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ARCHIVES: January 2013

Jan

28

It's Give Kids a Smile Week - Join in!

Posted by Paul on 1/28/2013 11:39:00 AM


This Friday is the 2013 Give Kids a Smile Day. Are you participating?If so, make sure you report your event and program totals with the ADA. You can do so by registering (before or after your event) at www.givekidsasmile.ada.org The ADA would also love any photos you can share and those can be emailed to adanews@ada.org.
I'm excited to participate this year by attending the first ever on site clinic at UMKC. They will be treating area school children who are bused in for the event on Friday morning. The good folks at Delta Dental are sponsoring it and I'm excited to see how it unfolds. I love the idea that the dental students will get a taste for charitable care right in their back yard.
Focusing on children and preventive health is the primary tool for reducing caries and a life of unnecessary dental problems. I'm impressed with the growth of this program and urge you and your office to participate if possible. I'll report back on my experience but here is the current status of the national GKAS outreach according to the ADA web site.
* More than 1700 events are registered
* More than 401,000 kids are expected to be treated
* More than 10,000 dentists will provide services
*Close to 32,000 lay volunteers have signed up as well


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Jan

26

Reading Tea Leaves and Numbers

Posted by Paul on 1/26/2013 11:56:00 AM


Don't start calling me Madame Paul the Tea Leaf Reader quite yet. But I amtempted to play amateur number sleuth after reviewing the latest membership report from the ADA. What do these numbers tell us? I'll give you some data ina minute but first a few musings.
As Director of Outreach for the MDA, I'm always curious about the of membership. Why do people join? Why do they leave? What do they really want from membership? What makes an associationvibrant? Is 100% membership even a goal we should have?
Do benefits drive the boat? The MDA proudly stands behind the value of what we offer our members. We strive to be better every day but your dues (hefty as they may seem) work hard for you on many fronts from communication to advocacy at the Capitol to insurance savings to CE and on and on. Benefits are a great incentive but I think they are icing on the cake when dues are paid.
Does price makesomebody jump ship? I hear that excuse on occasion. Let's face it, no one likes to write checks in this economy but of all the financial choices you make for your practice, membership may lack an immediate warm fuzzy but it is far reaching in it's value. Smart people, a.k.a dentists, understand the difference between price and value. So if benefits aren't the main draw and price is not the main barrier - what is the common thread in membership?
I'm reminded of Groucho Marx who said "I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member." Ha! Yes, interacting with people (good or bad) is probably the biggest influencer in deciding on membership. It's human nature to want to belong- especially with people who share so much in common. My observation is that the strongest and longest relationships I see in the MDA were forged through frequent interaction and involvement provided by membership. It is not always pleasant but it is real and it validates and accommodates your own professional journey. On the other hand, I think those who storm out or silently slip away are really just victims of a bad or overlooked encounter with people. So with people in mind from the longest tenured member to the squeaky new dentist fresh from school, let's look at some trends in numbers and contemplate together how we can reach out to more "people" and thus enhance membership and the association experience for everyone.
I'll start at the national level and then share some state trends. My only disclaimer is that terms and measurements are confusing and vary but if we keep apples to apples then we can make a few observations.
According to the ADA for the 2012 calendar year, therewere 194,160 "active, licensed dentists" (ALD's)in the U.S. That's one for about every 1,600 people based on a US population of 311 billion. 128,524 of thoseALD's belong to the ADA. That's 66.2% market sharewhich is down 1.1% from 2011. How does that number hit you?That meanstwo out of every three dentistsare engaged in organized dentistry.Does that sound right for your city?Is that enough to promote and protect your interests? Is it a critical mass to accomplish goals that are important to you?
Using the same metrics, Missouri is doing a tad better with 68.5% market share out of 2,787 ALD's in the state. When we add all categories of membership to the equation, the MDA is at 77.7% market share which is the highest its beenin close to 20 years. Thank you members, you are making your voice count!
Nowlet's look atwhere the ADA and MDA are doing a good job and where the biggest opportunity for growth lies when we analyze different categories. Again, these numbers are based on ALD's. For instance, the specialty with the highest market share inADA membership (82.4%) is endodontists. In Missouri, pediatric dentists edge out endo's 93.4% to 93.1%. The specialty that has the highest % of non members is maxillofacial radiology for both the ADAat 46.5% and the MDA at 50%. As a total target group specialists make for the highest percentage of market share forboth the ADA at 76.6% and the MDA at 83.5%. The lowest market share for a group is foreign trained dentists with just 47.3% belonging to the ADA and only 38.5% belong to the MDA. Finally, whatrace is the membership? Among all minorities, the ADA has 53.4% market share and the MDA has 52.7%. Breaking it down, the biggest market share is white dentists with 73.8% for ADA and 72.8% for MDA. The lowest market share is black dentists with just 43% belonging to ADA and 41% belonging to MDA.
The challenge we face at both the state and national level is the market is growing faster than membership especially in the fast growing segments of minorities, women, and foreign trained dentists. Add to this the erosion of the number of GP's and we have a slowly declining market share.
While the numbers tell part of the story, let's not get lost in them (If you're like me youmay already feel dizzy). Membership has always been and will always remain a person to person connection.Yes our sheer numbers allow us many benefits and a strong voice at the Capitol but your bottom line connection comes from your involvement in organized dentistry whether it be the local study club or leadership at the highest levels. Remember this when you think about your colleagues. Ask them to events. Welcome them to your city. Invite them to join the MDA and tell them why you belong. Pay special attention to those segments that are a little different than you. They are perhaps already struggling with"fitting in" sothey may feel the same way when considering membership. Will I feel accepted? This outreach can be difficult for some but it gets easier with practice. You'd be surprised how many dentists are just waiting to be asked and included. Membership offers so many avenues for that to happen.
Let me know how I can help and good luck!


