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Oklahoma Section Welcomes 6 New Members
May 10, 2018
DR. MATTHEW E COHLMIA
Greetings from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. On Friday, April 20th, 2018, we held our annual PFA meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in conjunction with the Oklahoma Dental Association Annual Meeting. We were honored to have many distinguished guests in attendance including Richard Haught, Past ADA President; Juan Lopez, ODA President; Lynn Means, ODA Executive Director; Tamara Berg, President of the American Association of Women Dentists; and Raymond Cohlmia, ADA 12thDistrict Trustee and Dean for the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. We had a total of 80 members and guests present for our breakfast.
The Chairman’s report started with a roster update of the Oklahoma Section. We currently have 118 active fellows and 43 life fellows, for a total of 161 fellows. Following our financial report, discussion included an overview for paying dues online and retrieving other PFA information online through fauchard.org. Discussion also included the agenda for the upcoming national PFA meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii in October 2018. Our memoriam report included a moment of silence for the loss of two of our fellows this past year. Ronald Gilbert and James Michael Wise. We then opened discussion about changes that can be made to our PFA program due to time constraints with our previous time slot with the ODA. We decided to try having a luncheon meeting next year during our ODA Annual Meeting, instead of a breakfast meeting.
We were extremely honored to have in attendance the Vice President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Terry Brewick from Colorado; and the Region 10 Trustee of the PFA, Hal Hale from Kansas. Both fellows gave us an update of PFA National as well as our 10thDistrict.
Raymond Cohlmia, Dean of the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry, introduced the 2018 PFA Scholarship winner and the PFA Senior Award winner. Third year OUCOD student Lynna Van was this year’s scholarship winner and fourth year OUCOD student Priyanka Agrawal was the recipient of the senior award. The 2018 Distinguished Service Award for Oklahoma was presented to Doug Auld. Doug has been extremely active with the ADA, ODA and the Eastern District, as well as many community and humanitarian accomplishments. Doug has had many awards and highlights with dentistry and was well deserving of the award.
The highlight of the meeting was the induction of our new fellows. We are honored to welcome to our Academy Kristen Campbell, Mathew Hookom, Paul Mullasseril, Jeff Pierce, Mike Strand and Wavel Wells. They have been outstanding individuals to the profession and community and will be a true asset to the Academy.
Once again, the Oklahoma Chapter of the PFA was honored to be very involved both physically and financially with the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy. This is a free dental clinic for the public sponsored by the Oklahoma Dental Association, Oklahoma Dental Foundation, and the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation. The event was held February 2ndand 3rd, 2018 in Durant, Oklahoma. This two-day clinic is designed to meet the oral health needs of dental patients of all ages by providing free dental care to as many adults and children as time, volunteers and supplies will allow. Due to the success of the 1398 volunteers, a total of $1,180,301 in free dental care to 957 patients was achieved. On average, each patient received $1,233 in donated dental care (an OKMOM record)! The 2019 Mission of Mercy will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on February 1stand 2nd, 2019. For more information, please visit okmom.org. Our next Oklahoma Chapter of the PFA will meet for a lunch meeting in Tulsa, Ok in 2019. This will be in conjunction with the Oklahoma Dental Association Annual Meeting.
Section Chairman of the Oklahoma Chapter of the PFA