|Publication:||Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886|
|Issue:||Date: Jan-Feb, 2012 Source Volume: 81 Source Issue: 1|
Happy New Year, readers, and welcome to 2012! Winter is now in full
force, but the Journal has some inspiring stories that will warm your
heart about how dental assistants everywhere are helping to make the
world better place. In the January/February 2009 issue, I interviewed
Dr. James Rolfe, an exceptional man who had given up a lucrative private
dental practice in southern California to found the Afghanistan Dental
Relief Program (ADRP), located just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, to
teach dental skills to anyone willing to learn. Three years later,
dental assistant Jodi Ross has written an article about her incredible
experiences as a volunteer educator with the ADRP (page 12). ADAA member
Lois Bell also writes about her experience with other ADAA members
providing oral health care through a volunteer-run clinic in the
Carolinas (page 34). The Air Force describes how providing dental care
to the surrounding community helps build ties in Germany (page 32) and
the Army DENTAC members show that dental assistants have more to
contribute than their dental skills (page 22).
Speaking of contributions, Twelfth District Trustee Shari L. Becker reminds members to encourage dental assisting students to apply for the Juliette A. Southard/Oral-B Scholarship and ADAA Student Achievement Award. Don't delay, applications are due earlier than usual this year, on March 15, 2012 (page 20). Fourth District Trustee Nanette Hill also explains the various AI)AA Awards given out during the Annual Session and why you should nominate a member who you believe should be recognized for his or her contribution (page 10). Finally, ADAA needs your help to build membership--see Ms. Becker's article with advice on how to talk to other dental assistants about our association and why they should join.
Last but not least, the Journal is at long last going digital, beginning with this issue! For a limited time, this online "virtual" Journal will be available to everyone, not just AI)AA members and subscribers, but if you want to make sure you'll be able to access each new issue, renew your ADAA membership or Journal subscription today. And don't fret, the Journal will continue to appear in print for the foreseeable future (see Association Bulletin on page 42 for more information).
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