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ARCHIVES: July 2013

Jul

26

The Power of 3

Posted by Paul on 7/26/2013 1:41:00 PM


The churning waters of Lake Michigan were an apt backdrop for the recent ADA Management Conference in Chicago. This gathering of constituent and state staff from around the country were handed some pretty sobering news on the state of association life in general and ADA membership in particular. The message was clear: radical changes are coming to dentistry and we must adapt quickly and aggressively in order to maintain relevance and continue to deliver value in membership.
Vicki Wilbers, Patrick Baker, and I split duties and sat in on a variety of presentations but we all agreed that the vibe was the same. How can we improve? How can we make changes for the next wave without abandoning our main base - the baby boomers who have stoutly led and led well for so many years?
While all the notes are too much to cover in this arena, we are giving serious thought to a number of issue. Change is difficult. There's no guarantee that new efforts will succeed. But we can't stay the course and expect different results. Our strategies will require input from all and a little bravery and time as well. It's exciting and a little scary all at the same time.
I will tip my hat to the ADA. Between the recent ADA ND conference and this event, I can tell that leadership is putting money and energy into addressing this. They have welcomed inputfrom all stakeholders. You can see the round table discussion above. It was lively and well received as everyone shared what they see in the day to dayof association work. I can respect those who take on difficult tasks and motivate others to join. The ADAhas an aggressive plan to add 9,000 members in the next 3 years. Those efforts start at the grass root level where we live.
Allow meto mention a few items in the works. There is the Power of 3. The tripartite model has served dentistry well as each level offers different resources. But with growth there is often duplication. The discussion now centers on what each level does best. It makes us at the MDA take a hard look at what should be doing and what do we need to stop doing. There are also some new resources to be unveiled soon. One is primarily for new dentists called the Center for Professional Success. Members find value when succeed in their profession. This often updated site will offer all manner of tools and resources to help the new dentist flourish regardless of practice model. Another idea is the Member Service University. This is designed to help the staff provide better direction to every inquiry. Excellent service should be a hallmark throughout the tripartite. And of course theAction for Dental Health continues to grow and develop as the primary strategy "to reduce the proportion of adults and children with untreated dental decay through multiple interventions, early diagnosis and risk assessment, disease management and health education, and by preventing disease before it starts."
There may be some stormy seas but I left the conference with a sense that the ship would prevail! All hands were on deck and the challenge should invigorate us all.


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Jul

22

Rockies Game at ADA NDC

Posted by Paul on 7/22/2013 3:31:00 PM


While I know Baseball Heaven is in St Louis, it doesn't mean I can't appreciate the fine points of other stadiums and the somewhat entertaining competition between two lesser known teams. Thanks to the wonderful support of the ADPAC, we were treated to a fabulous picnic dinner and baseball game at Coors Field between the Rockies and the Cubbies (which no doubt thrilled the ADA folks from Chicago [especially since they won!). The stadium offers wonderful views of both the Denver skyline and God's skyline, the Rocky Mountains.
It was fun to have a large group outing with lots of time to mingle and relax. Some talked business, others talked baseball, still others talked with old dental school friends. I tried to let the Coors Light do the talking! It was a great night. Thank you ADPAC.
By the way, did you know Missouri's own, Dr Charles McGinty is the new chair-elect of the ADPAC? Kudos to him. He was in his element and would make you proud with his commitment and professionalism. These ADPAC guys work tirelessly to track and influence the issues while supporting the good guys. You can join for just $50. It's money well invested.


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Jul

22

Socializing in Denver

Posted by Paul on 7/22/2013 3:14:00 PM


You can't have a New Dentist Conference in a place like Denver and not have some spectacular social outings. The first night featured both a swanky poolside reception and a dinner with the fine folks from District 6. Here's a little shout out to Dr Rachel Dasher Hymes (RDH, really?). She's a South Carolina girl working in Tennessee and she showed us all some southern hospitality by arranging a great dinner out. I'll try to play socialite and identify the folks in the photos.
The first table shot is Dr Jeremy Bowen sitting across from his wife, Christine.On Dr Bowen's left is Dr Hymes.The rest of the crew are reps from WV, KY, and VA.
The second and third shots are from the pool reception.
The fourth photo is my wolfpack for the week under the stars on Larimer Street: Dr Dustin Burleson, Dr Mac Darnall, Dr Jeremy Bowen, and Dr Jon Copeland. What generous and funny guys.
The final shot is our dinner table with from L-R. Drs Darnall, Copeland, Burleson, Hein and wife Tara, and Charles McGinty.


