The Mirror, December 2019 The Mirror December 9, Rev Dec 9 - Page 20

AA 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- breastfeeding) “Oral Health Care for Children: A Call for Action” (https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/.../oral-health- care-for-children) “Early Childhood Caries in Indigenous Communities” (https://www.cps.ca/en/.../oral-health- indigenous-communities) 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.