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Jan

26

The Interesting World of MERIT

Posted by Paul on 1/26/2013 11:46:00 AM


Dead bodies. Graphic photos. Gruesome stories.You would be surprised what youmight learn on a Saturday morning in theconference roomat the the MDA office. Well, maybe not every Saturday morning, but today was an exception. Today was the annual MERIT conference. MERIT is the Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team. It's the state dental forensic team that was created after the 1993 Flood. This conference provides that teamboth a forum for continuing education and a touch point for the latest developments in the field. Dr Eric Wilson of Cole Campprovides direction for the group.
The CE is open to anyone and a strong and diverseturnout of 60 people showed up for this year's topic: Forensic Death Investigation. It was superbly led by Mary Fran Ernst, an experienced (and entertaining!) death investigator from St Louis County. Her topics included Medicolegal and Forensic Aspects of Fire, Identificationof the Deceased, The Real World of Forensic Science and Death Scene Investigation.
While many might find the topic morbid, I was fascinated to learn the procedures and policies behind death scene investigations. People die in all sorts of ways but the corpse never lies and there are many clues at every death investigation. I learned how to start a fire that would be hard to detect as arson. I learned the difference betweena coroner and a medical examiner. I learned the Rule of 9 in determining what percentage of a body is burned. I learned that most people who die in a fire die from pulmonary issues not burns. This was the case in the horrible night club fire in Brazil that killed 230 people. And naturally I learned how valuable and reliabledental records are as a means of identification. It was all quite stimulating.
If you have interest in MERIT, you can contact Dr. Eric Wilson at fijidr@embarqmail.com


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Jan

23

Hush - Spread the Secret and Save the Date

Posted by Paul on 1/23/2013 3:36:00 PM


It's time to announce something big! MDA is hosting their first Connect4Success, a Leadership Academy and New Dentist Conference this summer. Circle your calendars for June 28-29, 2013 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
It's a swanky invitation only event. Well, I made up the swanky part,but it is invitation only. It's designed to better equip our component officers and others in leadership roles across the state.Many of you volunteer in key roles (thank you!)and we want to better inform and equip you to succeed. Plus it helps when we all know each other, share ideas, and move in the same direction.
Essential to all future MDA leadershipare the wonderful new dentists outthere. It only makes sense that we corral them together for some CE focused on their needsand a little time to socialize with theirfamilies and each otherin a beautiful setting.
By merging these two groups together, the present and the future get a chance to know each other andengage in meaningful activity thatbenefits us all.
More detailsto come. I just wanted you to Save the Date and get excited about this newly designed strategy just for you!


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Jan

22

Winter Session 2013 Ends Big Week!

Posted by moda on 1/22/2013 2:05:00 PM


Winter Session 2013 rocked along as the crowning jewel to a busy week in organized dentistry. More than 200 member dentists, staff, vendors, and guests convened in Columbia fortwo powerpacked days of content, variety, and connection. The event, with lead sponsor MDIS, featured 10 CE selections, an EFDA training, and exposure to a host of reliable vendors who support the profession. Toss in the meals and cocktail hour and there's plenty of chance to connect with colleagues and work on professional development. Kudos to Mandy Lewis for leading the charge to deliver a quality event. This year she even led us in going green as all handouts for the classes were only available inpaperless form.
A new feature this year was a member forum where members could gather to hear the MDA's position on workforce and to voice concerns or questions about other issues near to their heart. Almost the entire MDA board was in attendance to listen to member feedback. President, Dr. Lynne Barbour, and President-Elect, Dr. Merle Nunemaker, facilitated the discussion that lasted more than an hour. I was struck by the passion for the profession. If an association is only as strong as its members, then the MDA is doing just fine. Good ideas and strong emotions were voiced from a diverse group in attendance.
The Winter Session wrapped up a full week of activities including the MDA Legislative Reception, an MDA Board meeting, new board member orientation (Welcome, Drs. Kessler, Rapini, Raman, and Nail), an MDIS board meeting, a MO Dental Board meeting, and meetings for the Governance Task Force, Legislative Regulatory and New Dentist committees. The activity level is up and running for 2013 so get involved and make a difference! You can follow along by reading your Focus, the Capitol Connection, E-Updates, this blog, and your www.modental.org. web site.


