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 – September 27, 2017

Attendees:  Tracy Herion, Dharmini Pathmanathan, Marie Lathrop, Howard Freedman

Treasurer Report:  RBC Wealth Management account balance:  $63,890.73

The OSSO annual meeting planned for December 1, 2017 at the Multnomah Athletic Club.  Dharmini will send meeting reminders now (2 months before) and again at 2-4 week intervals.  She also confirmed the residents’ presentation schedule with Dr. Doyle.  Registration will begin at 7:30 am.  Dr. Kent’s infection control presentation will be 8-10 am followed by the residents’ presentations 10:15 am-12:15 pm and the business meeting 12:15-12:45 pm, then lunch.  As last year, Amazon gift cards and wine will be given to the residents after their presentations.  Business meeting agenda will cover financials and state level activity and should be short.  Howard will update the meeting registration page and add a field for lunch attendance.  We will add the CE certificate for download/printing after the meeting.

New officer recruitment remains a concern.  We are currently one officer short (Secretary-Treasurer) and will need a second new officer after the December meeting (when current officers move up a tier).  Marie and Howard have contacted a number of possible candidates with no results.  Howard will plan to send an email prior to the meeting encouraging OSSO members to consider serving on the board and we will recruit again at the meeting.  Marie emphasized the importance of leadership at the state level especially as the ADA and AAO are passing some issues on to the states.  Most significantly, specialty designation (which up until now has required completion of an accredited specialty program) has been challenged in some states with others likely to follow.

Related to the above discussion, we revisited the idea of having some sort of gathering for new members (recent grads and those who have moved into the state) in order to foster relationships with other orthodontists and the OSSO.  We had discussed a new member or general reception the night before the annual meeting in December, but could also do something in the spring, perhaps in conjunction with the ODA or Hixon meeting.  Plan to follow up on this after the December meeting.

Finally, Tracy updated us on our Go Daddy web hosting.  Joe Safirstein originally set this up for us and, as far as she knows, is still paying the fee every two years.  We need the access information to change the account billing to OSSO.  Howard will follow up on this.