What's In It For You?

Happy New Year! All of us in the Resident and New Practitioner Committee wish you success and happiness in 2010.

This midwinter edition of The Paper Point is a bit of a potpourri. It includes information about the upcoming AAE 2010 Annual Session in San Diego, Calif.; a few endodontic programs will be highlighted; and finally, I will give a brief overview of what the AAE has to offer you, the endodontic resident or new endodontic practitioner.

Dr. Judy D. McIntyre, our liaison to the Annual Session Planning Committee, gives a detailed overview on what is available at the 2010 meeting for endodontic residents and new practitioners. It looks to be a great program.

In this issue, we also highlight a few endodontic residency programs. Dr. Darren H. Hess, the resident representative on the committee, gives us insight on the graduate endodontic program at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Kerri L. Lawlor reports on her former program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Finally, Dr. Drew R. Brueckner gives us an overview of his former program at the University of Southern California. We would love to hear about your program, as well. If you wish to share information or photos from your program, e-mail Suzanne Riger at sriger@aae.org and we will publish it in the next Paper Point.

Suzanne Riger and Debby Rice, our hard-working AAE staff members, recently returned from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is the location for APICES 2010, which will be held July 23 – 25. They highlight the campus and the hot, happening places of Chapel Hill.

Finally, I would like to share what the AAE organization has to offer endodontic residents and new practitioners. First, the AAE Board of Directors has agreed to offer first-year endodontic practitioners a discount on the Annual Session registration fee starting with this year’s meeting. Members in the Active 1st Year category pay half of the Professional Member rate! Also at the 2010 Annual Session, there will be a Resident and New Practitioner thread, highlighting courses geared toward these groups. The AAE and the Resident and New Practitioner Committee host a Career Fair and Resident Reception at the meeting too. Look for more information on these events in Dr. McIntyre’s article. Another AAE-sponsored benefit for the resident and new practitioner is the Live Learning Center. For more information about what is available through this valuable AAE resource, visit the Live Learning Center Web site.

We are always looking for feedback or information to share with our colleagues. If you have questions or submissions for The Paper Point, please contact our AAE staff by e-mailing residents@aae.org, or by calling 800/872-3636 (North America) or 312/266-7255 (International).

Warm Regards,

Kimberly A.D. Lindquist, D.D.S.
Chair, Resident and New Practitioner Committee

2010 Annual Session: Definitely Not Business as Usual
By Judy D. McIntyre, D.M.D., M.S.

Get ready for some surprises at the 2010 Annual Session in San Diego, Calif. It is with much pleasure that I share with you information about this year’s meeting. The highlights include:

The popular Celebrate San Diego! event, which will be held on Friday night at the House of Blues in the Gaslamp Quarter from 9 p.m. to midnight.

During the Resident and New Practitioner Thread, the second annual Conflict Panel will feature Drs. Linda G. Levin and Mark A. Odom, as well as Ms. Linda K. Forrest and Ms. Jane Peck. This educational session will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in Room 15 of the San Diego Convention Center.

The annual Resident and New Practitioner Career Fair will be held on Friday from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in Room 9 of the Convention Center and will immediately be followed by the Resident Reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the West Terrace.

The Master Clinician Series will feature LIVE surgical demonstrations performed by Drs. L. Stephen Buchanan, Garrett M. Guess, Wyatt D. Simons and Mahmoud Torabinejad.

The Live Learning Center will also be offered again this year, featuring most of the educational sessions for additional CE opportunities. For more information and to obtain the premeeting pricing, visit the Live Learning Center online.

The Access to Care Project is a new addition to the year’s events. The AAE, with support from Henry Schein Dental/Henry Schein Cares, will utilize the University of Southern California’s Mobile Dental Clinic to treat patients that have been prescreened and referred from community clinics. Follow-up care for these patients will be provided by local endodontists. Members who are licensed in California will be able to sign up for volunteer time slots.

Additional recreational activities will be available every day of the event. A variety of fitness classes will be offered at the hotel each day, including the annual Fun Run/Walk on Thursday. Check your program or the AAE Web site for more information on everything that will be available!

In addition to reviewing the resources provided by the AAE prior to your arrival in San Diego, I strongly recommend checking out www.visitsandiego.com. This Web site features links to the San Diego Convention Center as well as information on local nightlife, neighborhoods, restaurants, discounts, running routes, salons, spas and family-fun activities.

This is definitely a meeting not to be missed—we look forward to seeing you there!

Baylor College of Dentistry: A Strong Faculty Equals a Strong Program
By Darren H. Hess, D.D.S.


Residents of the endodontic program at Baylor
join AAE President Gerald N. Glickman (center)
at the 2009 Annual Session.

