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Special Issue on TADs

In the Summer issue of the PCSO Bulletin, there's a special section focusing on temporary anchorage devices (TADs). Included are clinical columns and a new column entitled “PCSO Program Talk,” which features a series of questions on a single topic posed to a group of respondents, such as PCSO Orthodontic Program Directors, Chairmen, or other participants.

Download the 30-page TADs Special Issue here. 

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Podcasts and Webinars

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2012 Strategies for Challenging Times

Dr. Gerry Samson, (Macon, GA) and Dr. Jerry Nelson, (San Francisco, CA), hold  a conversation that will definitely interest residents and orthodontists in their first decade of practice. How can you sustain patient family and dental colleague loyalty, a key to a successful practice life?  This, and many other questions,  submitted by residents, practitioners, and PCSO leaders, stimulate the discussion. As always, this podcast is free and available for download 24/7 so members can listen whenever and wherever they like.

Download now our latest installment in our Podcast series as Dr. Gerry Samson answers questions from some of our residents and practitioners.

Online public resource accepts DQA measures

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:30:38 -0700

The National Quality Measures Clearinghouse announced in its April newsletter it has accepted the Dental Quality Alliance’s measures in its database.

The NQMC is a public resource for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets and is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NQMC also hosts the HHS Measure Inventory, which publicly lists the measures currently being used by HHS agencies for quality measurement, improvement and reporting. To view the measures, visit and search for "Dental Quality Alliance."

"The DQA has passed another milestone in its quest to develop usable quality measures for the oral health care system," said Dr. W. Ken Rich, DQA chair. "Endorsement from the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse is essential for universal acceptance of DQA measures. The DQA remains a shining example of what can be accomplished when a diverse group of stakeholders work together to promote a common goal."

The DQA, formed in 2008 through a request from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is comprised of multiple stakeholders from across the oral health community who are committed to development of consensus-based quality measures. Last year, the DQA approved its first set of performance measures in dentistry—Dental Caries in Children: Prevention and Disease Management. View the measure set here.

The DQA is scheduled to meet at ADA Headquarters in Chicago on July 11 and discuss the submission of measures to the National Quality Forum and the future of the DQA.

For more information on the DQA, visit

Schulman Study Group donates $500,000 to AAOF

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:30:38 -0700

St. Louis, Mo.—To help further education and research in orthodontics, the Schulman Study Group gave the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation $500,000—one of the largest gifts the AAOF has received.

The gift is called the "Martin 'Bud' Schulman Post-doctoral Fellowship Award," named after the founder of the Schulman Study Group, one of the largest orthodontic study groups in the U.S. and Canada.

The money is designated specifically for research, funding the highly prestigious and competitive AAOF's post-doctoral fellowship awards and to be used to underwrite orthodontic research conducted in graduate schools across the country and Canada, the AAOF said.

"We expect that, over time, many of those who receive this award will become some of the most widely recognized and respected researchers and educators within our specialty," said Dr. Robert Bray, a Schulman Study Group member who helped organized the gift.

"Many of our students who receive these awards go on to receive National Institutes of Health funding, which ultimately benefits the orthodontic specialty, its practitioners, and most importantly, the patients we serve," he said.

Normally, large gifts are named after doctors or researchers. However, Mr. Schulman, while not a doctor, dedicated his business consultancy to helping orthodontists and other dental professionals streamline their business operations to deliver more effective patient care. He died in 2008.

"Bud saw early on that orthodontists were in a unique position to help young teenagers develop the self-confidence they need and helped us structure our practices to become patient-centered," said Dr. Ronald Redmond, Schulman Study Group CEO. "Running an efficient practice gives orthodontists time to focus on patient quality of care. Thanks to Bud's insights, many of our doctors are able to find time to give back to the community in other ways by teaching or volunteering in dental clinics."

The AAOF is the charitable arm of the American Association of Orthodontists. Since 1994, it has provided $10.1 million in funding, primarily in support of junior faculty through fellowship and research awards.

ADA continuing education a unique benefit tailored to meet members’ needs

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:30:38 -0700

Dr. Teresa Dolan
Recognizing the need for dentists to continue learning long after they’ve graduated from dental school, the ADA offers it members and the dental community various ways to continue their education—all tailored to their specific needs.

From online to in person, the ADA’s continuing education options provide cutting-edge courses that have an immediate impact on a dentist’s ability to treat patients, grow their practice and meet state licensure requirements.

"Clinicians have an ethical responsibility to provide the most appropriate and evidence-based care to their patients," said Dr. Teresa Dolan, chair of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure. "The continuing education courses provided by the ADA meet the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program requirements and are timely, objective, evidence based and designed to meet the needs of ADA members."

These courses include the Education in the Round sessions at the ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting on Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio which allows dentists to experience step-by-step live-patient procedures—from diagnosis to treatment—and implement what is learned into practice.
Education in the Round courses available this year include Manage Your Periodontal Patients With Techno Power by Dr. Samuel Low; Root Coverage Grafting of Multiple Teeth in the Maxillary Arch, by Dr. Edward Allen; Predictable Solutions for the Implant Patient, by Dr. David Little; and Lasers in Dental Practice—A Live-Patient Demonstration by Drs. Robert Convissar and Charles Hoopingarner.

The annual meeting also includes hands-on cadaver workshops where dentists can learn at two state-of-the-art labs at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Courses include Concepts and Procedures for Predictable Crown Lengthening by Dr. Jim Grisdale and Soft Tissue Grafting by Dr. Peter Shatz.

For new dentists, the annual New Dentist Conference offers up to 14 hours of continuing education. This year at the 28th New Dentist Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, continuing education courses include the lecture and hands-on workshop Basic Endodontics for the General Practitioner, Parts 1 and 2, by Dr. Diwakar Kinra. The course focuses on the latest scientific advancements in NiTi metallurgy, irrigation and obturation technologies that are improving and changing endodontic therapy.

Another continuing education course available at the New Dentist Conference is How to Hire, Fire, Inspire, and Rewire Your Team, Your Patients and YOU! by Dr. Ann Bynum. The session focuses on the actions dentists can implement to establish a unique niche for a dental practice.

However, if there are still certain topics members can’t find in the in-person CE sessions, the ADA CE Online has over 100 courses available and accessible to members 24 hours a day at their convenience. These courses cover over three dozen categories from oral sedation and ethics to restorative, special care and pediatric dentistry.

To register, create a login and password at Registrants may select from a variety of educational programs, which reflect a broad range of contemporary information. ADA CE Online is the premier dental distance learning resource dedicated to helping health care professionals achieve a higher level of knowledge and information.

In addition, members can earn up to four CE credits each month through the JADA Online Continuing Education program, which provides complete online testing and submission grading. Also, if you missed the Education in the Round sessions at the annual meeting, ADA365 allows members to view them, along with a question and answer feature with the speaker. The ADA is a CERP-approved provider, giving members confidence in selecting any of the CE courses and sessions the ADA offers.

"The ADA has developed a strong portfolio of products and services that are designed to meet the needs of its membership and assist members in their practice success," said Dr. Dolan. "And the direct and indirect beneficiaries of these products are our patients who need and deserve quality dental care provided by well-educated clinicians."