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Residents Organize National Endodontic Symposium

BOSTON, Massachusetts--Two Boston University School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM) endodontic residents organized a symposium August 6-8, bringing together more than 170 endodontic postdoctoral students from over 30 programs in the United States.

The Advanced Programs in Clinical Endodontics Symposium ("APICES") for the first time provided an educational program just for residents enrolled in endodontic postdoctoral programs.

Jessica Barr ENDO 05 and Brian Chuang ENDO 05 thought bringing together their fellow residents from around the country would be a unique and exciting opportunity to exchange information, new research, and novel techniques. Says Barr, "I felt this symposium would allow residents from across the country to interact both academically and socially. It is our hope that it becomes a much-anticipated annual event."

Adds Chuang, "It was great to have a chance to meet so many other residents from across the country who are undergoing similar training. Attending an event specifically designed for residents created a very welcoming environment that nutured camraderie among future colleagues."

Dr. Jeffrey Hutter, chair of BUSDM's Department of Endodontics and one of the conference's lecturers, is impressed by his students' initiative. "Organizing this symposium on their own is a wonderful mark of their intellectual curiosity and resourcefulness," he says.

The program was held at BU's School of Management, with out-of-town students staying in BU dorms. Dr. Spencer N. Frankl, dean of BUSDM, welcomed participants Friday night. Organizational and corporate sponsors, who provided room and board for attendees, included tier one supporters (the American Association of Endodontists, Dentsply Endodontics (Dentsply Maillefer and Tulsa Dental)), tier two supporters (ASI Medical, Inc., Discus Dental, Global Surgical, Heraeus Kulzer, Inc., Obtura Spartan, Sybron Endo, Treloar & Heisel, Inc., Ultradent Products, Inc.), and tier three supporters (Boston University Endodontic Alumni Association, J. Morita, Surgitel).

Speakers from around the country,including the president of the American Association of Endodontists and the editor of the Journal of Endodontics, presented lectures on challenging choices for less-than-ideal root canal treatment, an evidence-based approach to the use of antibiotics in dentistry, nonodontogenic toothaches, developing skills to interpret analgesic clinical trials, legal and ethical issues in clinical endodontics, endodontics and periodontics in the day of implants, and prosthetic treatment following endodontic treatment.

SOURCE: Boston University School of Dental Medicine

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