The Mirror, December 2019 The Mirror December 9, Rev Dec 9 - Page 20
An Interview with Dr. Trang Nguyen, President of the Oral Health
Section of the Canadian Paediatric Society
The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) is the national association of
paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children
and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research
and support of its membership. Founded in 1922, the CPS is a voluntary
professional association that represents more than 3,600 paediatricians,
paediatric subspecialists, paediatric residents, pediatric dentists and others who
work with and care for children and youth.
1) What is the value of being a CPS Oral Health Section member?
The Canadian Pediatric Society Oral Health Section (CPS-OHS) advocates for
and promotes optimal oral health for infants, children and adolescents,
including children and youth with special health care needs. By joining the CPS-OHS you would be supporting
oral health public policy advocacy to all levels of government and the writing of position statements, practice
points, clinical tools and education resources to help health care professionals, parents and others make the best
decisions about oral health care in Canada’s children and youth. Positions statements and practice points
published by CPS have included:
“Ankyloglossia and Breastfeeding” (https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/.../ankyloglossia-
“Oral Health Care for Children: A Call for Action” (https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/.../oral-health-
“Early Childhood Caries in Indigenous Communities” (https://www.cps.ca/en/.../oral-health-
2) What are the annual dues?
The annual dues are $129. The breakdown includes $105 to become a member of the CPS and an additional
$24 to become a member of the CPS-OHS. GST/HST is dependent on location.
3) What do you get for your dues? (i.e. meeting registration and CE etc.)
There are a multitude of benefits for pediatric dentists joining CPS. The biggest returns I get from membership
include receiving CPS news bulletins and the Paediatrics & Child Health (PCH) journal. The CPS news bulletin
from CPS every month summarizes the most relevant topics in the field of pediatrics and lists upcoming events
and education opportunities in Canada. The PCH is the official journal of the CPS, and it’s the only peer-reviewed
paediatric journal in Canada. Its mission is to advocate for the health and well-being of all Canadian children and
youth and to educate child and youth health professionals across the country.