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New Member & First-Timers Orientation | Welcome Network DinnerOpening Ceremonies & AwardsDr. John S. Zapp Global LecturePoster PresentationsFun'draising AuctionSaturday Night Social | ADA Standards Working Group 5.54 on Sterilization

New Member & First-Timers Orientation

New OSAP members and first-time conference participants are invited to join us on Thursday from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM. This orientation will include a brief overview of the conference, information on how to get the most out of your membership, and the opportunity to meet other members who can guide you through the conference. We look forward to meeting you!

Welcome Network Dinner

Included in Annual Conference registration is the Welcome Network Dinner which will be hosted on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 PM! Expect a fun-filled, Western-themed evening while you socialize with fellow infection control champions. Set in a unique outdoor area in the scenic foothills of northern Tucson, the menu will be Old-Time Western Barbeque, and themed attire is encouraged! Music, dancing, games, and fun await. This event is included with full conference registration.

Guest tickets may be purchased. 

Opening Ceremonies & Awards

Join us Friday, June 2 from 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM for the presentation of the 2023 OSAP Leadership Awards to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of dental infection prevention and safety. Nominations will open in spring 2023.

 Click here to see previous award winners.

Keynote Presentation - Dr. John S. Zapp Global Lecture

Rangina Hamidi MA

Rangina Hamidi, MA
Professor of Practice
Thunderbird School of Management/ASU

Rangina Hamidi is an Afghan American writer, educator, social entrepreneur, and politician who served as Afghanistan’s minister of education until August 2021. She was the first cabinet-level, female minister of education to hold that position in thirty years. Ms. Hamidi works tirelessly to advocate for women’s rights by empowering girls and women through social entrepreneurship and other initiatives to build their lives.

Who was Dr. Zapp?

John S. Zapp, DDS, graduated from the Creighton University School of Dentistry. He started his dental career in private practice. He later moved to Washington, D.C., to serve as Special Assistant for Dental Affairs with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He was recruited to the American Medical Association, serving as Vice President for Government Affairs, and then joined the American Dental Association as its executive director. He was a founding member and president of the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Attracted to OSAP’s mission, Dr. Zapp contributed significantly to its strategic direction. In early 2005, Dr. Zapp was named Chairman of the OSAP Foundation but stepped down when his health took a turn. He died later that year after a battle with cancer. He was 73 years old and is survived by his widow Nancy, three daughters, and one son.

To honor and preserve Dr. Zapp’s memory, the Friends of OSAP, a committed group of leaders who seek to integrate OSAP initiatives into broader global health platforms, established the Dr. John S. Zapp Global Lecture. The lecture is intended to build bridges with global leaders to promote knowledge exchange about oral infection and safety both for patients and providers of care.

Poster Presentations

On Friday, June 2 at noon, individuals will present Poster Presentations on clinical practice, education, scholarly, and secondary research related to the practice of dental infection control and safety in oral health settings.


Reception & Live Fun’draising Auction!

Included in Annual Conference registration is the Reception & Live Fun'draising Auction which will be hosted on Friday, June 2 at 5:45 PMThe auction and your donations help support the OSAP Foundation. Only in-person participants at the 2023 OSAP Annual Conference will be able to make bids; however, whether or not you will be attending this year’s conference, we hope you will consider donating to this event. Learn more. 

Saturday Night Social

Pinnacle Peak Tucson

Established in 1962, Pinnacle Peak is home to the World Famous Mesquite-Grilled Cowboy Steak! If you’re looking for the best steakhouse Tucson has to offer then you don’t need to look any further. Pinnacle Peak takes great pride in serving real Western food in an authentic Old West atmosphere. Over the decades we have become famous for serving the best steaks in Tucson, and our Master Grillers only cook over real mesquite wood. So kick back, relax, and take a trip back to simpler times. Remember, Pinnacle Peak is for fun – no ties allowed! The ticket includes transportation and a show ticket! TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. 

ADA Standards Working Group 5.54 on Sterilization

American Dental Association (ADA) Standards Committee on Dental Products Working Group 5.54 on Sterilization (Mirror Committee to Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation [AAMI] WG44). Discussion on Proposed ANSI/ADA/AAMI ST-113 Comprehensive guide for steam sterilization and sterility assurance for dental facilities. This proposed standard provides requirements and guidance for performing steam sterilization and promoting sterility assurance in dental practices and dental facilities. It is based on ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017 but with revisions appropriate to the specific practices, resources and equipment in dental facilities.

Sunday, June 4, 2023. 8 AM to 12 PM – A virtual attendance option will be provided.

Participation is limited to members of ADA Standards Working Group 5.54. To join the Working Group and/or learn how to register, email [email protected].