August 2014






Preparing Endodontists for a Multidisciplinary World

By Marc E. Levitan, D.D.S.



Preparing Endodontists for a Multidisciplinary World

By Marc E.. Levitan, D.D.S.


Endodontics is changing. Multidisciplinary practices are increasing in popularity in the United States and the emerging trend is to view oral health in the larger context of an integrated healthcare system. As AAE President Dr. Robert S. Roda discussed in the July Communiqué, “no man is an island” in dentistry, and we as endodontists need to enhance our interaction with generalists and other specialists to address our patients’ complex dental treatment issues.


Endodontic education is changing too. As always, the goal of postgraduate endodontic programs is to develop in students the higher-order thinking skills required for the contemporary practice of dentistry. The emphasis of the training, however, has shifted toward integration of the various dental disciplines. The independent clinical silos are being replaced with a multidisciplinary approach that involves small groups in collaborative settings, conducted by faculty from different disciplines. 


The intent is to integrate the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences throughout the resident’s training. Settings such as case presentations or treatment planning seminars on complex restorative cases combine endodontics with periodontology and fixed prosthodontics. Endodontics pairs with oral surgery on topics of odontogenic infection as well as oral and IV sedation; with pediatric dentistry on trauma to the immature permanent dentition; and with the Veterans Administration on management of geriatric patients. This format results in more effective learning as students are continually exposed to a comprehensive treatment management approach for patients. The small-group, case-based learning environment assists students in making connections across various clinical areas.


So, is this a new direction in dental education or just another passing fancy? News coming out of the ADA seems to indicate the former. Recent ADA polls reveal that multidisciplinary dental practices are on the rise. The ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation established new standards for dental schools, effective July 2013, that require schools to develop integrated curricula. Hence, it is important for educators to embrace the changing landscape to better position our future endodontists for success over the long term.


The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry was the first school to commit to the multidisciplinary philosophy, implementing an innovative, comprehensive curriculum in 2007. From day one, Dugoni students receive integrated training that presents new information in the context of the overall patient. Per Endodontic Department Co-Chair Dr. Alan Gluskin, the amount of endodontic content discussed in the program has actually increased under this model, compared to the prior traditional course presentations, since the endodontic perspective and concepts are considered in more topics. The Dugoni program serves as an exemplary educational model and has resulted in more efficient learning, enhanced retention of knowledge and increased preparedness to enter the endodontic field.


Other programs have followed suit. Boston University extends this concept into the clinical realm, advertising a Multidisciplinary Dental Group Practice for their dental clinic. Currently, 50 percent of dental schools have indicated that at least some portion of their curriculum has changed to adopt a multidisciplinary approach. 


The shift in dental training is beginning to affect educational assessment as well. The ADA Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations has launched a massive effort to develop an Integrated National Board Dental Exam that includes predominantly case-based questions and tests multiple areas of foundation knowledge in each question. There is no date certain for implementation, but the current NBDE Part I (basic science only) and Part II (clinical and behavioral sciences) format will be replaced with only one exam scheduled to be taken early in the fourth year of study. The exam’s assessment will reflect the educational process of content integration and collaboration among disciplines.


I was a practitioner before entering the academic field, and I remember all too well learning the necessary skills for an integrated treatment approach by “trial and error” as I progressed in my clinical career. The transition in dental education toward interdisciplinary training ensures that soon-to-be endodontic practitioners will develop these critical patterns prior to graduation, which equips them for successful careers, keeps our specialty relevant in a multidisciplinary world and ultimately improves patient outcomes.


Dr. Marc E. Levitan is professor and director of the postgraduate and undergraduate endodontic programs at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. He spent 25 years in private practice before beginning his full-time academic career in 2000. He can be reached at



President's Message


Groups of Groups


“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”

-- Maya Angelou


Current thought among paleontologists is that, contrary to previously long-held beliefs, certain species of dinosaurs grouped together for mutual survival. The hadrosaurs, ceratopsians and even some of the carnivorous dinosaurs like velociraptors formed living groups that helped them to thrive for hundreds of millions of years. Prehistoric ancestors of humans worked together in small groups to divide labor, protect themselves and gather resources to survive.


