impacts graduates’ important life decisions and our overall economy.

AAO recommendations for updating the HEA include:
 
♦ Preserve the in-school interest subsidy for undergraduate borrowers (which makes it possible for undergraduates to defer interest while in school);

♦ Eliminate loan origination fees and reduce rates so the federal government does not profit off of students;

♦ Allow borrowers to refinance their undergraduate and graduate federal student loans whenever borrowing rates are reduced, just as with the home mortgage market;
 
♦ Allow federal borrowers in dental specialty residencies to defer loan payments, due to the fact that many do not receive stipends or salaries while in residency;
 
♦ Reject the House of Representatives PROSPER Act cap on annual and aggregate loan limits for such borrowers. The proposed cap is much less than the amount that many orthodontic residents need to borrow. Instead, preserve the Direct PLUS Loan Program for graduate students, under which graduates and parents currently can borrow federally-backed student loans up to the cost of attendance.

View the Complete Letter to the Senate Committee
 
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♦ The February 2018 Practice Management Bulletin offers in-depth perspective on the application of data generated by Gaidge to orthodontic practice, featuring input from Drs. Todd Bovenizer, Robert Bray, Greg Nalchajian, and Ryan VanLaecken.
View the Practice Management Bulletin Feature

♦ Watch the eBulletin for an upcoming AAO Business of Orthodontics Podcast with in-depth discussion of the use of annual aggregate key practice metrics compiled from more than 1,250 locations across the United States and Canada. The data, linked above, are now available to AAO members via a collaboration between Gaidge and the AAO.
Mar. 5, 2018

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More than 80 participants took part in the 2018 Leadership Development Conference last month in Scottsdale, Arizona. Attendees included component, constituent and council leaders, speakers and AAO trustees. Forty component (state) organizations and all eight constituents were represented. The conference was spearheaded by the AAO Component Support and Leadership Development Committee, chaired by Dr. Ken Dillehay, the AAO trustee representing the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. Dillehay joined other attendees in offering short, videotaped comments on the Leadership Development Conference and how it will help participants to better serve their organizations. Additional participants appearing in the video include:

♦ Dr. Jean Asmar, interim president, District of Columbia Society of Orthodontists
♦ Dr. Eric Barnes, secretary-treasurer, Illinois Society of Orthodontists;
♦ Dr. Allen Chance, director-at-large, Tennessee Association of Orthodontists;
♦ Dr. Myron Guymon, AAO trustee representing the Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists;
♦ Dr. Ali Husain, president- elect, Delaware;
♦ Dr. Anil Idiculla, chair of the AAO Council on Communications;
♦ Dr. Valerie Martone, secretary-treasurer, Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists;
♦ Dr. John Monticello, president-elect, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists;
♦ Dr. Suzanne Stock, president-elect of the Iowa Society of Orthodontists;
♦ Dr. Emily Willett, new/younger member asked to attend by the Nebraska Society of Orthodontists.

View the Leaders’ Comments Video

During the meeting, participants heard from expert speakers and discussed a range of topics including effective leadership, trends affecting the specialty, legal and administrative issues, diversity, state advocacy, the AAO Consumer Awareness Program, speaker management, parliamentary procedure and facilitating Board meetings.

Learn More and Access Presentations on Conference Topics

Between conferences, constituent and component leaders and other AAO volunteers are encouraged to use the new online Leadership Network. The network, which is available to all AAO members, is a centralized repository of many types of information and resources that the Component Support and Leadership Development Committee identified as being helpful to leaders and volunteers at all levels.
 
 
Mar. 5, 2018

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Before, during and after the 2018 Annual Session, enjoy Washington Nationals baseball and cultural events in the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C.’s rich cultural scene offers a wealth of opportunities for fans of the performing arts.

Go Out to the Ball Game
The Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team will have home games (vs. Philadelphia Phillies) on May 4, 5 and 6 during Annual Session. Registrants will have access to tickets at discounts of 17 to 20 percent, depending on the game.

