Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Summer 2020 - 10

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Trustee Report

A Life (A Practice . . . An Association . . .)
Interrupted
What just happened?

Dr. Norman Nagel
AAO Trustee

"Yesterday" it was, Tuesday, March 17: We were in
our practice, treating patients, with a previously
scheduled office meeting for our staff at 11 am
(one of our "typical" meetings to review office
protocols in the front office and the clinic). The
last patient was dismissed, and the office meeting begins with . . . not office protocols, but what
is COVID-19 going to do to our practice? Following
the conversation and concerns of our staff and
the patients we had treated during that morning,
we elected to call the patients for the remainder
of the day and cancel the rest of the day. No . . .
cancel not just the rest of the day, but the next
two months!
And so, it goes . . . a practice (and all of our lives)
interrupted. As I write this, we are back in our
practice with new protocols, face shields, gowns,
"social" (read: physical) distancing, temperature
checks for staff and patients, COVID-19 consent
forms, COVID-19 medical updates for patients,
etc. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CALOSHA in California) are playing
a dominant role with new guidelines, reviewed
and promulgated by the American Association
of Orthodontists (AAO) COVID-19 Task Force. We
may be "physically distant," but most of us have
been far more "social" than before. Interactions
on Facebook, Zoom, and other social media platforms have been busier than ever. My grandson
is finishing his fifth grade year using the Zoom
platform. Life does go on.
And so, it goes . . . for the AAO. In the midst of
the pandemic emergency, our annual session,
scheduled for Atlanta, Georgia, in early May, was
canceled. But wait . . . there's more. It was not canceled but rescheduled in a new format-VIRTUAL!
The same for the AAO House of Delegates-VIRTUAL! What an experience both were: physically
distant but socially involved. We can conduct the
business of the AAO in a new format. We can
move this organization forward and not stand

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still. Members can still obtain continuing education from the AAO, but in another format. In
fact, more than 11,200 doctors participated in the
Annual Session continuing education meeting,
the most doctors ever in attendance at one of our
meetings. The MOST doctors. They came from all
over the world to participate in this meeting.
There is no doubt that something is missing from
the social interaction and face-to-face meetings
that we, and most organizations, typically have.
However, for some of our colleagues, where travel
or time just does not permit this interaction, incorporating a virtual aspect into future meetings
should be considered. In fact, the Annual Session
Planning Committee for the Boston meeting is
already considering how a virtual aspect can be
incorporated into that meeting. I know Hawaii
will do the same in 2022, and our new Committee
on Meetings and Conferences (CCon) will also
give that consideration for the Chicago meeting
in 2023 . . . and beyond. I believe that a virtual
platform will play a bigger role in future AAO
interactions moving forward.
As an organization, the AAO staff at 401 N. Lindbergh was able to work from home virtually and
assist the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates with the governance of the organization.
Interrupted, yes . . . but not shut down. Physically
distant . . . yes, but not socially estranged. The
Board of Trustees has been meeting regularly by
Zoom, conducting the business of the AAO much
like before but without traveling to St. Louis. The
AAO House was able to move the policies and
procedures of the Association forward, passing
some especially important resolutions that will
continue to benefit the Association.
The Board and the House of Delegates early on in
this pandemic realized that dentistry, including
our specialty, would be significantly affected by
the coronavirus. Usually, the AAO annual dues
and assessment for the Consumer Awareness
Campaign (CAP) are billed right after the Annual
Session for the new fiscal year. However, this year,

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