With the advent of agriculture, civilizations arose in the Middle East from smaller groups that coalesced into larger ones that developed trade, spoken language, government structures and the written word. Civilization eventually spread across the globe, and so I find myself here in the United Club at Chicago’s O’Hare airport thinking about groups.


Really, I should be thinking about my trip home, but instead, I’m reflecting on several recent events that may be of interest to the reader of this Communiqué. Last month I wrote about how learning the interdisciplinary language of all of our clinical partners (generalists and specialists) helps to improve patient care. Interestingly, the same thing occurs at the organizational level of the AAE. There are many groups and organizations representing the varied interests of dentists. Perhaps the largest, by total membership, would be the ADA, but there are also the ADA-recognized specialty groups such as the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), and your AAE. This you already know, but you may not know how this alphabet soup of groups interacts in a complex ecological system that helps the groups to help their members and their patients.


Last March, a group from the AAE attended the annual meeting of ADEA, the American Dental Education Association. While we may not share all of their aims, we do help to promote “endodontic education by endodontists” in dental schools. The endodontic section of ADEA is one of their strongest and has an outsized influence within the group. The more that dental students interact with endodontic specialists during their training, the more likely they are to refer their future patients for endodontic specialty care. By supporting ADEA and their endodontic section, we are supporting our members’ needs and the optimum health of our patients.


I recently attended a meeting of DSG, the Dental Specialties Group, which is a loose affiliation of the groups representing the ADA-recognized specialties. Twice a year this group has formal meetings in Chicago at which information and best practices are exchanged and, occasionally, initiatives arise that are of common interest to the member groups. At this latest meeting, we discussed how the advent of new practice models is affecting our newest members and what we as individual groups can do to help them. The effect of government programs (such as the new CE rules under the Sunshine Act and the Unique Device Identifier program) on specialty practice was discussed. The exchange of ideas and information was quite useful and everyone learned something that will help their members and their patients.


The same week, I also attended a meeting of the Specialty Boards in Chicago. The president of our American Board of Endodontics, Dr. Jim Johnson, met with the presidents of the other boards to discuss issues of mutual interest in their pursuit of testing excellence. The ABE’s efforts at optimizing the board certification process is what allows the specialty of endodontics to exist and is enhanced greatly by these collaborations. These endeavors help our members and our patients.


Last month, we had a joint symposium with the AAP and the ACP (perio and pros) about saving the natural tooth. All who attended considered it to be an exceptional meeting. The presentations on outcomes and techniques of treatment designed to save teeth were outstanding, and I think many of the participants had their eyes opened to what we have been saying all along: the natural tooth is better than any replacement. There were many calls (from all three specialties) to take this message further by repeating the presentations at other meetings, especially those of general dentists, so they can also see the value of saving teeth. It was wonderful to see how participants from different groups could work together for the betterment of patient care.


In June, I attended the biannual meeting of IADT, the International Association for Dental Traumatology. I met with their Board of Directors and we had very productive discussions regarding, among other things, the recently released joint AAE/IADT trauma guidelines. The challenge now is to ensure that this information gets into the hands of the people who have the critical task of managing the patient at the site of trauma. Parents, teachers, coaches and first responders make the biggest difference in those first minutes after dental trauma. By working together and reaching out to these individuals, the AAE and IADT can positively influence patient outcomes.


The collaborations will continue next February at The Insight Track: Practice Management in Park City, Utah, organized in cooperation with CAE, the Canadian Academy of Endodontics. Many of our members, especially our newer members, need help managing their practices so they can deliver the highest quality of care to their patients. The CAE and the AAE have worked together to provide useful, timely and valuable information to our members at this meeting.


