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Changing perspectives

Published: 03/03/2017

The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association’s 74th Annual Meeting will be held in Colorado Springs on March 13-18, 2017.

This year’s event will focus on ‘Changing perspectives’ while exploring advances in research, clinical and team-driven care of patients. 

Attendees will learn from colleagues across multiple disciplines and discuss new and old ideas with those experienced in the field. ACPA's Annual Meeting is intended for health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions and all who are interested in cleft care and improving patient care and outcomes. 

“This event promises to be one of the best ever,” says Bob Havlik, president of ACPA. “The program committee created a program that combines a broad-based educational program composed of cutting edge topics in cleft and craniofacial care with some outstanding opportunities unique to this year’s meeting and location.”

ACPA’s 74th Annual Meeting opens with a pre-conference symposium focused on the ‘Pathway to adulthood: Care at the end of adolescence’ and ends with a discussion of ‘Virtual planning in craniomaxillofacial surgery. The meeting features more interdisciplinary panel discussions and reintroduces advanced courses. The program will include general sessions, topic-based breakout sessions, discipline forums, and networking opportunities. In addition, the event will feature a keynote presentation by Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer who will explore the cultural perceptions of beauty in modern society and discuss how this potentially impacts cleft and craniofacial patients.

“The program is full of great scientific and educational offerings, with an emphasis on quality representation from as many specialty areas as possible,” said Bob Havlik.

The ACPA is grateful to sponsors of the event, including KLS Martin, Stryker and Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

Exhibitors at the event include 3D Systems, 3dMD, Canfield Scientific, Inc., Children's Hospital Colorado, Cleft Palate Foundation, Dr. Brown's Medical, Face to Face Colorado, Dash for Smiles, KLS Martin, myFace, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Orthomerica Products, Inc., Pentax Medical, Seattle Children's Hospital, Simulare Medical, Southmedic, Inc., Stryker and The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal.

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