To purchase discounted tickets, click here, then:
♦ Select your preferred game;
♦ Enter ORTHO18 in the Coupon Code box.

* If you are in Washington at any other time during the 2018 baseball season and wish to attend a Nationals home game, the coupon discount code will still apply.

Enjoy Riveting Theatrical and Ballet Performances
Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet (North American premiere, The Kennedy Center), May 2-May 6;

True West, by Sam Shepard (The Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center's Studio Theatre), April 26-May 13;

Rite of Spring,” an original adaptation of Igor Stravinsky's iconic 1913 ballet (the Dance Loft on 14), April 27 – May 11;

Iron and Coal. A world-premiere theatrical concert by acclaimed composer and performer Jeremy Schonfeld, based on the original concept album Iron & Coal by Jeremy Schonfeld. (The Music Center at Strathmore, May 3- May 4).

Immerse Yourself in the Sounds of the Capital City
Beethoven's Choral  Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, (The Kennedy Center), April 26;

Washington Bach Consort’s Performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, (the historic National Presbyterian Church, where many U.S. presidents have worshipped), April 29;

The Washington National Opera, The Barber of Seville, (The Kennedy Center), April 23 – May 19);

Joshua Redman Quartet (Blues Alley, Washington’s renowned jazz and supper club),  May 3 – May 6;

TAUK (funk, hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz band, at the 9:30 Club - named by Esquire as the best music venue in the United States), May 4.

The Temptations and the Four Tops, (MGM National Harbor), May 4;

The Washington National Opera, Candide, (The Kennedy Center), May 5-26;
 
Clarinetist David Shifrin and the Miro Quartet, performing quintets by Mozart and Brahms (International Student House of Washington DC), May 6;

Julia Bullock, soprano, and John Arida, piano (National Gallery of Art, May 6);

 ♦ Shanghai Quartet  and Alexander Fiterstein: String Quartet + Clarinet (JCC of Greater Washington), May 6.
 
 
 
Mar. 2, 2018

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Register now and join your colleagues for the wealth of exceptional learning experiences available at the 2018 Annual Session. Recent additions to the Doctors Scientific Program include:

♦ Dr. Olivier Albert Sorel of Rennes, France, speaking on, “Diagnosis, Prognosis and Control of Adult Orthodontic Treatments Focused on Taking into Account the Shape of the Teeth” and 
♦ Dr. Daniel Rinchuse of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, speaking on, “Learning from Success and Failure of Orthodontic Cases.”

Drs. Sorel and Rinchuse will be speaking on Tuesday, May 8.
Access the Complete Doctors Program Schedule
(Scroll down the linked page to view the schedule.)
 
“The best way to describe the specialty of orthodontics right now is that it is energized,” says Dr. Larry Wang, serving as 2018 Doctors Scientific Program co-chair along with Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung. “We wanted to tap into this energy and bring it to our nation's capital.

“Doctors Program lecturers will address everything from sleep apnea to customized appliances to accelerated orthodontics,” Dr. Wang continues. “We wanted our attendees to receive valuable pearls on the day-to-day challenges we face in our practices all across the globe.  We selected speakers who could present the very latest techniques and clinical protocols on the correction of Class II and III malocclusions, open bites and asymmetries, impacted teeth and TMD therapy, and much more. There is even a discussion on craniofacial patient discoveries on the International Space Station!" *

Lectures in the Doctors Scientific Program will include:
• Dr. James McNamara on early treatment of transverse problems;
• Dr. Terry Sellke on the future of remote monitoring of orthodontic treatment;
• Dr. Jeffrey Okeson on how orthodontists can help the TMD patient;
• Dr. David Sarver on esthetic smile design and case presentations;
• Dr. William Wilcko on long-term results of periodontally accelerated osteogenic orthodontic procedures;
• Dr. Chris Chang on gummy smile correction;
• Dr. Steven Jay Bowman on improving the predictability of clear aligners.

