Proceedings of the annual meeting

Proceedings of the annual meeting

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Oral pathology American


of Oral


Donald Kerr, Editor

Proceedings of the annual meeting


he American Academy of Oral Pathology held its twenty-third annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, April 17 to 19, 1969. The Council held a lengthy and lively session on the first morning, at which they approved, after considerable discussion, the report of the ad hoc committees on criteria for a graduate training program in oral pathology. The American Dental Association had asked the Academy for such guidelines. An ad hoc committee, with Charles Waldron as chairman, has prepared a set of guidelines from material obtained through a questionnaire submitted to the fellowship. These guidelines have been approved by the ad interim committee and submitted to the A.D.A. However, the final report of this committee was received by the Council so that the committee could be discharged. The Council also considered the ot,her actions of the ad interim committee; some were approved, and others were disapproved. As usual, a budget had to be established, and this made it evident that a dues increase was necessary. The dues increase was necessitated in part by the increased demands placed on the secretary’s office. As in all organizations which grow, the secretarial load has increased, and the suggestion of a paid nonmember secretary was raised as a solution to the problem. It was decided that a full-time paid secretary was not feasible at this time, but some financial support was voted for the secretary’s office. An increase in dues to $23.00 was voted and approved by the Fellows at their meeting in the afternoon. The Fellowship also approved an increase to $50.00 of the fee for fellowship examination. Other administrative by-laws were amended to permit improved function of the Academy. A proposal to establish affiliate organizations of the Academy failed after much discussion. The Fellowship also approved the report of the Membership Committee and elected forty-four new members. Approval of Council action to elevate twenty members to Fellowship on recommendation of the Fellowship Committee was also voted by the Fellowship. The scientific meeting was well attended, with more than 200 members and 361

guests rcgist(>rcd for the progra~n. Thcl t.llrnl(~ l’or Ihe was I’orensic dentistry, which is a tirmly snb,jecY br~c:rnsc~of the increasing activities and importance of forensic mcclicinc. Tlic I’rogram (‘ommit,toc thought that. bot,h mctlirine and tlcntist,ry shoultl bc aw\‘ilr(l 01’ t 11~intclrest, of tlic> Acatlcm\- of Oral Pathology in meeting its obligation lo tlisscluinate knowledge in this :llY'iL to its membership and to the dPIltil1 profession. The Forensic J )mtistrCommittW report approved by the Council esp~*esscd the ~~ecol~~n~cntlation that all undergraduate courses in oral patholog:\- should contain some instruction in forensic dentistry so that all dentists would hart some knowledge of the part dentistry may play in this area. It, was also considerctl desirabltx that all training programs contain comprehensive instruct,ion and, if possible, cxpericncc in this area. To carry out this theme and present information to the membership, seven papers were prescntcd on various aspect,s of forensic dentistry. The Helen MeLain Lecture also highlighted the theme with a highly instructive and of the Living and the dynamic lecture on the subject entitled, “Identification I)catl,” by Dr. Joseph A. Jachimczyk, chief medical examiner for IIarris County, liouston, Texas. The essay program consisted of nineteen formal papers on a variety of subjects, as well as several popular 5-minute case report, presentations. The annual slide seminar was on tumors of minor salivary glands. Excellent cases had been selcctcd by the committee, and the symposium was presented and moderated by Dr. Wcldon Bullock, chief surgical pathologist at Los Angeles County Hospital and professor of pathology at Southern California Medical School, Los Angeles, California. The seminar was most interesting and highlighted the complexity of the problem of salivary gland tumors. The last order of business was the installat,ion of officers, with the following installed to serve for the next your : President, Barnet &I. Levy President-Elect, William G. Sprague Vice-President, Victor Halperin Secretary-Treasurer, Miles Standish Councillors : Sheldon Rovin George Blozis Al Abrams Robert Vickers Louis S. Hansen IIenry Scofield Americcln Board of Oral Patho7ogy, Robert Gorlin This year we would like to continue the procedure followed in the past few years of introducing to you those newly elected officers who have not previously held office in the Academy or on the Board. This year it is our pleasure to present the following :

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Vice President Victor Halperin. “Vie” was born in New York, received his B.A. degree at the University of Mississippi, his D.D.S. at the University of Illinois, and his postgraduate training in oral pathology (which he finished in 1952) at Ohio State University. Vie became interested in the Academy during his training under Ham Robinson and has been an active member and Fellow ever since. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Pathology, having achieved diplomate status in 1955. Vie has spent 16 years teaching oral pathology, with 14 of them at Loyola University in New Orleans. In July, 1967, he was appointed professor and head of the Department of Oral Pathology at the newly organized School of Because of his long evperiencc in Dentistry at Louisiana St,ate University. teaching oral pathology and his activities in the Academy, Vie will serve you well as \-ice-president.

Xheldon Rovin. Dr. Rovin is a newcomer to the Council. “Shel” is a native Michigander, having been born in Detroit. He did his undergraduate work at Wayne University and received his D.D.S. and M.S. in oral pathology at the University of Michigan. Following his training he became a member of the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where he is now professor and chairman of the department. Dr. Rovin’s interests are divided between teaching and research, most of which is directed toward cancer diagnosis. His success as a teacher is indicated by his bein g recipient of the Kentucky Alumni Association Great Teacher Award in 1969. She1 became a member of the Academy in 1960 and a Fellow in 1960. He is a Diplomate of the Board, having achieved that status by examination in 1963. He has been a member of the Fellowship Committee, serving as chairman in 19671968. Dr. Rovin has always had a keen interest in the field of oral pathology and the activities of the Academy. He will continue his interest in the affairs of the Academy and serve you well on the Council.

Georye Blozis. A newly elected member of t,he Council, (Jcorge has not held office in the Academy prnviously, alt,hough he has been a Fellow since 1962 and a Diplomate of the Board since 1965. IIe is a graduate of Ohio State University, where he is now chairman of the Division of Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine, a position he has held since 1966. George took his graduate training at Zollcr Memorial Institute and served as assistant professor of oral pathology at Zollcr and the University of Chicago after finishing his MS. program. He has been very active in the Academy since becoming a Fellow. Because of his experience in clinical oral pathology and his intcrcst in the Academy, we are sure George will be a valuable member of the Council and will do much to further the activities of the Academy.

Robert Godin. Bob received his A.B. degree from Columbia University, his D.D.S. from Washington University, and his M.S. in oral pathology from the University of Iowa. He became a Diplomate of the Board in 1954. While in training, Bob became interested in the Academy and has been an active member since that time. He was secretary-treasurer from 1958 to 1964 and served as president in 1966-1967. IIc has been very active in the study of genetics and especially the syndromes which have manifestations of the head and neck. (Men taking the Board examina.tion, beware!) He has served on the Fellowship Committee. With his extensive background and interest in oral pathology, Bob wili (if he desires) be a very strong and vital member of the Board.