Oregon State Society of Orthodontists

The Oregon State Society of Orthodontists (OSSO) is a state component organization of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).  Members of the OSSO are dental specialists in the field of orthodontics and members of the AAO who reside and practice in Oregon.  The OSSO hosts an annual continuing education meeting for its members.  

OSSO Board Meeting - October 6, 2016

Attendees:  Eric Burgin, Tracy Herion,  Dharmini Pathmanathan, Jay Schofield,  Marie Lathrop, Howard Freedman

Treasurer Report:  RBC Wealth Management account balance $59,394.13

OSSO has offered a $150 stipend to all OHSU residents attending the PCSO meeting in Seattle this month.  The stipend is intended to encourage meeting attendance and AAO/PCSO/OSSO membership.

OSSO Annual Meeting scheduled for December 2, 2016 at the Multnomah Athletic Club

Currently 37 orthodontists have registered.  Tracy is planning to send two more e-mail reminders and is considering sending postcards.  There was some discussion about additional methods to recruit attendees including OHSU alumni and faculty and out of state orthodontists, thought current response is considered good and, including anticipated 12 OHSU residents, appears to be on pace to match ~60 in attendance last year.  The meeting is free to OSSO members and PCSO will reimburse OSSO $1000 toward meeting expenses.

The speaker will be Erik Richmond (Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office).  He has offered to waive his honorarium.  OSSO will present him with a restaurant gift card after his presentation.  Resident research presentations will follow, then lunch and a brief business meeting.

Tracy reviewed the plan to change the meeting schedule this year.  The meeting will start at 8:00 AM (7:30 AM registration).  Dr. Richmond’s presentation will last 3 hours and resident presentations are planned for 20 minutes each.  This will allow all presentations to be completed before lunch.  Last year many attendees left after lunch and before the resident presentations.  The new format should encourage more members to attend all presentations, though it will be important to keep on schedule so lunch can start by 1:00 PM.

Menu options were briefly discussed.  Marie will finalize the entrée choice.  There will be breaks in the morning and the plan is to have breakfast food available, especially given the later lunch time.


Smile Direct Club

Marie had sent an email to the OSSO board earlier this year about Smile Direct Club’s presence in Oregon.  This is an orthodontic aligner product that is marketed directly to consumers offering treatment under indirect supervision of an orthodontist in the state.  Given that some members may have concerns about this product, the question was raised whether the OSSO should take action to investigate if it is in compliance with the Oregon Dental Practice Act.  After some discussion the board concluded such an inquiry should fall to the Oregon Board of Dentistry.  Tracy works with Board member Julie Ann Smith and will ask her if the Board is considering such an investigation.