It is my pleasure to welcome you through this online portal to the rich array of resources the New York State Academy of General Dentistry provides for our members who aim to pursue and advance excellence in their profession. Whether it’s the convenient availability of high quality continuing education, initiatives to increase public awareness of oral health issues or broad support of the professional interests of general dentists, as encoded in our mission, I invite you to explore our site and take advantage of all it has to offer.
Given that the times are always changing, improvement must be constant. That’s why one hallmark of AGD members is that we keep abreast of technological, diagnostic and therapeutic advances so as to remain at the forefront of superior patient care. Our robust CE program is designed (by a dedicated committee of experts) to support this, through lectures and a range of participation courses that we’ve expanded in appreciation of the greater efficacy of developing skills hands on. Because ours is a state body, we hold courses all across NY. Members around the state can find important CE opportunities close to home. Moreover, members everywhere, particularly our younger ones who have grown up as digital natives, will benefit from future online learning and webinars that we will provide at a broader range of price points so that student-debt stressed recent graduates can also participate.
In the public realm, our Academy is addressing the pressing issue of the increasing incidence of oral cancer. Throughout the year we provide oral cancer screenings at events, such as the American Diabetes Association’s Expo, which provide broad exposure for our message and our brand. And since the best time to establish good oral health practices is early, we have expanded our commitment in schools throughout NYS with the Lessons in a Lunchbox program that teaches children how to manage their oral health. At the same time, the AGD continues to work at the legislative level to protect dentists’ interests. We maintain a strong presence with key legislators in an effort to preserve the liberty to practice in the way we dentists know best.
Finally, I am pleased to report an important highlight of June’s AGD House of Delegates in Detroit. The House passed a resolution to create a category for international members. With that we have gone global! International students who return to their home countries after graduation can now satisfy their oft-stated desire to maintain close contact with their profession in the US. The AGD has demonstrated vision and leadership by establishing a formal structure to achieve that. This new category is expected to draw membership from all around the world in ways that can only benefit the AGD. From a NYS perspective I believe this positive development presents a tremendous opportunity beyond that of developing fruitful bonds with fellow dentists across the globe. Because NY holds special appeal as a desirable destination for international travelers, our educational offerings will have the added draw of being located in NY. NYSAGD’s CE program is primed to be an integral part of a valuable service the Academy will be providing to its international members.