From the President
DR. Glenn Maron, DDS
As we move into the summer of 2013 and I take over the reins of our state society, I would first like to thank Dr. Jones Philips for his efforts on behalf of our specialty for the past 2 years.
The Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is as strong as ever, but we continue to have hurdles to jump and projects to complete. The specialty license issue has been placed on hold for now, but we will not let it die on the vine.
The use of Botox and Injectables has been approved for use by all Dentists in the state of Georgia and our specialty was involved with defining training requirements and ensuring that Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are exempt from these rules.
As we all know by now the GDA successfully lobbied for and achieved an autonomous and independent Board of Dentistry. This will be very beneficial for all Dentists in the state of Georgia. Changes to Medicaid continue to be an issue that we are watching closely. Even if you do not accept Medicaid in your practice, any insurance issue or change can lead to others and so we all should stay up on these changes.
At our spring meeting we honored Dr. David Allen with the John Freihaut Award and we were informed that Dr. Barry Stacey will be completing his term on the Georgia Board of Dentistry. Dr. Richard Singer discussed his role and the role of oral surgery at GMOM coming up in June. Additionally, Dr. Perry Brickman, who previously served on the board of dentistry as well , was recently honored by Emory University for uncovering and telling a story of hate and anti-semitism that existed in the 1960's. I would like to reflect a moment on these great leaders and what people like them meant and mean to our specialty. In a word, involvement. Commitment to running our practices takes a lot out of us on a daily basis, and it is convenient to assume that our paths are stable and will stay that way.
When I was a resident at Emory, leaders like Roger Meyer, Robert Bays and Lou Belinfante worked to achieve hospital admitting privileges for Oral Surgeons. Today, we have leaders like Steve Roser, Antwan Treadway and Vinny Percciacante who are tackling current issues. But my question is, where are our future leaders going to come from? They will come from our ranks, our young and new members. I was happy to see some of our younger members at our spring meeting , but I also know the number of members we have and we need to try to get more people involved. We want involved and engaged members of our Society. We cannot sit back and think other people will be there to do the job. My goal over the next 2 years is to get more and different members on our committees and to become involved in organized dentistry here in Georgia. We have a great specialty let's keep it that way.