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June 2020 Issue 

The 2020 Conference Is Going Virtual!

Over the past few months, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists has been reviewing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on PCSO’s planned 2020 annual session that was scheduled at the Disneyland Hotel, October 22-25, 2020.
As you know, this is a difficult and unprecedented time for everyone in our country and, professionally, for all of us in orthodontics. With that in mind, the PCSO Board of Directors has decided that the 2020 Annual Session in Anaheim, CA will transition from a face-to-face conference to a virtual meeting this fall.
This was not an easy decision to make as we are aware of the serious impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our association as well as our vendor partners. The decision was made after carefully assessing the situation and is based on the broad sweeping restrictions required for large meetings which would make it impractical for us to hold an in-person conference at this time.

SAVE THE DATE: The virtual conference will now take place on October 2-3. Learn more about the event at More information on the 2020 virtual conference will be coming soon!
We are also pleased to announce that while we will not be holding the meeting this year at the Disneyland Hotel, we have secured the venue for November 2-5, 2023.

We thank you for your support and look forward to still being able to provide you with a high-quality PCSO event this fall. We'll miss seeing your faces in-person though!
Have questions? Email us or call (833) 621-7276.
Proposed 2020-2021 Officer Slate 
The PCSO Board of Directors puts forward the following as the slate for 2020-2021 officers: Dr. Marie Lathrop (OR) – President, Dr. Thomas Merrill (WA) – President-Elect, and Dr. John Wachtel (AZ) – 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 a business meeting of the virtual Annual Session, this October, 2020.
PCSO Trustee to the AAO Board of Trustees to be selected in 2020

The PCSO is looking for a representative to join the American Association of Orthodontists Board of Trustees. The term would officially begin in May, 2021. All qualified members are encouraged to apply. The deadline for the application is June 30.

Every eight years the AAO House of Delegates will elect a new PCSO Trustee.

For more information, click here or contact Callie Castro, PCSO Executive Director.

2019 Annual Session Galleries
The 2019 Annual Session gallery is now open! View and download images from the Annual Session at
PCSO Annual Sessions

October 2-3, 2020

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, 2023
The Westin Mission Hills
Palm Springs, CA
The Spring 2020 PCSO Bulletin is now available online! 
View the full issue here
Getting the Right Rotation in Class II Maxillary Premolar Extraction Cases
Dr. James Chen, PCSO Bulletin Contributor
Maxillary premolar extraction is a common treatment option for moderate to severe Class II malocclusions present in nongrowing patients. The major compromise in maxillary premolar extraction cases is setting the maxillary molars into a full-cusp Class II position, with the mesial buccal cusp occluding between the mandibular first molars and second premolars. This requires more mesial-in rotation of the maxillary first molar.

Read the full article
Portrait of a Professional: Dr. Cliff Running
Dr. Jae Hyun Park,
PCSO Bulletin Editor-in-Chief
Jae Hyun Park (JP): Tell me something about your childhood.
Cliff Running (CR): Shortly after my birth in Los Angeles, my parents moved to Phoenix, where I was raised and educated as the oldest of five boys. As the oldest son of the third pediatrician practicing in Phoenix, the necessity of a strong education was instilled early on. To say the least, with five boys it was a chaotic but fun-filled childhood. However, with five very active boys, my mother's hands were always full.

Read the full article
AAO Joins Dental Coalition Asking For Enhanced Commercial
Business Interruption Insurance Policies
On May 19, 2020, the AAO joined other dental groups to send a letter to House and Senate Leaders, as well as the Chairs of the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Banking committees, requesting the inclusion of provisions to enhance commercial business interruption insurance policies in the next legislative package related to COVID-19 crisis relief.

You can view the letter here.
Want to follow the latest updates on direct-to-consumer orthodontics? Visit the AAO Advocacy page here. 
Changes to Your 2020-2021 Membership
  • Dues + Assessment Reduction
    • The consumer marketing fund will decrease from $800 to $300 per member.* For full dues-paying members, this results in a savings of $500. 
      *Please Note: the consumer marketing fund does not apply to Active Academic or Service members. Active members in their first four years of membership who receive a discount on their dues and assessment will continue to receive a percentage discount off the full dues and assessment amounts.
  • Three Percent ACH Discount
    • Members who pay their invoices using ACH (electronic bank account transfer) in lieu of credit card or check will receive an additional, one-time 3% discount on their AAO member dues and consumer marketing fund. Please note for online renewals, the 3% discount will be processed as a refund after your full payment is submitted.
  • New Payment Installment Options 
    • In addition to our traditional three- and six-month installment plan options, this year the AAO is offering up to nine monthly installments (for those who start their installments in August) through April 2021. An additional 1-2 installments may be added if you start your installments earlier. Please note that to make arrangements for dues installments, you must contact the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700. Installments cannot be selected during online renewal.
  • Delayed Dues Invoicing 
    • Membership dues invoices, typically sent in late May/early June, are being delayed approximately two months until early August. However, if you wish to renew your membership earlier, you may do so anytime online or by contacting the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700. The AAO membership year still runs from June 1 through May 31.
No action is required on your renewal at this time unless you wish to pay now and take advantage of additional monthly installment payments. You can expect to receive your official AAO dues invoice in early August 2020. If you would like to renew your membership now, however, click here to renew online. You may also contact the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700.
Henry Schein Orthodontics Joins Members’ PPE Resource
Henry Schein Orthodontics has agreed to be added to the AAO’s list of suppliers well-positioned and willing to fulfill PPE orders from members. Henry Schein is offering N95 masks and face shields for sale.  
The company’s pricing statement also includes an encouraging forecast about PPE pricing in coming months: “The current global demand has caused price increases from manufacturers across the board. We anticipate that prices will come down during the next few months and we will continue to procure product at the best possible prices.” 
Visit the PPE Resource Page 
CDC Releases Updated Guidance for Dental Settings
The Centers for Disease Control has released its updated Guidance for Dental Settings, providing new guidance for orthodontic and other dental practices as they reopen and see patients for non-emergency treatment. The CDC’s release of updated guidance is consistent with the AAO’s meeting with CDC personnel during which the CDC indicated that updated guidance would be coming soon.
The CDC’s updated guidance is an exhaustive document containing recommendations concerning a wide range of subjects. Each individual doctor should review the CDC guidance in its entirety and determine how to implement the CDC’s recommendations into his or her practice.
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 – beginning later this month.

Sign up today.
#SmileStronger: Send PCSO Content to Share on Social Media 
We want to feature your office on the PCSO social media channels! 

Send us photos of your team in PPE along with any stories and pictures of how your office is dealing with and surviving the new realities of COVID-19. We also ask that you use #SmileStronger when posting. 

Please send your content to
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