Every year the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Professional Education Committee (PEC) pushes the envelope when it comes to offering dental professionals the very best in comprehensive cosmetic dentistry education at the Annual AACD conference. This year, the PEC has torn the envelope up, thrown it out the window, and opted for a completely reimagined structure for delivering that world-class education.
The conference’s three daily themes: Design, Implementation, and Realization are more than just catch phrases – they are a scaffolding on which the entire conference is structured. According to Professional Education Committee Chair, Robert Ritter, DMD, “The themes were selected because they can help guide the dentist and laboratory technician in the overall process of framing the patient for a new smile.” Design, Implementation, and Realization will be providing a unified structure for the conference; they represent a process that is sequential and cumulative, so each day will build on the knowledge gained the previous day.
The educators, and the topics they address, will follow that path from Design on day one, to Implementation on day two, and finally Realization on day three. Some of the featured presenters will include Bill Robbins, DDS and David Sarver, DMD on day one; Michael Pikos, DDS, and Andrea Ricci, DMD on day two; and Markus Blatz, DMD, Gerard Chiche, DDS, and John Kois, DMD on day three.
All of the courses offered at AACD 2016 are intended to elevate the clinical skills of all conference attendees—the entire dental team—but the AACD will also offer the Accreditation track courses for those attendees who seek to differentiate themselves at a level of excellence only achieved by the most dedicated and passionate dental professionals. Attendees can even begin the process of AACD Accreditation by taking the written exam in Toronto.
This innovative conference concept couldn’t have a more fitting background than the city of Toronto. Home to more than 4.7 million people, Toronto is the cultural, entertainment, and financial capital of Canada. Recently awarded the Best in Travel 2015 epithet by Lonely Planet and selected as a Hot Destination for 2015 by Orbitz, Toronto boasts truly world class shopping, dining, and entertainment.
AACD 2016 attendees will certainly be on the pulse of this vibrant city. The convention location, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is neighbor to the CN Tower, and in addition to the surface level options for dining, shopping, and entertainment, there are 30 km of underground shopping options along PATH, the city’s downtown underground pedestrian walkway.
Between the world class education, industry related shopping in the exhibit hall, and AACD social events, attendees may want to plan on extending their visit to Toronto to ensure plenty of time to explore this buzzing metropolis.
One final aspect of this conference that may be new to some attendees is the need to use a passport to travel. Conference goers will want to apply for or renew their passport well in advance to ensure smooth travels to Toronto.
For more information or to register for the 32nd Annual AACD Scientific Session, visit www.aacdconference.com
About the AACD
The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 6,300 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.