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In my youth, I lived in Chicago, just outside Wrigleyville. The skills of the greats, such as Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo, were daily topics of discussion with my brothers and friends. Frequently during home games, we would walk over to Wrigley Field and, for a dollar, get bleacher seats. This would be followed by endless, exciting hours spent emulating our favorite players and, for many nights afterward, sleeping with our baseball mitts under our pillows. This was an empowering experience.
Years later, I still find myself adhering to this same pattern. Only now, rather than baseball players, the “greats” that my colleagues and friends discuss include names like Gordon Christensen, Frank Spear and Carl Misch. We travel farther, pay more than a dollar and we’re not just spectators in dental seminars, but often “hands-on” in the “game”. After spending time at a quality seminar, surrounded with like-minded colleagues, I find myself feeling energized, empowered and eager to incorporate new skills into my practice.
My professional involvement with the Academy of General Dentistry began with my commitment to continuing education. It is through the desire to keep learning and expanding our abilities that we are revitalized. As I assume the role of the 2017 President of the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, I encourage everyone to empower yourselves by seeking out colleagues who want to learn, sharpen their skills, and expand their abilities. I think you will find that your practice, your community and general dentistry, itself, will be a better place.
Stephen Petras DMD, MAGD
Illinois Academy of General Dentistry
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Illinois AGD is the statewide Illinois AGD Constituent. The Components are localized, comprised of Northern Illinois AGD, Central Illinois AGD and Chicago AGD.