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more information on the AOSG online at www.
azorthostudygroup.com.
In 2020, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral
Health Postgraduate Orthodontic Program, like
all other residency programs, had to adapt to the
challenges of COVID-19. Since August 2020, the
orthodontic clinic has been back in full operation
with modifications made to adapt to Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and university guidelines. Last October, the program interviewed more than 40 applicants virtually. This is
a remarkable accomplishment and a reflection of
the hard work and dedication of the faculty and
administration as virtual interviews have never
been coordinated or completed to this scale. The
interview process led to the acceptance of five orthodontic residents from across the country who
will begin their residency on July 6, 2021.
The ASOA congratulates these new residents on
their acceptance and looks forward to welcoming
them to Arizona this summer. The second-year
residents are getting ready to take the written
American Board of Orthodontics exam in April,
and their graduation will take place in December.
The current first-year residents will spend a week
in May at the Tweed course in Tucson.
Dr. Andrew Serrano
President, Phoenix, AZ
British Columbia
The British Columbia Society
of Orthodontists (BCSO) had a
virtual meeting in April with guest
speaker, Jackie Dorst, who gave
an update on CDC guidelines, the different types
of vaccines, and the new COVID-19 variants. We
continue to use the PCSO leadership meetings
and resources to help redo our bylaws and get our
association up to date.
Initially, dentists and their staff members in British
Columbia (BC) were not included in the priority
vaccine schedules, unlike their medical colleagues.

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Our provincial and national dental and orthodontic
associations worked to lobby the provincial health
authority to include dentists in their vaccination
timeline with medical professionals, even though
our College (regulatory body) seemed to be working against this advocacy effort. Most other provinces and states have included dentists as eligible
for priority vaccinations. On March 4, we were
notified that individual health authorities within
BC had decided, on their own, to start vaccinating
dentists effective immediately. As of mid-March,
two of the six health authorities in BC had started
vaccinating dentists and dental staff members. We
hope the remaining four will include dental professionals in their priority vaccine rollouts shortly. Due
to vaccine availability and new data, BC is spreading out the second dose of the vaccine to 16 weeks.
We continue to work on getting all dental team
members vaccinated as soon as possible.
Dr. Isaac Tam
British Columbia Director to PCSO, Vancouver, BC
California
The California Association of Orthodontists (CAO) remains focused
on legislative advocacy. We have
retained a lobbying firm to help
expand engagement on issues of concern to members, and we are involving members in our outreach to legislators. We have received 11 responses
to our retreatment survey to help personalize the
message of what happens when in-person exams/
inadequate diagnostic records are not conducted
before beginning orthodontic treatment.
In addition to our advocacy efforts, we are
working on ways to support members in times
of crises; ways to increase consumer awareness
about the differences between orthodontists and
other entities offering orthodontic services; and
ways to support members with resources related
to staffing and staff training.
Our orthodontic assistant program, which guides
California orthodontists to becoming orthodon-

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