CHICAGO — The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children’s oral health, will host its 2014 Annual Session in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center from May 22nd-25th. More than 5,500 participants are registered for this year’s event.
According to AAPD President Dr. Warren A. Brill, "Boston is the cradle of liberty and seat of the origins of higher education for our country. It is significant that our central meeting location is around the corner from the marathon finish line, where I expect many of our members to stop, reflect and thank all for their dedication and bravery."
Once again, this year’s scientific program promises to deliver cutting-edge topics, including a preconference program, "2014 Pediatric Medicine Update," featuring faculty from Boston’s Children’s Hospital/Harvard University. This course is an abbreviated version of the stand-alone one offered by the AAPD every other year. New this year is an Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) area in the AAPD Booth, in which brief tutorials will be made available. Academy members are currently working on the first EBD guidelines:
• Pit and fissure sealants, with the American Dental Association and
• Pulp therapy in the primary dentition.
The AAPD is also providing a "Meet and Greet Mentor Lounge" in Boston for new dentists and residents. Mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to discuss how to get the most out of their Annual Session experience, as well as share practice and career experiences.
Attendees are in for "Happy Days" as accomplished actor, writer, and producer Henry Winkler, will provide Friday morning’s keynote address where he plans to discuss his personal life and career, as well as share how he used his position to help others, particularly children.
For this year’s Welcome Reception, the AAPD has retained exclusive access to Fenway Park, home of the 2013 World Series Champions, on Friday night. Participants will spend the night enjoying music by Sweet Tooth and the Sugar Babies party band, along with Boston and New England’s favorite mascots: Wally the Green Monster, Pat Patriot, Blades the Bruin, Larry the Lobster and Lucky the Leprechaun!
"We’re pleased to announce that this year’s meeting also marks the launch of AAPD’s re-branded annual session," stated Dr. John S. Rutkauskas, AAPD CEO. "In 2013, our board of trustees approved a project to re-brand the largest gathering of pediatric dentists as the premiere educational offering of the AAPD, and it’s very exciting to have Boston serve as our initial platform."
For detailed information on AAPD’s 2014 Annual Session, please visit http://www.aapd.org/annual/. The AAPD can also be found on Facebook and Twitter!