Popular event yields three winners from the orthodontic industry’s largest conference.

Boston, MA— The Academy of Orthodontic Assisting (AOA) hosted the annual technique competition for orthodontic clinical assistants. Demonstrating polished technique and skill, willing competitors pit speed and accuracy against the clock at the 109th American Association of Orthodontists annual session.

As the line formed around the Member’s Services area, music was playing and the AOA team got the lively event started by performing the popular dance “The Cupid Shuffle.” Eager competitors were assigned to one of four tables where a judge closely monitored their attempt at being named “the fastest.” Assistants were judged on speed and accuracy for placing elastomeric ligatures on the upper five to five and a power chain on the lower six to six. “We were so excited with the turnout this year. Everyone was laughing and cheering on their co-workers. It was a blast; more than we could have hoped for,” said AOA Marketing Manager Chelsea Reese.

First, second, and third place winners in the competition are rewarded with prizes and, most importantly, the coveted recognition of being the fastest and most accurate assistant in the individual skills competition. The first place prize was awarded to Kim Whitman with Dr. Jay Decoteau’s practice in Groton, MA. Second place was awarded to Jay Cho with Dr. Hong Beom Moon in Los Angeles, CA. Third place was grabbed by Barbara Main from Dr. Kellie Sanzone’s practice in Watertown, NY. With over 250 competitors competing for prizes, this event is quickly becoming a crowd pleaser for the annual session.

Coming off this year’s success, the AOA is planning a bigger and better competition for the 2010 meeting in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. “What a great event to showcase the skills of the industry’s brightest and most talented assistants,” said Chad Greer, President of AOA. “This is serious business for these contestants, some of the participants spend months preparing for the competition, and their enthusiasm is very contagious.”

For event photos and more information on next year’s event, please visit the AOA website at www.orthoassisting.net/competition.

About Academy of Orthodontic Assisting — Since 1998, the AOA has offered convenient and affordable staff training for orthodontists worldwide. In addition to the online programs, which provide graduates with a certificate of completion and the designation AOAC (Academy of Orthodontic Assisting Certification), the AOA also provides hands-on training, continuing education courses and additional programs designed to deliver the highest quality orthodontic care available today. An American Association of Orthodontists endorsed staff training program, the AOA is also a recognized CE provider.

Chelsea Reese, AOAC