OSAP attendees electrified by infection control program

July 22, 2009
More than 200 attend 2009 OSAP Symposium in Plano, Texas.

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland--More than 200 OSAP Symposium attendees from around the world braved a severe electrical storm, tornado warnings, and even an evacuation at the 2009 symposium, "Infection Prevention: Spread the Word," held June 11-14, 2009, in Plano, Texas,

The symposium, which kicked off the day the World Health Organization declared a worldwide influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, featured up-to-the-minute information on the pandemic, sessions on a range of infection control and safety topics, and a record-setting fundraising auction.

Also in attendance were nearly 100 dental assistants, who attended the Professional Dental Assisting conference, held in conjunction with the Symposium.

The 2009 OSAP Symposium offered new programs, including INFOBITES, 15-minute rapid-fire presentations on key infection-control topics. Henry Schein CEO Stanley Bergman delivered the Fourth Annual Dr. John Zapp Memorial Lecture on "Public and Private Partnerships--Important Today, Essential for Tomorrow."

Consultants and educators enjoyed programs on infection control and safety issues, tailored to their specialized needs. A lightning storm forced the cancellation of the John Molinari Charity Golf Tournament, but golfers and sponsors donated the proceeds to the OSAP Foundation. Instead of playing golf, they had an enjoyable breakfast with John Molinari, PhD, who suggested changing the event's name to The John Molinari Memorial Golf Tournament.

It was also a record year for volunteer involvement, with dozens of attendees and family members joining in the fun. A Golden Gavel award from OSAP, ADAA, ADHA, DTA, and OHA was presented to Andy Whitehead for his service in using auctions to raise funds for nonprofit dental organizations.

The 2010 OSAP Symposium will be held June 10-13 in Tampa, Fla. Dental professionals interested in attending are encouraged to contact OSAP to get on the symposium notification list so they don't miss the early bird registration period.

For more information, call (800) 298-OSAP (6727) or go to OSAP.

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