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October 2020 Issue 

PCSO Call for Volunteers:
  • Learn more about committees of the PCSO here. We have long- and short-term opportunities available. All members are invited to serve.
  • Sign up to volunteer here.
Reserve Fund & Investment Committee

The PCSO seeks members with expertise and interest in serving on our Reserve Fund & Investment Committee. Members may serve indefinitely on this committee at the discretion of the president. If interested, submit a letter of interest demonstrating experience and skills as they relate to investments as well as CV to Callie Castro, Executive Director, at Deadline for application is October 31.
Orthodontics and Dentistry Mourn the Loss of Dr. Arthur Dugoni
Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, who transformed University of the Pacific’s school of dentistry into one of the nation’s best during his 28 years as dean, died Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at his home in Palo Alto.

Dr. Dugoni was the first and only person in the United States or Canada to have a dental school named in their honor while holding the position of dean. He served as dean of the Dugoni School from 1978 to 2006.
In addition, during his career, he also served as president of the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, and the American Board of Orthodontics. 

Members are invited to share memories and celebrate the life of Dr. Dugoni at
PCSO Launches PCSO Career Center
PCSO is proud to announce our all-new PCSO Career Center - the premier resource to connect PCSO career opportunities with highly qualified orthodontic talent. 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
Two Front 
Los Angeles, CA

Apple Valley Dental and Braces 
Spokane, 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
The Summer 2020 PCSO Bulletin is now available online! 
View the full issue here
Practice Management Diary: When Does an “Essential” Orthodontic Procedure Become "Urgent"?
Dr. Jeffrey Nichelini, PCSO Bulletin Section Editor
On March 15, 2020, the California Dental Association recommended that dentists limit their practices to only essential and urgent procedures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. This recommendation provides a lot of room for interpretation. On one hand, the vast majority of orthodontic patients can have their appointment intervals delayed by a few weeks without causing irreparable harm to their dentition. On the other hand, close supervision of active patients is necessary to ensure that untoward effects do not develop.

Read the full article.
Faculty Files: Dr. Janet Kim Interviews Dr. Jae Hyun Park: Essential Considerations in Class II Treatment
Dr. Janet Kim
Dr. Jae Hyun Park, PCSO
Bulletin Editor-in-Chief
What do you consider as the most important parameters for mandibular growth rotation in Class II patients?

One of the most widely recognized classic studies on the key parameters that determine the direction and degree of mandibular growth rotation was conducted by Skieller and colleagues1 in 1984. 

Read the full article.
Want to follow the latest updates on direct-to-consumer orthodontics? Visit the AAO Advocacy page here. 
2020-2021 AAO Membership 
Why should you renew your AAO membership? 

COVID-19 Support
The AAO’s COVID-19 Task Force – comprised of practicing orthodontists, legal counsel and experts in the areas of infectious diseases, infection control and office design – is focused on educating members on best practices while continually working with federal and state agencies to ensure orthodontic practices are represented. In addition, the online COVID-19 Resource Center continues to be updated regularly with important updates and the latest resources.

Legal Services 

At some point in every orthodontist’s career, there will come the need for legal services or counsel. While the AAO does not legally represent individual members or offer official legal advice, it does provide guidance to members on issues affecting their practices and patients. Other resources, such as answers to common legal questions, sample agreements and legal seminars, are also available. 

Practice Resources 
Maintaining and growing an orthodontic practice is an ongoing challenge that affects every orthodontist in one way or another. Every AAO member has access to valuable patient education and marketing materials and can count on a comprehensive array of practice forms and releases that make your job easier. 

How to Renew

You may pay online or by contacting the AAO Member Service Center at 314-993-1700. You can sign up for extended installments and auto-renewal as well. The AAO membership year runs from June 1 through May 31.
  • 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.
  • Payment Installment Options 
    • Installment plan options are available to spread your payments out monthly through April 2021. 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.
American Dental Association Offers Low-Cost PPE to All U.S. Dentists
The American Dental Association has been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to secure PPE for dentists across the country. FEMA has allotted a significant amount of 3M-made KN95 masks, as well as Level 1 non-surgical polyester isolation gowns for distribution to all dentists at a minimal cost. The AAO is collaborating with the ADA to extend to you ADA’s invitation to place an order for these masks and/or gowns by registering below. Please note:
  • Masks will be shipped in a 50-pack.
  • Gowns will be shipped separately in a 25-pack.
  • If you have already placed an order for either the 50-pack of masks or the 25-pack of gowns through the ADA, you will not be able to place another order for that particular item at this time.
  • The ADA can only ship this PPE to the 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
To request PPE, click on the following link to register.
Bring the Anti-Bullying Message to Your Practice and Community
National Bullying Prevention Month (October) is here. Now is the time for you and your team to organize your observance if you would like to join the AAO in raising awareness of this challenging issue affecting children and teens.

For the second year, the AAO will observe National Bullying Prevention Month in October as a significant part of the celebration of National Orthodontic Health Month. The AAO 2020 observance, known as #bullyingbites (, offers the following tools and creative materials:
  • T-shirt graphic
  • Pledge Form
  • Communication Materials 
  • Philanthropic Options
  • Support for Stand for the Silent
Access the current National Orthodontic Health Month materials here
Learn more about #bullyingbites and access materials here
Disaster Relief Fund Aids Affected Members
The AAO is committed to providing support to members through its Disaster Relief Fund. Members whose practices have been impacted by natural disasters* can apply to see what assistance the AAO can provide. The AAO Disaster Relief Fund will accept applications for assistance upon request from those who are affected. An orthodontist must be an AAO member in good standing to receive aid. Prior to applying for assistance, first review the Disaster Relief Fund Rules: Then, complete the following online application for assistance: If you have questions or concerns about the Disaster Relief Fund, contact Aimee Snyder-Jackson (, 800-424-2841, ext. 531) or Sarah Goode ( (, 800-424-2841, ext. 519).

Members may also contribute a tax-deductible donation to the AAO Disaster Relief Fund by going to the AAO Online Store and selecting Disaster Relief Contributions. 

*Assistance is also available to members impacted by man-made disasters such as fires or civil disorders.
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.
October is National Ortho Health Month

Don't forget to share a post about National Orthodontic Health Month on your practice's social media pages. National Orthodontic Health Month provides opportunities for practices to share information and create a conversation about orthodontic treatment.
We want to feature your office on the PCSO social media channels! 

Tell us what you learned from the PCSO, RMSO, MSO, & SWSO virtual meeting this year, and you could be featured on the PCSO media channels. 

Please share your stories with us at
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