The 53rd Annual Dental Convention was held at the Hilton Resort and Spa Rose Hall, February 15-18, 2017. The Chairman for Convention 2017, Dr. Oswald F. Dunn, said it was a tremendous success taking into account overall attendance, foreign dentist attendance, sponsorship income, and profit.
The guest speaker at the Opening Ceremony, Dr. The Honourable Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health, lead us off well and even took the opportunity to announce the new National Sealant Initiative; a programme to provide preventative oral and dental care to primary school children who are currently without access to those services. Read more...
The scientific portion of the programme was outstanding, and students were particularly thrilled that one of the authors of their restorative dentistry textbook, Dr Harald Heymann, was a presenter.
The all white dress code for the welcome cocktail balanced professionalism and cohesion, and made a lasting impact on all attendees. This impact could only be matched by the final programme, a formal red carpet gala on the Friday night, the highlights of which were the following award presentations:
Dr Brian Morgan received a surprise lifetime achievement citation and plaque.
Dr Lynette Stuart (Howard University College of Dentistry), for her contribution to the formation of many Caribbean Dentists.
Four professors from Santiago de Cuba for their contribution to the formation of many Jamaican Dentists.
Dr Joseph Massad, “Uncle Joe”, in recognition of his 5th time as a Presenter.
Dr. Dunn took the opportunity to thank all of the sponsors, in particular the platinum sponsors: Stewarts Motors and Jamaica National Bank. He encouraged the convention attendees to support all of the sponsors. In conclusion, the attendance was at a record high and at the Executive Committee meeting in March 2017, he took the time to thank all the members of Convention 2017 committee, the Convention Planner, Mrs. Suzanne Cephas, Exhibitors, Sponsors, along with all who attended. He then paved the way for the incoming Chairman for the 2018 Annual Convention.