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The Academy of Operative Dentistry was founded in 1972 by members of the Academy of Gold Foil Operators. They saw the need for an organization devoted to the operative dentist. The purpose of the Academy of Operative Dentistry was to promote excellence in operative dentistry by influencing the practice of the health professions in organized dentistry, health science education, and research. (read more)

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President's Message

Dear Member, 

This year the Academy of Operative Dentistry (AOD) Annual Meeting is going to be a very special event, you won’t want to miss. This February will mark the 50th Anniversary of our esteemed Academy. I am proud to lead the AOD into the next 50 years and commemorate the founding of a truly remarkable institution for excellence in Dental Continuing Education and professional comradery. The AOD Executive Council and I would like to invite you to continue your membership in the AOD and join us for our exciting 2022 Program.  Eight essayists will present on a myriad of topics with a focus on the latest evidence based scientific research, trends and clinical techniques in Operative Dentistry.  Table Clinics will be back this year to further enhance the clinical relevance of the meeting and involve our students and military.  The goal of a meeting of this stature is that the knowledge learned in Chicago can be applied “Monday morning” in your practice, university, or military service, to better treat the patients we are privileged to serve with excellence, caring, and compassion.

Our past president, Dr. Mathilde C. “Tilly” Peters said it best… “nowadays there are so many new organizations” and ways to pursue professional growth. “It is our Academy, however, that offers an important added value of friendship and camaraderie that is as important as the excellent meeting program we offer.  Friendliness, and a feeling of ‘you belong here’ describes best the atmosphere. Pursuit of excellence together with ease of connecting with seasoned, distinguished colleagues is what makes this Academy special and inclusive.” You just can’t develop collegial friendships without meeting in person. The AOD prides itself in the quality of our many social events to promote inclusiveness for new members and guests so that they may form lasting friendships within the Academy.

So, come celebrate with us, February 24-25, 2022, the 50th Anniversary of The Academy of Operative Dentistry at the Drake Hotel, Chicago Illinois.  I can speak on behalf of the Academy when I say, we are excited to be meeting together again, live and in person for what we believe is the best dental meeting you can attend.

See You in Chicago,

Kyle S. Schulz, DDS

President, The Academy of Operative Dentistry