The Young Clinicians Committee (YCC) hosted a reception at Cuba Libre Restaurant in Orlando, FL as part of AO’s Annual Meeting. Dr. Jose Antonio Garcia, Chair of the YCC, explained the idea behind the reception was to give the youngest clinicians in the Academy a chance to interact with people their own age who face similar issues and to create new relationships.
A sentiment expressed by many of the dental students and residents attending the Annual Meeting is an enthusiasm about meeting students and clinicians from other disciplines. Attending sessions that approach the topics from these different perspectives offer viewpoints that may not have been previously considered.
Dr. Garcia expressed a reaction expressed by a number of other clinicians, “We have immediate access to the latest information at the AO Annual Meeting, much more information that what we can get as quickly in Mexico.”
Jose Antonio Garcia
Young Clinicians Committee Chair, Mexico
“We know the final goal of attending the Annual Meeting is to gain information to provide better dental care. It’s best to start at a young age and begin learning directly from the experts,” he added.
David Garazi, Florida
“At the AO meeting, you get a different mix – much more multidisciplinary exposure. It’s invaluable to get the different perspectives and it’s also nice to interact with other implant students from different countries”
Rohit Mathur, India
“This meeting has been great to learn more about the surgical aspects of implant dentistry. It’s nice to have periodontists and prosthodontists together and learning from each other.”
Dana Al Hashimi, Jordan/Iraq
“I joined AO because of the very good things I keep hearing about the organization. For me, membership has been important to socialize with other people and learn from the multidisciplinary approach of the various sessions.”
The YCC includes young professionals who are newer members of AO. Many members are involved in both research and academia in addition to being practicing clinicians.
Encouraging other international students to become AO members and attend annual meetings, Dr. Garcia added, “AO has a strong global reputation, offering exposure to well-known speakers and the newest information that we don’t have immediate access to in our own countries.”
The YCC was established in 2010 to bring together the knowledge of experienced clinicians and the enthusiasm of young members to raise awareness of the Academy and promote research and education. To learn more about becoming a member of the YCC, email firstname.lastname@example.org (set link).
For more information about the Young Clinicians Committee, contact AO at email@example.com