By working together with such disparate groups on such a wide range of topics, your AAE is speaking the multidisciplinary language. We are reaching out in all directions to all of the different areas of dentistry so that we can ensure our members’ success and maximize the health of our patients. Groups working with groups have resulted in successful efforts throughout the history of history. It works for civilization and it works for the AAE!


A Creative Approach to Clinical Training


At the New York University College of Dentistry, students in the Honors in Endodontics Program are receiving their clinical training with a twist of drama. Honors in Endodontics Program Director Dr. Manju G. Gerber has developed a new curriculum that puts students face to face with simulated “patients,” portrayed by fellow students, in complex, multidisciplinary clinical scenarios.


Each session involves two students, one serving as the learner (the dentist) and the other acting as the patient. The students then switch roles so that everyone has the opportunity to be both a learner and patient. Using scripts written by Dr. Gerber, the simulated patients describe their symptoms and medical history for the learners who interview, diagnose and prepare treatment plans. Although simulation exercises are common in medical and nursing education programs, NYU is one of the first dental schools to utilize the technique.


“This type of simulation assesses the students’ clinical competency,” Dr. Gerber said. “Can they medically manage the patient and interact with patient effectively? Are they able to give an appropriate differential diagnosis, prognosis, treatment plan and alternative treatment plan that considers the patient’s symptoms and medical issues as well as their habits and finances?”


Each session is filmed so that students can review the footage in debriefing sessions with faculty and discuss areas for improvement. They also receive peer assessments from the simulated patients regarding their interviewing and communication skills.


In addition to exposing students to endodontic cases, the program prepares them for complex scenarios that may require consultation with fellow dentists, physicians or other health professionals. Scripts often call for simulated patients to present with periodontal, orofacial, medical or psychological symptoms, as well as endodontic symptoms. In one case, the patient has a hypoglycemic attack while giving his medical history.


“As a dentist, you need to know how to manage medical situations along with your dental diagnosis,” Dr. Gerber said. “I wanted to show the students that you do not just work by yourself or with a referring dentist, but with peers in other dental disciplines and other health professions.”


To develop this innovative curriculum, Dr. Gerber collaborated with colleagues throughout NYU. She consulted with the medical doctors and nurses at the NYU Medical Center’s New York Simulation Center for input on simulation design, filming and debriefing, as well as incorporating medical and nursing management situations into the simulated cases. Dr. Gerber’s colleagues in the College of Dentistry assisted in developing cases that involve oral surgery, oral pathology, periodontology and prosthodontics.


The program has been very successful, garnering grants from the NYU Curriculum Development Challenge Fund and College of Dentistry Dean’s Research Fund, and positive evaluations from students. Dr. Gerber is now working to expand this curriculum to all third- and fourth-year predoctoral students at the College of Dentistry and will begin a pilot project with voluntary fourth-year students this fall. She is also in the process of developing virtual simulations that will allow students to hone their clinical skills via computer as they interact with patient avatars.


“I’m grateful for the support of Endodontic Department Chair [and AAE Member] Dr. Asegir Sigurdsson, Associate Chair of Cariology and Comprehensive Care Dr. Kenneth Allen and Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education Dr. Mark Wolff,” Dr. Gerber said. “They made this possible by taking a chance on my ideas.”


Even more important, the program is training future endodontists to examine each case from an integrated perspective, setting them up to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care throughout their careers.


“My goal is for the students to see each patient not as a tooth, but as a person,” Dr. Gerber said.


For more information about the NYU Honors in Endodontics Program, contact Dr. Manju Gerber at


Ask the AAE: What is Medicare PECOS and Should I Enroll?



Q. I received a request for payment from a pathology lab where I sent an order for a biopsy. The letter says:


“You apparently were not enrolled in PECOS on the date of service for your patient. Regulations allow the pathology laboratories to bill the referring provider for these services. The Medicare Explanation of Benefits Indicates: The referring provider is not eligible to refer the service billed.”


I do not provide any Medicare services and I do not have Medicare billing privileges. What is this about?

