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Annual session for endodontists: AAE22 in Phoenix

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Colin O’Brady is keynote speaker at AAE22 in Phoenix. The renowned endurance athlete is scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon, March 27. (Photo: Provided by Colin O’Brady, via Wikimedia Commons)

Sun. 24 April 2022

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Endodontists are headed to Phoenix for AAE22. From April 27 to 30 (Wednesday to Saturday), endodontists can learn from some of the top experts in the specialty, visit with company reps offering the latest products and technology, and — perhaps most importantly — rub shoulders with each other, literally.

It’s the first time in three years that those who save teeth have been able to gather in person under one roof.

The American Association of Endodontists has organized plenty of action for those who have come to this long-awaited reunion taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center.

But first, the ground rules as necessitated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: Everyone (including service providers, exhibitors, AAE staff and guests), is required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours of arrival. As of press time, it was not determined whether masks would be required, but AAE recommends all attendees carry a face covering at all times during the meeting, as masking requirements may change. Onsite testing is available for a fee.

Now that the vaxing and masking is covered, let’s get back to the endo, shall we? The centerpiece of any AAE event, of course, is the education. Offerings include hands-on sessions, lectures, panel discussions and presentations offered right on the show floor.

This year, meeting attendees can partake in as many as 28.5 hours of C.E. offerings. The educational tracks are as follows: Clinical/Ethical Dilemmas (“Prickly Situations”); Interdisciplinary; Non-Surgical Root Canal Therapy; Pain; Practice Management/Teamwork; Surgical Root Canal Therapy; and Submitted Presentations. Check your meeting guide or visit aae.org/aae22 for a complete listing of course titles, speakers, times and locations. For those unable to attend in-person, select session livestreams are available virtually.

“The AAE provides its members with the highest quality of continuing dental education programs and chances to hear from industry experts about new technologies, the latest in safety and health measures around COVID-19, pain management without the use of opioids and more,” meeting organizers said in a press release issued before the meeting commenced.

Also not to be missed here at AAE is the General Session with Keynote Speaker Colin O’Brady, taking place Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the North Ballroom, where all of the main events at AAE22 will also take place.

O’Brady completed the world’s first solo, unsupported and unaided crossing of Antarctica, and he is regarded as one of the world’s best endurance athletes and a foremost expert on mindset. O’Brady will share his inspirational, thought-provoking story and will share what he has learned about the human mind and how to unlock human potential.

Other events of note include the President’s Breakfast, featuring AAE President Dr. Alan S. Law, taking place Thursday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The General Assembly is Friday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and the Edgar D. Coolidge Awards Brunch is Saturday from 10:15 a.m. to noon.

Also not to be missed is the exhibit hall, located on Level 3, where company reps are eager to talk to you about their offerings. Show hours are Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

All during the meeting, attendees can participate in the Endo Wellness Challenge, sponsored by EdgeEndo. Simply use your smartphone or fitness tracking device to count your steps and earn prizes, not to mention bragging rights.

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