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Jan

17

2013 Legislative Reception

Posted by Paul on 1/17/2013 3:27:00 PM


Last night at the G2 Gallery in Jefferson City, the MDA held their annual legislative reception and by all accounts it was a big success.We had a healthyattendance from both our elected officials and our MDA members. Almost all sections of the state were represented and the interaction was attentive and productive. The relaxed cocktail and refreshment setting facilitated easy conversation between members and their elected officials. For many, this was a natural extension of relationships built back in the home district. For all, it was a good chance to eyeball our leaders and voice our concerns for the just begun legislative session. With many first time officials and many key committee leaders present, it was a prime opportunity to discuss our position on capped fees, Medicaid improvements, tax credits, and overall improvements to oral health.
This was Patrick Baker's first reception at the helm as MDA's Legislative Director but it was clear he knew the territory. His experience in the Senate was reflected in strong senate representation and his familiarity with the issues gave confidence to all our members. I can't underscore enough how valuable events like these are for educating our officials and building momentum in relationships. Plus they are more fun than you might imagine. Make plans now to join us at the Capitol on February 27, 2013 for our MDA Legislative Day.
As for the photos, all attendees were delighted to take home some free oral health supplies including Senator David Pearce (R -21st District) from Warrensburg. Senator Pearce is standing with MDA Legislative Director, Patrick Baker. MDA Executive Director, Vicki Wilbers, is in betweenSenator Scott T. Rupp (R-2nd District) from St. Charlesand RepresentativeChris Molendorp (R-56th District). Rep. Molendorp from Kansas City is sponsoring the capped fee legislation in the House. And then there's Dr. JC Standlee, LRC Chair, showing information to Representative Sue Meredith (D-71st District). She represents part of the St Louis metro area.
Thanks to all who attended - both members and officials. It takes a two way street to make democracy run.


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Jan

08

MOMOM Registration is Open!

Posted by moda on 1/8/2013 3:04:00 PM


Next year is finally here! MOMOM 2013 is officially just around the corner. It is May 3-4, 2013 at the Show Me Center on the campus of SE Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, MO.
WE NEED YOU! This great charity event is so rewarding as we join hands to do together what we could never do alone - serve more than 2,000 patients with critical oral health needs. Money is raised, leaders have stepped up, supplies are donated, facilities are secured. The only thing missing is patients and doctors. I know the patients will turn out from all across the Bootheel and surrounding areas. The most critical need is for the dental team to turnout and volunteer so we can help our fellow man.
Registration is easy and available and open at www.momom.org. Bring your whole office for a shift or two and experience this awesome event first hand. You can find answers to common questions under the volunteerFAQ section but don't hesitate to call me at the MDA office if you want to learn more.
MOMOMis agrowing strategy for the MDA Foundation. Jump on board now and be a part of the excitement.


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Jan

03

Good Ideas Make the Headlines

Posted by Paul on 1/3/2013 9:26:00 AM


Happy New Year! I can't wait to see what 2013 holds for the MDA. I will be traveling and posting and musing about it all right here so make plans to "follow me". Contact me at paul@modental.org with feedback or suggestions. I welcome them!
I like to share good ideas when I see one - even if it's a little dated. The Greater Kansas City Dental Society ran thisspecial section in the Kansas City Starlast October just before Halloween. It's a solid primer on oral health and it has a listing of all member dentists in the area. The result is the profession comes across caring, educational, and accessible. It offers great links to all levels of the tripartite. And it's personal with the introductory letter from Dr. Suchman. Toview the full supplement, click on this link:

http://sections.kansascity.com/SS/Page.aspx?sstarg=&facing=false&secid=125559&pagenum=1

Perhaps this type of exposure and unity and public service would benefit your dental society. I'm sure Dr. Suchman or Sam Sivley at the GKCDS office would be glad to share how they approached the project. Kudos to their whole society!
Best wishes to all of you for a prosperous New Year!


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