* In cooperation with the UCLA School of Dentistry and Dr. Kang Ting, an AAO member, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) advanced a study of osteoporosis and bone growth by taking 40 rodents to the International Space Station in June, to live in a microgravity environment. At Annual Session, Dr. Ting and Dr. Jin Hee Kwak will present, “Taking Craniofacial Patient Discoveries to the International Space Station.”

 
Mar. 2, 2018

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Network, Find Career Opportunities While at the 2018 Annual Session
Make contacts and gain insights helpful to your career planning process at the 2018 Annual Session, May 4-8 in Washington, D.C.  You will find unique opportunities at events that are partly or entirely for residents and younger members.

Register now for Annual Session (or, if you have registered, access your registration to reserve or purchase event tickets).

Career-Related Annual Session Events
Practice Transition Seminar, Friday, May 4 (Convention Center)
This all-day event includes breakfast, lunch and a cocktail reception sponsored by Ziegler Practice Transitions.  Residents’ ticket price is $60. Members in active practice pay $125.  Members who are approaching retirement and planning to sell their practices, and/or bring in partners or associates, will be in attendance. Presentations by expert consultants will include:
 
  • “Understanding Orthodontic Transitions: Value, Pitfalls and Associations” – Ken Alexander
  • “DSO Panel Discussion” – Representatives from dental service organizations will be joined by industry consultant Roger Hill
  • “Compensation Expectations during Career Transitions: Associates, Buyers and Sellers” – Doug Copple and Shannon Patterson
  • “C.A.D.E.T. (Coverage Agreements for Death/Disability/Displacement in Emergency Transitions” – Dr. Laurance Jerrold.
New Orthodontists and Residents Conference, Sunday, May 6, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Marriott Marquis)
During this free program hosted by the AAO Council on New and Younger Members, keynote speaker Andrew Tucker will present, “Planning Your Professional Future.” Mr. Tucker will address student loan debt, how to balance repayment with tax-advantaged savings, and determining when to prepay debt and when to save. Attendees will also learn the pros and cons of private student loan refinancing, balancing student loan debt with home and practice purchases, and strategies to control income taxes despite loan repayment. Following the keynote, attendees will break into roundtable discussions on various topics of interest to new orthodontists.
There is no fee for members attending this event, and no ticket/reservation requirement.

Orthodontic Career Fair, Sunday, May 6, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Marriott Marquis)
Network with employers who are hiring orthodontists and learn about opportunities with their organizations. There is no fee for members attending this event, and no ticket/reservation requirement.
 

Additional Events of Interest
 ● AAO Members/Leaders Roundtable​ (formerly the Member Town Hall), Saturday, May 5, 12 noon – 1 p.m. 
Representatives of the Board of Trustees and the Council on New and Younger Members will be available to discuss issues of interest in a new, round-table for format ideal for direct interaction. The event will be easy to access due to its location in the Exhibit Hall café. The event is open to all members with no registration or ticket required.

Orthodontic Residents Reception, Sunday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Lucky Strike)
Enjoy relaxing with your friends in the unique Lucky Strike atmosphere featuring chef-driven food and drink, and bowling.

There is no fee for student (resident) members attending this event, but a ticket is required and should be reserved in advance via registration. Guest tickets (required) are available for $35. Sponsored by American Orthodontics.

Risk Management for Residents and New Orthodontists, Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Convention Center)
During this free program sponsored by the AAO Insurance Company, learn from claims experts how to avoid malpractice risks specific to the new orthodontist. No ticket or advance registration required.

Younger active (in practice) members who attend the above session or the Saturday morning lecture, “Risk Management for Orthodontists,” will receive a 10 percent premium discount on AAOIC professional liability insurance. Simply complete the certificate provided at the event, return it to the program speaker, and the underwriting department will apply the credit.  If your premium for the year has already been paid, your credit will be applied to your next two years’ coverage.  If you have not renewed your policy for the year, the premium discount will appear as a credit on your upcoming renewal notice.

