November 2014







Pre-Employment Background Checks: An Ounce of Prevention

By Helen Jameson, J.D.


Small businesses, including dental and medical practices, are particularly vulnerable to embezzlement and "skimming" by seemingly trustworthy employees. While some of these risks can be reduced through good financial controls, small practices often do not have the resources to institute the most effective controls, such as dividing accounting duties among multiple staff. That is why pre-hire background screenings -- including credit checks for any positions involved in handling money -- are so important. It is not enough to simply verify previous employment and "trust your gut." The money spent on an adequate background check is an important investment in ensuring a well-run, financially sound practice.  


It is advisable to hire an outside company (called a "consumer reporting agency") to do the background checks for these positions. A reputable company will ensure that the check is complete and that legal requirements have been met, and will do so in a time-efficient, cost-effective manner. 


Before a pre-hire background check is undertaken by consumer reporting agency, federal law requires that the candidate be given notice by the prospective employer in a stand-alone document and that the employer secure written permission from the candidate. The notice must state that the information obtained may be used in an employment decision. The consumer reporting agency will require that you certify compliance with these requirements.

For an endodontic practice, the critical components of a background check are:

  • Former employer reference check
  • Criminal record check
  • Credit report
  • Verification of postsecondary education: Falsified education information on the résumé is a valid reason not to hire.

If the credit report plays any part in a decision not to hire, federal laws require that the employer must disclose this to an applicant. On the one hand, a credit report can reveal a lot about how a person handles money as well as whether he or she has large amounts of debt (especially credit card debt), which could increase the temptation to steal from the practice. On the other hand, a credit report is simply a snapshot of a person’s current financial situation and does not provide insight into his or her character or trustworthiness. The Federal Trade Commission, which enforces these consumer reporting laws, has a guide for employers on evaluating credit reports and the circumstances that require reporting.


Finally, an employer is legally obligated to “properly dispose” of background documents, meaning you must burn or shred paper documents and erase computer documents. More information about this federal rule, known as the Disposal Rule, can be found on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.


Whether your staff is large or small, it is important to take the time to run background checks on any potential employees before hiring them. An ounce of prevention up front can save you from headaches and financial loss down the road.



President's Message


The View Up North


A few weeks ago, I attended the 50th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics in Toronto. Aside from extremely good CE courses, they had wonderful social events, culminating with an awards dinner on the last night. Among the recipients was Dr. Calvin D. Torneck, a person most of you will recognize since many of the papers he authored or co-authored are required reading in residency programs. He was presented with the first Distinguished Service Award ever given by the CAE in its 50 years. This new award was perfectly appropriate to give to Cal, who is a consummate gentleman, scholar, clinician and, I'm proud to say, my friend.


In typical fashion, rather than just accept the award and say a few words of thanks, he gave a prepared speech that was so profound that the AAE officers present decided immediately that it needed to be printed in this newsletter. His message, while provided in the Canadian context, is just as relevant to American endodontics and, indeed, to endodontics around the world. It is no surprise that Cal's words ring so true since he has long experience in the world of our specialty, and he says his message loud and clear. I am very happy to give Cal my column this month so he can encourage all of us to continue working to improve our specialty.



Why CAE  

By Calvin D. Torneck, D.D.S., M.S.

About 50 years ago, I made a presentation before a small group of dentists who were convinced that endodontics had reached a time that made it worthy of specialty recognition. It was titled, "Why Do We Need a CAE?" The central theme of that address was that, without a CAE, there could be no Canadian endodontic specialty. That meant no endodontic specialists, and no banner announcing that saving teeth was the keystone of our profession. We needed to convince generalists, members of the then-three existing specialties, national and provincial regulating bodies, and the public at large, that the quest to establish an endodontic specialty was not driven by self-interest, but rather by a sincere attempt to promote our message. It was obvious to all that, to carry that message forward, a national voice was required, and that could only be accomplished by the formation of a national organization -- hence, the CAE. Then through the concerted efforts of the CAE, though few in number but united by a cause, the message was heard and the specialty of endodontics was born. No member standing alone could have even hoped to accomplish that feat, and it became evident early in our history that only by standing united and speaking with one voice could we properly address the challenges we may face.


