PHOTO: (l to r) Simon Pardinas-Lopez, Ismael Khouly, Jose Garcia, Stefani Cheung, Zeenat-Mahal Khan, Almasri Riad, Kevin Luan

Young clinicians come together in Los Angeles

In the spirit of camaraderie and mentorship, AO’s Young Clinicians Committee (YCC) hosted its 2018 YCC Reception at Barcito Restaurant Thursday evening in Los Angeles. Each year at the AO Annual Meeting, students and clinicians in the first years of professional practice come together for this popular networking fete that provides AO’s youngest members an opportunity to learn more about each other and the benefits of active membership.

The AO Annual Meeting offers a variety of social networking events but the YCC Reception has developed a unique energy of its own, with young attendees coming from around the world to connect and compare experiences among their peer group. This committee was created in 2011 to foster a mentoring spirit toward students who are in the early stages of career development and look to the Academy for continuing education and professional guidance. Over the years, members of the YCC have worked with leadership of the Academy to create an experience for the younger attendees that is more relevant to their particular needs and expectations.

Dr. Jose Garcia Montemayor , Chair of the Young Clinicians Committee encourages an early start in AO participation, whether through committee involvement or just choosing to attend social events at the Annual Meeting.


“I’ve been a part of this committee for a few years and through my involvement, I’ve met many people who have been able to offer great advice and professional direction,” remarked Dr. Garcia. “When you have a more active involvement in AO, your experience is very different. You build personal connections, not only with peers but will the stars of implant dentistry.”

The YCC Reception set a record attendance this year with over 250 in attendance. Planning for next year’s event is already underway for the 2019 AO Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“I’ve been a member of the YCC since 2014 and I enjoy that I get to meet all the big names and great doctors in implant dentistry. I also get to know lots of students from other countries around the world,” explained Zeenat-Mahal Khan, YCC member.

In addition to this YCC social event, the committee also organizes the Young Clinicians’ Luncheon, designed specifically for this generation of clinicians, but open to all registered meeting attendees. The Puzzle of Non-Odontogenic Pain – How to Account for Facial Pain When You Can’t See a Cause, presented by Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA, is offered Friday, March 2 at 11:45 am – 1:15 pm in Room 502.