Network, Find Career Opportunities While at the 2018 Annual Session

Make contacts and gain insights helpful to your career planning process at the 2018 Annual Session, May 4-8 in Washington, D.C.  You will find unique opportunities at events that are partly or entirely for residents and younger members.

Register now for Annual Session (or, if you have registered, access your registration to reserve or purchase event tickets).

Career-Related Annual Session Events

Practice Transition Seminar, Friday, May 4 (Convention Center)

This all-day event includes breakfast, lunch and a cocktail reception sponsored by Ziegler Practice Transitions.  Residents’ ticket price is $60. Members in active practice pay $125.  Members who are approaching retirement and planning to sell their practices, and/or bring in partners or associates, will be in attendance. Presentations by expert consultants will include:

  • “Understanding Orthodontic Transitions: Value, Pitfalls and Associations” – Ken Alexander
  • “DSO Panel Discussion” – Representatives from dental service organizations will be joined by industry consultant Roger Hill
  • “Compensation Expectations during Career Transitions: Associates, Buyers and Sellers” – Doug Copple and Shannon Patterson
  • “C.A.D.E.T. (Coverage Agreements for Death/Disability/Displacement in Emergency Transitions” – Dr. Laurance Jerrold.

New Orthodontists and Residents Conference, Sunday, May 6, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Marriott Marquis)

During this free program hosted by the AAO Council on New and Younger Members, keynote speaker Andrew Tucker will present, “Planning Your Professional Future.” Mr. Tucker will address student loan debt, how to balance repayment with tax-advantaged savings, and determining when to prepay debt and when to save. Attendees will also learn the pros and cons of private student loan refinancing, balancing student loan debt with home and practice purchases, and strategies to control income taxes despite loan repayment. Following the keynote, attendees will break into roundtable discussions on various topics of interest to new orthodontists.

There is no fee for members attending this event, and no ticket/reservation requirement.

Orthodontic Career Fair, Sunday, May 6, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Marriott Marquis)

Network with employers who are hiring orthodontists and learn about opportunities with their organizations. There is no fee for members attending this event, and no ticket/reservation requirement.

Additional Events of Interest

AAO Members/Leaders Roundtable​ (formerly the Member Town Hall), Saturday, May 5, 12 noon – 1 p.m. 

Representatives of the Board of Trustees and the Council on New and Younger Members will be available to discuss issues of interest in a new, round-table for format ideal for direct interaction. The event will be easy to access due to its location in the Exhibit Hall café. The event is open to all members with no registration or ticket required.

Orthodontic Residents Reception, Sunday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Lucky Strike)

Enjoy relaxing with your friends in the unique Lucky Strike atmosphere featuring chef-driven food and drink, and bowling.

There is no fee for student (resident) members attending this event, but a ticket is required and should be reserved in advance via registration. Guest tickets (required) are available for $35. Sponsored by American Orthodontics.

Risk Management for Residents and New Orthodontists, Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Convention Center)

During this free program sponsored by the AAO Insurance Company, learn from claims experts how to avoid malpractice risks specific to the new orthodontist. No ticket or advance registration required.

Younger active (in practice) members who attend the above session or the Saturday morning lecture, “Risk Management for Orthodontists,” will receive a 10 percent premium discount on AAOIC professional liability insurance. Simply complete the certificate provided at the event, return it to the program speaker, and the underwriting department will apply the credit.  If your premium for the year has already been paid, your credit will be applied to your next two years’ coverage.  If you have not renewed your policy for the year, the premium discount will appear as a credit on your upcoming renewal notice.

If you are a graduating resident and purchase AAOIC insurance upon entering practice, you will also be eligible for the premium discount based on having attended an Annual Session risk management program.