Celebrating 'together' in spirit

AADOM Fellowship inductees pose in caps and gowns

The American Association of Dental Office Management inducts 2020 Fellows and Masters during virtual ceremonies 

For American Association of Dental Office Management’s (AADOM) class of 2020 Fellows and its inaugural class of 2020 Masters, the “walk across the graduation stage” may have been virtual. But this change in format didn’t quell the excitement buzzing before and during the induction ceremonies streamed live through Facebook the afternoon of Sept. 18. 

About 10 minutes prior to the big online event, anticipation was already building. “Graduation is starting soon!” AADOM staff shared with the Facebook Live audience. “Seventy-plus people are getting ready. The fun is just about to begin!” 

AADOM Founder and President Heather Colicchio kicked off the ceremonies with a welcome greeting: “We are so excited to celebrate the induction of our 2020 Fellows and Masters. As you know, becoming a FAADOM and now a MAADOM is no small accomplishment, since these individuals are some of the top dental management professionals in the industry.” 

Odyssey Management President Teresa Duncan, M.S., FAADOM, addressed the audience before reading the Fellows’ names: “Forty-three individuals are being inducted as 2020 AADOM Fellows this year — that’s 43 of you who didn’t rest during this challenging year. I am honored to introduce you.” 

While “Pomp and Circumstance” played, AADOM’s Fellows in caps and gowns were shown on-screen and given the opportunity to share a few words. Some inductees’ friends, family members and colleagues could be heard in the background, cheering them on. 

Next, Cynthia C. Durley, M.Ed., MBA, DANB and DALE Foundation Executive Director, announced the 2020 class of 27 AADOM Masters. 

After the Masters were acknowledged and had a chance to address their peers, Durley highlighted a key component of earning Mastership: completing the three-step OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program™. “In this era of COVID, completing infection control education is especially critical. As of September 18, 2020, out of the entire country, there are just over 600 OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program participants — and 27 of them are here at this ceremony. I’m very, very proud of all FAADOMs and all MAADOMs,” Ms. Durley said.