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A Message from President Joel Berg, DDS, MS

Monday, December 3, 2018   (0 Comments)

A Message from your President


Winter is upon us, and the holiday season is right around the corner. Stepping into my role as President of our Academy has been a highlight for me, as it's allowed me to become more involved with all of our members as weplan for our 44th Annual Meeting, August 8-10, 2019, at the Fairmont Banff Springsin Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Executive Council Callfor Nominations

For the Academy to thrive in coming years, it is important that we nominate the best and the brightest to our Executive Council who will continue to build upon our legacy. The Academy is seeking qualified candidates interested in the Executive Council Director-at-Large position. To be considered, you must currently be a voting member of the Academy (Fellows and Life Fellows) and must be committed to working towards the advancement of the Academy's mission. Please note that your commitment to serving on the Executive Council, beginning as the Director, will take you through various positions over nine years. The timeline and service positions are as follows:

Year 1, 2, 3: Director-at-Large
Year 4, 5: Secretary or Treasurer
Year 6: Vice President
Year 7: President-Elect
Year 8: President
Year 9: First Past President

If you are interested or would like to nominate someone,please complete and return the nomination applicationto AAED headquarters by Thursday, May 31. The Nominating Committee will consider the qualifications of all candidates and will create a slate of candidates for presentation to the Executive Council. Once approved by the Council,final candidate(s) will be presented for approval to the voting General Assembly at the Annual Business Meeting this August in Banff, Alberta.

Associate Member Application Deadline
As a reminder,AAED's new Associate member application deadline will be here sooner than you think. All candidates must submit their completed application materials by March 1. If you know of someone who would like to apply for Associate membership during the next cycle, the applications must include a resume, photo, and three sponsor letters. If you have any questions, please refer to this overview for details, or reach out directly to our executive director, Joe Jackson.

Associate to Fellow Elevation Requests
Associate members, if you are looking to elevate your membership status to Fellow, one of the prerequisites is to speak at one of our scientific sessions. To fulfill this requirement please complete the online speaker application,which will be provided to future annual meeting program chairs for consideration.



As you already know, registration for the 44th Annual Meeting, August 8-10, 2019, in Banff, Alberta Canada, is now open. The meeting's theme, "Disruptive Dentistry: The Challenges Opportunities Ahead," will be explored through five key sessions, each session consisting of a Point, Counterpoint, and Summation, followed by more lectures and panel discussions. Find more session and speaker details on the Annual Meeting Page of our website and be sure to check back periodically for updates.


We also have moments set aside throughout the meeting for attendees to connect with one another, including open afternoons to explore the beautiful area surrounding the resort. We'd love to see your colleagues and collaborators at the meeting with you, so don't forget to submit your invitations for the meeting. 


IFED Requests Speakers
The International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry (IFED) has requested that its member academies assist them in the development of an IFED College of Speakers. As part of this process, AAED is being asked to provide a list of 3 of our members who've given presentations at the national level but have not yet had the opportunity to present internationally. IFED member academies will have access to this list as a resource for inviting future speakers to present at their annual meetings around the globe. While no honorariums would be offered, the host academy would be responsible for providing the invited speaker with economy airfare and hotel accommodation. If you're interested in being a part of the IFED College of Speakers, contact AAED Headquarters.


AAED Membership Renewals
By now you should have all received your membership renewal notices via email. Your membership expires on December 31, so please be sure and log on to the website, update your member profile, and pay your 2019 membership dues at your earliest convenience.


I wish you and your families a safe and fulfilling holiday season. As always, I encourage you to reach out to me directly ( with any questions, or ideas on how AAED can better serve you and the profession. 


All the best,


Joel Berg, DDS, MS
AAED President



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