All About AAOPAC

Posted: 06/19/19 2:21 AM

Who is the NESO Representative to AAOPAC? Dr. Jeffrey Lowenstein is your NESO representative to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors of the AAO Political Action Committee (AAOPAC).  Jeff graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences from MIT in 1981, his DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1985 and served his residency in Orthodontics at NYU from 1986 to 1988. Jeff and his wife, Robin, a pediatric...

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AAO Legislative Priorities|Adopting Reforms for Small Businesses

Posted: 04/10/19 5:15 PM

Support Growth of Small Businesses through Tax Policy Small business IS the nation’s biggest business. Most AAO members are both highly-skilled medical professionals and the owners/operators of their own small business. We appreciate the work Congress did to pass major tax reform in 2017, but we remain concerned about how that legislation might affect small businesses, particularly medical professional business...

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AAO Legislative Priorities|Healthcare Policy

Posted: 04/10/19 5:14 PM

All Americans deserve access to high quality and affordable healthcare. As Congress considers how to stabilize and strengthen the healthcare market, the AAO supports a healthcare system that maximizes patient control of healthcare decisions, such as choosing their qualified medical professional and determining how best to fund their healthcare needs.The AAO’s top healthcare priorities are to: Strengthen and Exp...

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AAO Legislative Priorities|Student Debt

Posted: 04/10/19 5:14 PM

AAO is working hard to ease the burden of student debt. Orthodontists must complete 10 to 11 years of post-secondary education before practicing their specialty. The average graduating orthodontic resident today owes approximately $428,150 in student loan debt. Current federal student loan policy does not really account for a profession’s ability to repay student loans, resulting in policies that compound the ...

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Letter from the President

Posted: 03/18/19 3:32 PM

Dear NESO Members, I hope that everyone is having a good winter and getting excited with spring right around the corner.  As an update, our final numbers from our 2018 Annual Meeting at Mohegan Sun indicate that we had a very successful meeting.  For those of you who attended, you know that we tried a different format for the meeting, which has been well-received by attendees, speakers and vend...

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NESO2019 Kick Off!

Posted: 03/15/19 10:10 PM

Boston Skyline from Downtown Harborwalk at Night NESO2019 Boston promises even more of the innovation in content and programming that you’ve come to expect from NESO! Join us at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center starting on Friday, September 27, with registration and exclusive exhibitor hours in the morning and kicking off the meeting with an opening Lunch and a mix of plenary and breakout sessions...

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NESO visits Capitol Hill with the AAO Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC!

Posted: 03/15/19 7:19 PM

Orthodontists and Residents Descend on Capitol Hill L. Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD As the swallows return to Capistrano, so do the orthodontists and orthodontic residents of the American Association of Orthodontists return to Capitol Hill each year overflowing with knowledge and insight for the congressional representatives of the United States.  On February 26, 2019, well over 120 orthodontists and orthodon...

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Participating in the Solution: A Resident’s Perspective on AAOPAC Lobbying Efforts

Posted: 03/15/19 3:56 PM

by Dr. Brittany SwiderskiPGY2 at Detroit Mercy The average loan burden of an orthodontic resident is $428,000. When we walked into the room and told young staffers this number, there was often a short but evident gasp of shock. The average debt of a dental school graduate is $287,000.  So between dental school and graduating as an orthodontic resident, your already anxiety-inducing loan burden almost doubles to ...

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Continuing Education and Sleep Apnea: How Are We Delivering?

Posted: 03/15/19 3:51 PM

John CallahanNESO Trustee Trustee Corner: A Report From The AAO Mid-Winter Meeting Members acknowledge that good CE is one of the best values provided by the AAO.  Frankly, you can get good CE in many places. I recently returned from a large company CE forum that was quite good. There were a lot of well-known practitioners (Key Opinion Leaders) who spoke highly about a product or service that was “best ...

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Posted: 03/15/19 3:43 PM

Applications are currently being accepted for the next Director at the American Board of Orthodontics. The new Director from NESO will begin an eight year term, initiating at the AAO Annual Session in 2020. Considerations and Qualities of an ABO Director are summarized here. Applications should be submitted by June 1, 2019. Contact the NESO office with any questions. ...

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