A Message from 2021-2022 CFDDA President

Dr. John Cordoba

As I have visited affiliates of the Central Florida District Dental Association, I have noticed somewhat of a rebirth of the camaraderie that was quite common in the past but has been on the wane in recent years. Due to Covid lockdowns, people were unable to gather and socialize. Now with the lockdowns over, we are able to gather in person and we are realizing it is important to see our colleagues and friends. Zoom meetings are fine (I guess) but nothing can replace in person meetings. Perhaps we forgot about that even before Covid and now we are coming back strong. I cannot think of a better way to come back strong than to register for the upcoming CFDDA meeting, April 22-23, 2022. This is a great opportunity to connect with your peers, earn free CE, visit vendors, and participate in the CFDDA’s Centennial Celebration.

I believe organized dentistry is an important way to encourage this gathering of colleagues. Not only does organized dentistry provide benefits such as advocacy, discounted insurance etc., it enables dentists to come together and discuss issues related to dentistry and dental practice. Or, at the very least, these meetings give us the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones, providing the opportunity to learn different viewpoints and perspectives.

A few years ago, I was tasked with setting up CFDDA trips to the University of Florida School of Dentistry. The purpose of these visits is to promote organized dentistry by allowing students and residents to meet and talk to practicing dentists. The FDA/CFDDA just hosted two such events and I was proud to be a part of each one. Hopefully, this plants a seed and fosters a career long commitment of participating, making new friends, and learning. This is what organized dentistry is all about.

 

It has been an honor to be the President of the Central Florida District Dental Association. I have enjoyed seeing friends from around the district and making new ones. I am especially excited about the new graduates that have attended their local meetings. I am also excited to see the positive changes in our profession and leadership. We now see many women and minorities graduating from dental schools and new graduates are provided the opportunity to begin their career through a wide variety of practice models.

It is important that we welcome all dentists into the profession, into organized dentistry, and to their local affiliate meetings to ensure a successful future for dentistry. Otherwise, we may find a day where other entities control our practices and profession, which may not have the best interests of the profession and our patients in mind. Remember, there is strength in numbers!

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