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    President's Message    

Patrick T. Johnson, D.M.D
2018 - 2019 FAP President



As we come to the close of another year, it’s a good time to look back and appreciate all that we have to be thankful for. No, this is not a Hallmark card but I have truly enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had while serving this past year as FAP President. There is some relief in knowing that the ground work for next year’s events has already been laid and I look forward to seeing them come to pass. The FAP Executive Council has been hard at work planning and preparing to make sure we continue to provide you with enjoyable and entertaining educational opportunities that you have come to expect. Along with the new year will come a change in leadership. Dr. Rodrigo Romano will be your incoming president. He is very active in organized dentistry at both the state and national level, and I have no doubt, he will represent us well.

The FAP is and will continue to be a mechanism for us to come together to discuss important issues that we as periodontists continually face. It is important that we stay organized and continue to be part of the solution. At the national level, the AAP recently voted not to continue its mandate that its members maintain membership in the American Dental Association (ADA), and therefore Florida Dental Association (FDA) and your local component (tripartite membership). It is effectively optional now for our members to maintain status in both organizations (ADA/AAP). I hope we all realize how important it is to maintain our relationships with all of the dental community by maintaining our membership in ADA/FDA. I encourage everyone to participate at whatever level they feel comfortable. Our specialty requires continued advocacy and specialty learning to remain strong.

Before I close, I would like to encourage everyone to attend our upcoming 2019 Winter Meeting to be held at the Tampa Airport Marriott on February 8-9, 2019. The 3rd year Periodontal Residents from both NOVA and UF will be presenting Friday morning. Following the Resident's presentations, a hands-on lecture will be held by Dr. Daniel Thoma, who is also the keynote speaker for Saturday's program. The hands-on course will cover "Modern Soft Tissue Management with Applying Autogenous Transplants and Soft Tissue Substitutes." The Saturday program will deal with "Designing a Connective Tissue Graft Alternative from Scratch: Perspective from Prototype to Three Year Clinical Follow-Up." Please plan on attending. I hope to see you all there.