Minnesota Hosts Annual Conference for Orthodontic Residents
More than 380 orthodontic residents from across the U.S. and Canada gathered at the University of Minnesota to attend the 21st annual Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program (GORP), July 31 - August 2, 2009. The three-day program featured learning and networking opportunities for orthodontic dental residents.
First created in 1989 as a summer meeting to bring future orthodontists together for professional education and interpersonal relationship-building, the meeting has evolved into an important venue for professional growth. In Minneapolis, residents heard from a variety of speakers, including Dr. Gerald Samson, who discussed a simplified approach to understanding clinical orthodontic physical science. Dr. Brent Larson, director of the Division of Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, discussed the role of indirect bonding and demonstrated a simple, predicable and reliable method for placing orthodontic brackets. LeeAnn Peniche’s presentation was specifically designed for orthodontic residents about the importance of image in establishing a practice. And Dr. Bjorn Zachrisson presented on the topics of esthetic treatment after traumatic injuries and the loss of maxillary incisors and the interproximal enamel reduction of premolars and anterior teeth. The weekend also featured fun events, including a sightseeing cruise on the Minneapolis Queen paddleboat, a golf tournament and a dinner and program featuring Minneapolis comedian John DeBoer.