President-Elect’s Message

Pilar Valderrama- pic As I reflect about the most notable accomplishments of our Society during my time serving as President of the board, many things come to mind. I have been fortunate to work closely with a very motivated board and outstanding committee members. Currently, our SWSP board composition represents almost all the states in the region and this brings new ideas and potential for growth. Some of our significant tasks accomplished are:

  • We have introduced a corporate forum during our winter and summer meetings to provide our members additional continuing education supported by our sponsoring companies.
  • We have recorded a video about the 2018 AAP EFP classification of Periodontal diseases and conditions which will be available online for our members on our website. The purpose is to help our members to incorporate the changes in their daily practice; to increase awareness among the dental community about these important changes and to give you an additional tool to reach out to the dental hygienists in your area.
  • We have reached record numbers of submissions for the Prichard Prize research competition from the residents in the Graduate Programs in our region. We have changed the scoring criteria to match the Orban’s criteria to help our student members to have a better sense of the AAP competition.
  • We are working on an awards fund with a mission of recognizing our members who have excelled in areas of service, education and research in our region. This project will be pursued with the support of the AAP Foundation.
  • We continue to provide high quality, continuing education for our members by selecting our speakers based on the results of our surveys. This summer, we will have Dr. Frank Schwarz. Dr. Schwarz has an impressive curriculum and has among others, multiple publications in the topic of peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is a disease recently included in the AAP classification of diseases as a separate entity. Even though the prevalence and increased incidence of this condition has been demonstrated, successful and predictable treatments for this pathology have not been fully attained. Dr. Schwarz’ presentation will focus on these relevant topics.

I can conclude that with the outstanding support of CMP Management on the administrative aspects and the continuous growth of our membership, our society will continue to lead our profession in the southwest region. Thank you for trusting and supporting me to lead your society. I look forward to seeing you all in San Antonio!

Pilar Valderrama, DDS, MS
President 2019-2020


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