By Jeffrey Ganeles, DMD
On behalf of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, I look forward to welcoming more than 2,500 attendees to Orlando and the 2017 Annual Meeting.
This year’s event is inspired by author Jim Collins, who’s book titled, “Good to Great®,” described how companies transition from being good companies to great companies. This drive for constant improvement envelopes our field in implant dentistry and captures the enthusiasm of the synergistic partnership of our three fellow co-sponsoring organizations.
Before the Annual Meeting officially kicks off, many educational opportunities will be available. Wednesday March 15, two unique and fascinating presentations on dental radiology and cellular and biomechanical aspects of osseointegration will be given by experts and are particularly useful to fulfill academic requirements for the AO Certificate Program. There will also be commercially-sponsored hands-on sessions on Wednesday with nine industry leading innovators.
Thursday morning brings a robust Corporate Forum. Then the Opening Symposium on Thursday afternoon will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. Jill Helms, followed by lectures from five well-known international experts. Cap off your evening in the Exhibit hall with our traditional Welcome Reception to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and networking as you visit our exhibitors and review the e-posters.
Friday, March 17 will begin at 7:00 am with an innovative new session called, “Business of Implant Dentistry-SWOT Analysis of Implant Dental Care Delivery Models.” Speakers representing traditional referral based practices, DSO and total care providers will explore the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and threats (SWOT) in each treatment delivery model. Opposite this session, there will be eight Morning with the Masters sessions presented by Drs. Anthony Sclar, Lawrence Brecht, Thomas Taylor, HP Weber, Mauricio Araujo, Stephen Parel and Tiziano Testori.
Friday will continue with Surgical and Restorative tracks featuring leading clinicians, as well as lesser known, creative rising stars who will discuss different aspects of implant dentistry ranging from surgical strategies and techniques, to complications management to treatment flow, digital dentistry, materials science and future trends. At 10:30 am in the Surgical Track, there will be a session devoted to a 2017 update of the landmark 1997 AO Sinus Consensus Conference featuring Drs. Alan Hereford, Craig Misch, Paul Fugazzotto and Eric Dierks.
Following AO’s tradition of supporting research and innovation, the Oral Clinical Research Abstract session will be held Friday morning. The Oral Scientific and Clinical Innovations sessions will be presented Friday afternoon.
Two other afternoon tracks are planned as well for Friday afternoon, which will integrate surgical and restorative topics and address clinical problems. From 1:30 – 3:00 pm, there will be a session focusing on managing anterior esthetics opposite another concentrating on managing biologic complications. After a short break, two more sessions will take place entitled, “New Concepts and Materials for Site Development” and “Image Guidance and Digital Workflow for Planning and Treatment.” These sessions will be filled with recognized and some underexposed experts.
On Friday evening, Dr. Alan Pollack will host the President’s Reception, which is complimentary to all attendees and registered guests. This event promises to offer an exciting and fun-filled evening at the Latin-themed Mango’s Tropical Café. Transportation will be provided for this premier social event that you won’t want to miss.
The main Saturday program will return to the “Good to Great®” refrain as well, looking toward future advances in all aspects of the field. An underlying theme will be to leverage the multidisciplinary approach of AO with the multi-specialty sponsorship of this meeting throughout the day. Topics will include new technologies, short implants, imaging, digital planning and guided treatment, socket management and site redevelopment. The multidisciplinary approach will be particularly evident in the afternoon team presentations, where internationally renowned groups from the U.S., Venezuela and Australia will illustrate their evaluation and treatment methods to elegantly tackle difficult patient problems.
Saturday will also offer full-day programs for both Allied Staff Professionals and Dental Laboratory Technicians. The Allied Professionals TEAM program will have a dynamic group of speakers focusing on different aspects of office and patient management challenges. The morning session will include maintaining HIPAA compliance, opportunities for practice growth, protocols for maintaining implant health, and maximizing partnerships with commercial vendors. In the afternoon, an innovative and enjoyable group will complete the meeting with “Good to Great®: Optimizing the Patient Experience with Ideal Team Interaction.” This panel will be comprised of a surgeon, restorative dentist, laboratory technician and industry representatives including manufacturers and financing, who will provide their input on creating great patient experiences in implant dentistry.
Lastly, be sure to experience a one-on-one learning environment with our invited clinicians in the personalized atmosphere of our Lunch and Learn sessions on Saturday. This will be your chance to get up close and personal with current and future leaders, putting individual topics and cases under the microscope.
The Program Committee has worked hard to provide an innovative, balanced, fascinating program that will be clinically relevant. We have a fantastic blend of “veteran” speakers with undiscovered rising stars covering both traditional subjects as well as new topics that will demand our consideration as we head into this next era of dental implant therapy.
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