Thousands of orthodontists participate in a virtual annual session conducted by AAO
ST. LOUIS, Mo., USA: The coronavirus pandemic forced the American Association of Orthodontists to cancel its in-person annual meeting, which had been scheduled to take place May 1 to 4 in Atlanta. But that did not stop the 19,000-member organization from offering what it described as an “incredible weekend of learning” — all conducted online.
AAO 2020: A Virtual Experience was held May 2 to 3, and, according to a press release issued by the association, the event had the highest number of doctors registered in AAO history. “With a total of 11,222 registrants and 93 countries represented, the event lived up to the title of the largest annual celebration of orthodontics in the world,” the press release said.
“AAO members made this a resounding success by embracing this event, lending their talents as speakers and moderators and participating in record numbers,” said Dr. Gary Inman, president of AAO.
Dr. Neal Kravitz, Dr. Kyle Fagala and Dr. Anil Idiculla offered keynotes. In addition, 12 clinical, 15 practice management, and 15 exhibitor lectures were presented by world-renowned orthodontists and industry leaders, the AAO said.
The following were among the many lectures offered:
- “5 Important Considerations to Achieve Predictable Outcomes with Clear Aligner Therapy,” presented by Dr. Mazyar Moshiri.
- “Is Virtual Our New Reality? Virtual Orthodontic Visits Before, During and After a Global Pandemic,” presented by Dr. Daniel Bills.
- “The Clinical Side of Two-Phase Treatments,” presented by Dr. Silvia Allegrini.
“Our goal was to bring the orthodontic community together with keynotes, happy hours and an awards ceremony, all while providing our members with an opportunity to get C.E. and connect with suppliers at no cost during this challenging time,” Inman said. “What ended up happening was far more than we could have ever expected. We overwhelmingly saw the orthodontic community unite over an incredible weekend of learning.”
According to the AAO, attendees could earn up to 12 C.E. credits — all from the comfort of their own homes — and those who also attended AAOF-sponsored programming could access an additional three lectures and C.E. credits. The event was offered for free to AAO members and was open to non-members for purchase.
Many attendees viewed the event alongside family members and even pets. Many shared images from the virtual event on social media. It’s all documented in an Instagram story, available by clicking here. The AAO website is here.
2021 meeting is planned for Boston
Next year, the AAO is scheduled to meet in person again — in Boston April 23 to 27 — for AAO 2021. According to AAO, which is based in St. Louis, more information and registration will be available in the fall.
(Source: American Association of Orthodontists)