The 13th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association of Microscopic Dentistry was held on Saturday April 23rd, 2015 over two days in Sapporo, Hokkaido at the New Otani Inn Sapporo. This year’s theme was “The Microscope Changes Dental Treatment.” We appreciate the efforts and cooperation of all participants which ensured a smooth and successful event. Recent favorable changes to the National Health Insurance policy’s coverage of treatment using microscopes has increased interest in these treatments, especially in the endodontics field. This year JAMD membership surpassed 1,000 current members.
On the first day of the Annual Meeting, Chairman Dr. Tomofumi Kawakami led a moment of silence for the victims of the recent earthquakes in Kumamoto just before officially opening the event.
After the opening ceremony, Executive Committee Chairman, Shin Bandou, gave a keynote speech. In Dr. Bandou’s speech, he introduced the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting “The Microscope Changes Dental Treatment” and shared his personal experiences, detailed how microscopes have revolutionized dentistry, and their current usage. He concluded by giving an outline of the events that will take place over the 2-day Annual Meeting.
Following the outline, JAMD Chairman Dr. Yasuhisa Tsujimoto, gave a speech titled “The Progress of the Japan Association of Microscopic Dentistry”, in which he spoke about the history and major events of the organization.
During the lunch break, two popular Luncheon Seminars were held and each was filled with participants. Dr. Mitsuhiko Takada led one seminar on the subject of “Successful direct pulp capping with BioMTA cement” which was co-sponsored by Morita Corporation.
Dr. Kenji Matsunaga also led a seminar which addressed topics related to differentiation and branding of dental clinics, digitalization’s impact on clinic management, and strengthening communication with patients.
A special lecture was held in the afternoon by Dr. Nobuyoshi Kitaichi titled “Consider the impact of ultraviolet light and blue light’s impact on the eye.” Dr. Kitaichi is a professor in the Ophthalmology branch in the Medical Sciences Department of Health Sciences University of Hokkaido. This seminar gave useful information for treatment as well as the impact of ultraviolet light and blue light rays from microscopes and LED’s introduction to the examination room.
Following Dr. Kitaichi’s speech, an announcement of nine subjects for presentations was made. After the announcement, Dr. Jun Sang Yoo, from Seoul National University in Korea, gave the day’s second special lecture. The subject of his speech was “10-year long-term clinical outcomes of Bio-fitting and Rationale” which shared the outcomes of a 10-year medical case using BioMTA cement.
After Dr. Jun Sang Yoo's lecture, a poster discussion was held and the judging committee evaluated the submissions. This was the first year to have a poster discussion and there were 17 submissions which included a wide variety of topics with many photos. These informational posters were displayed throughout the duration of the 2-day Annual Meeting, which allowed participants to examine their contents over an extended time.
To conclude Day One of the Annual Meeting, a social gathering was held where many members got together to chat socially and share opinions about the day’s events. The first day of the JAMD 13th Annual Meeting successfully closed.
The start of Day 2 marked the beginning of the final day of the Annual Meeting in which presentations on nine subjects were discussed.
Afterwards, winner of the Chairman’s award at the previous year’s 12th Annual Meeting, Dr. Masaki Tsujimoto addressed the audience with his speech titled “Micro endodontic therapy for C-shaped root canal procedure of the mandibular molars.” The speech detailed the analysis and approach to the gutter-shaped root which is common in Japanese people. Dr. Tsujimoto is a faculty member at the Nagasaki University School of Dentistry with a focus on tooth decay.
Following Dr. Tsujimoto’s speech a Table Clinic was held in a different room, where three members discussed their research into different subjects. Dr. Takeshi Inamoto discussed “Living with periapical periodontitis disorder”, Dr. Ryosuke Fuchigami presented “Treatment of mandibular condyle by systematic mirror usage”, and Dr. Yoshifumi Kinomoto discussed “The double driver and double vibration technique for the removal of abutment construction.”
During the lunch break, two Luncheon Seminars were held. Dr. Shuichi Ito spoke about “The possibility of dental treatment that applies bio-active influence of S-PRG fillers” which was co-sponsored by Shofu Inc. Dr. Shin Bandou also led the seminar “Using gold technology for root canal applications and an introduction of Gutta Core Pink” which was co-sponsored by Dentsply International Inc.
The luncheon seminars for both Day 1 and Day 2 were so popular that Annual Meeting participants formed long lines each morning to get tickets. In the afternoon a collaboration symposium by three doctors, Dr. Jun Mitsuhashi, Dr. Kunio Matsumoto, and Dr. Hiroki Isozaki was held with the theme “My style of microscope.” Each of the doctors recreated their own examination room by showing the equipment that they personally use along with the various positioning options of patients during treatment to clearly show their techniques.
After all of the presentations were heard, an overall General Meeting and Board of Trustees Meeting was held. At the conclusion of those meetings the closing ceremony started which included the announcement of the winner of the Chairman’s Prize for best presentation. Dr. Daisuke Nagao’s speech “Retreatment for the second molar on the left maxilla that leaked out gutta percha from its root apex” was selected as the winner for this year and after the announcement the JAMD 13th Annual Meeting was closed.
One very successful aspect to this year’s Annual Meeting was that participants learned new ideas that are directly applicable to many environments in the dental industry. Also, sales of official scrubs were started in the lead-up to the Annual Meeting and continued throughout the duration of the event.
To promote socializing among members, we held sightseeing bus tours of the Otaru-Yoichi area, which were so popular a waiting list was created because of high demand. Sightseeing trips were held up until Dr. Jun Sang Yoo’s presentation.
Early morning running has become a voluntary but popular event at our Annual Meetings. This year we enjoyed running in the beautiful spring Hokkaido mornings on both days of our event.
The sales of our official scrubs at the Annual Meeting, which was announced one-month prior, was a unique project for this year. Even without a precedent for selling official scrubs, they proved to be very popular among participants with over 300 sets being sold, some as souvenirs.
Through our successful Annual Meeting, each participant was able to build stronger bonds through our projects and meetings in a friendly environment. We are happy to say that our Annual Meetings are a great opportunity for our community to come together and support our shared vision of microscopes advancing the future of dentistry.
To fulfill our theme of “The Microscope Changes Dental Treatment”, we are expecting our younger members to play an active role in the developing flexible and novel ways to bring advances in this field.
The 13th Annual Meeting was attended by 338 registered participants which included 254 Members, 21 Associate Members, 63 Non-members as well as other students and medical interns. We thank you all for your active participation.
Written by Yoshiteru Nakawaki- Chief Executive of the Pre-Conference Committee
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