AO University Program attracts Texas A&M post graduates
The Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) University Global Outreach Program is continuing to move forward with its goal of expanding university partnership opportunities in 2018.
One of AO’s more recent efforts was an invitation-only postgraduate event in partnership with the Texas A&M University, College of Dentistry. Nearly 100 individuals, including postgraduate residents, university faculty members, and local AO members were in attendance at the event, held at the Perot Museum of Science in Dallas, Texas. Organizing such events continues to be a main initiative of the AO university program to help the Academy make an impact on graduates and postgraduates during the important graduation season.
The event was structured in an informal manner to facilitate maximum dialogue and opportunities for networking.
Instead of a formal academic presentation, the main program for the evening was “A Conversation” with a local implant master and former AO Board Member, Dr. Frank L. Higginbottom, who discussed how the Academy has positively impacted his private practice and his professional well-being. Dr. Higginbottom is actively involved in clinical dental education and research, holding faculty positions at Texas A&M College of Dentistry.
In lieu of a traditional catered dinner, the event featured “Special Desserts and Coffee” prior to Dr. Higginbottom’s talk. Attendees enjoyed the entire Ross Perot Museum of Science to themselves for the remainder of the evening.
Along with many other scientific exhibits of interest, the museum’s newest exhibit, “Being Human,” had just opened, providing attendees with an opportunity to view and learn how DNA affects all human traits.
Among those in attendance were AO members, all from Texas, Drs. Pedro Franco, Irving, Mark Glover, Dallas, Past President Stephen Parel, Dallas, Robert Gilbert Triplett, Dallas, Robert Buckles, Plano, Jim Bates, Dallas, Riad Almasri, Dallas, Kathia Steel, Dallas, Pilar Valderrama, Dallas, Thomas Wilson, Dallas, and Ronald Woody, Garland. All have been ardent supporters of the Academy’s university partnership events. Several of these individuals are also sponsoring dental residents to attend AO’s 34th Annual Meeting (March 13 – 16, 2019 in Washington, DC).
“This is an exciting time for students completing dental school, as their opportunities are numerous and an event off campus provides a venue for meeting AO members in private practice,” says Dr. Amerian D. Sones, DMD, MS, AO treasurer and a prosthodontist from Dallas, Texas. Dr. Sones is co-chair of AO’s Global University Outreach Task Force; director, Continuing Education, Texas A&M College of Dentistry; and Sammons Cancer Center maxillofacial prosthodontist, and lectures for the postgraduate and AEGD residency programs.
“Although their dental education is excellent at school, these university partnerships are very important to expose students to the Academy’s wealth of member resources that will enhance their skills and help guide them along the pathway of clinical success throughout their careers,” concluded Dr. Sones.