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ARCHIVES: October 2013

Oct

18

ATSU MOSDOH Student Reception

Posted by Paul on 10/18/2013 10:40:00 AM


A new dental school. A new crop of future dentists. A new group to welcome and encourage and support. The first step in this process was a reception hosted by the NEDS. Kudos to President Dr Ed Norman and trustee, Dr Tisha Kice Briggs, for spearheading this successful outreach. They had a good turnout of members and an exceptional turnout of students. I guess "free food and beverage" is a universal appeal for students. Thanks to 3M and Patterson for their support as well.
The reception was informal with just a few words about the MDA from yours truly. Our main goal was to welcome everyone and get to know them some. The first class is 42 students from 19 states and even one from Mexico. Diversity is evident but even more evident was energy. Every student I met was sharp and engaging. With so many new transitions (school, living, etc). they have rallied around each other and bonded closely. In fact, they gave me grief when I gave away a gift card to whoever could name the state bird of Missouri. I rejected the correct answer of Bluebird before being roundly booed by everyone. Hey, I'm not from Missouri and I have Cardinal playoff fever so excuse me!
There's much to unfold with†a new addition of a dental school in the state but it was great to see it up close and to meet the students and encourage and support †their passion for the profession.


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Oct

18

ATSU MOSDOH insider look - part 2

Posted by Paul on 10/18/2013 10:25:00 AM


Each work station featured a roll out simulated patient. I thought it looked too much like Hannibal Lecter! One feature that Dean Halliday spoke of repeatedly was collaboration. The classrooms are designed to facilitate communication between students while never having to adjust your seat to see a monitor. They have study rooms throughout the building equipped with gigantic white boards, computer hook ups and monitors so students can work together on projects and homework. Even the vending area is arranged like a bar for easy social interaction.
It's only been 3 weeks of class and the grand inauguration ceremonies are not until next week but the first class of dental students†is off and running. I can't thank Dr. Halliday enough for his generous spirit to show us around and to welcome MDA's involvement with the school.


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Oct

18

ATSU MOSDOH insider look - part 1

Posted by Paul on 10/18/2013 10:00:00 AM


Yesterday was Kirksville Day. Vicki, Patrick, and I represented the MDA at two functions. We were part of a meeting discussing ways to promote rural practice dentistry. And we attended a new student reception hosted by the Northeast Dental Society. In between the two, Dr Chris Halliday, Dean of the ATSU Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, gave us a spin around the new building. It was impressive!
Above you see Dr Halliday showing us the main classroom which is tricked out with the latest technology so the students can interface with each other and view a variety of media presentations including live web streams. Every student has an iPad and all text books and lectures are available electronically. No more heavy backpacks!
The SIM lab is an impressive, well lit, array of individual stations. The professor can choose to project specific information or viewpoints to each individual screen. Not being a dentist, I can't tell you much more but it certainly looked cool!
Dr Allison Crutchfield recently moved from AZ to serve as director of the SIM lab.Here she is featured in the sparkling new lab room.
Beyond the sim lab are some hygiene instruction chairs with their own sterilization area.


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Oct

16

Fighting for Fluoride

Posted by Paul on 10/16/2013 9:42:00 AM


Those in dentistry certainly understand the contribution of fluoridation to the citizens' oral health status. It is disconcerting to see many municipalities remove fluoride from their water systems based primarily on economic reasons. Such is the case in O'Fallon, Missouri as reported in an article on KMOV's web site.
You can read the article here. †What I want to focus on is the advocacy of MDA member dentist, Dr James Burchett. He understands the stakes and took the time to present the case for fluoridation to the City Council. There is no stronger statement than for a local citizen with expertise and concern to speak up. I salute Dr Burchett regardless of the ultimate outcome.
This is one of the most tangible ways a member can serve their community. Be informed and watchful (municipalities don't always advertise their intentions and budget moves) and then respectfully speak up from your platform of expertise. Your influence can save the city far more health related dollars than will ever be saved by eliminating fluoride.
The MDA offers a wide variety of fluoridation resources under the FAQ section of the members only portion of our web site at www.modental.org.


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Oct

14

Success is at hand!

Posted by Paul on 10/14/2013 3:09:00 PM


Link to CPS site
 
There's no doubt that when you chose dentistry as a profession that you envisioned being successful. Reality is occasionally different. What is the weight loss ads say...results may vary? There are all sorts of factors influencing your outcome. Dental school is no easy, short, or inexpensive investment to begin with.  The economy is always changing. The equipment and techniques are always progressing. How do you develop and maintain expertise? And then there's real life elements that alter your quest for success. Things like competition, drive, raising a family, handling stress, etc. Well, I have good news for your battle to succeed.
 
