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March 2021 Issue 

Ortho Idol (New in 2021)

CALLING ALL ORTHODONTISTS AND TEAM MEMBERS! We will feature up-and-coming speakers during the 2021 Western Orthodontic Conference (WOCon) with a 30-minute lecture slot to talk about something amazing. This is a unique opportunity for people in orthodontics to present their clinical tips and tricks, scientific research, practice management, and business administration ideas to the entire PCSO & RMSO. The only over-arching criteria for the topic is that it has to be of interest to orthodontists. Our goal is to discover new speakers and ideas. Speakers chosen will receive complimentary registration for the WOCon meeting in Portland, October 2021.

Feel free to share this information with other orthodontists, specialists, team members, and speakers that may be outside of the PCSO/RMSO region but have something great to share.
Join the PCSO Career Center today to post positions for doctors or team members or search for ortho jobs too. You will be able to filter jobs by doctor positions, including academic, as well as team member (clinical and administrative) and state/province.

Members can access the career center, search positions, and post their CV at no charge. In addition, members will receive exclusive discounts on job postings for their practice. Post a position now and get 50% off your first month. (Use coupon code: 50DOC for doctor positions; coupon code: 50TEAM for team member positions.)

Featured Jobs
Orthodontist - Full Time - Redding
Western Dental
Redding, CA

Part Time Orthodontist
Dacula, CA

Orthodontist Associate
Walla Walla Orthodontics
Walla Walla, WA

View all jobs or post one today on the PCSO Career Center at
PCSO Annual Sessions

October 21 - 24, 2021
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

October 27 - 30, 2022
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA

November 2 - 5, 2023
Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, CA

November 14 - 17, 2024
The Westin Mission Hills
Palm Springs, CA

Proposed 2021-2022 Officer Slate 

The PCSO Board of Directors puts forward the following as the slate for 2021-2022 officers: Dr. Thomas Merrill (WA) – President, Dr. John Wachtel (AZ) – President-Elect, and Dr. Mary Cooke (CA) – Secretary-Treasurer. According to PCSO bylaws, article VI – officers, the president-elect and secretary-treasurer will be elected at the Annual Session by the active members present and voting at the regularly scheduled business meeting. This election will take place at the business meeting of the Annual Session, on October 23, 2021 in Portland, OR.

PCSO Women Orthodontists Spotlight: Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca

In honor of #NationalWomensHistoryMonth, we ❤️ to highlight the wonderful women who help make this field even more amazing than it already is.

This month, our focus is on Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca.

Dr. Gorczyca's accomplishments include: Being the first woman member, and currently President-Elect, of Nor Cal's Angle Society, teaching awards from UCSF and UOP, and 4 published books that can be found on Amazon!

The Winter 2020 PCSO Bulletin is available online! 
View the full issue here
Washington State Advocacy
Dr. Michelle Fogg Neal, PCSO Bulletin Contributor
Over the past several years, the Washington State Society of Orthodontists (WSSO) has been extremely active at both the legislative and the regulatory body levels. As legislative chair, I have had the pleasure of working with several amazing members of the WSSO board to be responsive to regulatory issues that would negatively affect both the orthodontic practice and our patients.

Read the full article.
Portrait of a Professional: Dr. Marie Lathrop
Dr. Jae Hyun Park, PCSO Bulletin Editor-in-Chief
Jae Park (JP): Tell me something about your childhood.

Marie Lathrop (ML): I was born and raised in Emmett, a small town in southwest Idaho, 30 miles northwest of Boise. My mother was a teacher, and my father had a car dealership and an outfitter and guide business. He really wanted me to be a rodeo queen, but I did better in school than in the arena.

Read the full article

Component Legal Support Fund (CLSF)

Since approved by the AAO House of Delegates in 2015, the Component Legal Support Fund (CLSF) has helped 38 states and provinces to engage in advocating on issues facing orthodontists with both dental boards and state legislatures.

How does the CLSF work? 

First, the component president of a state or province works with the AAO Legal and Advocacy Department to fill out the CLSF Application, including estimating a time frame, finding, and interviewing a lobbyist if necessary, and deciding the amount of funding needed for the advocacy issue. Then, the application is signed by the component president and sent for approval from the AAO Board of Trustees.

Once approved, the AAO staff, with support from local professional advocacy firms, gets to work to advocate for you by contacting component leadership, constituent leadership, and the constituent trustee to describe the advocacy initiative and communicate the plan of action as described in the CLSF application. Staff then works with component leadership and interested members to create awareness about the issue, whether its through public comment opportunities at the dental board or by meeting with or writing to state representatives and senators.

Read the full article here

Want to follow the latest updates on direct-to-consumer orthodontics? Visit the AAO Advocacy page here. 

AAO Provides Wellbeing and Self-Care Resources at No Cost

As we continue to manage necessary tasks and support others in our current world, it is important to truly take care of ourselves. The AAO has put together several recorded webinars to keep your body and mind strong.  

Additional webinars can be found at the link below. Please note that CE is not available for all of these sessions.

The Specialized Orthodontic Assistant® (SOA) Certification

The Specialized Orthodontic Assistant® (SOA) Certification is a mark of distinction for staff and their practices. Through a comprehensive review of knowledge and experience, the SOA gives orthodontic assistants the chance to stand out among the best in the specialty. The AAO is proud to support orthodontic staff as they pursue this voluntary certification.

Learn more here

The PCSO Proudly Supports the AAO CE Passport Program

High-quality online continuing education from the AAO is available with two high-value subscription options.  Unlock live and on-demand CE via:

CE Passport, Doctor:  Receive complimentary live-webinars and unlimited access to the AAO Online CE, including Doctor, Business of Orthodontics and Staff webinars.  You’ll also have access to the entire on-demand education catalog includes more than 500 hours of evidence-based clinical, staff and practice management CE available, anytime, anywhere and from any device.

CE Passport, Doctor + Staff:  Includes all of the CE Passport, Doctor benefits, in addition to your staff receiving individual logins and access to live webinars and unlimited access to the online CE catalog.
Plus, staff also receive complimentary registration in the Orthodontic Staff Club complete with valuable practice management resources, discounts to AAO meetings, annual OSHA training and more.

Let the CE Passport help you stay at the top of your profession while maintaining your continuing education requirements, start today…

Sign Up to Receive Text Messages from the AAO
If you’ve ever wished that you could receive important news like advocacy updates in real time, you’re in luck. The AAO is expanding its member communications to a new text messaging option. This new service is entirely voluntary for AAO members and is not meant to take the place of usual AAO member communications. Members who opt into this new service will receive short notices with links and materials on breaking news and other time-sensitive items.

Sign up today.
A.T. Still University Ortho Department Wins PCSO Gift Card
ATSU School of Dentistry & Oral Health won a gift card for participation in a survey from PCSO that helped pay for a new coffee machine. Pictured above are second-year residents enjoying their new coffee machine. 
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