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Enthused Houston dentist first in line to apply for Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference

March 04, 2013

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

Dr. Walters
Dr. Karen Walters of Houston hopes that the second time is actually the charm when it comes to the ADA's annual Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference.

Dr. Walters, a private practice general dentist, applied too late for consideration and inclusion last year. “It was already full by the time I got all my stuff in,” she said. “I was a little disappointed. So as soon as I saw that it was coming around again, I started calling and questioning when it was going to be online to apply.”

Her tenacity put her in a different spot for the 2013 EBD Champions Conference, happening April 25-27 at ADA Headquarters. She called—and enthusiastically called again—earlier this year to learn when she could apply. As soon as she received word that the application was live online in January, she was on it.

“I filled it out and the next morning Erica [Vassilos] sent me an email,” Dr. Walters said. “She said, 'Oh, my gosh. I didn't even get a chance to tell you it was online. You're the first one to register!' “

Ms. Vassilos, manager of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Center, said that time is rapidly running short for other dentists who want to apply for 2013. Only 100 dentists will be admitted to learn the basics of EBD and how to promote its benefits as an EBD Champion.

Waiting until late in the process, as Dr. Walters did in 2012, could mean a missed opportunity in 2013, Ms. Vassilos said.

Dr. Walters remarked on her enthusiastic 2013 application: “I was late in the game last year. I was going to be ready to apply this go around.”

Her growing interest in learning about EBD stems from a couple of sources, Dr. Walters indicated. One relates to her daughter's experiences attending dental school at University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, where she is in her third year. Another is that Dr. Walters is a recent addition to the adjunct faculty at the dental school, which is her own alma mater. She graduated in 1978.

“Things are different 35 years down the road,” Dr. Walters said. “So now they've got me excited. I'm adjunct faculty. I volunteer at the dental school. And I just think this is a way to pull everything together, and ultimately provide the best for our patients.”

To participate in the 2013 Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference, a dentist must live and practice in the United States and be directly involved in treating dental patients.

For more information and to apply, visit Registration for chosen applicants is $150 for ADA members and $225 for nonmembers. Champions will earn 11 to 14 hours of continuing education credit.