President’s Message  

As I am writing this, the summer is coming to an end and the beginning of the fall sports season is already well underway.  It’s hard to believe that our symposium in Toronto was two months ago.  I’d like to thank Jan Chithalen and his organizing committee for making the Toronto symposium such a success.  Thanks also goes to Steve Mills and the Continuing Education committee for making sure the symposium delivers material that is educational and beneficial to us all in our daily practices.

I had the pleasure of representing the ASD at the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science (JCSMS) meeting earlier this year.  At the meeting former Surgeon General Boris Lushniak spoke on creating and organizing action plans and how organizations can work together to have a collective impact in their field.  To this end I have tasked the ASD Board with re-affirming and strengthening our existing affiliations such as with NATA.  

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Academy for Sports Dentistry 
38th  Annual Symposium
June 25-27, 2020
Hilton Nashville Downtown

To all my friends and colleagues in the ASD- 

These are certainly very interesting and confusing times for us all. There is so much uncertainty in the world and our country right now with information changing not only daily but hourly sometimes it seems. The ASD recently sent out an email to everyone with a list of resources that was hopefully helpful and beneficial to you all. I have been informed by Sandi that calls to the ASD office have also gone up with questions regarding memberships and the annual symposium. I wanted to write to you all and let you know that the ASD Board of Directors and Walter Chitwood and his Nashville organizing committee are communicating regularly as to keep apprised of all possibilities going forward and will continue to work tirelessly to make sure that decisions will be made in the best interests of the ASD and its members.

From my first ever ASD meeting, I have heard numerous times that there is no comparison of the relationships and friendships ASD members have with each other when compared with other professional groups. I have no doubt that this is the case and that we together will continue to forge ahead during these tough times. I urge all of you to continue to stay in contact with and support each other. Please don’t forget that through Memberclicks on our website we can all communicate to the group as a whole. Also, let us know what fun and interesting things you are up to. If you are posting to social media you can always hashtag the ASD so members can see how others are dealing with our current state of affairs.

As Walter recently said during a conference call, I look forward to the day we can all be in the same room again, having a drink and sharing a laugh. Stay safe and I look forward to seeing all your faces soon.  

Your Friend,  

Jeffrey Laubmeier