AAP Connect Help

Q: What is AAP Connect?
AAP Connect is an online community available only to AAP members. AAP Connect is intended to serve as the online extension of your membership where you can access exclusive member resources and virtually network with members around the world.

Q: What is my username/password?
You will use the same username and password that you use to log in to perio.org. If you have forgotten your login credentials or need assistance with your login information, contact Member Services at 312-787-5518, member.services@perio.org.

Q: How do I update my contact information?
A: From your profile page, click on the edit pencil next to Contact Details. You may also go directly to the Member Service Center on perio.org 

Q: How do I control what information is visible in My Profile?

Go to Profile > My Account >Privacy Settings. This will let you control what information is visible to whom. After you’ve made changes, click the Save Changes button at the bottom.

Q: How do I upload a photo to My Profile? Go to Profile and click the down arrow on the Action button. This allows you to browse photos saved on your computer. Choose “My Computer” in the left navigation column then click the “Choose File” button. Select the photo you would like to use and click Open. You can edit the image before you click Save to upload the image.

Q: How do I find other members?
Choose Directory  found in the top navigation bar. The Directory lets you search for other members based on:

  • First and/or last name
  • Email address

Use the “Advanced Search” option to increase your search to:

  • City
  • State
  • Country
  • Areas of Professional Interest
  • Member Type
  • ABP Diplomate
  • Personal Interests
Q: How do I add contacts to my contact list?
When you perform a search in the Directory, you will see an “Add as contact” link to the right of each person in your search results. Just click this link to send a contact request. If you click through and view an individual’s profile, you can click the contact request link to the right of his or her profile picture. You can also use Manage Your Contacts on your profile page.

Why should I add contacts to my contact list?
Creating this virtual address book makes it easy to send your contacts messages through the community site to stay in touch. Additionally, when you view another member’s profile, you’ll be able to see any contacts you have in common.

Q: How can I control the frequency and format of emails I receive?
Under My Profile > My  Account > Community Notifications. For each discussion, you have the following delivery options:
  • Real time: sends an email every time a new message is posted.
  • Daily digest: sends one email to you each day, consolidating all posts from the previous day.        
  • No Email: allows you to be part of the group without having emails sent to you. You can still post and read others’ messages by logging into the community site.
Q: What is Open Forum?
The AAP Connect Open Forum is the all-member community and virtual place to have discussions with other AAP members from all over the world. The Open Forum is where you can post a patient case, make a comment on another member’s posting, share an article, or pose a general question to the membership. Any documents you share will be automatically archived in the Open Forum library, making it easy to locate for later reference. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Q: How do I start a new discussion thread?
From the AAP Connect home page use the “Add A New Discussion” button. You may also use the “Post a Message” link under Participate in the page navigation.

Q: How do I respond to others’ posts?
Click “Reply to Discussion” to send your message to the entire community or “Reply to Sender” to only send your personal message back to the sender. Both links are located to the right of the post and in the Daily Digest email. We recommend replying to the sender for simple comments like “me, too” that add little value to the overall discussion and replying to the entire community when you are sharing knowledge, experience or resources that others could benefit from.

Q: Can I search for posts?
Yes. Use the Search button in the top navigation bar. Use the Advanced Search to search based on keywords in the posts, search all or specific forums, and select a specific date range.

Q: How do I see a listing of all of the posts?
Go to Communities > Select Open Forum, Click the Discussions tab, click the subject line which will take you to the entire thread. “Show original message” at the bottom of all of the posts in a thread will display the original message that started that discussion. The “Author’s Messages” link will show you all of the posts that particular member has contributed to that community.

Q: How do I change the information showing up in my signature block?
We have set a default signature, but if you would like to change the information that appears or the order in which it appears, hover over My Profile and choose My Account and then Discussion Signature. You can delete or reorganize the fields that show up in your signature by clicking the variables on the right-hand side of the screen. Please note that the content of these fields is pulled directly from your profile, so if you want to change the information itself, you will need to make the change to your actual profile. All signatures contain the phrase: Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of the AAP.

Q: How do I find resources that may have been uploaded by other members?
Go to Libraries in top navigation bar, then Open Forum. If you do not know where the resource might be use the search to search terms the same way you might enter search terms into Google or another search engine.

Q: How do I upload a file?
Select the Add a New Entry link found under Libraries. Please note that uploading a document is done in a few steps, and each step must be completed before you can move on to the next:
  • Choose a title for your document, include a description (optional), select the Open Forum library, select the Member Postings folder and choose an Entry Type (most will be Standard Files, but be cognizant of any copyright licensed material). Then click “Next.”
  • Use the "Choose" button to select the file from your computer. Then use the "Upload File(s)" button to add the file. Click “Next” if you want to rearrange the file order and to add tags to your file or click “Finish” (you may have to scroll down to access these buttons).