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House urges districts to add more new dentist delegates

January 02, 2012

Las Vegas—This past October the ADA House of Delegates passed an initiative designed to promote more inclusiveness in its ranks.

Resolution 71H-2011, Constituent Nominations of New Dentist Delegates, calls for the ADA to encourage each state dental association to bring at least one new dentist as a delegate or alternate delegate to the annual House meeting.

"This is a terrific idea," said Dr. Nancy Rosenthal, chair of the Council on Membership. "It’s a suggestion; not a mandate—but it’s a step in the right direction."

New dentists are deserving of more representation in the House, she added, given the fact that the average age of delegates is 54.
"States can only benefit from having the perspectives of new dentists included in association policymaking," said Dr. Rosenthal. "This bodes well for the future of the profession."

Dr. Danielle Ruskin, chair of the ADA New Dentist Committee, agrees.

"We’re missing a whole group of capable, active leaders at the House level," said Dr. Ruskin. "This initiative encourages districts to include leadership development of new dentists and offers the House an additional perspective. We hope that districts will consider attracting more new leaders."

Res. 71H-2011 also directs state associations to report to each House of Delegates their respective new dentist delegates or alternates.