Our section held its 2011 Convocation of New Fellows on Friday May 20, 2011 at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC. Our convocation ceremony was held during the Annual Session Meeting of the North Carolina Dental Society.
Eight New Fellows joined the North Carolina Section of the PFA. They are: Dr. Luis M. Benitez of Greensboro North Carolina Dr. Benjamin W. Brown of Raleigh North Carolina Dr. Roslyn Crisp of Burlington North Carolina Dr. Karen Lanier of High Point North Carolina Dr. Alicia Rodriguez of Asheville North Carolina Dr. Angela Ruff of Fayetteville North Carolina Dr. J. Jackson Teague, III of Asheville North Carolina Dr. Ronald D. Venezie of Apex North Carolina
After our convocation ceremony, our New Fellows and their families were asked to join us for the UNC School of Dentistry Student/Mentor reception. Each year, during the Annual Session of the North Carolina Dental Society, The Committee on the New Dentist of the NCDS, the UNC School of Dentistry Dental Alumni Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the NC Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy sponsor this reception for the current students and their Mentors. As well as an opportunity for students to ask questions of their mentors, this event provided the students and practitioners with time to discuss future employment opportunities and practice transitions.
Once again this year our section was a collaborating sponsor of a University of North Carolina Dental Student Trip to the country of Moldova. The students carried dental supplies to the country’s dental school and treated children in an area orphanage. We have been collaborative sponsors of this International Mission Project for several years. PFA Fellow, Dr. Burton Horwitz accompanied the group to Moldova this year.
Ms. Kate Donovan, member of the 2011 graduating class of the UNC School of Dentistry was awarded the Pierre Fauchard Senior Student Award. This award was presented at the Annual Spurgeon Dental Society Awards program on April 6, 2011. Mr. Kevin Ricker was awarded the Pierre Fauchard Scholarship. Mr. Ricker is a third year dental student at UNC.
The North Carolina Section of the PFA is proud to have so many members that contribute their time and energies to the North Carolina Dental Society’s Mission of Mercy Projects. Each year, the North Carolina Dental Society plans ten to twelve MOM Projects throughout our state. Dr. Scott Vines, our own North Carolina Section Co-Chair was instrumental in planning the MOM Project in Rockingham County North Carolina. This two day project served 484 adults and was widely supported with clinical and community volunteers.