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Nov/Dec 2017
Volume 38, Issue 11

A Fruitful 2017

Believe it or not, this issue of Compendium—a combined November/December edition—is our final print issue of 2017. Yet another year has flown by, and I’m happy to say it has been a highly productive and fruitful one, as this distinguished publication has accomplished a great deal in the past 12 months.

We began in January with the announcement of our new partnership with The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. Throughout the year we teamed up with this venerable Jewish medical organization to publish a range of informative continuing education (CE) articles, helping to bring a broader perspective to our readers and a larger audience to our authors. 

In July/August, with guidance from guest editor Dr. Stephen J. Chu, we once again published our highly successful annual implant issue. Always an instructive read, this year’s edition featured various restorative strategies in implant dentistry and included a star-studded lineup of top dental authors. 

Though the implant issue was a tough act to follow, we believe we did a pretty good job of doing just that with our October special issue on geriatric dentistry. Under the direction of the esteemed Dr. Michael C. Alfano, we covered an array of topics affecting the oral health and care of elderly patients, a population group that is growing in America exponentially.

We also considerably expanded our “online only” offerings this year, which enabled us to present more content in each issue. Look for these peer-reviewed articles on our Online Only contents page each month. 

Of course, Compendium’s true calling card is its CE content. Approximately 10,000 CE tests will have been taken this year from both the print journal and our CDEWorld online portal ( Speaking of CE, this issue highlights two important topics: early tooth crack intervention, an article that presents a systematic approach for early diagnosis and treatment of asymptomatic vertical enamel and dentin cracks; and denture base design, a review of basic principles of nonpressure mucostatic and selective-pressure functional impressioning concepts.

So, yes, it’s been a busy and productive year at Compendium. But, don’t worry. We don’t plan on resting on our laurels. We’re looking forward to another great year of learning and expanding our horizons in 2018.

Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD

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