The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists (GLAO) is a constituent of the American Association of Orthodontists. Components of the GLAO include: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario (Canada), and Pennsylvania (west of the Alleghenies). The GLAO advocates on behalf of its members and promotes the advancement of the Speciality of Orthodontics.
A MESSAGE FROM THE GLAO PRESIDENT…
The Value of AAO Membership...Let's Talk About the Alternatives
I am a meeting junkie. I’ll admit it. I am a nerd through and through, and love to go to CE meetings all over the country to learn more about orthodontics. In addition, I am a volunteer junkie. I love to be involved in both organized orthodontics and dentistry on a local, state, and national level. Through these activities, I get to cross paths with a lot of orthodontists, and get to hear their thoughts on the current state of the profession, and their opinions of the AAO.
Occasionally orthodontists will express their frustration with the AAO to me because they feel that the AAO isn’t doing enough to earn their dues dollars. Knowing what I know about the myriad of activity that goes on through the AAO on a daily basis to help improve the lives of practicing orthodontists, I am astounded and frustrated by their comments. I typically will try to politely inquire whether they have visited the website lately to see the abundant collection of resources and information that is available. More often than not, gentle probing reveals that not only have they not been to the website in, um, forever, they also haven’t read any of the publications that they get, they typically delete the emails that they receive from the AAO, and haven’t downloaded the AAO App that would keep them connected to the AAO world. Now I’m not pointing this out to be critical, but to make the point that it’s hard to know what is being done for your benefit if you don’t read or take the time to look into what is being done for your benefit.
Further discussion sometimes involves them making a comment about how they feel that they get more value from another, we’ll call it, “alternative” orthodontic organizations. For comparison’s sake, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at these alternative orthodontic organizations (which I’ll refer to as AOOs) and see how they stack up to the AAO.
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