2024 Meeting Program

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The mission of The International Academy of Endodontics is to improve the oral health of the public by promoting the highest quality of non-commercial endodontic and scientific continuing education for its membership.  .......our members seek out speakers from many areas in biology, medicine and dentistry who are exceptional leaders in their field.  The goal of the meeting is to provide advanced knowledge and understanding, to give inspiration through basic science and clinical leadership, and to provide serious mentorship for all attendees.
 
 
February 29 (Members Meeting for IAE Members only), 2024
March 1-2 (Scientific Program for All Attendees), 2024

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Highlights of Speakers and Topics
 
Long Essay Presentations
 
 
Giovanni Olivi, MD, DDS
Professor a.c. of Laser Dentistry
School of Dentistry Catholic University of Sacred Heart
Rome, Italy
 
 
The lecture will present a series of evidence-based research that supports the clinical relevance of the presented technique, highlighted by clinical case evidence. Studies on fluid dynamics will explain how to modify the concept of "shaping for cleaning" while "minimizing the root canal shaping while optimizing cleansing and decontamination".
 
 
Major Topics:
 
Different irrigation techniques used in Endodontics;
Different techniques used for Erbium lasers in Endodontics (LAI, PIPS, SWEEPS);
Comparison among Er:YAG laser SSP/SWEEPS technology, Olivi's technique and sonic, ultrasonics and multisonics techologies and techniques
 
 
 
 
 
Alonso Carrasco-Labra, DDS, MSc, PhD
Associate professor at the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences
Director, Cochrane Oral Health Collaborating Center
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 
 
Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed healthcare recommendations that assist patients, practitioners, and caregivers in making decisions about appropriate healthcare for specific clinical circumstances. They integrate the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values and preferences, which leads to improved patient outcomes, consistency in care, and efficient use of resources.  This presentation will help the listener:
 
  1. Understand the Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines: To grasp the basic concepts and importance of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in healthcare.
  2. Identify the Components of Trustworthy Guidelines: To learn the key elements that make a clinical practice guideline trustworthy, including transparency, evidence basis, management of conflict of interest, and rigor in development.
  3. Recognize the Role of Multidisciplinary Panels: To appreciate the importance of involving a diverse group of stakeholders, including practitioners, patient partners, and specialists, in the guideline development process.
 
 
 
 
 
James Suen, MD
Distinguished Professor
Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
 
 
Facial pain frequently is thought to be caused by dental problems. After adequate dental evaluation and pathology is ruled out, it is helpful to know the possible causes. After treating over 500 patients with this situation, I have learned a lot about the diagnosis and treatment of the different causes. This information can help you in your practice and knowledge base.
 
 
 
 
 
Elisabeth Bik, PhD
Science Integrity Consultant
San Francisco, California, United States
 
 
Science builds upon science. Even after peer-review and publication, science papers could still contain images or other data of concern. If not addressed post-publication, papers containing incorrect or even falsified data could lead to wasted time and money spent by other researchers trying to reproduce those results. Several high-profile science misconduct cases have been described, but many more cases remain undetected. Elisabeth Bik is an image forensics detective who left her paid job in industry to search for and report biomedical articles that contain errors or data of concern. She has done a systematic scan of 20,000 papers in 40 journals and found that about 4% of these contained inappropriately duplicated images. In her talk, she will present her work and show several types of inappropriately duplicated images and other examples of errors or research misconduct. In addition, she will show how to report scientific papers of concern, and how journals and institutions handle such allegations.

In the second part of her presentation, she will talk about organized frauds and scams in biomedical research. Paper mills, peer review- and citation rings, authorships-for-sale, fake authors and affiliations, predatory publishers, and scamferences. How can we recognize these, and how will generative artificial intelligence play a role in detecting or supporting these fraudulent groups?

 
 
 
 
Richard Roblee, DDS, MS 
Private Practice (Orthodontist)
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
 
 
Interdisciplinary Dentistry has been an elusive concept since popularized in the 1980s that only a few teams have truly achieved due to the complexities of effectively collaborating highly specialized knowledge and techniques among disparate providers. Comprehensive philosophies, like "Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy" or IDT, first developed almost 35 years ago, have helped overcome many challenges. Since then, many exciting and game-changing advancements have allowed interdisciplinary therapy to evolve radically. Today, dental teams are more closely partnering with their counterparts in medicine through an airway focus to improve the quality and quantity of their patient's lives. Individual team members are becoming digitally empowered with enhanced diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient education, as well as more efficient and effective interdisciplinary collaboration. This presentation will focus on the 35-year evolution of a time-proven interdisciplinary approach and look at the even more promising Next Generation of IDT.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mike Herrera, DDS
Legacy of Excellence: A Blueprint for Future Success
Private Practice
Reno, Nevada, USA
 
 
A look back on my 40-year dental professional experience with continuing education. Opportunity, participation, organizations, leadership, and lessons learned.
 
 
 
 
 
Kirk Huffaker, DDS, MS
Private Practice
Glen Falls, New York, USA
 
 
Exceptional skill as an endodontist does not always guarantee a full schedule nor a successful endodontic practice. All of the training, equipment, and office space are of no use if there are not patients calling our offices for appointments. As dental specialists, the vast majority of patients we treat are referred directly from their general practitioners, and these referrals must regularly be generated if we are to maintain a full treatment schedule and a successful practice. The skills and habits necessary to become the type of endodontist to whom a general dentist routinely sends their patients will be discussed.
 
