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“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” –E. Luccock, Professor, Yale Divinity School Several years ago I was inspired by an AAE Presidential Address given by Dr. Louis Rossman, one of my friends and life mentors.  In his address, Dr. Rossman mentioned that his mother was an accomplished…

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Rise to the Occasion at AAE22 in Phoenix

“The desert tells a different story every time one ventures on it.” – Robert Edison Fulton, Jr. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this year’s Annual Meeting set in Phoenix, Arizona. As someone who has lived in the Midwest much of my life, I’ve always held a special appreciation for the desert aesthetic. And…

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Stay Involved and Engaged Ahead of the 2022 General Assembly — and Beyond

“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin Yes, that makes two Ben Franklin quotes in two President’s Messages in a row! And just as I offered more words from Mr. Franklin this month, please allow me to bring you some additional words about…

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Board Transformation Initiative: What’s on the Horizon

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” ​–​ Benjamin Franklin Happy New Year! January is a chance to look back at the previous year, map out the year ahead, and reassess our most meaningful long-term goals.  While it has not been on New Year’s Day, for the past…

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A Gift to Our Future

“Giving is what fuels us. Giving is our future.” -Blake Mycoskie Here’s to our future! As we enter the holiday season, it is common take stock in our current year and make a toast to success in the future. Not long ago, I took part in an important exercise that gave me an appreciation of…

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A 25th Anniversary Tribute to the College of Diplomates

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill A few months ago, I highlighted the paths to Board certification of two endodontists, Dr. Sheena Howell and Dr. Anthony T. Borgia. Both of them recognized the importance of mentors, emphasizing the importance of asking for support along…

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Where Are We Going?

“Planning is bringing the future into the present, so that you can do something about it now.” -Alan Larkin, planning consultant Not long after I finished my residency, my wife Sandy and I decided to meet with a financial advisor to create a plan for paying down our student debt and buying a house. Prior…

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AAE Leads: A Fresh Look at the AAE’s Critically Important Board Transformation Initiative

“We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us.” —Maria Mitchell Last week, I gave a lecture to the residents at the University of Minnesota, and I took a photo with them (and Dr. W. Craig Noblett): The diversity present within even this small group is evident – from…

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Rebooting Recognition to Inspire Your Dream Teams

When I started my year as president of the AAE, my presidential profile focused on the importance of teams in my life. I have been fortunate to be a part of many amazing teams in my professional life: in the AAE, the AAE Foundation for Endodontics, and the ABE. However, one of the teams with…

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Board Certification: Many Paths to One Important Destination

“The intrinsic path to success is to focus on being the person that you are, and put all of your energy and drive into being the best possible version of yourself.”  Paul Buchheit The path to board certification is unique to each Diplomate while the destination is the same: a handshake from the president of…

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