-- Dr. N. Doe, AAE member


A:  Dr. Doe has stumbled upon an aspect of the Affordable Care Act called the Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System, or “PECOS.”


Any health care provider who offers Medicare-covered services must enroll in PECOS or formally opt out. The ADA lobbied unsuccessfully to exclude dentists from PECOS since Medicare generally does not cover routine dental service unless they are necessary to the provision of certain Medicare-covered services. In other words, dental care is a tiny portion of Medicare expenditures.


However, as Dr. Doe discovered, there is a twist in the regulation. PECOS goes a step further and requires enrollment (or formal opt-out) of providers who order covered imaging and clinical laboratory services for Medicare beneficiaries and/or prescribe drugs for patients who have Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.


Under the regulation, if a provider orders one of these services and is not enrolled or formally opted out of PECOS, Medicare will deny payment to the entity that provided services (the lab). The ordering provider (Dr. Doe) is then responsible for payment.

Without knowing more details about Dr. Doe’s patient, it is likely that the pathology lab has systems in place that immediately flagged the order for submission to Medicare based on the patient’s age and the service ordered. Apparently it was a Medicare covered service, and payment to the lab was denied solely because of Dr. Doe’s PECOS enrollment status. Therefore, Dr. Doe must pay for the service and cannot bill the patient.


Moving forward, Dr. Doe should complete the “simplified” CMS-855O form, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services developed for providers who wish to enroll in PECOS only for ordering and prescribing. It can take up to two months to process the form and enrollment is not retroactive. But once the registration is processed, Dr. Doe will not have to worry that he will be responsible for paying future lab bills for Medicare beneficiaries.


It is recommended that you instruct your practice staff to complete the CMS-855O or the PECOS online enrollment. It may seem like a lot of work for a small number of potential claims, but it makes good business sense in terms of maximizing revenue. Otherwise, your practice is assuming financial risk for any services you order that may be covered by Medicare.


Joint Symposium Recap: Saving Teeth,
Making Connections


“We’re here to get back to the core of what we do as dentists: save the patient’s natural tooth,” said Dr. Lily Garcia, American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation chair, as she welcomed approximately 375 endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists and general dentists to the 2014 Joint Symposium, Teeth for a Lifetime: Interdisciplinary Evidence for Clinical Success. Hosted by the AAE, ACP and American Academy of Periodontology, the meeting provided a forum for dentists from various specialties to discuss the importance of preserving the natural dentition.


And for some, like AAE Member Dr. James Isett of York, Pa., the Joint Symposium also offered an opportunity to build relationships with their referring dentists.


For more photos, check out the Joint Symposium
photo album on the AAE Facebook page!


Dr. Isett, along with fellow York resident and AAP Member Dr. Bryan Siegelman, sent invitations to all of their referring dentists to join them at the Joint Symposium, and offered to cover the airfare, hotel and meeting registration costs for the first 10 dentists who responded. In just a few days, all 10 spots were filled.


“It was a great opportunity to give back to our referring dentists and hang out with them for the weekend,” Dr. Isett said.


The Joint Symposium educational program included presentations on contemporary evidence that supports saving teeth, as well as advanced regenerative and restorative treatment methods. The second day of the meeting focused on best practices for interdisciplinary treatment planning.


“The Joint Symposium had something for everyone,” Dr. Isett said. “The topic of ‘Teeth for a Lifetime’ was right up my alley as an endodontist, and it was great for my referring dentists to hear that we shouldn’t give up on natural teeth and be so quick to extract and implant.”


Recordings from the AAE/AAP/ACP Joint Symposium will be available on the Live Learning Center this week.




General Assembly Minutes



The 2014 General Assembly, the AAE’s annual business meeting, was held on May 2, 2014, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.



President Gary R. Hartwell called the 2014 General Assembly of the American Association of Endodontists to order at 8:50 a.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. A quorum of voting members was in attendance.



President Hartwell called for approval of the minutes of the April 19, 2013 General Assembly held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, as mailed to the membership.