 
 
Short Essay Presentations 
 
 
 
 
Merit Tibault, DDS
Private Practice
Dublin, Ireland
 
 
This presentation is a reflective journey through the process in endodontics, a case-based discussion in which we will review the objectives, interests, and limitations of process-centered outcomes through a critical lens.
 
 
 
Venkat Canakapalli, MDS
Private Practice
Tauranga, New Zealand
 
 
How can we ascertain the threshold for ideal cleaning and define what is considered dirty? The answer to the question remains a subject of ongoing debate within clinical endodontics. My understanding of this topic has changed over time through experience and learning from this membership. Some have adopted technology, while others rely on traditional techniques. In this presentation, I will summarize the experience of technology users, their recommendations, my protocols, and the rationale behind them.
 
 
 
Dr. Mark Limosani, DMD, MSc, FRCD(c)
Private Practice
Weston, Florida, USA
 
 
The presentation will emphasize the foundational importance of having a clear and values-aligned vision for the practice. Attendees will learn practical strategies to define and communicate a unique vision that resonates with their personal values and contributes meaningfully to the local community.

A significant portion of the lecture is dedicated to the pivotal role of a well-constructed team in achieving practice goals. We will explore strategies to foster a growth mindset within the team, creating a culture of continuous improvement and meritocracy. Real-world examples and case studies illustrate the positive impact of a cohesive and empowered team on overall practice success.

Aligning with relationship principles advocated by Esther Perel, the presentation underscores the value of strategic networking within the local dental community. The importance of building meaningful connections with like-minded professionals and specialists, fostering collaborations that enhance patient care and supporting the overall vision of the practice will be highlighted.

The concept of patient-centered care takes center stage by providing insights into its implementation and sharing success stories. The presentation also explores the seamless integration of modern technologies to enhance practice efficiency and elevate the patient experience.

Professional development is emphasized by highlighting the importance of continuous learning and staying updated on industry trends. The presentation encourages a supportive work environment that recognizes and celebrates team achievements, fostering inspiration among team members.

The lecture will conclude with an uplifting quote, motivating attendees to not only create patient-centered practices that thrive in a competitive market but also to connect and contribute meaningfully to the broader community. The lecture will offer an inspiring guide for endodontists aspiring to build practices that leave a lasting impact.
 
 
 
 
Carlos Aznar Portoles, DDS, MSc
Private Practice
Haarlem, Netherlands
 
 
An effective isolation of the surgical field is the first step when performing endodontic and restorative procedures. In the last century, multiple materials and techniques have been developed. There are still several scenarios where isolation can be challenging and where we can take advantage of modern materials (self-etching materials).

During this presentation, I will present different clinical scenarios where self-etching techniques are employed to achieve an efficient and effective isolation of the surgical field.

 
 
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Alejandra Cantu, DDS
Private Practice
San Pedro Garza García, N.L., Mexico
 
 
Quick and precise handling of dentoalveolar trauma is vital in order to obtain the best possible outcome. Patient management from an emotional point of view will be discussed, as it is very important to have a cooperative patient during this lengthy journey and how it can sometimes affect outcomes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steven Delgado, DDS
Endodontic Residency Assistant Program Director, US Army
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA
 
 
A brief presentation on lessons learned from teaching endodontics at multiple CODA accredited programs for 8 years as well as my time as a Master's student at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.
 
 
 
 
 
Mathew Massey, DDS, MS
Private Practice
Temple, TX, USA
 
 
This presentation will discuss a case series of hemisections completed in both a military and private practice setting.
 
  
 
 
Benjamin Yehuda, DMD, FAGD, MS
Chair of Endodontics
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
 
 

A 26-year-old dental school graduate applying for an endodontic residency in 2024, born in 1998, belongs to Generation Z. As this demographic increasingly represents the majority in Advanced Dental Education Residencies, determining effective strategies to engage and teach them is of critical importance for educators.

This short-form essay will explore endodontic education's present landscape and its potential trajectory. It will discuss the experiences of residents transitioning from dental school or early restorative dental practice into endodontic residency, the influence of emerging technologies, and the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on endodontic education. These topics will be analyzed with a focus on educating this particular generation and understanding their similarities and differences compared to preceding generations.

This presentation will incorporate insights from the presenter's transition from private practice to academia, exploring the challenges and opportunities that exist in this role. An emphasis will be on balancing technical endodontic training with the development of compassionate, patient-centered clinicians. The importance of resilience, innovation, and ongoing learning in our rapidly changing specialty will be highlighted. The lecture will conclude with a discussion on fostering a culture of excellence and empathy in endodontic education, serving as a call to action for the endodontic community.

 
 
Joy Haskins, RDA
Lessons from the trenches
 
 
 
Alternate Speaker
Dr. Ali Etemad
 
 
 
Friday Lunch Speaker 
 
 
Hari Budha Magar
 
 
In this session, I will explore the themes that were central to the challenges and solutions that played a role in my Everest success, and how I hope they are lessons that the attendees will be able to learn from and hopefully give them new perspectives and abilities to climb their own mountain and achieve their goals, personal or professional.

This is delivered through a recap of my story through to my moment of injury and then an analogy about my quest to conquer three metaphorical summits to make my goals a reality.