The House of Delegates (HOD) will meet on May 4, 2018 and May 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. during the AAO Annual Session. Prior to Annual Session, members are encouraged to review and comment on resolutions that delegates will discuss, revise and vote on, impacting the future of the AAO.

“The AAO is a member driven organization and the HOD sets policies," says Dr. Steven Siegel, AAO trustee for the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists. "This is your opportunity to influence the direction of our association. Member involvement is critical to the success of fulfilling our mission, vision and strategic initiatives.

“The 2017 HOD passed a resolution directing that all AAO members be given the opportunity to comment online on all pending resolutions before the 2018 HOD,” adds Dr. Siegel. “All resolutions are available on the AAO member website and a new tool is in place to help everyone find resolutions of interest and comment on them. The intent of this new policy is for the AAO to become more transparent with you, our members, and involve you in the resolutions that affect your professional lives.”

All member comments on resolutions will be visible on the platform with the author’s name and will be monitored by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, Dr. Michael Foy, and by Kevin Dillard, AAO general counsel. The AAO reserves the right to remove a statement if it is deemed inappropriate.  Comments will be distributed to the appropriate House of Delegates reference committee at the time the reference committee convenes.

“There are three reference committees* (RCs) that convene prior to the HOD taking action on pending resolutions,” says Dr. Siegel. “It is important to note that your comments will be considered as written testimony and, along with the oral testimony delivered during reference committee hearings, may influence House action and the direction of the AAO.”
 
HOD Will Vote on Proposed AAO Strategy Map 
Dr. Siegel recommends that every member review Resolution # 15-18 BT, the proposed AAO Strategy Map.

“This strategy map was developed by the Global Strategic Planning Committee (GSPC), a group of diverse and representative AAO stakeholders,” he says. “The Global Strategic Planning Committee includes delegates, councils, constituents, vendors, manufacturers, industry consultants and new and younger members. The proposed new strategy map represents several important changes in the AAO’s strategic direction, including revised mission and vision statements, an articulation of the AAO’s core values and the creation of new goals and objectives for the organization. I would encourage each of you to review the strategic map and comment on the map and the three strategic priorities.”

Reviewing and Commenting on 2018 House of Delegates Resolutions

Click here to access the resolution review and comment portal
(Log-in is required, with the user name and password that you use to access member content on aaoinfo.org/members.)

If you prefer to return later and access resolutions via the aaoinfo.org/members home page, simply click on the box near the upper left of the home page that says, “2018 House of Delegates – Review and Comment on Resolutions.

▪ After accessing the portal, quickly find resolutions related to topics that interest you by entering keywords into the SEARCH box.

▪ Click on the title of any resolution of interest. 

▪ To comment, scroll to the bottom of the resolution page, complete all required fields with the information requested, and then type your comments in the text box.


 
* Reference Committee 1 considers resolutions that require a bylaws change. Reference Committee 2 considers resolutions that affect policy and Reference Committee 3 considers resolutions with a budgetary implication.
 
 
Apr. 24, 2018

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A new option is available to those who are unable to attend the 2018 Annual Session in person:  For the first time, the AAO will livestream two Annual Session Doctors Scientific Program lecture series, Facial Esthetics and Class II Correction.

CE credit* will be available for lectures attended via the 2018 livestream, which will be Saturday, May 5. Participants will be able to connect virtually and submit questions during the lectures.  Please Note: This event WILL NOT BE RECORDED or become available for future viewing. 

Access Members’ Registration for the Livestream
(Registration is via AAO Online Lectures. After opening the page, click on Registration under Event Summary at the left side of the page.)
Cost: $129 for AAO members (orthodontic residents who are members may register for free).

Access Non-Members’ Registration for the Livestream 
(Registration is via AAO Conference Archives. If you are a non-member and have a Conference Archives account, you may register after logging in. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one.)
Cost: $179

Livestream Lectures:  Facial Esthetics
8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Eastern time:

▪ The Contemporary Blend of Esthetic Smile Design: The Role of the Case Presentation, by Dr. David M. Sarver

▪ Compromised Occlusal Outcome in Favor of Facial Esthetics, by Dr. Joseph Ghafari

▪ Facial Asymmetry: What are the Limits?, by Dr. Flavia Artese, DDS, MSc, PhD

▪ Botox, Smiles and Facial Esthetics, by Dr. Mario Polo

Livestream Lectures:  Class II Correction
1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern time:

