As PFA Immediate Past President in 2011 I would like to reflect on this past year. First and foremost I would like to thank all of the Officers, Trustees, Section Chairs and Fellows who made my job as President such a wonderful experience. Wherever my wife, Chris, and I traveled we were warmly welcomed and treated like royalty.
It was also a pleasure to work with the President of the Foundation, Dr. James Long, and the Foundation Board. The Foundation has made great strides and is in the process of seeking additional donations beyond our membership by soliciting corporate donors.
Improvement in Dental Abstracts, our official Journal, and our Dental World magazine insert is still ongoing. This Dental World issue is now fully in color starting in January-February of 2011, which I look forward to seeing in my mailbox. Dental Abstracts Editor Dr. Douglas Berkey and Publisher Jane Ryley have been very helpful in this process. Both of them were present in Orlando and gave our board a nice presentation. Dr. Berkey was inducted as a new Fellow of PFA during our meeting.
Many of you may know this but the Pierre Fauchard has honored the great leaders of dentistry with a Wall of Fame. Those honored receive a beautiful plaque with a history of their accomplishments. This Wall of Fame was recently housed at the National Dental Museum in Baltimore. The Academy needed to find a new home for this display and I am pleased to announce that the PFA Wall of Fame will now be housed at the Maryland School of Dentistry. The dedication and opening of the Wall of Fame will be June 2nd, 2011. If you are in the area please feel free to stop and visit the Academy's display at the Dental School.
Speaking of displays and museums, the Academy has two wonderful displays of old dental equipment and dental office chairs in Las Vegas. The first one, the Pierre Fauchard Museum of Dental History, is at the University of Nevada Dental School. The other display is at Southern Nevada College at the School of Dental Assisting and Hygiene. If you attend the 2011 ADA meeting this year you could visit these two fine museums. Check out your website atfauchard.org/history/museums to see some photo galleries of the displays at these two museums.
I am looking forward to PFA's 75th Anniversary celebration in Paris. This will be a great event so download the registration form now and sign up! I would like to challenge all of you to ask some of our younger dentists to join the Academy so they can be part of our 100th year celebration in 2036.
I look forward to a great year for the Academy under the leadership of French President, Dr. Hubert Ouvrard.
Again, thank you for making my year as President in 2010 so special.
Dr. Steven K. Hedlund,
2011 Immediate Past President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy