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ARCHIVES: October 2012

Oct

27

Day at the Game SEC style!

Posted by Paul on 10/27/2012 10:25:00 AM


It's hard to improve on the recipe for the MDA's Day at the Game event. Takea homecoming football weekend, add sunshine, sprinkle in copious amounts of food and alcohol, give away cool t-shirts, invite dentists, wear your school colors and bring home a victory! Works every time.
It was a successful DAG event inside our warm tent by Mizzou Arena as about 140 people took part in either the tailgate party or the game or both. The early kickoff did not deter attendance or dampen spirits as MDA members and their families and guests enjoyed some good BBQ and each other. We carried the good vibe on the field (literally as seats were in the north end zone) and the Tigers went on to win their first ever SEC game.
I have to give props to Dr. Jennifer Wheeler, a Kentucky fan, for sporting her colors and bringing a fun crew from her neighborhood. It wasokay to see some blue in the tent as long as it wasn't Jayhawk blue :). I hope even the Wildcat fans enjoyed their Day at the Game experience. That's Dr. Wheeler, second on the right, next to her husband, in the first photo.
I tip my hat to Mandy Lewis at the MDA for organizing a great event. Cassie Tangney did a superb job with the t-shirts and Learfield Sports did an excellent job as our tent, food, and ticket host. A special shout out to our sponsors MDIS and The Endeavor Group. We couldn't do it without them and it was fun to have them there mixing it up with the lively crowd.
Don't miss out. Be sure to join usnext year atMDA's Day at the Game. M - I - Z....


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Oct

26

GKAS Super Clinic

Posted by Paul on 10/26/2012 9:47:00 AM


Wow, what a day! I had my first taste ofa Give Kids A Smile clinic in St Louis. This is a great example of a local vision to help children coming to fruition but it's so much more than that. Now starting it's 11th year, GKAS is a model replicated around the country. Dr. Jeffrey Dalin works at the ADA level to help shape the GKAS strategy. He's stirring up all sorts of partnerships and funding streams that will help spread the word, educate children about oral health, and provide needed treatment to kids. I had the privilege of volunteering in Triage with Dr. Dalin and his enthusiasm and passion for GKAS is contagious!
One of the partnerships that makes sense is the GKAS Institute and Ambassador program. Using scholarship money provided by the ADA, several ambassadors came to St Louis for a first hand look at the national model for GKAS. They met with the board and staff and had a chance to learn the ins and outs of a successfully coordinated clinic.
I can testify to the smooth success of the clinic. It's just not a logistical victory, it's a wonderland for children. From the moment the kids get off the bus, the atmosphere is festive. From registration to the after party, kids were entertained and captivated by sights and sounds. There was a great volunteerarmy in purple shirts and a wave of volunteer dentists in orange shirts. I was glad to be a part of it and share in the joy of serving children.
If you are in St Louis, I know you've been recruited but I will recruit you again. They have clinics twice a year so certainly you can attend one. If you are outside St Louis and have interest in how the clinic might work in your area, I'd encourage you to contact Joan Allen, executive director or Dr. Thomas Flavin, board president.
As for the photos, that's Dr. Dalin with the Tooth Fairy and a patient. Then you can see the full line at patient sign in. Then there's a shot of "my team". These were all area hygiene students who escorted kids from Triage to treatment. These lovely young ladies were quick learners and brought a lot of energy and personality to the kids making the day even more fun. I was impressed with the great volume of hygiene students and general volunteers at the event. Kudos to all involvedingivingso many kids a smile!


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Oct

25

The 5 Minute Interview!

Posted by Paul on 10/25/2012 9:26:00 AM


I stayed in Kansas City after Food for Thought because that evening there was an experimental event hosted by the GKCDS. It was an effort to bring together 4th year students who are looking for opportunities in Missouri to be an associate or buy into a practice with MDA dentists who are beginning to plan their transition away from practice ownership. Talk about your practical, felt need subject matter!
In order to protect the privacy of those involved, I did not take any pictures but I will try to summarize the event. Dr. Kelly Suchman, president of GKCDS and Sam Sivley, executive director for GKCDS, dida great job of organizing the event so it would flow well. Opening remarks were made by the event sponsors, Dr. Frank Gardner of Practice Transition Consulting, LLC and Dr. Steve Wolff of EMA DentalPractice Sales. Then we arranged for the 5 participating dentists to sit at the their own table. The 7 students would rotate through for 5 minute face to face interviews with each dentist. (I worked the timer which tapped all my faculties!).
The set up was great because each doctor could meet and compare a variety of young students to see how they might fit in their setting. Meanwhile the students are learning to ask good questions and canlearn about opportunities they can actually consider. When they weren't face to face with a doctor, the students could learn a little more about the services of Drs. Gardner and Wolff. And while 5 minutes may seem short, it was great for keeping the pace alive and respecting everyone's time.
It was first ever event of this kind for GKCDS but feedback from all parties was positive and insights were learned for improving future events. I tip my hand to the GKCDS. There's a unique responsibility being in the backyard of the state's largest dental school. They do a great job engaging our future members. I look forward to joining them next week for a Progressing into the Future event that allows students to see three different sizes/types of practices and ask direct questions with the host doctors. I'm sure to blog about that!


