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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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Feb

02

Post Super Bowl Crash?

Posted by Paul on 2/2/2015 3:26:00 PM


It is considered a truly American event but it can be devastating. I'm speaking of the Super Bowl, the zenith of the professional football season.
There's a whole week of build up with press coverage ad nauseum. There's a full day of pre-game coverage. There's a halftime spectacular of epic proportions. And of course there's the big game parties in all types of settings from a simple family gathering at the house to extravaganzas at the local pub. The game and the high dollar commercials are viewed by uber millions worldwide.
And last night's game delivered the drama. You were either elated or in sheer agony about the last minute frenzy. But what about this morning? How do you feel after the party crashes? Tired? Bloated from too much food? Maybe hungover?
Those feelings are fairly common but did you know for many the feelings are much worse?A recent study showed alcohol consumption among men is higher on Super Bowl Sunday. Even more so than Saturday night which is typically the highest night for consumption. And one treatment facility reports that "The few days after Super Bowl Sunday bring the most check-ins of the year for the drug and alcohol treatment center, even more than around the holidays. " For more specific data consider that the California Highway Patrol reports there were 294 alcohol-related fatal and injury crashes in California on Super Bowl Sundays from 2009 to 2013, an average of about 59. That compares with about 33 for other Sundays in January and February." And this doesn't account for gambling disorders or relational stress or depression.
It's not far fetched with a group this large to think someone in the Missouri dental community or their families could fall into the same mess. The Dental Well Being Foundation is here to help. With strong privacy, solid resources, valuable experience, and heartfelt compassion, we stand beside you. Concerned? Reach out to wellbeing@modental.org.


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Jan

27

You and Your Beautiful Mug and 150 Years

Posted by Paul on 1/27/2015 4:05:00 PM


It's MDA's 150th year and we need you to help us celebrate. In addition to special events throughout the year, we want to feature YOU in the celebration because without YOU the MDA doesn't exist. So grab your phone and take a selfie (good manners, please) and send it to us at aanniversary@modental.org or post it to MDA Facebook (#modental150). We will collect your beautiful, smiling mugs throughout the year and then make a mural to display at the House of Delegates. Find out more at www.modental.org/anniversary.
Have fun with this and remember, you're never fully dressed without a smile. My first entry is my way of promoting healthy brushing!


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Jan

23

ADA Grants Help Advance MDA Objectives

Posted by Paul on 1/23/2015 3:45:00 PM


If you've been paying attention to this blog (you have been, right?), then you know I speak often of The Power of 3 and how you get more out of your membership dollar because you have a local component, a state association, and a national organization all working to bring you the best of dental benefits and other valuable offerings.
The most recent example of The Power of 3 came today when we received word that 4 grants were awarded to Missouri to advance our outreach to members. This is COOL!
The Membership Program for Growth (MPG) grants from the ADA are awarded to states and components who are at the tip of the spear in conducting member growth activities. These funds enhance our own funds to maximize results. Congratulations to the following groups and keep an eye out for these events!
  • Northeast Dental Society - For student outreach to MOSDOH (ATSU) in Kirksville.
  • Greater St Louis Dental Society - For a New Dentist CE and Social event
  • Greater St Louis Dental Society - For ATSU outreach when they open new clinic
  • Missouri Dental Association - For Outreach to the UMKC Class of 2015


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