CHICAGO, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — AAE17 set a new record as more than 4,300 members, guests and exhibitors attended the American Association of Endodontists‘ (AAE) annual meeting in New Orleans, April 26-29. Cutting-edge 3-D surgery was one of the many highlights as Syngcuk Kim, DDS, PhD, MD (Hon), from the Department of Endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine performed microscopic surgery on two patients “behind the curtains” while the audience viewed the procedure with 3-D glasses, seeing the treatments just as Kim did. More than 100 other educational courses covered a wide range of endodontic topics, including surgical and nonsurgical endodontics, pulp fiction, saving the natural dentition and practice management.
“I wanted to make sure that AAE17 provided a highly scientific, evidence-based program,” says AAE 2016-2017 president Linda G. Levin, DDS, PhD. “Thanks to the hard work of the planning committee and track organizers, we achieved that, and attendees came away from the annual meeting with a wealth of new information to enhance their practices and improve patient care.”
The meeting also included the installation of new leadership for the Boards of the AAE, Foundation for Endodontics and American Board of Endodontics, the largest endodontic exhibit hall and several special events. The Foundation for Endodontics exceeded its annual goal, raising more than $1.485 million in its 2016-2017 fundraising campaign which culminated at AAE17. Attendees also raised $3,000 for the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation.
At the annual President’s Breakfast, Levin called on members to take back control of the specialty from various special interests. She told the audience that the AAE’s new strategic plan will support those efforts through three overarching goals: the public valuing their natural teeth and seeking endodontists for their care; the dental profession valuing endodontists as partners with advanced expertise; and recognition of the AAE and its members as the global leaders in advocating the value and quality of endodontics.