As anticipated, over the ensuing years endodontics continued to face challenges -- some big, some small -- and, without exception, the CAE has been there to address them and represent our interests. From the restructuring of the specialties, through the formation of the Royal College, to the integration of universal service codes for specialty services into the national fee base, the CAE was there not only to represent us, but to stand at the forefront of those deliberations. It is currently playing a similar role in the reconfiguring of the relationship of dental specialties to the CDA [Canadian Dental Association].


So when people who are not CAE members ask, "what has the CAE done for me?" it is appropriate to reply, "established and preserved your right to practice." That may seem harsh, but I am getting old, and I am tired of those who think that the world of endodontics revolves around them, and that this specialty, or any specialty, can survive without the vigilance and concern of a representative organization. I am also upset when I speak to those who realize that while such vigilance is necessary, they remain content to let others do the work. I feel today as I felt 50 years ago -- that it is the responsibility of every endodontist in this country to contribute to their specialty, and to understand that their contributions are only effective when they are directed through the organization that has historically represented endodontic interests in this country, the CAE. I think the concept of universal participation was eloquently expressed in John F. Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural Address, when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." It epitomized the concept that it is only through a universal and cooperative effort that the future of any group can be assured.


But I sense that my remarks are getting unidirectional, and that it seems membership in the CAE is all work and no play. If the adage of Jack being a dull boy because he works to the exclusion of play rings true, the same could easily be said of an organization like the CAE. But it is obvious to all who have attended our annual meetings that we are far from dull. If I may use my life as an example, I can honestly say that my 50 years as a member in the CAE have been a joy, and times filled with countless happy moments. It has afforded me quality time away from the stress of my practice, and opportunities to learn and to visit interesting venues throughout this great land. Most of all, it has given me the opportunity to share good times with people who I am proud to say are not only my colleagues, but my friends.


As I look around this room, I sense these experiences hold true for all of you. If that is true, then, unfortunately, it means that over the past several minutes I have been speaking to the committed, and not to those in our specialty who should really hear this message. It is to those of our specialty who sense little value in CAE membership, to those who feel they owe no allegiance to the organization that fought and won the battle that allows them the privilege of being called a specialist, and to those who believe that a single voice has the power of many, that this message should be carried to. To that end, I am extending a challenge to our present and future leaders.


Over the next 50 years, let us make a concerted effort to convince all Canadian endodontists that membership in the CAE is important, not only to them personally, but also to their specialty. It is highly likely that, with changes in government-sponsored health services and changes in the structure of how endodontics is being practiced, our survival as a specialty could very well be challenged. They must be made aware that such a challenge can only be met if we are big, strong and united in purpose. I will not be around to enjoy the fruits of those efforts, but somewhere, sometime, at a CAE meeting, in a room much like this, you may hear a whisper from beyond saying "well done," and you will know that your efforts to make the CAE even better than it is today have been acknowledged.


Finally, I cannot in all good conscience step down from this podium without acknowledging Fay, my wife of 57 years. She has been the greatest supporter and severest critic of my life's pursuits, be it practitioner, teacher or member of the CAE. She has been a true partner in any success I may have enjoyed and in any recognition of that success I may have received. This evening is no exception.


As to this honor you have afforded me this evening, I would like to say that it is one that has touched me deeply and is truly appreciated. Like the CAE and all its members, it will always hold a special place in my heart.


Finding the Right Fit: The Associate Hiring Process


They say good work is hard to find, and it can certainly feel that way for new endodontists seeking associate positions. Hiring a new associate can be daunting for the employer, too, as they search for the new practitioner who will be the best fit for their practice and patients. To shed some light on both sides of the hiring process, the Communiqué spoke with two AAE members who recently experienced it: Dr. Michael T. Reynolds, a new associate at Metropolitan Endodontics, a group practice in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with four offices, and Dr. Scott L. Doyle, one of the partners at Metropolitan Endodontics who hired him.



Michael T. Reynolds, D.D.S.

Associate, Metropolitan Endodontics


Dr. Mike Reynolds completed his endodontic residency at the University of Iowa in July 2013 and began working at Metropolitan Endodontics two weeks later.


When did you start your job search?

