David Burns, AAFP President
As the 67th President of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, I extend greetings to our Academy members and a hearty welcome to Academy visitors and friends. It is my great privilege to serve in this capacity this year. The Academy continues to exhibit a strong presence among prosthodontic organizations worldwide. We received 26 new members in February. These individuals represent the future of the Academy and a number of them have already volunteered to assist with Academy business. The Academy is financially healthy, and as a leader for the discipline of fixed prosthodontics, continues to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to excellence through its yearly scientific program. With the meeting theme of “Integrating Conventional and Contemporary Treatment Philosophies,” our next scientific program, slated for February 23, 24, 2018 in Chicago, should be no exception to this. Drs. Avinash Bidra and Sangeetha Raghavendra, the 2018 scientific program directors, have invited a formidable group of national and international leaders to the podium and the meeting promises to be of keen interest for all attendees, regardless of their practice experience. I want to invite you to join me as the Academy presents this distinguished scientific program and I look forward to seeing you next February in Chicago.
Also looking forward to 2018, for the first time in its history, the Academy is joining forces with the Dutch Flemish Restorative Society to sponsor and present a first-class scientific program and outstanding social get-together, May 25-26, 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Exceptional presenters have been selected from both the United States and Europe. Scheduled during the United States Memorial Day weekend in 2018, it will be a great draw for both attendees and spouses, with a cocktail reception at the Rijksmuseum, a scenic Amsterdam canal cruise, and dinner at a historical venue all planned. Please consider joining us for this insightful and historic Academy “road trip”.
For many years, the Academy has had much of its yearly scientific program content available for purchase on DVD at our meetings. Now, as we move technologically forward, we are planning for future scientific meeting content to be available for purchase through a web-based access. This will allow for more convenient viewing and may attract a larger audience down the line. Stay tuned as this process unfolds.
Finally, I’ve heard many times from members, that the Academy is like family to them. Over the years, I have observed that for many Academy members, their organizational work is completed as a labor of love. It is also not unusual for members to get together with other Academy friends in the evenings during the meeting and enjoy the camaraderie. These types of beliefs and actions occur for many reasons, but I think these responses are tough to achieve without just the right ingredients of the Academy’s smaller size, dedicated members, and camaraderie. I am so proud to represent this distinguished Academy this year and I plan to do my small part in keeping it steeped in greatness.