I hope this letter finds you managing well in our changing world. Who could have imagined just a few months ago that we would be in a world where social distancing and face masks seem to have become a daily part of lives throughout the world. As we transition our way into the fall of 2020 there remain many unknowns about the future and our ability to return to some semblance of normalcy. In the shadow of the virus, the Board of Directors had struggled planning the biannual meeting in Seattle. As summer wore on and the virus continued to surge, we have decided to push our meeting out one year to September 2022. This was not an easy decision but it had become increasingly impossible to plan for a meeting at a time when venues and meeting places remain shuttered. Pushing our meeting out two years from now will allow time for venues to be running smoothly, cities to recover, and allow travel to return to normal. In the meantime, I am very pleased to announce that in 2021 the IAG will provide a series of online Master Classes available at no charge for all active members. Courses will be AGD/Pace approved for CE credit. Currently, the lineup of presenters will include Drs Markus Troeltzsch, Tim Hess, Lane Ochi, and Bill McHorris with more in the works. As a benefit of membership, the IAG will make these courses available each quarter throughout the year. Emails will be sent out to our members with information and instructions on course topics and how to register and attend via Zoom. Please visit our website at www.gnathologyusa.org for more information. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in not being able to welcome all the members and my friends in the academy in my home town next fall. This organization and the friendships I have made by attending the meetings have had by far the greatest impact on my professional development and education as a dentist. I look forward to seeing you all soon and rest assured that in the meantime Dr. Dana Fuhrmann (program committee chair), Dr. Kyle Schulz (local arrangements chair), and the entire board of directors will be directing our energy into making our 2022 meeting a huge success.
Take Care and Be Safe,
Paul Hasegawa D.D.S.
President International Academy of Gnathology