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Glenda Owen DDS

SEPTEMBER 2019 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE:

by Glenda G. Owen, DDS

It is a typical, sultry Houston August as I write this message; but September is around the corner, and with it, the possibility (maybe, please?) of cooler temperatures. September, even in Texas, reminds me of the fall and “Back to School.” As students are headed back to classes, the Greater Houston Dental Society has created an outstanding line-up of educa­tional opportunities for dentists and team members this fall.
Our annual Tale and Ale General Meeting, a long-standing favorite of our Society, is on Tuesday, September 24 at the BraeBurn Country Club. Thirteen different presenters will be featured at tables which seat 8-10 participants per table. Table clinic topics range from “Pediatric Airway Screening” to “New Endodontic Technology” to “Dermatology for the Dentist,” and many more. The event includes dinner, complimentary ale and one hour of continuing education credit. This is a great opportunity to see old friends, meet new col­leagues and to have a really fun CE experience.
On Friday, of that same week, September 27, the GHDS will host a half-day course on the “New US EPA Regulation on Dental Amalgam Waste.” The course presenters are Mr. Michael Murphy who works for Solmetex, an amalgam separator company and Ms. Jill Yeager, a long-time dental educator, who will address the OSHA implications of these new rules. This regulation, which has been a topic of speculation and discussion for a while, fi­nally seems to be upon us. Come join us and get the most current information and a discount on an amalgam separator.

Two additional OSHA courses will be held this fall at the GHDS office. On Friday, September 20, Ms. Jill Yeager will present an OSHA Compliance course and on Friday, No­vember 1, she will present an OSHA Refresher course. These are required courses for dental teams and are a great opportunity to remind us of the safety rules that govern our practices. The GHDS makes it easy and affordable to stay current on these requirements.

Educating ourselves on the political landscape that impacts our profession and our practices is also an area that should not be overlooked. Our annual GHDS Legislative Gen­eral Meeting is Wednesday, October 16 at the University Life Cooley Center next to the UT School of Dentistry at Houston. The meeting will include a panel discussion by TDA Pres­ident Dr. Charles Miller, ADA 15th District Trustee Dr. Craig Armstrong, TDA Council on Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Chairman Dr. Matt Roberts, and TDA Director of Public Affairs Mr. Jess Calvert. The panelists will focus on the TDA’s and ADA’s accomplishments during the most recent sessions of the Texas Legislature and the U. S. Congress. It has been a productive year. Come hear all about it!

December 3, 2019 and April 21, 2020 are the next two GHDS general meetings. Why not sign up for the package plan and join us for all four meetings? You will have four great evenings of food, friends and valuable information.

To register for the package plan and the special half-day courses, call the GHDS office at (713) 961-4337 or visit www.ghds.org.

Finally, remember to "Save the Date" for our big annual CE event, the Star of the South Dental Meeting, scheduled for February 20-21, 2020 at the George R. Brown Con­vention Center. The Star Council has been hard at work to create an exceptional meeting. You don’t want to miss it.
See you soon!

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