Before I started my endodontic residency, when I was still a general dentist in Minneapolis, I met with several endodontic groups in the area to introduce myself to the doctors, see the way they practice and determine if we were compatible. It was important to me to get some background information before making any serious inquiries into jobs. I narrowed it down to the groups that I had good rapport with, and during residency I started calling on them and figuring out their specific needs and their timelines for hiring an associate.


What were you looking for in a practice?

I wanted people that I could get along with, and who were honest and treated patients the way that I would want to be treated as a patient. When I met the partners at Metropolitan Endodontics, I found that they were all pretty similar in their treatment philosophies and approaches to endodontics. I also liked that they were down to earth and genuine. It was nice to meet people who have activities and interests outside of dentistry and are family-oriented -- that’s very appealing to me because that's the way I am. And one of the big things that I liked was that the group was interested in my family. They even invited my wife to the interview.


What advice do you have for practices seeking to hire an associate?

It's important to evaluate your needs and make sure that you have the volume of patients necessary to bring on an associate. If you’re busy, but not busy enough to have another doctor in the office, that could be a difficult situation for everybody involved. Also, I believe that it’s important to meet the candidate more than once and meet their family. The more times you interact with them, the better you'll get to know them and the better idea you'll have of how things will work out if they join your practice.


What advice do you have for fellow new practitioners seeking an associateship?

You need to start early. Residency is tough and, if you wait until the end while you're trying to get everything finished up, it's very stressful. It is also a very tough time to be leaving residency to interview for a job. Use your resources in the residency program! Your graduate program director can be a fantastic reference for you. If you can lay the groundwork and do the heavy lifting early on in your residency, it's going to make your life a lot easier. Figure out where you want to go and then start talking to people in the area and finding out what their needs are. Hopefully you’ll get the opportunity to meet different doctors and see their practices. You have to ask yourself, “Could I see myself coming into this office as the doctor and treating patients here?” If the answer is “yes,” that's a great first step.




Scott L. Doyle, D.D.S., M.S.

Partner, Metropolitan Endodontics


Dr. Scott Doyle has been practicing endodontics since 2004 and joined Metropolitan Endodontics in 2006. He and his partners have hired two new associates in the past year, including Dr. Reynolds and AAE Member Dr. Tyler Peterson.


What do you look for in a potential associate?

We look for the "right" associate for the long run -- someone who can fit in with the culture of the practice, yet also bring new ideas and perspectives. We try to find someone with similar goals, values and work ethic, who has the ability to work on a team. All of the doctors have input on new hires; it’s a group decision, which is important because we collaborate on cases all the time and work with at least one other doctor every day.


With Dr. Reynolds, we appreciated that he was an easygoing and team-oriented person. He received glowing recommendations from his mentors at the University of Iowa. They talked about him as a clinician, but just as importantly, as an overall person. The words from his mentors, all of whom we know and respect, were very influential because they had worked with him for a couple years, versus the limited amount of time we had for the interview. We also met his wife and daughter -- I’m not sure if that’s unique to our practice, but it’s important to get to know the spouses and families, and for them to get to know us, because they’re a big part of the practice too.


What advice do you have for endodontists seeking an associateship?

Be honest about your short- and long-term goals and interests, and whether you want to be an associate or work into a partnership. I think that's very important to relay to the interviewer. Be prepared to discuss parameters for a buy-in or terms of a partnership. Also, make sure to communicate your strengths and potential contributions to the practice. It’s important to realize as a potential associate that you have something to offer the practice and the community. This may be in the form of providing continuing education, marketing the practice, representing the practice in the community, conducting research or teaching at a university, bringing new technology or techniques to the office, or serving in organized dentistry or the AAE. It’s important to emphasize your potential strengths. Finally, explore all options in the location you want to practice. There may be unexpected opportunities available. Put yourself out there and go for it!


What advice do you have for fellow practitioners seeking to hire an associate?

Talk about long-term plans up front. It is important to have a fair and transparent associate contract, but you should also talk about the potential for partnership at the beginning so everyone is on the same page. I also think you need be honest with yourself about why you are looking for an associate. Do you have the caseload now or do you anticipate a future increase in caseload so the new associate can maintain a full schedule? Recognize that you may need to sacrifice in the short term and share the caseload. Along with that, it's important to actively promote and be willing to teach the new associate. There will undoubtedly be extra work on your end, but know that the associate can make significant contributions to your practice and its growth.