If you are a graduating resident and purchase AAOIC insurance upon entering practice, you will also be eligible for the premium discount based on having attended an Annual Session risk management program.


View the complete Annual Session Events Schedule
 
 
Feb. 27, 2018

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The 2018 Annual Session Planning Committee “knew no meeting would be complete without tackling the issues of practice management in today's economic environment,” says Dr. Larry Wang, Doctors Scientific Program co-chair with Dr. Chun-Hsi Chung. “For the first time, a special program has been put together to look at best practices for consultation techniques, employee motivation, HR management and social media marketing.”

The Business of Orthodontics LIVE! series will feature two three-lecture sessions on Monday, May 7. At the conclusion of each half-day, the lecturers will be part of Q and A panels open to all lecture attendees. Panel discussions will be moderated by Drs. Matthew Ng (morning) and Lance Miller (afternoon).  Expert presenters will include Dr. Mark Dake, Landy Chase and Dr. Terry Sellke in the morning, and Ali Oromchian and Drs. Neal Kravitz and Kyle Fagala in the afternoon.

Tech Intelligence to Help Your Practice Thrive
“We are all aware that technology is a large driving force behind orthodontic practice in this generation,” says Dr. Wang.  “The Planning Committee took the approach of asking the top doctors in the area of orthodontic technology who they would want to hear.  The result is a series of dynamic technology lectures looking at the use of apps for practice efficiency, transitioning to customized digital appliances, keeping IT expenses under control, use of digital workflows in the modern orthodontic office, and other topics of high interest to many orthodontists.”

Technology series speakers will present during Tech Talk, two half-day lecture series on May 6 and May 8. Speakers will include Steven McEvoy and Drs. Martin Palomo, Douglas Depew, Dan Grauer, Aaron Molen, Matthew Larson, Nikhilesh Vaid and Ed Lin.

Both Tech Talk and the Business of Orthodontics LIVE! are included in the Doctors Scientific Program, but some orthodontic staff may find the lectures relevant to their jobs and are welcome to attend.
- View the Complete Doctors Program Schedule
                        
- View the Complete Orthodontic Staff Program Schedule

 
Feb. 27, 2018

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Take a break for an early morning 5k run or a brisk walk at the 2018 Annual Session Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, May 6.  Participants will ride a shuttle to the event trail along the scenic Anacostia River in Washington’s Holley Anacostia Park. Add a ticket to this event to your Annual Session registration for just $25, which includes a Fun Run T-shirt.
Purchase Your Fun Run Ticket Online at Annual Session Registration

Tours Combine Culture, History with Outdoor Activities
In conjunction with the 2018 Annual Session, the AAO will offer tours of famous attractions in our host city, as well as fascinating but less well-known sites. 
 
Click here to access additional information including schedules and fees, and to register for tours.
(After accessing the page, click on Tour Options for detailed tour descriptions.)
 
Register by March 31, 2018
First Ladies Walking Tour:  Highlighting the historical contributions of First Ladies and the changing role of the presidential spouse, this tour will include a walk past the White House to the American History Museum to view the First Ladies Collection.
Georgetown Walking Tour: Walk through neighborhoods in Georgetown that were frequented by historically significant men and women including President John F. Kennedy, who planned his campaigns in a Georgetown residence.
Monuments by Day: Ride on a mini-coach to the National Mall, where participants can explore the monuments on foot.
Mr. and Mrs. Washington’s Estate: Explore the 21-room home and garden overlooking the Potomac River and learn about the life of the first U.S. president.
Secrets and Scandals: Be scandalized via a unique look at Washington, D.C.’s storied past, walking through the locations of some of Washington, D.C.’s most famous scandals and cover-ups.  
 
 
Feb. 27, 2018

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