▪ Early Treatment of Dento-Skeletal Class II Malocclusion: If, When, Why and How, by Dr. Letizia Perillo

▪ Treatment of Class II Malocclusion with Contemporary Fixed Functional Appliances, by Dr. Peter Ngan

▪ Rotations of the Maxilla and Mandible by Class III Orthopedics Followed by Upper Molar Distalization, by Dr. Hugo De Clerck

▪ Predictable Maxillary Molar Distalization with Micro-implant Anchorage in the Correction of Class II Malocclusion, by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Sabhlok


* Livestream participants in all eight lectures will receive 6.0 CE credits.  A detailed CE credit schedule will also be available for those participating in one to seven of the lectures. Each lecture will provide .75 hours of CE credit. Participants will be able to record credits via the AAO CE Manager.


American Association of Orthodontists is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual lectures or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.



 
Apr. 17, 2018

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A new option is available to those who are unable to attend the 2018 Annual Session in person:  For the first time, the AAO will livestream two Annual Session Doctors Scientific Program lecture series.

CE credit* will be available for lectures attended via the 2018 livestream, which will be Saturday, May 5. Participants will be able to connect virtually and submit questions during the lectures, which will include:

Facial Esthetics
8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Eastern time:

▪ The Contemporary Blend of Esthetic Smile Design: The Role of the Case Presentation, by Dr. David M. Sarver

▪ Compromised Occlusal Outcome in Favor of Facial Esthetics, by Dr. Joseph Ghafari

▪ Facial Asymmetry: What are the Limits?, by Dr. Flavia Artese

▪ Botox, Smiles and Facial Esthetics, by Dr. Mario Polo

Class II Correction
1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern time:
▪ Early Treatment of Dento-Skeletal Class II Malocclusion: If, When, Why and How, by Dr. Letizia Perillo

▪ Treatment of Class II Malocclusion with Contemporary Fixed Functional Appliances, by Dr. Peter Ngan

▪ Rotations of the Maxilla and Mandible by Class III Orthopedics Followed by Upper Molar Distalization, by Dr. Hugo De Clerck

▪ Predictable Maxillary Molar Distalization with Micro-implant Anchorage in the Correction of Class II Malocclusion, by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Sabhlok

Please Note: This event WILL NOT BE RECORDED or become available for future viewing.

Fees and Registration for the Livestream 
▪ Members
When registration for the livestream opens later this month, members will be sent a link to register via the Online Lectures site. Cost will be $129 for members (orthodontic residents may register for free). Watch the eBulletin for an announcement that registration is open.

▪ Non-members
Non-members will be able to register for the livestream via the Conference Archives site at the rate of $179.

* Livestream participants in all eight lectures will receive 6.0 CE credits.  A detailed CE credit schedule will also be available for those participating in one to seven of the lectures. Each lecture will provide .75 hours of CE credit. Participants will be able to record credits via the AAO CE Manager.


American Association of Orthodontists is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual lectures or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.

 


 
Apr. 11, 2018

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Pictured, from left:  Dr. Patrick Taylor, president-elect, American Association of Endodontists; Sean Murphy, AAO associate general counsel; Dr. Keyvan Sohrabi, AAO member.
On Friday, March 9, the Washington Dental Quality Assurance Commission (Dental Board) held a meeting regarding revisions to Washington's specialty advertising regulation. Thanks to the AAO Component Legal Support Fund, AAO Associate General Counsel Sean Murphy was able to draft written comments on behalf of Dr. Norman Nagel (AAO trustee for the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists), attend the meeting, and stress that any advertising regulation that would allow a dentist to advertise as a "specialist," should require that the dentist graduate from at least a two-year, full-time CODA-accredited specialty program. 
 
Click here to view the AAO's written comments on this issue.

Prior to the AAO's involvement, the Dental Board was considering removing the CODA requirement from the regulation.  Dr. Keyvan Sohrabi, an AAO member from Federal Way, Washington, also attended the meeting, and the AAO was able to enlist other specialists (endodontists and pediatric dentists) to comment on the importance of specialists graduating from two-year, full time CODA accredited programs.

In response to these efforts, the Dental Board decided to table any vote and look into this issue further, during which time the AAO will continue to be involved.  Following the meeting, the American Association of Endodontists President-Elect, Dr. Patrick Taylor, thanked the AAO for its "eloquent presentation of the AAO view." 
 
