On September 14th, Midwestern Students were given the opportunity to attend The Arizona Dental Associations’ House of Delegates meeting. It was a great opportunity for a glimpse into the inner workings of organized dentistry. At the meeting, members of the organization presented proposals. The proposals were then open to floor discussion and then the delegates voted to adopt resolutions regarding AzDA’s upcoming year. The members also received an update on the previous year’s accomplishments. Some highlights from 2018 included:
- Negotiating a Dental Therapy bill that protects the interests of the Dental profession -Adopting an Opioid practice that protects our patients.
- Partnering with the ADA & CVS pharmacy to incorporate “find a dentist” into local CVS stores The delegates also shared upcoming goals of the society:
- Working to reinstate dental benefits for pregnant women over the age of 21
- Working with BODEX to develop a non-live patient board examination
- Working with Medicare plans to formulate dental benefits that allow Dentists to stay viable while still delivering care to the elderly population
Dr. Crowley, the ADA President, shared that he believes we are entering a new “golden age” of dentistry as long as dentists continue to work together to continue to advocate for our profession. The only way to affect policy is to have a seat at the table when policies are being made. This event was extremely inspiring and taught us that it is never too early to get involved and affect change to benefit the future of dentistry.