GA–1 Moved: that the 2013 General Assembly Minutes be approved as distributed in the July 2013 Communiqué.


Motion Carried.




President Hartwell, who presented his state-of-the-AAE report at the President’s Breakfast, announced the solid state of AAE membership and finances. He reported that the AAE Board of Directors continues to utilize real-time strategic planning to accomplish goals and objectives.



Secretary Garry L. Myers stated that he provided minutes for all meetings of the Board of Directors and attended committee meetings as assigned. Dr. Myers reported that the records of the Association are in order.



Treasurer Linda G. Levin reported that the AAE is in sound financial condition. For the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2013, the AAE had a net surplus of $240,412 which was $277,194 more than the budgeted deficit of $36,782. The AAE received a clean audit from its independent auditors for 2013, indicating that financial operations comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.


Dr. Levin reported that it is anticipated that the 2013-2014 fiscal year will end with a surplus.


The AAE reserve fund balance was $6,786,035 as of February 28, 2014, which is $635,050 more than one year ago.


Treasurer Levin thanked the members of the Budget and Finance Committee and Board of Directors for their work.



Immediate Past President James C. Kulild, chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, presented a proposed amendment to the Constitution, as published and distributed in the January 2014 Communiqué. The proposed revision amendment enables the AAE to utilize electronic publications to communicate items such as District Director and Officer Nominations, as well as proposed Constitution and Bylaws changes, to the membership.


GA–2 Moved: that the proposed amendment to the AAE Constitution, as published in the January 2014 Communiqué, be approved.


Motion Carried.



Editor Kenneth M. Hargreaves reported continuous advances in the Journal of Endodontics. The JOE impact factor, which measures how often a published paper is cited, and thus provides one measure of the scientific impact of a journal, has increased more than four-fold since 2002, and the JOE is now ranked number eight among 82 dental journals worldwide.


The Scientific Advisory Board, consisting of over 400 members from over 25 countries, reviewed more than 1,600 new and revised manuscripts in 2013. This workload was managed without causing an increase in the backlog of articles going into publication.


This year, strides were made to bring members a more robust JOE online experience, including new media such as podcasts with author interviews and development of a mobile application.


Dr. Hargreaves reported collaborative activities with international dental organizations. The JOE worked in conjunction with the International Association for Dental Research’s Pulp Biology Regenerative Research Group to publish a special online edition of the Journal, including proceedings from its 2013 Satellite Symposium. In addition, the Association of German Certified Endodontists enrolled all of their members as subscribers to the JOE.



ABE President Patrick E. Taylor presented the report of the ABE. Dr. Taylor highlighted that Board Certification is essential for endodontics to continue to be recognized as a dental specialty, and helps to sustain consistent standards of excellence in the specialty of endodontics.


The ABE reached a milestone in 2014 with the introduction of 92 new Diplomates at the Grossman Luncheon. Dr. Taylor announced that the Case History Examination is now available in digital format for electronic submission starting in May 2014. The ABE has been administering its Oral Examination at the American Board of Orthodontics in Saint Louis since the fall of 2011, and in February, gave the winter/spring oral examination at that location. This provides the ABE with the capacity to administer over 200 examinations annually.


Dr. Taylor thanked the ABE directors, counselor and consultants for their dedication.



AAEF President Keith V. Krell presented the report of the AAE Foundation.


The Foundation is slated to invest 1.7 million dollars in research and education during 2014. Dr. Krell thanked each donor for making this level of funding possible. He noted special thanks to the many residents who have pledged their support to the Foundation.


In 2014 the Foundation awarded two new Endowed Faculty Matching Grants to the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Texas, San Antonio.


Dr. Krell recognized Foundation Fellowship recipients Drs. Rene Chu of the University of Iowa, Melissa Marchesan of Nova Southeastern University and Nikita Ruparel of Loma Linda University for completing their first year of teaching.



