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New annual session contests planned

Honolulu—Dental professionals can play an active role in the ADA's sesquicentennial celebration by participating in two new clinical competitions that will debut at the 150th annual session, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2009.

Prevention will be a key theme during annual session as the ADA launches the Adult Preventive Care Office of the Year Competition, said Dr. Stephen Carstensen, 2009 program chair for the Council on ADA Sessions.

"Dentistry has an opportunity like no other health profession to prevent disease and the consequences of it in everyone we see," said Dr. Carstensen. "The ADA is offering a special opportunity for dental offices to demonstrate their prevention efforts. The Adult Preventive Office of the Year Competition will give dental teams nationwide a chance to show what they do every day to help their patients and their communities make dental health a positive part of life. The council is excited to be part of this worthy effort."

The competition, sponsored by 3M ESPE Preventive Care, will recognize and reward offices that are preventive dental care leaders who have:

  • designed and implemented practical prevention techniques;
  • provided preventive oral health care, outreach and patient education; or
  • implemented a successful prevention program through a dental team communication and work plan.

Dr. Randy F. Huffines, director of geriatric dentistry at the Quillen Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn., a member of the ADA's Elder Care Task Force and a frequent speaker at the ADA annual session and other major dental meetings, worked with council to develop the competition.

"I was reflecting on how I would practice dentistry differently if I could go back 25 years and know what I know now," said Dr. Huffines. "The perspective of primarily treating elderly patients for the last 20 years has allowed me to observe how people have, or have not, been able to preserve a healthy oral cavity throughout their lifespan. These lessons are even more important to the profession now as the lifespan of our patients continues to increase."

The professional table clinic competition, renamed the Education Exchange Competition, will also debut with a new high-tech format during annual session.

Participants can enter in one of three categories: U.S. dentists; federal services dentists (including military, Veterans Affairs and public health professionals); and international dentists.

The retooled competition will give participants a chance to share clinical experience, educate fellow dental professionals and raise awareness about a procedure, theory, service or emerging trend in dental practice.

Both EEC contestants and meeting attendees who view their presentations will be able to earn continuing education credit.

Participants for both competitions must enter their presentations online in a PowerPoint template beginning in January 2009. Entries will be reviewed and judged by members of the Council on ADA Sessions.

Contestants' presentations will also be showcased on-site at the Hawaii Convention Center during annual session and all participants will be honored at a professional research competition awards reception Oct. 3, 2009.

For more information, contact Rich Schuch, Ed.D., senior manager, Program Development for CAS, by calling toll-free, Ext. 2663 or e-mailing Or log on to beginning Jan. 21, 2009, when annual session registration and housing opens.