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Periospectives April-June 2013 : Page 24

Are you in a perio residency program? Enter your research in Balint Orban Memorial Prize Program. Named in honor of Dr. Balint Orban, a member of the Academy who was influential in developing the scientific foundation of contemporary periodontics, the Balint Orban Memorial Prize Competition is open to students currently enrolled in accredited periodontal programs in the U.S. and Canada, or those who graduated less than 18 months ago. Eight finalists, selected on the basis of written abstracts, are invited to present oral presentations at each Annual Meeting. Finalists receive airfare and one-night’s housing in the meeting city, and the two winners, one in basic science and one in clinical science, receive $500 and a certificate of recognition. societies and dental societies is available on Perio.org . Many new practitioners find volunteering at the local level is a great way to meet colleagues and referrers, as well as to learn the issues and regulations pertaining to the practice of periodontics. Consider mentoring dental students . More than 25 periodontal programs across the U.S. have used the AAP’s Lunch ‘n Learn program. Perio program directors contact AAP staff, who put them in touch with local members who are willing to spend an hour talking to students about private practice over a pizza lunch. Whether you are a new practitioner or have been in practice for awhile, residents appreciate knowing what to expect as they transition into practice. Further information on the Lunch ‘n Learn program may be found on Perio.org . Or, contact Shana Berezin at shana@perio.org. Are you mid-career in your practice? Starting and/or building a practice? Volunteer at your local periodontal society and/or dental society to meet colleagues and referrers. A list of state and regional periodontal Reach out to local media and use AAP resources to educate consumers. You can help educate the public about periodontal health. Members can submit AAP press releases to Step P U in the AAP & make a difference Whether you are in school, starting a practice, in a practice, or are a researcher, there is a volunteer opportunity that is right for you. AAP Perio spectives | 24

Step Up And Make A Difference In The AAP

Whether you are in school, starting a practice, in a practice, or are a researcher, there is a volunteer opportunity that is right for you.

Are you in a perio residency program?

Enter your research in Balint Orban Memorial Prize Program. Named in honor of Dr. Balint Orban, a member of the Academy who was influential in developing the scientific foundation of contemporary periodontics, the Balint Orban Memorial Prize Competition is open to students currently enrolled in accredited periodontal programs in the U.S. and Canada, or those who graduated less than 18 months ago. Eight finalists, selected on the basis of written abstracts, are invited to present oral presentations at each Annual Meeting. Finalists receive airfare and one-night’s housing in the meeting city, and the two winners, one in basic science and one in clinical science, receive $500 and a certificate of recognition.

Starting and/or building a practice?

Volunteer at your local periodontal society and/or dental society to meet colleagues and referrers. A list of state and regional periodontal societies and dental societies is available on Perio.org. Many new practitioners find volunteering at the local level is a great way to meet colleagues and referrers, as well as to learn the issues and regulations pertaining to the practice of periodontics.

Consider mentoring dental students. More than 25 periodontal programs across the U.S. have used the AAP’s Lunch ‘n Learn program. Perio program directors contact AAP staff, who put them in touch with local members who are willing to spend an hour talking to students about private practice over a pizza lunch. Whether you are a new practitioner or have been in practice for awhile, residents appreciate knowing what to expect as they transition into practice. Further information on the Lunch ‘n Learn program may be found on Perio.org. Or, contact Shana Berezin at shana@perio.org.

Are you mid-career in your practice?

Reach out to local media and use AAP resources to educate consumers. You can help educate the public about periodontal health. Members can submit AAP press releases to local media to inform their communities about periodontal health news and trends. The AAP periodically posts customizable press releases that members can download and personalize for submission to local newspapers and other media outlets.

Contribute to AAP “Best Practices” column in Periospectives. Collaborating with general dentists is critical to providing optimal patient care, as well as a component of a successful practice. The AAP publishes members’ “best practice” tips on how to nurture existing relationships and assist in building new ones. Your idea may be featured in an issue of Periospectives or posted on Perio.org. Complete a questionnaire or send your ideas to Steph Heffner at stephanie@perio.org.

Act as an AAP State/Regional Liaison to inform members of state regulations, advocacy activities that may affect practice. State periodontal societies appoint liaisons to work with the AAP in communicating significant regulations and activities affecting the practice of periodontics. State and Regional Liaisons meet once a year as a group to exchange ideas. For more information, contact Cheryl Parker at cheryl@perio.org, who can put you in touch with the current state liaison and society to get on the waiting list when an SRA position becomes available.

Conducting research?

Enter your research for the AAP Research Forum Poster Session. The Research Forum provides a platform for clinical and basic research to be presented by those in the field of periodontics. Submission is open to all researchers. Finalists and poster presenters are selected in both basic and clinical research to present their posters to a panel of judges at the Annual Meeting.

Submit scientific or clinical research for publication. You may be interested in author guidelines for the Journal of Periodontology. The scholarly publication has author guidelines available on joponline.org. The clinical application of best evidence science is the focus of the AAP online journal, Clinical Advances in Periodontics. Submissions from clinical researchers and clinical practitioners are welcome.

Ready to give back in other ways?

See if there is an opening on an AAP committee that matches your interests and experience. If you are interested in a longer-term assignment and are an Active or Life Active member, you are eligible to apply for a committee position. There are limited openings for members who have the qualifications, experience, and time that match committees’ needs.

Check out volunteer opportunities at the AAP Foundation: The AAP Foundation has opportunities for members who wish to act as ambassadors for their districts or as student ambassadors. Contact Dana Camacho for AAP Foundation ambassador opportunities at dana@perio.org.

Join the AAP member community. Post your cases, ask questions, or comment on other cases in the member community at Perio.org > Members > AAP Connect > Perio Hub. The site allows members to interact and consult with colleagues worldwide on periodontal cases.

No matter how or where you choose to volunteer your time, you are guaranteed to meet new colleagues who may quickly become friends, expand your knowledge and range of experience, and have a good time.

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