It's that time of year!

The crisp autumn air and the changing colour of the leaves indicates the change of seasons, and that is so appropriate as we deal with the changing trends that Dentistry is faced with.  It is time for our Fall Board of Directors meeting.

We are all very excited about the work we are doing and the impact it will have to benefit the members of the Academy. The entire Board of Directors will be heading to Madison for meetings that will go until the end of the weekend to discuss the changing trends, and what we as a  Board will do to allow our Academy to adapt, to change and to be proactive in dealing with our ever changing environment. It is truly an exhilarating experience to be part of!

As the November application deadline for elections will be upon us in a flash, any members who have ever thought of being part of leadership should contact the AACD executive office to see what positions are open and ask any questions you may have of any of the leaders or staff... I urge all of you to get involved; it is a rewarding experience that will top the list of your dental accomplishments for the rest of your life...just like accreditation!

Last week we had our second AACD Unplugged program, an in house educational program featuring Dr. Mike Koczarski. We had a packed house and everyone loved the warm atmosphere, the great education, and, of course, many of the attendees saw our headquarters building for the first time. 

If any of our members or guests are ever in Madison, Wisconsin, come on by for a visit to the fantastic facilities we have. When you arrive at the AACD headquarters, you can't help but be impressed not only with the building itself, but with the success of our Academy and the wonderful feeling that as an AACD member, this is home!

There are so many benefits to being a member of this Academy that seem to go unseen, from the ongoing public relations campaign to drive patients to AACD dentists, strategic partnerships with Japan, Korea, the AAED, IFED, ACP, and AGD to name only  a few. I can't spill the beans now, but just wait for some really exciting news to be unveiled at the Chicago Midwinter meeting in February! We are very proud of our involvement with Dental XP and many other corporate strategic partners, and even with the tremendous amount of work being done to improve the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, which is always receiving high acclaim throughout the dental community. 

The Professional Education Committee is putting the final touches on the upcoming Scientific Sesson in Seattle, (April 2013); it is going to be amazing meeting and not to be missed, so stay tuned and look to your emails for the registration announcements, or visit or call 1-800-543-9220 and ask to register for the convention!

We are so lucky to be part of an organization that is focused on providing the best and the latest in comprehensive cosmetic dental education for our membership, and so privileged to have such a dedicated group of individuals in the leadership of this Academy who work so hard to keep AACD strong, focused, and moving forward in the face of the many challenges that face dentistry today.

As President, the first half of my term is almost over and I am saddened at the thought that it is going by so quickly. The challenges, the opportunities, and the honour to be able to work with these fantastic and talented people has been a labour of love and it has been a very rewarding experience. Together we are working hard to make the right decisions, for the right reasons, and doing it the right way, in order to keep the AACD as the leader in cosmetic dentistry all over the world.  

I thank you all for the opportunity to serve this Academy, and as the second half of my Presidency begins, I will continue to work tirelessly  to help facilitate the changes we need to keep our Academy strong, relevant, and of the greatest benefit to you, the membership of this great Academy.

President American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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