Welcome to the July edition of The Paper Point!

As chair of the Resident and New Practitioner Committee, I know I speak for each of our committee members in welcoming new endodontic residents. You are beginning a wonderful and exciting new chapter in your lives.

I was a general practitioner for eight years before I returned to endodontic residency in 2007. I remember being astounded at the level of literature and evidence we would study and use as the basis for all of our treatment decisions. "Where have you all been hiding this stuff? I've never really heard of any of it!" I thought. I continue to be very proud of our profession's commitment to evidence and truth as the basis for our treatment. So, don't let the lit reviews bog you down too much. Your years of residency will pass by quickly and you will be all the better for it! You have made an excellent choice!

Which brings me to my next subject—APICES! This Paper Point includes all the ins and outs of APICES, so read on for the details. In short, it's a professional endodontic symposium organized by residents, for residents. This year it will take place in Philadelphia, Pa., from August 12—14.

Remember, you are NEVER too young to attend. I went the first month of my first year of residency. Some of the lectures were over my head, but I had such a good time meeting other residents and getting to know endodontics better that I highly recommend it. It will only benefit you!

Our committee's job is to assist you during your residency, and support you as you enter your career as a new practitioner. Please take a moment to peruse the Resident and New Practitioner portion of the AAE website. You will find helpful information about connecting with mentors, finding a job, APICES, the Fall Conference and the Annual Session. Our contact information is there as well, so if you have a question or comment about our committee or our services to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Welcome to the profession and I hope to see each of you at APICES!

Best Regards,

Kerri L. Lawlor, D.D.S.
Chair, Resident and New Practitioner Committee

Applaud our Corporate Sponsors
Submitted by Kimberly A.D. Lindquist, D.D.S.

Whenever or wherever there is a gathering of endodontists and/or endodontic residents, expect there to be industry members too. The financial contributions of these corporate sponsors provide much needed funds to put on cutting-edge programs. Whether you are looking to add equipment or just need a few supplies, corporate vendors are ready and willing to help.

As noted in Dr. William T. Johnson's June 2011 President's Message: "Since 1943, endodontists have had our American Association of Endodontists to support our needs amid the changing technologies and advances in dentistry. Along with us on the journey have been our many corporate supporters who offer their unique perspectives, cutting-edge research and technological advances. The benefits of AAE corporate support to endodontists are wide-ranging, including enhanced education and research, community outreach, philanthropy and thought leadership."

These corporate sponsors are also important to the Resident and New Practitioner Committee. Treloar & Heisel, Inc. has given funds to host the Resident Reception at the AAE Annual Session for many years. Multiple vendors also fund the majority of the expenses associated with APICES. At APICES, industry members are exposed to the future faces of endodontics. They have a chance to begin forging professional relationships that could last for entire careers.

When asked what it is about APICES in particular that keeps them coming back, vendors had a lot to say:

The Digital Office (TDO)
Diane Griffith

Each year, TDO looks forward to attending APICES with great anticipation. The AAE hosts this one-of-a-kind event annually, and it is my favorite meeting of the entire year. APICES is a unique opportunity to meet with hundreds of students from across the country, to enjoy fellowship and hear fantastic speakers, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere...and I do mean fun!

I have a favorite saying, 'I wish every day was APICES!' TDO feels very fortunate to be invited to attend this venue once again in 2011. We make lots of new friends each summer. It is always a pleasure to make the acquaintance of all the students who hold the future of endodontics in their hands.

Global Surgical Corporation
Nancy Merriman

Global Surgical Corporation enthusiastically supports many endodontic schools and programs all over the world. APICES provides Global yet another venue to meet with faculty members and residents.

This meeting is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the current issues relevant to endodontics at schools and in the endodontic specialty in general. It is as much a learning experience for Global as it is for the attendees. Ideas and feedback from attendees help Global determine avenues of growth and support for the endodontic community.

Carestream Dental LLC
Charles Enjalbert

APICES is a great opportunity for our company to meet and engage with endodontic residents who represent the future of endodontics. It is a unique event that helps us solidify our long-term commitment to the endodontic specialty.

Let us applaud our vendors for all they do for endodontics.

Why Not Endodontics
By Joseph Blondin, endodontic resident at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

**This article was originally published in the 2011 April issue of ASDA News, and is reprinted with permission from the American Student Dental Association.**

Joseph Blondin

Usually the first, and I suppose most important, question I hear when I share my plans for next year is "why endodontics?" My immediate response (created after the first hundred or so times I had to answer this question) is "why dental school?"

Sure I only performed root canal therapy on one molar before I applied, and then two molars before I went on my interviews, but did I drill teeth before I decided I wanted to be a dentist? Can we ever really know what we want to do with the whole rest of our lives? I struggle just deciding which movie I want next on Netflix. I guess all I can do is try to tell you my reasons for choosing endodontics.