The department of endodontics at Texas A&M Health Science Center/Baylor College of Dentistry is located just north of downtown Dallas, Texas. The program has as a clear goal to develop competent diagnosticians and clinicians in the field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases involving the dental pulp and the tissues at the root apex. The program also aims to prepare graduates for the American Board of Endodontics certification process, and to encourage a lifetime of active professional involvement and scholarly pursuits. Baylor endodontics seeks to improve the oral health of Texans and shape the future of dentistry by developing exemplary clinicians, educators and scientists.

The graduate program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association and offers a 27-month certificate program. The program encompasses all aspects of endodontics, including didactic, clinical and research experiences. A M.S. in oral biology is also available at Baylor. This 36-month program involves developing a thesis and strongly emphasizes the development of a basic science background in conjunction with advanced clinical skills. A M.S. in health professions education is also available through a 36-month program. This program also involves developing a thesis and provides students with the foundation for academic careers in dental education emphasizing endodontics. Baylor also offers a 60-month Ph.D. program. An individualized program for foreign-educated dentists and affiliated individuals is also available for endodontic skill enhancement.

The graduate clinic at Baylor offers the latest technology available. Each of the eight residents has their own operatory, complete with digital radiography and electronic digital records. Each resident’s suite also contains a surgical operating microscope. The microscopes are fitted to allow for digital photography and television monitors display the clinician’s work. These monitors are an excellent teaching tool through which the covering faculty can provide direction. They also allow fellow residents and undergraduate students a view of the treatment.

The multiple components of the Baylor program provide residents with a diverse experience. Residents treat complex cases beyond the scope of undergraduate expertise. Cases are referred to the graduate clinic from within the dental college as well as from regional dentists. Through the program’s affiliation with the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, residents gain experience in managing medically compromised pediatric patients as well as working in a hospital setting. In the spring of each year, residents help teach the second-year dental students’ Intro to Endo course. Second-year residents give lectures in the course, and all residents serve as instructors in the preclinical lab exercises.

Perhaps the most outstanding aspect of the department of endodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry is the numerous quality full- and part-time faculty. The department chair and program director is Dr. Gerald N. Glickman, who is also the current AAE president. The strength of the Baylor program also lies in its full-time assistant professors, including Drs. Jianing He, Jordan L. Schweitzer and Robert K. White. Many local endodontists and former graduates also lend their time to residents in the clinic and in a treatment planning seminar. Their private practice experience is an invaluable asset to the program.

Please visit our Web site for more information, or call 214/828-8365 to set up a visit.

UMKC — A Small Program With Big Advantages
By Kerri L. Lawlor, D.D.S.

How do you do your lit reviews in your program?
How do you get your patient referrals?
How many retreatment and surgical cases do you get?
Are you learning how to place implants?

One of the favorite conversation topics when residents socialize at meetings is to compare programs. It makes us feel more comfortable when we know others are going through what we are going through (orals!?), and it gives us great ideas for how to improve our programs. With 55 programs in the United States and Canada, there are lots of ideas floating around! Occasionally, The Paper Point will highlight a postgraduate program, interviewing its residents and giving the rest of us a window into how they do things "over there." This month we focus on the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

UMKC features a two-year endodontic program. There are typically two residents each year, and each resident has his or her own treatment room for the entire program. The residents love having a dedicated seminar room and private office to be in when they are not treating patients. As this is a smaller program in terms of the number of residents, the residents appreciate getting to know their faculty very well, working closely with just a handful of educators. The residents are encouraged to be active in the AAE, to attend the Annual Session, and to volunteer for liaison appointments and committee positions. The residents report feeling very connected to the AAE, as their program director, Dr. James C. Kulild, currently serves on the AAE Executive Committee as secretary.

We quizzed the residents with a few questions:

Are you placing implants and do you enjoy that compared to more traditional endodontic procedures?

Yes, we recently began receiving clinical and didactic training in implant placement.

The endodontist that places implants can offer an unbiased opinion to the patient about the best mode of treatment as they perform both services!

Has the economy affected your access to patients/needed procedures?

Yes, the cancellation and no show rates have risen over the last few months; it is noticeable but not dramatic.

We’ve tried to offset that by getting more referrals from outside private practices and endodontists; many patients can afford restorative procedures if they get a break on the endodontic costs, and our costs are roughly 50% of private practice fees.

Do you enjoy having guest speakers come to your program?

Absolutely. Since we are a smaller program, we love having outside endodontists visit and give lectures and seminars. We’ve received outside training in practice management, surgical techniques, implant placement and practice start-up.

What do you think is the best aspect of your program?

That’s hard, there are several!

We love the dedicated operatories with the latest equipment. We buy our own microscopes but the Zeiss® arms are already here, and we have digital radiography in every treatment room, ASI® carts, Hu-Friedy® instruments and many different rotary systems to choose from.

Our program director continues to engage in clinical practice one full day per week; we love that he practices too, and when he gives advice and leadership we know he is speaking from experience.

Are you encouraged to pursue Board certification?

We are highly encouraged to pursue it. We all take the written Board in June of our second year. We have case presentations once a month and these are typically done in Board format, using the Board form and terminology. This is excellent practice for the case presentation portion of the Board exam.

