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ARCHIVES: August 2012



A Fun Little Gathering

Posted by Paul on 8/24/2012

If you pay any attention to what I like about the MDA, you'll know that I'm a big fan of New Dentists. They represent the latest and brightest of the profession. They are alsoessential to the future of the MDA. They are also under a lot of stress with school debt, new careers, young families, and busy schedules. So we need to support them. Cheer them on! Welcome them into organized dentistry.
A big step towards that happened the last two days as several people gathered to jump start the state New Dentist committee. The cornerstone was an ADA workshop on how to make your ND committee a success. Our presenters did a great job. After a lively day of planning, the committee under the leadership of Dr. Sarah Mahaffey is off and running. Watch for opportunities to plug in!
The prelude to the one day workshop was a social gathering with the MDA Board and guests. It was a hot August night but people stayed a long while asND's and Board members got to know each other on a personal level. It was actually very fun and sent a great message that from the top down, MDA supports our ND's. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend.
Photo 1: Drs. Jon Copeland, Maz Moshiri, and Sarah Withrow at the ND workshop
Photo 2: Jamie Wilkerson, Dr. Ron Wilkerson, Trustee Dr. John Freeze, and Trustee Dr. Jody Vance
Photo 3: UMKC Dean Marsha Pyle, MDA President Dr. Elwood Rice, ADA reps Jeanine Pekkarinen and Chris Chico

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The Incubator

Posted by Paul on 8/17/2012

Do you remember your dental school orientation? Were you wide eyed and idealistic about the journey ahead of you? Did you size up the competition and guess who would be the best dentist in the class? Icould only imagine the emotions swirling around the nearly 100 or so members of the UMKC Class of 2016 as I watched like a fly on the wall to some of their presenters onorientation day. How will they ever keep up with the library and security issues and where everything is much less learn dentistry? It was one of those days when you can feel overwhelmed. That's why I wanted to be there and introduce myself and plant the seed that the MDA will be a valuable partner from the cradle to the grave in their dentistry career. It was a fun day and I look forward to how well I might get to know some of these future doctors over the years.
The highlight of MDA's part of the day was the outstanding presentation from Dr. Dustin Burleson. He spoke with passion and understanding while giving these newbies some very practical tips for success. Then he pitched the MDA to them as the best investment they could make as students and as future dentists. I was about to re-enlist myself because of Dr. Burleson's eloquent and inspiring case for why he values membership in the MDA. Thank you, Dr. Burleson for your time and your solid representation of the profession.
On a fun note, Dr. Burleson promised to donate $1,000 if the class of 2016 had 100% enrollment in the MDA. The donation would go to Dr. Killip's "Mullet fundraiser". And who said dentists can't be fun!

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