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“Be prepared.” We’re all familiar with the Boy Scout adage. The Scout motto means that you are always ready to do what is necessary to help others. It also means you are ready, willing and able to do what is necessary for any situation that comes along. You are also being prepared to live a full and worthwhile life, being a physically fit, honorable citizen of strong character.

That motto is especially poignant these days, considering the natural disasters we’ve seen in recent weeks. Our hearts go out to everyone affected. I encourage you to support relief efforts, commend the heroes and first responders, and visit ADA’s Charitable Assistance page if you are in need.

Preparing for dire circumstances is undoubtedly critical in times of catastrophe. It is also important in our line of work — when a patient is in extreme pain, for instance.

Consider the importance of decision making during an emergency situation. When dealing with an emergency case, there is no time for indecision. That is why it’s important to constantly reinforce our critical decision-making skillsets.

Taking place November 9-11, 2017, at the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms in South Carolina, Insight Track: Diagnosis and Decision Making offers attendees new tools to refine and enhance techniques used to detect and treat the source of dental pain. Unlock the keys to managing difficult cases with this comprehensive continuing education program.

This three-day meeting includes an intensive exploration of new diagnostic technologies, pain management methods, treatment techniques, material variations and prognosis statistics.

Attendees will take an in-depth look at today’s endodontic challenges, including the use of CBCT, appropriate diagnosis of resorption, treatment of compromised teeth and modern issues in dental pharmacology. Leading speakers on these topics and others will present in plenary sessions each morning, leaving afternoons free to spend time with friends, family, and guests.

Insight Track is designed to inform, challenge and engage attendees. No matter how experienced, practitioners will leave with an enhanced skillset; educators will collect additional case situations to challenge their residents and residents will gain critical clinical wisdom in decision making.

Through this wisdom, endodontic emergency preparedness can be strengthened. One of the AAE’s core values, Knowledge, is defined as “strengthening the specialty through fellowship and mutual respect.” That ties in nicely with the Boy Scout motto, doesn’t it?

As news reports continue to swirl with images of chaos in demolished regions, please keep those affected by the disaster in your thoughts.


Read more from the September 2017 Communiqué.

Read more President’s Message articles.