AAE Board Strategizes in San Antonio


Enriching continuing education, utilizing environmental scanning and enhancing online resources were key points of discussion at the AAE Board of Directors’ Interim Meeting on October 9-10, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting was held in conjunction with the American Dental Association Annual Session, allowing for ample opportunities to build relationships with ADA leadership and weigh in on issues affecting the specialty.


The AAE Board dedicated a significant portion of its strategic discussion to identifying ways in which the AAE can enhance its efforts to provide continuing education opportunities to its members, and measure success in these efforts to ensure continued improvement.


One CE event in recent history, the 2014 Joint Symposium with the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Academy of Periodontology on the topic of saving the natural tooth, was noted as being particularly excellent in terms of speakers and content. The AAE Board approved measures to continue to leverage this program content with other audiences, with the goal of educating dental practitioners on the choice to save the natural tooth, and promoting the benefits of high-quality endodontic care.


The AAE is also currently investigating ways in which environmental scanning methods can benefit the AAE Board in its strategic decision making. At the recent Board meeting, priority topics for study were identified:

  • How the insurance industry will affect endodontics in the future
  • How the AAE can best assist its young members in the changing environment
  • The role online information will play in the future of endodontics and how the AAE can help guide the information-seeking public towards factual information regarding endodontic treatment

The AAE Board identified the AAE website as a central component to supporting these important initiatives, and the coming years will see efforts to enhance the website as a member resource. Possible developments include packaging practice management resources for ease of access, and enhancing online patient information, the AAE job board and methods for communicating electronically with members.


Representing the Specialty at the ADA Annual Session

In addition to its business meeting, the AAE Board of Directors made the most of its presence at the ADA by taking opportunities to network with leaders in the profession. Each AAE Board member contributed to the American Dental Political Action Committee at the Capital Club level. The AAE hosted its annual cocktail reception, this year inviting key members of the dental community to welcome its new executive director, Peter S. Weber. The reception was very well attended by AAE members, as well as representatives of the ADA, dental specialties and state delegations.


The AAE’s annual luncheon for AAE members serving in the ADA House of Delegates provided an opportunity for Delegates and AAE Board members to discuss issues of interest to the specialty that would be brought to the House for consideration. This year, a total of 26 AAE members served in the House -- the largest AAE representation in recent years. ADA Immediate Past President Dr. Charles H. Norman attended the luncheon and spoke to the group, thanking the AAE for its continued support of the ADA through strong membership numbers.


The 2014 House of Delegates’ agenda did not raise a great number of controversial issues. The main topic of discussion at the AAE Delegates’ Luncheon related to the proposal to separate the ADA’s Continuing Education Recognition Program from the Commission on Dental Education and Licensure, and establish it as its own independent agency, the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition. Discussion at both the AAE Delegates’ Luncheon and in the Reference Committees centered on the opposing ideals of keeping CE provider recognition removed from the ADA, versus having the ADA maintain a certain level of control over the program. In the end, the House of Delegates approved the measure to develop a stand-alone commission.


The AAE Board recognizes the importance of endodontists serving in volunteer leadership roles in the dental community and wishes to encourage AAE members to get involved, either with the AAE, or with the ADA at the national, constituent or component levels.


The AAE thanks its members who served as alternates and delegates to the 2014 ADA House of Delegates:


Alejandro M. Aguirre

Anita Aminoshariae

Eric T. Ashley

Herbert D. Benkel

Deborah S. Bishop

Nona I. Breeland

Kevin P. Bryant

D. Gregory Chadwick

Robert A. Coleman

Mark B. Desrosiers

Keith A. Evans

Chad P. Gehani

Michael D. Grassi

Jeannette Peña Hall

Glen B. Mitchell

Kevin M. Keating

Adrienne L. Korkosz

Carmine J. LoMonaco

Maria C. Maranga

Michelle L. Mazur-Kary

W. Craig Noblett

Thomas L. Peek

Herbert L. Ray

Jeffrey S. Senzer

Katherine E. Olson Triska

Merlyn W. Vogt


The AAE also wishes to congratulate its members who were selected to participate in the ADA’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership for the 2014-15 year: Drs. Mark Limosani, Robin Nguyen and Rico Short.