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Jul

22

Mile High Doings

Posted by Paul on 7/22/2013 2:42:00 PM


Last week I attended the ADA New Dentist Conference in the Mile High City of Denver. I was there to scope out the scene since Missouri will be the proud host of the ADA NDC next July 17-19, 2014 in our own wonderful gem of a city, Kansas City. Make plans to join me now!
What a spectacular conference! I get so energized by seeing these dynamic young dental professionals. Here comes the next wave and it's impressive. They are bright, passionate about their profession, and a good bit fun. And the conference was set up to capture these qualities. The whole first day was dedicated to leadership both in motivation and skill development as well as in face to face interaction with the current ADA brain trust. I was so impressed to see the whole ADA board in attendance and available.
One of my favorite sessions featured a mixed crew at a table. Each table had a New Dentist Committee rep and an ADA Board rep as the host. Four very relevant topics were discussed: workforce, advocacy, corporate dentistry, and business/debt management. With every change of topic, a new set of leaders would rotate to the table keeping the variety fresh and engaging. It's good to eyeball current and future leaders and here their stories. This was followed up by a pretty straightforward Q&A with all the ADA trustees. I really sensed the value and time commitment shown to the NDs.
Suffice it to say that while the recent Connect4Success was a great ND event for Missouri members, there are economies of scale and diversity that make the national conference quite meaningful. You'll hear me speak persuasively about this for the next year so just go ahead and block out the dates and let's show the country what makes Missouri a great home to dentistry.
The rest of the week had lots of networking and strong clinical CE plus plenty of social time. I'll blog about some of those in my next posts. But don;t just take my word for it, probe these ND attendees from Missouri for a more professional assessment of the conference: Dr. Dustin Burelson, Dr. Mac Darnall, Dr Jeremy Bowen, Dr John Copeland, and Dr Nick Hein.


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Jul

17

The Mice Are Back!!

Posted by Paul on 7/17/2013 9:02:00 AM


If you were among the blessed chosen who were able to attend the inaugural Mouse Race event at Mid-Continent Dental Congress (MCDC) in St Louis last year, this news will thrill your heart. If you were on the outside looking in, this opportunity will make your day!
Yes, the 2nd annual Mouse Races are being planned as we speak. That's my co-lead, Shannon Woodcock from Delta Dental Health Theater (DDHT), in the photo above at our in depth planning session yesterday. We have many ideas to enhance this crazy and unique night both for your enjoyment and for the greater benefit of the three charities involved: DDHT, MDA Foundation, Well Being Foundation.
If you are in St Louis or planning to attend MCDC in November, make plans to join us at the races. It's an open night for dentists, staff. families, vendors, and anyone who loves mice and charity. We have many more sponsorship opportunities plus all the same casino games, entertainment, food, auction items, and silliness from last year. Be watching www.modental.org/mouseraces in August for a chance to buy tickets or brand your company name on one of our race items. You might name the winning mouse that takes the grand prize! Just like SLU STAR did last year (named and trained by Center for Advanced Dental Education).


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Jul

10

MOMOM: Stuff Galore!

Posted by Paul on 7/10/2013 10:26:00 AM


Do you ever wonder what happens to all the "stuff" after you finish your shift at MOMOM and walk away in bliss? Let me tell you.
The host team has a crew ready to disassemble and pack up all the major equipment that belongs to America's Dentists Care Foundation. They take it back to Wichita to be cleaned and prepped while another freshly loaded truck heads off to the next MOM event in another state.
But that is not all the stuff. There are still plenty of valuable, donated dental supplies left over. There are still plenty of auxiliary items like paper towels and signs and wastebaskets. It's all important stuff that can be reused at the next MOMOM. This is key to keeping our costs down and to being good stewards of the generous gifts from others.
Yesterday, Denise Lehman and I drove to Cape Girardeau to wrap up some loose ends with MOMOM. We rented a Uhaul and loaded all the inventoried supplies and brought it back to the MDA office for storage until the next MOMOM in St Louis in May 2014. As you can see from the photo, it shifted some in transport but no harm was done.
Today, Stacey Kloeppel and I unloaded the truck and organized the files and the containers and the boxes and on and on. It was a sweaty chore but an important one. With a good inventory of what we have and what we used, we can better solicit donations and spend wisely from event to event.
I can't wait until we get to reload it and drive it to St Louis! It will be here before you know it!


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Jul

01

C4S: What's Next?

Posted by Paul on 7/1/2013 4:25:00 PM


Do you wish you had cometo C4S? I hope so but that's why this is just the inaugural event. The NDC and the MDA plan to build on thismomentum and help in any way possible so our new dentists members feel connected and find success as they build their careers and rise to serve in various leadership roles. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Next summer we can all convene at the ADA NDC which we are hosting in Kansas City. Take advantage of the low travel costs and join NDs from all over as you partake in a full offering of great resources. Mark your calendar forJuly 17-19, 2014.
2. Discussions are under way for a reception or gathering of NDs at the MDA's Winter Session in Columbia next January 17-18, 2014. Save the date and watch for developments.
3. Reach out to me at paul@modental.org for names or contacts in your area so you can get connected for success.
Thanks to the hard working and fun NDC members who helped shape this first time event. Also thanks to Mandy Lewis in the MDA office who led our staff in this effort. Well done everyone!