Alma Mater of the Specialty's Pioneers
By Drew R. Brueckner, D.M.D.

My endodontic residency program at the University of Southern California was a challenging and memorable experience. USC endodontics has a well-known history of pioneers in the profession that have passed through its doors, including Drs. John I. Ingle, Alfred L. Frank and Dudley H. Glick.

The program at USC is a two-year certificate and is comprised of 10 residents per year. This large group of training endodontists made for a wide variety of case exposure and observation. The program is located in the USC School of Dentistry on the very scenic Park Campus across from the Los Angeles Coliseum. The university’s location allows it to draw patients from the greater Los Angeles area, so there was no shortage of cases to be treated. Residents gained many clinical experiences over the two-year program with access to an abundance of clinic time and knowledgeable faculty.

Our program director, Dr. James H. Simon, was a graduate of Boston University and provided us with a "Schilderian" insight on our cases during group presentations. His expertise in periradicular pathology and histology also allowed us to develop a strong foundation of critical thinking regarding clinical protocol and practicality. The endodontic department chair, Dr. Ilan Rotstein, and the endodontic clinics director, Dr. Thomas A. Levy, ensured the residents were exposed to different research experiences and international guest speakers over the two-year period. The faculty consists of two full-time and 20 part-time clinical instructors who are mostly USC alumni. Previous graduates are always welcomed back to participate in the resident clinic and give presentations to their "extended" family.

In the spring of 2007, the USC endodontic program developed an outreach group that travelled to San Salvador, El Salvador, and provided endodontic treatment to dental school patients with the surgical operating microscope. This relationship has grown very strong and now residents travel down to Central America two to three times a year.

I definitely enjoyed the experience and developed close friendships with fellow residents and faculty. As a graduate, you can truly appreciate the resident experience and be grateful for the journey. Trojans... fight on!

College Town Charm Provides Setting for APICES 2010

They'll think again of this night here
And of these old brown walls,
Of while old well, and of old South
With bell's deep booming tone,
They'll think again of Chapel Hill.

— Thomas Wolfe, UNC Alum, 1920

The residents at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are looking forward to opening their historic doors for the 2010 Advanced Programs in Clinical Endodontics Symposium, July 23 – 25, 2010. For seven years, APICES has been providing residents across the country with an outstanding opportunity to hear from established endodontic researchers and professionals, and to have personal interaction with corporate leaders and colleagues from across the country.

UNC’s idyllic university setting, complete with cozy brick buildings and spacious green quads, is bound to impress the attendees at this year’s meeting. Even if you’re not a Tar Heel fan, the sea of blue will leave you reminiscent of your undergraduate days. The first- and second-year residents at UNC, Drs. Keenon L. Johnson, James W. King, Paulo G.M. Nogueira, Steven L. Richardson, Rebeca Weisleder and Sheng Zhong, along with Department Chair and Graduate Program Director Dr. Eric M. Rivera, are planning to showcase all that Chapel Hill has to offer with a weekend of stimulating lectures and fabulous networking opportunities.

"We are looking forward to hosting great speakers, great opportunities for learning and providing plenty of southern hospitality," said Chair Dr. Weisleder. "This year we will have nine speakers on a variety of topics. We have tried to encompass the scope of endodontics as best as we could."

In addition, attendees will have the chance to relax and celebrate at the iconic "Top of the Hill" restaurant, a Chapel Hill establishment overlooking infamous Franklin Street. "Top of the Hill" boasts its own award-winning brewery and star clientele, including Michael Jordan, as well as an outdoor patio that provides the best view in town of the post-National Collegiate Athletic Association championship victory celebrations.

At the AAE Board of Directors’ interim meeting, a special travel reimbursement of $150 for each resident who attends the meeting was approved. The continued generosity of corporate sponsors allows for residents to register, lodge and dine for free.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the APICES 2010 Planning Committee, please contact Suzanne Riger, development coordinator, at sriger@aae.org, or by calling 800/872-3636 (North America) or 312/266-7255 (International), ext. 3008.

Do You Have News to Share?

The Resident and New Practitioner Committee is looking for fun news about your program to include in the next issue of The Paper Point, the quarterly e-newsletter sent to all residents and new practitioners.

  • Have any exciting happenings in your program?
  • What were your residents up to this summer?
  • What types of groundbreaking research are happening at your institution?
  • Any famous alumni?

Please direct all questions or send any news items to Suzanne Riger, AAE development coordinator, at sriger@aae.org, or by calling 800/872-3636 (North America) or 312/266-7255 (International), ext. 3008.

The AAE Foundation Has a Gift For You!

Did you know that every endodontic resident is eligible for a $500 grant to fund a research project at your university? Be sure to take advantage of the AAE Foundation's committment to funding quality endodontic education!

Learn more about the grant on the AAE Foundation Web site, and download the grant application and summary report to apply. These grants are accepted on a rolling basis, so begin the process today!

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