Plan For Success!
A memorable and effective National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (NPAW) begins with an achievable goal and a solid plan.
The ACP has compiled planning tips, activity ideas, and downloadable resources, which are all available through the fields below, to help ensure a successful NPAW on the local and national level.
The ACP invites you to join colleagues across the country, and the world, in celebrating NPAW in your local community. Your efforts and enthusiasm will enhance visibility of the specialty of prosthodontics and position prosthodontists as leaders in the dental industry!
Additional resources and tips will be added as we get closer to NPAW 2022. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
What’s a prosthodontist?
Helping people answer this question is one of the main purposes of NPAW! It’s important to know how to answer this in a way that the public can understand. One option is: “As a prosthodontist, I am a dental specialist with advanced training in the restoration of missing or damaged teeth. I focus on…” and name a few of the procedures you perform most often, such as dentures or dental implants.
The message of NPAW can be spread far and wide using any of your preferred social media channels. Each year the ACP releases a new set of NPAW Facts which can be shared on social media throughout the week of NPAW.
The 2022 set of NPAW social media posts will be available in April. In the meantime here are some generic NPAW Facts from previous years:
NPAW Facts are just a starting point for celebrating on social media. ACP members have also crafted their own NPAW related social media posts to highlight examples of good case work, discuss why they decided to pursue prosthodontics, and even hold contests for patients and/or dental students.
ACP members have also flexed their creative muscles while utilizing their Instagram and Facebook stories and tagging colleagues to encourage more engagement.
Use the hashtags #NPAW2022 and #Prosthodontics and be sure to tag the ACP!
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many ACP members have developed creative ways to keep the celebrations going digitally and others have been able to celebrate in-person as they follow their local health and safety guidelines.
Many schools and universities hosted lectures both in person and over Zoom. Some lectures were focused on encouraging dental students to learn more about pursuing prosthodontics, while others served as a way to help other dental professionals to better understand the specialty.
WATCH: 'Discover the Prosthobilities' a presentation by Dr. Juliet E. M. Tchorbajian from NPAW 2021 that presents an overview of prosthodontics and what sets it apart from other dental specialties.
ACP members have also lectured to the public by speaking at retirement homes, nursing facilities, and hosting open houses with a brief presentation.
Some have used NPAW as a great opportunity to reach out to their local dental community, either to thank referring dentists or to make a new connection.
There is no right or wrong was to celebrate NPAW! We will be adding additional ideas and resources to help you celebrate.
We will soon be adding new resources for reaching out to local media including Letters to the Editor, Press release templates and more!
2022 PR & NPAW Committee
Dr. Samantha Rawdin, Chair
Dr. Juliet Tchorbajian, Vice Chair
Dr. Alison Fishman
Dr. Francine Misch-Dietsh
Dr. David Remiszewski
Dr. William O. Wilson
Dr. Roberta Wright
Dr. Elphida Ayvazian, Division Director