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Apr

15

National Signing Day

Posted by moda on 4/15/2015 9:39:00 AM


Every winter and spring local high school athletes declare their futures at signing day ceremonies. Many of them are flanked by parents or coaches who have shaped them to this point, They smile big as they don the hat or jersey declaring their college team of choice. It's a day of optimism and it signals achievement.
The Power of 3 National Signing Day is not that different. The ADA, MDA, and local component are eager to welcome these impressive fourth year students who are about to graduate and choose their dental team as they launch their careers. They are surrounded by professors and others who have guided and cheered them to this point. You can sense the pride of accomplishment and the optimism for the future.
Yesterday afternoon at Teocali (just up the street from UMKC) we hosted a National Signing Day reception for fourth year students. 45 almost grads brought us their application that will help transfer them from student membership to professional membership. They were treated to apps and beverages and a chance to relax together and win prizes. Several faculty joined us as well as MDA members and leadership including President-Elect Dr. Jody Vance. This important pass the baton moment was sponsored by grant funds from the ADA's Membership for Growth Program.
Be on the lookout for these eager new faces and welcome and involve them with MDA membership wherever they land. They represent a bright future for the profession. Congratulations!


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Apr

14

The Final UMKC Food for Thought

Posted by Paul on 4/14/2015 9:18:00 AM


It's no secret that membership starts at the dental student level. As the next wave of dentists make their way year by year and scrub by scrub through the dental school maze, we want them to know that MDA is for them and behind them and cheering them on to success. We can resource them, advocate for them, connect them, benefit them, and grow them through a wide range of membership offerings.
One of the key ways we connect and begin to plant that seed is at Food for Thought (FFT)where we deliver free lunch and genuine dentist speakers. It's always chaotic to try to register, feed, and speak to 100+ students in less than an hour. We have to set up and clean up the room between classes and students are always concerned with tests and patients. UMKC is good to help us make it work and the students are engaging and positive but it's still a frenzy. But we invest now so that students know and trust MDA as a valuable resource in the future.
Today was our last FFT of the year. Drs. David and Emily Mattingly gave of their time to give some insightful information on how insurance and the ACA impacts a working practice. Big thanks to them!
And of course thanks to Stacey Kloeppel, Jeri Wildhaber, our fabulous sponsor MDIS, the UMKC staff, our various speakers, the caterers and anyone I'm overlooking who made FFT a success this school year. Below are some photos from the day.


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Apr

09

Wellness at MOSDOH

Posted by Paul on 4/9/2015 9:03:00 AM


Today we took the Wellness message to the first and second year dental students at ATSU MOSODOH. Almost all of the 84 enrolled students enjoyed the taco bar lunch and then settled in to hear about the Missouri Well Being Foundation and our new emphasis on wellness. Rebecca Mowen explained our current structure and our history with the Well Being Program. Tom shared about his personal experience and warned the students that no one ever plans for things to get out of control. There were some good questions and some practical experience as Rebecca taught everyone the "4-7--8 hands" breathing technique. Lastly we drove home the point that we care for our professionals and their teams and we wish to offer as many resources as possible to help them have a productive, safe, and enjoyable career in dentistry. I also wish to thank Bradford Health and Recovery 360 for sponsoring this event and MOSODH for making wellness a priority with their students.
Rebecca will speak to the 4th year students at UMKC on May 1. We are steadily spreading the word and building a wellness base. If you have questions or interest, reach out to Rebecca at wellbeing@modental.org.


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Mar

26

Every Dentist in the State?

Posted by Paul on 3/26/2015 3:51:00 PM


What's that big pile of letters? It represents hope! I believe that the Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) dental clinic is the best and most unique charitable opportunity in the state. Conducted by the MDA Foundation, MOMOM offers a chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself. It allows you to do dentistry beside old friends who you never get to see in a clinical setting. It allows you to meet fascinating colleagues from around the state. And most importantly, it allows you to use your skill to address the pressing oral health needs of some of the most needy people in our communities. It all happens on a grand scale and leaves you tuckered out and thankful.
So back to the letters. This year we had 8 dentists from the host area who decided to invite every dentist (MDA member, non-member, retired, or otherwise) to join them for at least one 5 hour shift at MOMOM. The personal invitation includes a comment card from a patient at a previous MOMOM. These cards often bring volunteers to tears. It's so gratifying to help those in need.

This year, MOMOM is in Columbia at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on the MU campus. The dates are July 31 and August 1, 2015. It's the most central location in the state for volunteers to reach. Our hardcore veteran volunteers will travel any distance for a MOMOM but an easier drive might help out those who are checking it out for the first time.
Did you know more than 2700 unique volunteers have served at least one shift at one of the first three MOMOMs? Of those, we've had about 360 unique Missouri based dentists serve at least one shift. That's just about 11% of the total number of dentists in the state. We figured a personal invitation from a colleague might help spread the word and provide the final nudge to get new volunteers. Give it a try, you'll be surprised how enjoyable it is.
Sure, you have questions like what if I'm retired or a specialist? What if I don't carry a personal malpractice policy? What kind of services do we provide? And hopefully you are asking, how do I register? All these questions and much more are addressed at www.momom.org.
I hope every doctor opens their letter and considers the opportunity and gives MOMOM a shot. We need a strong base of volunteers to continue this valuable charitable outreach. Feel free to reach out to me with questions at paul@modentalmail.org.