In the Center for Professional Success,  I think the ADA has launched one of it's most beneficial resources ever. It is designed to help you manage your practice, expand your knowledge, and balance your life. The content is always being updated and archived so it can only grow in its influence and impact. I understand the ADA will feature a full roll out at the Annual Session in New Orleans later this month. But if you're not going you can still learn a lot by snooping around the site and interacting with the resources. 
 
I saw a presentation on this at the Management Conference in July. It struck me as the perfect confluence of technology, content, and need. New Dentists just starting a career will certainly find this site helpful but new content on current issues like the Affordable Care Act will make it valuable to every member. I encourage you to give it a spin. Here's to your success!


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Oct

14

Congrats to Retiring Dr Simmons

Posted by Paul on 10/14/2013 2:58:00 PM


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Here at the MDA, we don't always immediately know when members make certain transitions like opening a new practice or retiring from a great career. Thankfully, our news alert catches some good articles for us like this†one†in yesterday's Dexter Daily Statesman about Dr. John David Simmons. He's retiring after thirty-five years. †As a new grandfather, a musician, and a golfer, Dr Simmons has plenty of options for an active and happy retirement. All of us at the MDA office and your fellow member dentists wish you the best!
Congratulations on a wonderful career and best of luck on the golf course.


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Oct

02

Focus - A great recruiting tool!

Posted by Paul on 10/2/2013 11:34:00 AM


Membership in the MDA or any group is a ďbelonging transactionĒ as much as it is a matter of benefits and value. Itís human nature to want to congregate with others who share vocations, hobbies or affinities. Thatís why no one tailgates alone. You are wired to share your passion for something with others. Thatís true of the MDA as well.

When we study membership trends and influences, we pay attention to the importance of providing excellent benefits and delivering superior customer serviceóbut one trend stands above the others when asked why people join or donít join. Itís simply because someone asked them to. Itís a relational transaction. You all know a colleague in your area who is not a member. Have you ever simply asked them to consider joining? It feels good to be asked and included. Itís comforting for a new member to have a familiar face to ask questions to or speak with at events.

This month the MDA accomplished a goal from the recruitment area of our strategic plan by sending out a special ďnon-memberĒ issue of the Focus. It was a special wrap-around cover with unique information and an application. The extra issues were budgeted specifically to stir the membership discussion. It looks great and makes a great case for membership but, like dentistry, the instrument† is only as good as the hands holding it. This is a perfect opportunity to brush up on your recruiting skills. Grab your own copy of the new Focus and visit a non-memberís office. Tell them you heard they received a unique copy of MDAís award winning publication. Tell them what you like about the Focus and other benefits that you value. Maybe invite them to the upcoming Day at the Game or Winter Session. Engage them on issues in the profession and then tell them they are wanted and needed as members. Your testimony and passion is hard to refute. If nothing else, you will realize anew what membership means to you.

Enjoy the Focus! As usual it has helpful news and features that enhance your success in and your connection to the profession. But go one step further and use the Focus to help you recruit that colleague near you. Good luck!


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Oct

01

Food for Thought Relaunch

Posted by Paul on 10/1/2013 2:49:00 PM


Yes, that's me in a jester hat with jingle bells on it. But let me explain. It was all for the MDA!
Today, we launched this year's edition of our Food for Thought program at UMKC. It's a series of 6 lunch events at the dental school featuring speakers and content of value to students. It's our way of meeting and establishing relationships with our future members and it's one of my favorite things to do.
For the students, it's a real bargain. Your $10 MDA student membership entitles you to 6 great lunches plus exposure to leaders in the profession. And we give away money at every event building right up to National Signing Day in April when the prizes and giveaways get really big.
At the end of last year, we polled student leaders asking how to make FFT better. The result was that we need to make it quick, high energy, with good stuff to hear and prizes to win. We have done just that. Every speaker this year will be a New Dentist sharing about their experiences "on the other side" of graduation. There are no Powerpoints or lectures. Just real life interaction between member and student member.
Today we kicked it off with a class competition to see how much the students knew about the MDA. I'll be polite and just say we have some education still left to do! But Sierra, Cyrus, Seth, and Brett were good sports to compete and everyone learned something.† Plus Brett won candy for his entire 4th year class since he clearly dominated the competition.
It was a great start. I;ll post photos and updates after all the other FFT's. Our next one is 10/22 featuring Dr Cyndi Ulrich.


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