Earlier this year, the Washington State Society of Orthodontists (WSSO) applied to the AAO Component Legal Support Fund for help with this issue. The funding has allowed the AAO's lawyers to provide written and oral comments on behalf of WSSO member orthodontists.

You (as a citizen of and licensed dental provider in your state) have the right, independently and individually, to express your own opinions about public health and safety issues to your state dental board, elected officials, and/or attorney general. If you feel so compelled, feel free to reach out to your government and discuss such matters with them.  Contact information for state dental boards can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.  Your state's laws and regulations are also available on the AAO's website, https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations.  Likewise, if you have patients who believe they have been injured or otherwise harmed by dental services or advertising, you can inform them about the process by which the patient can file a complaint with your state's dental board, should they wish to do so,  https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info
 
If you are aware of a dental board hearing regarding orthodontics*, please feel free to inform the AAO, by sending an email to feedback@aaortho.org.
 
* Click here to learn about ongoing work on the specialty advertising issue in Georgia.
 
Apr. 11, 2018

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Complement ongoing feedback from yourself and your practice manager with a festive celebration to recognize and reward your team. An event or gifts presented in conjunction with Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week can delight your employees and reinforce their knowledge of how much you value their contributions. The AAO launched Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week in 2015 to provide members with tools and ideas for this purpose.

Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week 2018 will be June 4-8.  The AAO member website has numerous downloadable tools to help plan your celebration. Visit the Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week page to access the following.

▪ Examples of popular activities and gifts to celebrate Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week;
 
▪ Sample email and social media templates and a downloadable patient comment card that may be used to invite patients to join in the celebration by sharing the reasons they appreciate your staff;

▪ Downloadable flier and poster, each with files that can be customized with your practice information and message, announcing Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week;

▪ Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week logo files, including a file that can be customized with your team’s photo.

There is also an option to share your 2018 celebration report and photos with the AAO via the Celebration Publicity Form, which is encouraged.




 
Apr. 11, 2018

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A new Facebook group for members of the AAO Orthodontic Staff Club, comprised of more than 7,000 individuals in AAO orthodontists’ practices, will enable members of the club to view announcements about AAO resources, network with peers and ask questions of other staff.

The group is accessible upon request to applicants who respond to qualifying questions to document their club membership.
View the Facebook Page
 
 
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The House of Delegates (HOD) will meet on May 4, 2018 and May 7, 2018 at the Washington, D.C. Marriott Marquis, concurrent with the AAO Annual Session.

While voting and speaking privileges are limited to delegates, alternates and certain AAO leaders, members may observe the proceedings. Delegates will discuss, revise and vote on resolutions impacting the future of the AAO during 2018-19 and beyond.

Proposed resolutions will be accessible to all members in the HOD Book of Reports, which will be live at aaoinfo.org/members on or before April 20. The site will feature the Book of Reports in its traditional online format as a well as a new tool to navigate resolutions and comment on them. Online comments will be treated as testimony for Reference Committee consideration.

Delegates and alternates – and all members – are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the online comment tool’s functionality. It is anticipated that it will become the single resource for reviewing and commenting on resolutions in 2019.

Schedule and Locations of HOD Meetings
All House of Delegates activities and meetings take place at the:

Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.
901 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.  20001
(202) 824-9200


First House of Delegates Meeting, Friday, May 4

Closed Session:  12:00pm – 12:30pm (Attendance limited to Delegates, Alternate Delegates, Voting Members of the BOT, General Counsel, Executive Director)


Open Session:  Regular business to begin following the Closed Session (approximately 12:40pm – 3:00pm or until conclusion of business)
Location:  Marquis Salons 1-5
 

2018-19 Budget Review and Consideration of Other Financial Matters

Time:  3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Marquis Salons 9-10

Members of the Budget Advisory Committee will be available for questions.

 

Reference Committee Hearings

Time:  4:00pm – 6:00pm 

Hearing Room Assignments:

- Reference Committee #1(Bylaws):  Marquis Salon 6

- Reference Committee #2 (Policy):  Marquis Salons 7-8

- Reference Committee #3 (Budget):  Marquis Salons 9-10
 

Second House of Delegates Meeting, May 7

Time:  12:00pm – 5:00pm (or until business has concluded)

Location:  Marquis Salons 1-5

Apr. 5, 2018

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