Mary Morgan Keyser, DDS, second-year resident in the orthodontics program, was selected from applicants nationwide to be the 2019-20 resident director of the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation (AAOF) Board of Directors.
In her role, Keyser will join the board for their three annual meetings and helps conduct all business of the AAOF. As voting member of the board, Keyser will provide a resident’s perspective for the board as they discuss and conduct the foundation business. She will also work to reach residents nationwide conveying the importance of supporting the AAOF in their mission both now and following residency graduation.
“I have spent much of my dental training looking forward to the opportunities in organized dentistry available to me once I am finally ‘done’ and can share my clinical and didactic knowledge,” said Keyser.
“Being a Tar Heel as an undergraduate, a dental student and an orthodontic resident, has allowed me to appreciate the strong community here at UNC-Chapel Hill. Our faculty and staff contribute on national and global scale to their professions. I am excited to take advantage of an opportunity now that will allow me to represent UNC and work side-by-side with the other AAOF board members.”
“We are thrilled that Dr. Keyser will be representing UNC as the sole student-member of the AAOF Board,” said Tate Jackson, DDS, MS, vice-chair of the Division of Craniofacial and Surgical Care, and director of the graduate orthodontics program.
“Her selection is a great acknowledgement of her leadership and service to the profession. Core to the mission of UNC is working to transform dentistry in the interest of better patient care. Dr. Keyser’s membership on the AAOF Board will help us move toward that goal at a national level.”
The mission of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation is to advance the orthodontic specialty by supporting quality education and research that leads to excellence in patient care.
Since 1994, the AAO Foundation Awards Program has provided just over $13.1 million in funding, primarily in support of junior faculty.