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Oct

25

Dr. Burleson provides the thought; MDA provides the food

Posted by Paul on 10/25/2012 9:08:00 AM


Several of my favorite things came together today at UMKC - dental students, Dr. Burleson, and BBQ!
It was my first Food For Thought lunch n learn of this school year. It'spresented by MDA and MDIS and it's a great way for these ravenous dental students to not only feed their gut with a quick break in the day but also to feed their soul with some first rate content from a variety of speakers.
Today's speaker was Dr. Dustin Burleson. He really mixes it up with the students as he gives practical and thought provoking insights into the world after dental school. Plus he rewards correct answers with Starbucks gifts cards. Dr. Burleson's topic today was about developing an inspiring workplace. He encouraged students to not just hire and employ staff with routine duties but instead give them something to master, give them autonomy, give them something beyond rules or bonuses, and give them responsibility and purpose. It was well received as eager ears pondered their fast approaching new work places. Way to go, Dr. Burleson. You do the MDA proud!
You might notice in the photos above that there was a big crowd! We had 50 newstudents sign up for MDA student membership. It's a real deal at $10 for 6 meals. You might also notice that the food is delicious and you better be on time! It's never too late to join and Dr. Burleson has offered a $1,000 scholarship to one lucky first year if we get 100% enrollment from the first year class. To find out more, email Mandy at mandy@modental.org.


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Oct

22

Farewell Aaron!

Posted by Paul on 10/22/2012 11:23:00 AM


Fittingly it was a bright and sunny day when the MDA staff had their farewell luncheon for Aaron Washburn, Assistant Executive Director for the MDA. For more than 5 years Aaron has served the MDA membership with a sunny disposition and a strong work ethic. His work at the Capitol and at the office has been stellar on many fronts.
Personally, in my first year here, Aaron helped me adjust to the big picture items of MDA and I always trusted his opinion. The rest of the staff have worked with him even longer and sing his praises as well. We made sure to toast him with some funny gifts but his presence will be missed.
We wish Aaron and his family all the best as he relocates to Austin, TX and takes on the challenge of being the Executive Director for the Texas Dental Association.


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Oct

19

Disaster Readiness

Posted by Paul on 10/19/2012 11:04:00 AM


"It's not a question of if, it's a question of when." That was the main mantra of Dr. Glenn Farrar during his seminar on "Disaster Planning for Your Practice" which he gave today as an offering for membersofthe Greater Springfield Dental Society. I wanted to make sure I heard what he had to say after watching our Joplin crew walk through this past year. Worldwide the number of natural disasters each year has tripled since 1980. You don't have to live in tornado alley or a flood zone to be at risk. Age old risks like fire and lightening are now joined by hazardous materials, terrorism, and cyber space as threats to your office.
Dr. Farrar's credentials and experience are deep. His message was simple. Have a plan and test it annually. There are all varieties of different plans you need from emergency evacuation to continuity of operation. Many templates can be found on the internet but he has developed dental practice specific plans (His wife is a dentist).
I'm glad I made time to join a good crowd in Springfield. The message is sobering and the work is difficult but the peace of mind from readiness is hard to overlook. I hope this stirs your own thinking about the practice you worked so hard to develop and maintain.


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Oct

08

NEDS Officer Installation

Posted by Paul on 10/8/2012 12:06:00 PM


I was on hand in Kirksville last Friday for the installation of officers for the Northeast Dental Society. MDA President, Dr. Elwood Rice did the honors. In the phototop left you will see Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Michael Berry ofMoberly; President,Dr. Ed Norman ofLancaster and President-Elect, Dr. Matt Theriac of Macon. Congratsto these men and thank you for your local leadership. Additionally, Dr. Rice honored outgoing president Dr. Joel Pratt with a plaquecommemorating his tenure.
During thebusiness meeting Dr. Ricegave the members a wide reaching update on current issues facing the MDA. I spoke briefly on the activities of the MDA Foundation and made an appeal for MOMOM volunteers. I also mentioned the upcoming Mouse Race fundraiser to be held at Mid-Continent Dental Congress. I spoke of the need for sponsorships and auction items and I'm delighted to report that NEDS stepped right up and made a $250 contribution. With that they earned the naming rights for the Mouse Race Track. All races will be run on "Northeast Downs". Thank you for that generous act!
MDA Trustee, Dr. Tisha Kice Briggs, made special note to congratulate Dr. Harlo Donelson on fifty years in dentistry. That's quite a feat! And the membersdecided that the NEDS would host a Welcome Students Reception when the first A.T. Still class is formalized. This is a great way to step right into building a favorable relationship with the new school. I will help them with details as time draws near. It just goes to show you that although small, the NEDS is active in key roles within organized dentistry. In fact, the MDA President-Elect, Dr. Lynne Barbour, fromKahoka will be the first ever female president of the MDA. Kudos on all the fine news coming from the NEDS.


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Oct

08

AT Still Update

Posted by Paul on 10/8/2012 11:24:00 AM


It was my pleasure to join MDA President Dr. Elwood Rice for the installation of officers at the Northeast Dental Society meeting in Kirksville on Friday, October 5th. The meeting had a few highlights. Before lunch was served, we had the privilege to hear Dr. Chris Halliday, Dean of the new dental school being built at A.T. Still University there in Kirksville. Construction is coming along as you can tell by my photo.
Dr. Halliday said the simulation lab was the prize jewel of the newsite and would initially handle 40 students with a maximum capacity of 65. Students will spend the first 2 years in Kirksville before spending their 3rd year in community health clinics in the St Louis region. During 4th year as many as half of the students will leave St Louis for further instruction at FQHC's across the state. The education model isfeaturing modules that focus on immersion in a particular area for about a 2 week period. They envision the staff to be about 4 full timers and another 5-8 adjunct professors. They hope to find opportunities for the medical (osteopathic) students to interact with the dental students on campus. They have not had their first accreditation visit and there are still many hoops to jump through as the curriculum and structure get put in place.
Dr. Halliday fielded several questions from those in attendance and invited them to two future opportunities to learn more about the new dental school. The school will host events on October 10th and October 16th from 6:00-7:30. The NEDS and Dr. Rice wish to thank Dr. Halliday for his time and his eagerness to share with the MDA how things were progressing.


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