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Jul

01

C4S: The Social Aspect

Posted by Paul on 7/1/2013 4:02:00 PM


We chose the title, Connect4Success, intentionally because we wanted to emphasize the need to meet and know your colleagues. This fosters better organizational leadership, deeper professional relationships, and some much needed relaxation. To that end, we made sure the C4S event had several chances to network. Besides the opening luncheon and breaks, the big event was the rooftop Rum Extravaganza Reception late Friday afternoon. I think it was the highlight for most people. Judging by the slowly rolling in crowd at breakfast the next day on the same rooftop, the entire night was quite fun!
I'll spare you the breakfast photos and concentrate on the reception. Here's a social guide to help you identify photos. I hope I get names right!
1. Dr David Urbanek (GSLDS)shakes hands with Dr Courtney Beussink (SEDS).
2. Drs Nick Matthews and Jeremy Bowen (both GSDS) share a beer.
3. Dr Sarah Mahaffey (ND state committee chair/GSDS) visits with Dr Crystal Strickler (CDS).
4. Minnesota Dental student and future St Louis resident Melanie Cyra visits with MDA executive director, Vicki Wilbers.
5. Dr Conrad Journee (GKCDS) soaks up the lake view with Dr Fallon Stiens (NWDS)and her husband.
6. Springfield was well represented with Drs. Nick Matthews, NickHein, Josh Montgomery, Darren Mahaffey, Sarah Mahaffey, David Altman, Nathan Bauer, Jody Vance, and Dan Kessler.
7. The golf crew talked a lot of smack but scorecards and drink consumption will not be revealed! Survivors include Dr Darren Mahaffey (GSDS), Dr Brian Sutton (GKCDS), me, Dr Jon Copeland (organizer/GSLDS), Dr Patrick Jordan (NWDS) and Dr Peter Mohn (KS)


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Jul

01

C4S: Sponsors and Presenters

Posted by moda on 7/1/2013 3:36:00 PM


Critical to the success of a new event is the support of sponsors and good content. We wanted to keep the intimate feel of a smaller crowd so we asked two sponsors to carry the load along with some vital grant help from the ADA. Stepping up to help us were MDIS and Edmonds Dental Prosthetics Inc. Both took an active role in meeting and assisting all the attendees.
The first photo is Paul Phillips from Edmonds. They not only exhibited but Paul was a presenter on the topic of Lab Communication: Achieving Excellent Results. Another long time partner is MDIS who not only sponsored but scheduled their board meeting around the conference so they could hear Dr Gallery and meet all the attendees. Above, Greg Russell, executive vice president of MDIS, speaks at the opening luncheon.
Rounding out our excellent field of presenters were Dr Craig Hollander and two gentlemen from the McGill and Hill Group located in North Carolina. Dr Hollander's topic was Dentistry for Children: Getting and Early Start. The final topics of Financial Independence for New Doctors and Investing 101 for New Doctors were deftly handled by Jeffrey Harrell and Brett Miller. Their topics seem to resonate from the head to the wallet of everyone in attendance.
A special thanks to sponsors and presenters for their active engagement in making C4S a winner.


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Jul

01

C4S: Succesful Launch!

Posted by Paul on 7/1/2013 3:17:00 PM


This past weekend, the MDA held the first ever Connect4Success Leadership Academy and New Dentist Conference. If I may be immodest, it was a smashing success. Early feedback tells us attendees enjoyed the casual setting (mild temps at the Lake -exceptional!); made contact with old friends, MDA leadership, and new colleagues; andvalued the CE content. Here's the first of a few recaps.
The Friday morning session led by Dr Michael Gallery was a lively discussion of the unique leadership structure within organized dentistry and what it requires for success. This helped the full house align their thinking as they represented many roles from component staff to young leaders to seasoned Board members to brand new attendees. Dr Gallery went on to identify key traits of a leader and how those applied in the office setting. The Q&A was hopping all over as younger doctors presented real time issues they were learning to deal with in new or recently inherited practices. While Dr Gallery gave principled answers that could apply universally, a few of the older doctors answered from the benefit of their experience. The mix of all voices was beneficial and the first step toward connecting for success.
Photo: New Dentists: Drs Mark Mangels, Maz Moshiri, Danielle Riordan, and Jamie Paul


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