Educator Workshop Examines Revised CODA Standards


At the AAE Program Directors Workshop on August 22-23, 2014, a large portion of the agenda was devoted to discussing the recent revisions to the Commission on Dental Accreditation Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Endodontics. CODA implemented these revisions at the beginning of 2014, and it is imperative that endodontic program directors understand and implement the changes in order to maintain their programs’ accreditation. 



The CODA standards, which include guidelines for the administration of advanced endodontic training programs, program curriculum and student/resident assessment, are updated periodically in response to changes and advancements in dentistry. The AAE and its members played an integral role in the rigorous process to develop the new standards, beginning in 2011 when a special AAE committee was appointed to review the existing standards. The AAE’s proposed revisions were submitted for review by the CODA Review Committee on Endodontics Education, chaired by Dr. William G. Schindler who also serves as the AAE-appointed CODA commissioner. The final revisions were adopted by CODA.


The most significant changes to the standards include:


Addition of revascularization/regenerative endodontics

The revised standards require endodontic programs to provide in-depth instruction and clinical training on revascularization/regenerative endodontics, in addition to vital pulp management, the endodontic management of developing permanent teeth, intracoronal bleaching procedures, and the endodontic management of traumatic dental injuries. The AAE advocated for the addition of revascularization/regenerative endodontics to the required curriculum to ensure that students/residents receive training in the most current techniques.


Shift from proficiency to competency

The standards relating to curriculum now focus on students/residents developing competencies across various areas, as opposed to the previous standards that emphasized proficiency in specific skills. With this shift, programs are asked to evaluate students/residents’ overall abilities to practice endodontics independently and unsupervised.


Addition of formative and summative assessments

Corresponding with the shift in focus to competency, the CODA standards on evaluation were updated to help programs better assess competency in their students/residents. The standards now include two types of assessments: formative and summative. Formative assessment views learning as an ongoing process as it evaluates the learner’s progress toward developing competencies. This type of assessment is intended to guide future learning as it provides benchmarks for students/residents, promotes reflection and reinforces their motivation to learn. Summative assessment is more focused on the achievement of competencies and includes an overall judgment about the student’s/resident’s abilities to practice endodontics or advance to higher levels of responsibility. To comply with the updated CODA standards, programs must conduct both formative and summative assessments to get a complete picture of the student’s/resident’s skills.
“Periodically, the specialty of endodontics needs to revise the endodontic standards to reflect the changes in the educational and professional environment and the ‘state of the art’ of the profession,” Dr. Schindler said. “The AAE Special Committee on the Revision of the Educational Standards did an excellent job making recommendations to incorporate these changes into the standards.” 
Dr. Schindler and Jennifer E. Snow, the manager of advanced specialty education for CODA, presented at the Program Directors Workshop and answered questions from the attending educators. In addition, two endodontic program directors who had experienced re-accreditation site visits under the revised standards shared their experiences. Although it will take some time and resources for the standards to be fully integrated into endodontic curriculum, they will play an important role in preserving and advancing the specialty.
“Endodontists and patients alike will benefit from these changes in the educational standards,” Dr. Schindler added. “The standards ensure that graduates from endodontic programs are contemporary with what is occurring in the field and what is reflective of the scientific and technological advances in the specialty.”


UTHSCSA Earns Foundation Faculty Grant


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio applied for the AAE Foundation Endowed Faculty Matching Grant in 2012 with $300,000 in hand and a lot of determination. For the past two years, they have been working tirelessly to raise the additional $100,000 that would allow them to receive the grant and endow the Carlos del Rio Endowed Chair, a position that will serve as program director for the Advanced Educational Program in Endodontics at UTHSCSA.


Endowed faculty positions are critical tools in the recruitment and retention of top-notch educators. By endowing a position with outside support, departments can ensure endodontic faculty are recognized for their contributions to dental education and the specialty.


In an effort to strengthen endodontic education, the AAE Foundation created the Endowed Faculty Matching Grant. The grant ensures the specialty is taught by endodontists and is highly visible and well represented in dental schools. In order to be considered for the up to $100,000 funding, applicant institutions must have 60% of the money required to fund the faculty position (excluding the amount of the grant) in hand. For example, if the total funding needed is $500,000, then the applicant must have already raised at least 60% of $400,000, or $240,000, to be considered. If selected, the institution must raise the additional 40% in order to receive the grant.

