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ADA to study ways to collaborate with ADAA

Based on a request from the American Dental Assistants Association to explore additional ways to collaborate, the ADA Board of Trustees has directed the councils on Membership and Dental Practice to study ways the ADA can work with ADAA, the oldest and largest group representing professional dental assistants.

"For many years, the ADA and American Dental Assistants Association have collaborated on issues of mutual concern which has been a benefit to patients and the entire dental team. We value our past working relationship and look forward to exploring future collaborations," said ADA President Mark J. Feldman, who will also have an opportunity to address the ADAA membership during the organization's annual conference in San Antonio this month. The ADAA returned to holding its meeting in conjunction with the ADA annual session last year.

The ADA Council on Dental Practice and ADAA representatives already maintain liaison activities in order to discuss areas of mutual concern and identify potential collaborative projects. The council also collaborates with the ADAA, the Canadian Dental Assistants' Association and the Canadian Dental Association to promote the recognition of dental assistants during the annual Dental Assistants Recognition Week.

In addition, ADAA representatives have been a valuable resource to the ADA and its Council on Dental Practice and Department of Salable Materials in the development of three publications in the ADA Catalog: Fast Track Training: The Basics for Dental Staff; Basic Training II for New Clinical Personnel; and Basic Training III for Dental Administrative Personnel.

ADA and ADAA will begin discussions during upcoming meetings of the councils on Membership and Dental Practice. The councils will report back to the Board at a future date.