I feel like I thrive when I focus on a specific area and become the best I possibly can in it. As strange as it sounds, I enjoy repetitiveness. When I download a song on iTunes, I listen to it at least a hundred times in a row until I know every word (I'm currently working on new Katy Perry). Diagnostics is my favorite part of dentistry, and I'm pretty sure this is the reason why "House, M.D." is now my favorite television show, besides "Lost" of course.

I really enjoyed the five root canal treatments I have done during dental school. Sure that doesn't seem like a lot, but then again I wouldn't say I've done a whole lot of any dental treatment thus far in dental school. All of the faculty and residents seem like great people. I know I'm going to add a little spice to the Connecticut residency, but I think I should get along with everyone just fine. I just had to listen to my heart, which is what I try to do in every situation, and it told me specializing in endodontics was the only thing that was going to make me happy. I know it's a bold move to dedicate the rest of my long, prosperous career to endo, but I think it's worth the risk.

The second question I usually hear is "are you worried about implants and the need for endodontics in 10 years?" I usually answer this question with a quote from one of my favorite movies, "Van Wilder:" "worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere." Do I think there's a place and need for implants? Absolutely. Do I think implants are the solution to all dental problems? No chance. I see implants as more of a last resort. When your implant fails, there's nothing else you can do. When (although it rarely ever happens) your endodontic therapy fails, you have several options: retreatment, apicoectomy and, of course, implants.

I'm a conservative guy. If there's a way I can save teeth, I'm going to try to do it. Plus, extractions are my least favorite dental procedure, so I'll do anything to avoid having to pull a tooth out. I believe people will always want to keep their natural teeth, and thus, there will always be a need for an endodontist. Also, if worse comes to worse, I can still teach endodontics, right?

I find it very strange that endodontics isn't more popular, but since I'm the only person that applied from my class and all my friends from ASDA, maybe I'm the strange one. On the other hand, I would say everyone in dental school is strange in their own way, and I'd be happy if liking endodontics was the only thing people thought was strange about me (which, unfortunately, I know is not the case). There's just something about the specialty that makes me want to do it everyday, and I'm still amazed that I will actually get the opportunity to someday. So when you're struggling through your molar endo and wondering if it's even worth your time, just remember, there's someone else out there that would love the opportunity to do it for you!

APICES—A History of Fellowship

APICES 2011 marks the eighth year that the AAE has provided a great chance for endodontic residents from around the nation to enjoy a free opportunity for scientific programming and mingling with industry professionals, as well as an environment of fellowship created especially for their demographic.

In fact, according to its founders, the main goal of APICES is providing residents with a wealth of experiences, endodontic education and fellowship. The event was co-founded by two residents at Boston University, Drs. Brian Chuang and Jessica Barr in 2004. During the planning stages of the first symposium, Drs. Chuang and Barr were unaware of the success the program would become.

Dr. Barr believes the most valuable part of APICES remains "the opportunities to meet and network with other residents from across the country. The didactic portion is wonderful as well, but to have the chance to meet people in other programs and forge relationships that carry into your professional lives is really the key."

Both Drs. Chuang and Barr are blown away by the success that APICES has seen. "We are grateful to the enthusiastic residents at the host schools and the dedicated staff at the AAE who helped make APICES possible," said Dr. Chuang.

The first Advanced Programs in Clinical Endodontics Symposium was held at Boston University. In honor of its roots, APICES will return to the BU campus every four years; 2012 will mark the third BU APICES. Since 2005, endodontic residents from institutions across the nation have applied for the honor and accepted the task of planning the meeting for their peers.

APICES has been hosted by: Boston University, University of Illinois at Chicago, St. Louis University, University of Washington, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now the University of Pennsylvania. Working on an APICES Planning Committee is undoubtedly a large task but comes with great satisfaction.

Registration for APICES 2011 is open until Wednesday, July 27. Visit www.apices.info to register. As long as residents value the continued success that APICES brings to them and to corporate representatives the show will go on.

2006: University of Illinois at Chicago

 

2007: St. Louis University
 
2008: Boston University
 
2009: University of Washington
 
2010: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Post Your Résumé on the AAE Career Center

Planning the initial stages of your career in endodontics is complicated and time-consuming. The AAE Career Center is a good place to start.

At no cost, AAE members can search the Career Center listings for positions available and practices for sale. In addition, members can post their résumé on the Career Center at no cost. Employers and practice owners who submit job openings are able to search these résumés to find potential candidates.

For more information, go to www.aae.org/CareerCenter.

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 and fall?
  • What types of groundbreaking research are happening at your institution?
  • Any famous alumni?

Please direct all questions or send any news items to Alyson Hall, AAE development coordinator, at ahall@aae.org, or by calling 800/872-3636 (U.S., Canada, Mexico) or 312/266-7255 ext. 3008.

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