"Particularly in an era of declining support, endowments provide a unique source of funds that serve as a catalyst to accelerate clinical care, professional development and scholarship," said Dr. Kenneth M. Hargreaves, UTHSCSA department chair. "Endowments are the super glue of a great program -- they help to keep everything together."

The grant not only ensures that future endodontists will be taught by specialists, but it helps institutions build their fundraising capabilities. Prior to applying for the matching grant, the UTHSCSA department encountered some difficulties trying to endow a position. This, combined with a struggling economic climate, caused their fundraising to stall, but the Endowed Faculty Matching Grant from the Foundation provided them with a unique incentive for alumni to join the campaign. Dr. Hargreaves has made it his personal goal to attract and retain quality educators and dedicated residents who, in turn, become supportive alumni.

"The fundraising was a terrific learning experience," Dr. Hargreaves said. "Many of our alumni had essentially never been asked before to consider making a legacy contribution to San Antonio Endodontics. We have always felt ourselves to be a 'family' of endodontists, and this was a great opportunity to give back and strengthen the mother ship"

Through the grant application process, the department shared their fundraising strategy, which included plans to tap a small, yet strong alumni base via personal communication, direct mail and phone calls. The content of these communications focused on informing alumni about the campaign and the matching grant plans. Due to their tradition of continued interaction with alumni, they were hopeful that this existing and healthy relationship would be fruitful.


Thanks to several volunteers from the department and help from the director of development for the dental school, the department has succeeded -- in early October 2014, the members of the Advanced Educational Program in Endodontics at UTHSCSA were notified that they had met their conditions for payment of the Endowed Faculty Matching Grant!

Proposals for the Endowed Faculty Matching Grant are accepted twice a year, on January 1 and August 1. Visit the Foundation's Grants webpage to view the guidelines and learn more about the application process.



AAE Members Selected for ADA Leadership


Endodontists will be well represented in the American Dental Association this year as five AAE members officially began new leadership roles at the 2014 ADA Annual Session. Dr. Chad P. Gehani was installed as an ADA Trustee, and Drs. Gerald N. Glickman, Anita Aminoshariae, Paul D. Eleazer and Alejandro M. Aguirre were voted in as members of ADA Councils.


Dr. Gehani, joining fellow AAE Member Dr. Gary S. Yonemoto on the ADA Board of Trustees, will represent the Second District, which covers the state of New York. The Board of Trustees is the managing body of the ADA and is responsible for conducting Association business, developing policies and making recommendations to the House of Delegates, the governing body of the ADA.


Dr. Glickman, an AAE and ABE past president, will serve a four-year term on the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure. CDEL studies and makes recommendations on policy in such areas as dental and allied dental education, dental licensure and the recognition of special areas of dental practice. Dr. Glickman was nominated for the position by the American Dental Education Association, of which he is also a past president.


Drs. Aminoshariae and Eleazer will be serving as members of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. The goal of this Council is to provide timely and relevant information on scientific matters for the public, dental professions and other health professions. The Council develops clinical practice guidelines and educational materials, and evaluates consumer dental products applying for the ADA Seal of Acceptance Program.


Dr. Aguirre was appointed to serve on the ADA Council on Membership. The responsibilities of this Council include monitoring ADA membership trends, assessing member needs, encouraging the development of member benefits, and examining other issues affecting the recruitment and retention of ADA members. Dr. Aguirre will serve on the Council through 2016.


Congratulations to these members who are representing the specialty in the ADA!



Member News: AAE Members Honored as American College of Dentists Fellows


AAE Members Drs. Anita Aminoshariae, Ashraf F. Fouad, Michelle L. Mazur-Kary and Stefan I. Zweig were inducted into Fellowship in the American College of Dentists during the 2014 Annual Session of the American Dental Association in San Antonio, Texas. Congratulations to our new AAE ACD Fellows!


Member News: Dr. Ove Peters Visits the University of Iowa


Dr. Ove A. Peters presented at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry Department of Endodontics’ annual Endodontic Homecoming Course on October 10, 2014. That evening, Dr. Peters was the guest of honor at the semi-annual meeting of the Iowa Association of Endodontists, and on Saturday, he attended the Iowa Endodontic Tailgate Party, followed by the Iowa/Indiana football game -- his first Big Ten experience!