Nominating Committee Chair Clara M. Spatafore presented the following slate of nominees:


Officers, American Association of Endodontists:

President - Robert S. Roda

President-Elect - Terryl A. Propper

Vice President - Linda G. Levin

Secretary - Garry L. Myers

Treasurer - Patrick E. Taylor

Immediate Past President - Gary R. Hartwell


Directors, American Board of Endodontics:

Stephen B. Davis

Cindy R. Rauschenberger

Asgeir Sigurdsson


Trustee, AAE Foundation:

Patricia A. Tordik


New Practitioner Trustee, AAE Foundation:

Cameron M. Howard


AAE Foundation Public Sector Representatives:

Jack Burlison

Scott Fehrs

Tom Kennedy


GA–3 Moved: that the slate of nominees for AAE officers, ABE directors and AAE Foundation trustees be approved.


Motion Carried.



President Hartwell announced the nominees for AAE district directors as published in the Communiqué:


District I - Michelle L. Mazur-Kary

District II - Maria C. Maranga

District III - Mark A. Odom

District VI - Kimberly A.D. Lindquist

District VII - Nava Fathi


GA–4 Moved: that the slate of nominees for district directors be approved.


Motion Carried.



Immediate Past President Gary R. Hartwell thanked the AAE Board and committees for their service. He then passed the gavel to President Roda, who presented him with the AAE past president’s pin.



President Roda spoke to the Assembly regarding the future of the specialty and the AAE’s efforts to continually address member needs in the areas of practice management resources, market research and outreach, and advocacy. Dr. Roda highlighted the importance of AAE members becoming involved in organized dentistry at the local, state and national level.


President Roda encouraged members to attend the 2015 Annual Session in Seattle, Wash.



President Roda entertained requests for new business. A motion was proposed to rename the AAE Part-Time Educator Award in honor of Drs. Dudley Glick and Alfred Frank. President Roda indicated that he would refer this request to the Honors and Awards Committee for consideration.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10 a.m.



2015 District Director Nominees Announced


The American Association of Endodontists proudly announces the district director candidates for the 2015-2018 term. Members will approve the nominees by casting their votes at the 2015 General Assembly in Seattle, Wash., on Friday, May 8.


The AAE Board of Directors is responsible for and maintains the authority over all matters concerning the Association. The Board includes two representatives from each of the seven districts. Each year, the AAE district caucus nominating committees elect nominees to fill upcoming vacancies on the Board. In addition to the directors, the Board is comprised of six officers, the executive director, the Journal of Endodontics editor and the AAE Foundation president.



Following is the slate of nominees that will be voted on at the 2015 General Assembly:


District I

Nominee: Patrick E. Dahlkemper, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nominating Committee Chair: Tevyah J. Dines, Wellesley, Mass.


District III

Nominee: Roberta Pileggi, Gainesville, Fla.

Nominating Committee Chair: Patti C. Dowling, Orlando, Fla.


District IV

Nominee: Bradford R. Johnson, Chicago, Ill.

Nominating Committee Chair: Carl W. Newton, Indianapolis, Ind.


District V

Nominee: Ron C. Hill, Houston, Texas

Nominating Committee Chair: Glenn R. Walters, San Antonio, Texas


District VII

The District VII Nominating Committee, chaired by Dr. Alan H. Gluskin of San Francisco, Calif., has selected Drs. Thomas A. Levy of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jan M. O’Dell of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., as its nominees for district director. An additional nomination for Dr. Nishan M. Odabashian of Glendale, Calif., including a petition with the requisite number of voting members’ signatures, has also been submitted. An election will be held in District VII to determine a final nominee for this available position.



Additional nominations for all district director positions are welcome and may be submitted in writing to the District Caucus Nominating Committee chairs. All nominations must be made with the approval of the nominee and accompanied by a petition that includes the printed names and signatures of 25 voting members of that district. To be eligible, the nominations must be received by the District Caucus Nominating Committee chair no later than October 15, 2014.


The AAE thanks the following directors who are completing their terms on the Board of Directors in May 2015: Drs. Paula Russo, District I; Marc E. Levitan, District III; Anita Aminoshariae, District IV; Gary G. Goodell, District V; and Stefan I. Zweig, District VII.