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Mar

17

UMKC Food for Thought

Posted by Paul on 3/17/2015 8:24:00 AM


Top of the morning to you lads and lassies! We celebrated St Patrick's Day with a Food for Thought Program at UMKC. About 75 students turned out for the pasta bar lunch and the message from Dr. Greg Kivett (UMKC '05) and Meagan, his wife and office manager. Plus the students always love a chance to win a little green! Dr. Kivett spoke very briefly about his approach to dentistry and then took questions for almost 20 minutes. He spoke frankly and with enthusiasm for his profession. He mentioned how beneficial MDIS had been to him and how that made MDA membership valuable to him. The students loved his blunt honesty about his wins and losses and found it refreshing and inspirational. One student told me it's been a long time since he felt this fired up about being a dentist. Thank you, Jerri Wildhaber and MDIS for sponsoring FFT. Thank you Dr. Kivett and Meagan for traveling 2.5 hours to share your passion with students. We had another successful event. Now, raise your glasses and pinch someone who is not wearing green.


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Mar

16

She's Having a Baby

Posted by Paul on 3/16/2015 3:58:00 PM


Today the office team surprised Melissa Albertson with a "baby sprinkle". I think that's cute code for a quick baby shower. There were oohs and ahs as Melissa was delightfully surprised and thoroughly enjoyed all the gifts for baby #3. As for me, I enjoyed the cake!
Melissa is on bed rest because she is always early with her babies but she is still working away for the MDA. It was good to see her and husband and father to be, Bart, in the office. Did I mention the cake?


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Mar

13

MOMOM Heating Up

Posted by Paul on 3/13/2015 3:51:00 PM


What do you do when MOMOM is less than 150 days away? Stay Calm and MOM on!
Today the state clinical team under the direction of Dr Darren Mahaffey met to work on protocols, solidify communication issues, and start to formulate the clinic layout. This was followed by a site visit to the mammoth 60,000 sq ft Hearnes Fieldhouse. All was good and the team is ready to help lead all the other provider volunteers who are essential to our success.
Make your plans to join us. Registration opens April 1!
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Mar

13

Central Dental Society Annual Meeting

Posted by Paul on 3/13/2015 3:39:00 PM


Today was the annual meeting for the Central Dental Society. After a morning of OSHA CE, the business meeting was conducted over lunch and covered a wide range of topics and included presentations from Dr Joseph Sokolowski, MDA President; Mr Greg Russell, MDIS President; Dr Lori Henderson, MOMOM Chair; and yours truly. An outreach was planned for New Dentists and officers were elected - including a New Dentist, Dr David Dear as Vice President. He will join incoming President Dr Rodger Janes and Treasurer, Dr Bryan Foote. This type of passing the torch is essential for our future. (See the previous post). Kudos to outgoing President, Dr Fred Christman and Executive Director, Stacey Kloeppel for their leadership.


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Mar

13

Let's Play the Feud

Posted by Paul on 3/13/2015 1:00:00 PM


A Not Ready for Broadway Play
Scene: A hip,cool brewery on a pleasant Thursday evening.
A Voice off stage: "MDA Members were surveyed about what is essential to the future of their association and the top answer is on the board"
After thinking a nanosecond,
we all chime in response "Survey says - New Dentists!" The crowd goes wild with delight as that is the # 1 answer.
This silliness is meant to set the stage for recapping a great event I went to yesterday. It was a New Dentist Social/CE Night based on the Family Feud game show. It was sponsored by BWTP and grant money from the ADA. And it was a big success! More than 40 NDs came out for good food and drink, some playful but informative CE provided by BWTP, some great door prizes and of course a little colleague networking. Kudos to Susan Prosperi and her team and the local ND committee for pulling off a memorable night. I tried to capture the scene with photos. I also hope we are capturing NDs with the importance of involvement and leadership. Our association's future depends on it!


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Feb

26

Legislative Day 2015

Posted by Paul on 2/26/2015 10:04:00 AM


Yesterday was my 4th year of attending MDA Legislative Day and every year I never know what to expect. This year was unique in many ways. It was the first year with Katie Reichard at the helm and it is MDA's 150th anniversary year so she had her hands full. It also felt like every other group in Missouri decided to invade the Capitol on the same day. The crowds were big and the parking was scarce. MDA also set a record from recent years with 30 members attending plus almost 40 dental students in attendance between UMKC and MOSDOH. Together they fanned out to meet their elected officials and educate them on the issues that either strengthen us or threaten us. This personal interaction goes a long way when it's time to vote on issues. The highlight of the day was Senator Mike Kehoe presenting a special proclamation to MDA President Dr. Joseph Sokolowski in honor of MDA's 150 years of oral health influence and leadership in Missouri.
For a full scale report on this year's issues, read your Capitol Connection or better yet give to MODENTPAC.
I spent most of my time shuttling people but I did snap a few shots of the festivities. Too many names to list but I congratulate all for investing a day away from their normal life to lobby for the good of the profession.


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