Association Membership-What’s in it for me?

Most of you should have recently received a notice to renew your AAE membership for 2017-2018. It will probably not surprise you to know that I have already renewed mine for the coming year. But why should you renew your membership? Let me provide a little background before I discuss the value of AAE membership.

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Taking Control of Our Specialty

“The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails.”
– William Arthur Ward Our specialty of endodontics has come a long way since I completed my residency program in 1991. Electronic apex locators, rotary files, the surgical microscope, bioceramic materials and cone beam CT are but just a few things that have not only raised the quality of endodontic care over the past 25 years, but they have raised the bar on what should be the standard of care for ALL dental practitioners performing root canal therapy.

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President’s Profile: Born to Serve

Service to others is a common theme in Dr. Garry Myers’ life – whether it’s as incoming president of the AAE, in the military as a dental officer, in private practice as an endodontist in his professional life, or in his private life, as den leader and cubmaster for his son’s scouts group, coaching youth sports, or volunteering for the Iditarod dog sled race, in Anchorage and out on the trail (17 years and counting).

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President’s Message: An Ethical Foundation

“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”- Potter Stewart

Can one teach ethics or do humans possess an inherent sense of right and wrong from birth? This has been the subject of many intellectual exercises, and the conclusions vary.

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President’s Message: AAE Connection is Now Live

I am pleased to announce the launch one of the most powerful member benefits in AAE history, AAE Connection. AAE Connection is your endodontic community and opportunity to connect with thousands of endodontic professionals representing the specialty all around the world.

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President’s Message: Informed Consent: Does it Begin With Public Awareness?

Every health care provider is familiar with the term “informed consent.” It is an integral part of the provision of any medical or dental procedure. During the process of informed consent, the health care provider discloses the relevant information to a competent patient so the patient can make the voluntary decision to accept or refuse treatment.

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President’s Message: Board Certification: Debunking the Elitist Myth

A hot topic within the dental community has been the process by which the dental specialties are recognized. What does Board certification really mean to end-dentists and the specialty?

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Advocacy in Action

With the recent election of a new government we have all been pondering what it takes to provide good leadership, sound decision making and vision. These attributes are requisite for a good leader and a great leader combines them with compassion, empathy and wisdom to advocate for their constituency.

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President’s Message: Student Debt: A National Threat

When I graduated from dental school it was not uncommon for students to have taken on debt, however student loans made it possible for many of us to afford the cost of a graduate degree. Your officers and Board of Directors are concerned about student debt and how it is affecting dentistry in general, and our specialty in particular.

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President’s Message: Endodontic Education: Teaching One Standard of Practice

As an educator for over 20 years I was involved in clinical and didactic proficiency assessments on many levels. None were as informative as what I experienced in 2005 when I went into full-time clinical practice. It was there that I could observe the real-life competency of my students.

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