For more information on the district director nomination process or AAE governance, contact Trina Andresen Coe, assistant executive director for governance, by email at or by phone at 800/872-3636 (North America) or 312/266-7255 (International), ext. 3030.


Call for 2016 Award Nominations


The Honors and Awards Committee encourages you to submit your nominations for 2016 AAE honors and awards by Friday, January 9, 2015.


Submit all nominations, supporting documentation and letters of recommendation to:


Dr. Shepard S. Goldstein

Chair, Honors and Awards Committee

c/o Trina Andresen Coe

American Association of Endodontists

211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1100

Chicago, IL, 60611-2691

Fax: 866/451-9020 (North America) or 312/266-9867


Please note that the criteria and guidelines for the awards have been updated since the previous nomination cycle. Details on award categories, updated criteria and nominations are available on the AAE website.


Please contact Trina Andresen Coe, assistant executive director for governance, with any questions by email at or by phone at 800/872-3636 (North America) or 312/266-7255 (International), ext. 3030.



Member News: Dr. James Kulild Visits
Kuwait University


AAE Past President Dr. James C. Kulild recently served as an external evaluator for Kuwait University, Faculty of Dentistry, in Kuwait City. Dr. Kulild was one of nine educators who visited the school to assess its dental curriculum.



Member News: Coolidge Club Elects
New Officers


The Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club elected new officers for 2014-15 on May 22, 2014. The Coolidge Club is located in the Chicago area and is one of the oldest active endodontic study clubs in the world.


The July 2014 Communiqué included an incorrect date for the American Board of Endodontics Case History Examination Fall Deadline. The correct date is September 1, 2014. The Communiqué regrets the error.







New Members



Maria Bryan, Kingsport, Tenn.

Darlene Davis, Suwanee, Ga.

Harrison Nguyen, Seattle, Wash.

Christopher Olson, Fort Smith, Ark.

Douglas Szeto, Lake Forest, Calif.

Jordan West, Tacoma, Wash.

Ronald Wright, Brentwood, Tenn.



Fahda Algahtanik, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Daniel Binkowski, Eielson AFB, Alaska

Mark Dindal, Tuscon, Ariz.

Karen Doan, Castro Valley, Calif.

Jordan Hansen, Mililani, Hawaii

Chulhwan Kim, Avon, Conn.

Tomoyoshi Shimoyama, Saitama, Japan

Priya Singh, Cherry Hill, N.J.

Matthew Walker, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

David Weyh, APO, United States



Khaled Alqadi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Fatima Al-Sheeb, Doha, Qatar

Leylin Delgado, Liberia, Costa Rica

Ahmed Elsheikh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Olivier Emery, Paris, France

Fadi Jarad, Liverpool, England

Anne Kilinghofer, Cannes, France

Hyeon Cheol Kim, Yangsan, South Korea

Terence Lee, Singapore

Azalea Romero, London, Ontario, Canada

Cynthia Sankarsingh, Perth, Australia

Hitoshi Takenouchi, Kakogawa-shi, Japan

Hanguo Wang, Xi’an, China





Important Dates and Deadlines


for more information.


September 1

ABE Case History Examination Fall Deadline


September 15

The Insight Track: Practice Management Registration Opens


October 1

Deadline to Pay Dues for Inclusion in the 2014-15 Membership Directory


October 15

Deadline to Submit Abstracts for AAE15 Oral and Poster Research and Table Clinic Presentations


February 5 – 7, 2015
The Insight Track: Practice Management



Upcoming Meetings


October 9 – 14

ADA Annual Session

San Antonio, Texas


October 22 – 25

Canadian Academy of Endodontics Annual General Meeting



November 6 – 8

Italian Society of Endodontics International Congress

Parma, Italy


December 4 – 6

Penn Endodontic Global Symposium and Austrian Society of Endodontology Annual Meeting

Vienna, Austria




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