Who knew that 2020 would change our world in so many ways. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic we find ourselves in a sea of masks and wondering whether to shake hands, bump elbows, or avoiding contact altogether. It just feels unnatural and foreign to be locked in our homes with little interaction other than our immediate family. For those of us surviving this pandemic, we must remain thankful that we have been spared and continue to move forward cautiously, and remain considerate of others around us.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the business meeting and panel of the International Association of Aerospace Dentistry (IAAD) in conjunction with the 91st Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) in Atlanta, Georgia was rescheduled to October, 2020, and then finally had to be cancelled. This is the first time since 1945 that the AsMA meeting was not held on an annual basis. We hope and pray the spread of this horrific disease will end soon and allow us to return to a safe future.
The next meeting of the IAAD in conjunction with the AsMA is expected to be held in Reno, Nevada, at the Peppermill Resort Hotel. The scheduled dates for the meeting are May 23rd – 27th, 2021, and with hopes the pandemic is behind us, it should be a good meeting. Information about the meeting can be found on the website AsMA.org.
With the continued progression of our commercial and governmental space programs, as well as the daily routine of commercial flights, recreational diving, and other activities that affect us with barometric changes in atmospheric pressure, there comes an ever increasing demand for knowledge and education in the field of aerospace dentistry. The IAAD would like to thank the Aerospace Medical Association, their staff, and members of the board for their continued support in furthering the advancement of aerospace dentistry within the medical community. For those interested in learning about this ever expanding field, we hope to see you in Reno in May!