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A non-profit organization dedicated to dental education on all levels  

NATURE OF ACADEMY'S PROGRAMS

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS:

Much of our early dental training is received from faculty in dental schools who, only naturally, express points of view limited to their experience.  Later, we listen to local speakers whom county dental societies, with their limited financial resources and time restraints imposed by the business meeting portion of the program, have selected.  

Fortunately for the Academy, many of our members attend and participate in international meetings. These members are responsible for bringing to our attention the existence of outstanding worldwide clinicians who normally would not be known to local study groups. The Academy has made a concerted effort to enlist these renowned international speakers, and we have been privileged to hear the presentations of more than seventy-five speakers from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Canada.  We firmly believe that the knowledge gained from such a global perspective vastly improves the selection and quality of treatment available to our patients.
 
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS:
The Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry has a long history of addressing controversial subjects related both to dentistry and to peripheral areas of interest. During its early years, much of the programming was directed to medical considerations, such as nutrition controversies, biofeedback, psychology, physical fitness, and genetics. There were also many practice management programs concerning organization, communication, staff selection, financial and personal success, and dental malpractice.  Change is a constant in our profession as technology moves forward at an incredible pace; therefore, controversial ideas need to be continually explored and evaluated. At the same time, patients deserve the personalized care, skill, and judgment required to master complex restorative treatments.  With that in mind, it is the Academy’s objective to present innovative concepts related to the organization of a practice, communication with staff and patients, and the practice of competent, ethical dentistry, thereby bringing more satisfaction, pride, and profit to the dental enterprise.
 
OCCASIONAL CULTURAL CELEBRATION:
During our cultural celebrations, Academy members and their guests are exposed to, and challenged to appreciate, the esoterics of creative thought and gifted artistic performance. These stellar cultural programs have included the musical virtuosi of piano, cello, French horn, oboe, brass quintet, theatre organ, and Spanish guitar; modern jazz and contemporary gospel music; opera and American musical theater programs with outstanding vocalists; distinctive dance forms of classic, modern, ballroom, flamenco, and tap dancing; the art of film, playwrighting, journalism, one-man theater, and computer animation; and the remarkable science of solar exploration, primate behavior, and the origins of man.  The purpose behind these programs is to encourage NHAD members to venture beyond their limited dental horizons while celebrating our friendship and good fortune. 

AUDIOVISUAL OBJECTIVES: 
State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment complements the speaker’s material and elevates the learning experience. The NHAD suggests that all presenters use a wide-screen 3:1 format.  The primary reason for 3:1 projection is that some meeting rooms are limited by the height of the ceiling, some being as low as 12-14 feet. Soffits and chandeliers further compound this restriction. With the level flooring of hotel ballrooms, as opposed to stadium seating in auditoriums, a clear view of the bottom of a standard screen may be compromised. The advantages of wide-screen 3:1 projection are:

  • Far better visibility for the audience, especially in venues with restricted ceiling height;
  • Larger magnification of images;
  • Greater visibility when multiple images with side- by-side comparisons are being shown;
  • Expanded text size to permit easy reading from the rear of the room;
  • Viewing of simultaneous data, graphs, and radiographic material with clinical photos and video.
SPEAKER and SUBJECT SELECTION CRITERIA:
  • Presentation is appropriate for a multidisciplinary audience;
  • Presenter does not directly sell a product;
  • Speaker is articulate and has clarity of speech;
  • Educator’s visuals are precise and uncluttered, with good composition and exposure, using state-of-the-art audiovisual technology;
  • Program teaches something—not just a “show and tell.”   

AT LEAST ONCE EVERY YEAR:

  • Restorative/Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Implants
  • Periodontics
  • Esthetics/Ceramics
  • International Speakers

ALTERNATE YEARS:

  • Practice Management
  • Occlusion
  • Orthodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Dental Materials
  • TMD/Orofacial Pain
  • Medico-Dental Subjects

OCCASIONALLY:

  • Radiology
  • Pedodontics
  • Pathology
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Anesthesia/Dental Emergencies 

ENLIGHTENED DINING:
For almost five decades the Academy has encouraged its members to develop lasting friendships and cultivate professional relationships, while learning to appreciate fine dining with extraordinary cuisine and wines. To enable the audience to participate in the intricacies of preparing diverse dishes that are both exquisite in taste and beautiful in presentation, the luncheon preparation and presentation is visually presented, showcasing the often exotic ingredients and complicated preparation required for a truly delightful culinary experience. Currently, our menus are selected from the six Eurodèlices books Dine with Europe’s Master Chefs.  Our hotel chefs have enthusiastically provided these unique dishes that are not part of the usual dining room fare. 

THE ART OF WINE PAIRING WITH CUISINE:
 “Wine,” wrote Louis Pasteur, “is the most healthful and hygienic of beverages.”  Our cautious entry into luncheon wine service was encouraged by the 1978 program The Pleasures of Wine, and the 1984 program Medical and Therapeutic Values of Wine. By providing the diner with some knowledge of viticulture, the Academy hopes to impart the fascination of wine-making and the pleasure of drinking wine as an accompaniment to a good meal. We lift our glass to wish you pleasure in the tasting and to your very good health!