Drs. Lauren Wiese and Chris Scott, University of Maryland residents, and Dr. Jennifer Collins, a resident at the Howard University College of Dentistry, had lunch on February 14 with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina’s 5th congressional district. Congresswoman Foxx chairs the House of Representatives Education Committee and the House Workforce Committee.

The luncheon took place in Washington, D.C. at the offices of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, the AAO’s legislative counsel. The meeting was arranged as an opportunity to have orthodontic residents speak personally with a key legislator on education issues important to the orthodontic specialty, especially student debt relief.

“This experience really helped us understand the issues currently circulating around post-secondary education,” said Dr. Scott, noting that the residents plan to participate in the 2018 AAO Advocacy Conference. The conference will be May 8-9 in Washington, immediately following the Annual Session.