For the first time ever, AAWD is going to have its annual meeting in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Academy of General Dentistry. By teaming up with the AGD, our members will have the opportunity to attend more educational courses, both hands-on as well as regular lectures. The AGD's annual meeting is always packed with all kinds of exciting continuing education, and this year is no exception. In addition, the ADAA (American Dental Assistants Association) is teaming up with the AGD to sponsor courses that your staff members might be interested in, so why not bring the entire office?
The AAWD functions will get a big kickoff on Friday night with a reception sponsored by Biolase. Wear your dancing boots and get ready to party. It's going to be a fun and swinging time, so make your plans to come along. Meet old friends and make new ones. It's going to be a great time.
Since the AGD will be providing any number of academic courses, AAWD decided to have our program geared more to subjects that would be of special interest to women. Linda Miles, our first speaker, will be talking on "Women Working with Women." She is an exceptional speaker, as anyone who has heard her will attest, and her program should be very interesting. She will be speaking from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 17.
After Linda Miles, we encourage our members to attend the AGD exhibits for a couple of hours. The next part of our program will start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Past AAWD President Dr. Janet Rice and AAWD President-elect Dr. Jean Furuyama will present a joint program on lasers in the dental office. After that, Heather Voss DeZak, CDT, of Bonadent Labs will speak on lab communication in general and color communication in particular. The afternoon program is designed for students, but it will be of interest to all practicing dentists as well. We encourage all to attend. We think you will not only enjoy it, but will come away with a new appreciation for the way high-tech dentistry can improve the lives of you and your patients.
On Sunday morning, July 20, at our breakfast meeting, we will have student table clinics followed by a brief annual business meeting. Our keynote speaker will be truly inspiring and exciting. Mary O'Neill, professional speaker, trainer and consultant, is a practicing psychotherapist and an excellent lecturer. She will speak on "Transforming Stress and Conflict Into Growth and Change." Mark your calendars. You don't want to miss this one. Thank you to Bonadent Lab for sponsoring this event.
AGD will be handling our room reservations but not our AAWD registration. Mention AAWD when you make your hotel reservations with the AGD. You can register online for AGD at www.AGD.org. For all AAWD activities, please register online at our Web site, www.womendentists.org, or copy and fax or mail the registration form that can be found in this issue of your Chronicle. Registration fees include all events. We look forward to seeing you there and continuing the fun, education, inspiration, and camaraderie that is AAWD! Women Advancing Dentistry!