Submit Your Nominations for the New JOE Publication Award



The Editorial Board of the Journal of Endodontics is pleased to announce the creation of a new award to recognize the best articles published in JOE during the 2014 calendar year.

Nominations must be submitted by January 5, 2015, via email, fax or postal mail.


Awards are available in the following categories:

  • Clinical Research
  • Basic Research: Biology
  • Basic Research: Technology
  • Case Reports/Clinical Techniques

Papers eligible for the award are those that represent significant advances in endodontics and adhere to the principles of the scientific method. Position papers, narrative reviews and editorials are not considered for this award. Papers will be judged based upon:

  • Scientific merit and broad impact on dental research
  • Relevance to endodontics
  • Originality of research objectives and/or ideas presented
  • Creativity of study design or uniqueness of approaches and concepts
  • Validity of statistical and/or epidemiological methods
  • Clarity of presentation

Papers may be nominated by any member of the AAE who is not an author of the paper, and who was not affiliated with the institution of the corresponding author at the time of submission of the paper. Nominations should consist of a letter of recommendation indicating the nomination category and expressing how the nominated paper meets the criteria. Please include the article title and publication date with your nomination.


The authors of the winning paper in each category will be recognized at AAE15 and on the JOE website.


Please submit nominations to:


Dr. Kenneth M. Hargreaves, JOE Editor

c/o Trina Andresen Coe

American Association of Endodontists

211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1100

Chicago, IL, 60611-2691

Fax: 866/451-9020 (U.S., Canada, Mexico) or 312/266-9867



Please direct any questions to Trina Andresen Coe, assistant executive director for governance, at


Read the 2013-2014 AAE Annual Report


The 2013-2014 AAE Annual Report is now available to view online! Read about the work of the AAE, AAE Foundation and American Board of Endodontics during the past fiscal year to serve and advance the endodontic specialty. The report also includes member stories, membership trends, and the AAE and AAE Foundation financial positions.








New Members



Bruce R. Brown, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.

Steven M. Gaudet, Jr., Houma, La.

Anna M. Guglielmo, Rocky River, Ohio

Wael Oweity, Wildomar, Calif.

Minh H. Snyder, York, Pa.



Tyler R. Burningham, Columbia, S.C.

Blake Aaron Donaldson, Hubert, N.C.

Hector M. Gomez, Houston, Texas

Toru Koitabashi, Maebashi-shi, Japan

Steven Brock Miller, Weatherford, Okla.

Saeed Bayat Movahed, San Antonio, Texas

Jessica M. Nguyen, Fresno, Calif.

Luis H. Ochoa, Parkland, Fla.

Kazuki Takahira, Naruto-shi, Japan

Jon R. Willison, Warrensburg, Mo.



Lilian Rachel De Lima Aboud, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Naoki Bando, Tokushima, Japan

Igor Bastos Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Chao-An Chen, Tainan City, Taiwan

Wolfgang Haag, Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Francesco Iacono, Bologna, Italy

Siju K. Jacob, Bangalore, India

Ivan Chee Keong Koh, Singapore

Chiara Pirani, Bologna, Italy

Kayo Toda, Tokyo, Japan

Harald W. Voegele, Emmering, Germany

Fan Yang, Shaanxi, China






Important Dates and Deadlines


for more information.



AAE15 Registration and Housing Opens

2014-15 AAE Membership Directories Mailed


January 5, 2015

JOE Publication Award Nominations Deadline


January 9, 2015

2016 Award Nominations Deadline


February 5 – 7, 2015
The Insight Track: Practice Management


February 7, 2015

Foundation Research Grant Spring Deadline

May 6 – 9, 2015



Upcoming Meetings


December 4 – 6

Penn Endodontic Global Symposium and Austrian Society of Endodontology Annual Meeting

Vienna, Austria


January 22 - 25, 2015

33rd CIOSP São Paolo International Dental Meeting

São Paolo, Brazil


February 17 – 19, 2015

19th UAE International Dental Conference

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


March 7 – 10, 2015

ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

Boston, Mass.




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