This is designed to hold content for the news ticker section of the homepage (limit of 5).
As those of you who attended our conference last month already know, preventative care for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea is crucial to successful childhood development. Our speakers included nurse practitioners, pulmonologists, certified orofacial myologists, ENTs, and dentists; all coming together to present a multidisciplinary perspective on pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. Use this post to share your experience with our blogging community.
Allow me to share some exciting news with you. I have been invited to the World Academy of Sleep Medicine (WASM) to introduce the ACSDD. The meeting will take place in Quebec from September 10-14, 2011. This opportunity was made possible through the efforts of Drs. Cathy McGregor and David Rawson, two of our newest Diplomates and with the help of our great supporter Dr. Gilles Lavigne, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Montreal. My personal thanks to each of them for this wonderful opportunity. You can find WASM at www.wasm2011.org. Update on Consortium Concept In addition to introducing the ACSDD to the conference-goers at WASM, I will be sharing my vision of the ACSDD Consortium concept. As I'm hopeful you are aware, the ACSDD Consortium concept has been launched, and we've gotten strong initial support. After meeting with the boards of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP) and the International Association for Orthodontics (IAO) and others, interest in my consortium concept is growing rapidly. As you may recall, the purpose of the consortium is bring together, without politics, individual organizations to define and address the key issues facing dentists who work in dental sleep medicine. In the past, as you know, individual organizations have had no success in making any impact. It is an initiative to bring together individuals, groups, academic organizations, manufacturers, and the like to create an unified body to address systemic issues facing those in dental sleep medicine. The major function of the consortium is as follows: (1) to collectively develop an agenda of those critical items that we face, then (2) to collectively develop how we are going to address those items as a unified [...]
I want to share some exciting news. I have been in conversations with two dental organizations regarding your Academy forming a consortium to address dental sleep medicine issues. I am of the opinion that for far too long dentists have been disenfranchised and fractionalized. In addition, individual organizations are unable to make any real progress on such issues. I am taking an different approach by forming a consortium group made up of dental organizations, sleep dentistry manufacturer's, labs, businesses and all others who desire to combine their voices with others to make a difference. I have been invited by these two dental organizations to attend their board meetings to begin dialogue on the formation of a consortium. While I cannot divulge the names of these organizations, until a later date, I can tell you they will add considerable strength to our efforts. Along with these two organizations I have verbal commitments from several others who want to join the consortium. Taking on insurance reimbursement and public awareness of dental treatment of sleep apnea will be at the top of the list. I will keep everyone informed of my progress. PS. If you desire to add your name to our support list just let me know. If you know of others who might want to saddle up have them call me directly. 814 881 7020. Happy Trails to all commitments
Thanks to Drs. Prager, Cheung, Goodfellow, Wong, Lawson, McGregor, Liem, Rawson, and Walsh for joining us at our first online Diplomate training process. We look forward to hearing their feedback and being with them as they work through the ACSDD Diplomate Process. A special thanks to Drs. Dean and Shrivastava for sharing their unique dental and medical knowledge that are hallmarks of the multidisciplinary approach of the ACSDD.
The Spring Conference is now underway at the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona. We'll be posting summary's of the days panels and events in addition to photos shortly.
You may be asking, "What exactly is a blog and how can it help my practice?" Think of our blog as a virtual extension of the ACSDD. We tried to think of ways to bottle up the passion, magic, and community feel that are hallmarks of the ACSDD get togethers. We came up with an online community with a dual purpose: to discuss current relevant research and a forum for you to ask (and of course receive answers to) your pressing sleep disorders related clinical questions. This community of scholars aims to act as a bridge so you can experience the magic of ACSDD get togethers throughout the year and from the comfort of your own home. Start today by emailing your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.