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May

14

Performance Tool for Your Success

Posted by Paul on 5/14/2015 3:52:00 PM


How do you do it all? Seriously. Maybe it's just my lack of skills in these areas, but I'm always impressed with our members when I consider their workload. First, there's the dentistry part that requires a lot of education, skill, and continual practice. Then there's the whole run a business aspect. You know the part where you hire good people, maximize your schedule, follow regulations, market your services, train others, keep a happy staff, connect with patients, and on and on it goes. My guess is the stress doesn't come from the dentistry side but from the business side. Have I got good news for you!
Our wonderful friends at MDIS (that would be MDA's wholly owned insurance company designed for your benefit) has partnered with a group to offer a wonderful new tool called HR 360. You may have seen an email from Greg Russell discussing the wealth of resources related toEmployee Benefits, Human Resource Issues, Employment Law, Hiring and termination. These can be a HUGE help and make your practice a happier, more successful business. And that's our mission at the MDA - helping members succeed!
For a quick video tour of what HR360 can provide you watch the tour here: http://www.HR360.com/take-tour.html


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May

01

Fore, Four, and For

Posted by Paul on 5/1/2015 4:06:00 PM


What better way to start the month of May than to golf on a glorious morning with the super fine members of the Southeast Dental Society. No one has more fun this group and today was no exception. Here's the brief rundown:
FORE - This was my first outing of 2015 and I was a little, shall we say, errant with my driver. Thankfully my team picked me up and we finished third!
FOUR- Dr. Jay Sheets, Dr. Dave Johnson, and Captain Dr Bob Fox were my all star teammates. They played like wise men and told stories like fools! I think it was best that we destroyed the transcript from the day! Thank you men for welcoming me and making it such a a fun day.
FOR - There was a purpose here and that was the business meeting after lunch. And believe it or not there was good participation and much was accomplished. Way to go Dr Loida! The Southeast area continues to be generous and lead by example in serving the state. Thanks for having me as a guest.


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Apr

30

Passing the Gavel in Springfield

Posted by Paul on 4/30/2015 3:38:00 PM


Despite the dark setting at Ocean's Zen, tonight was a bright night for the Greater Springfield DentalSociety. Officer installation is always a great reminder that there's room for all members at any age to get involved and serve in organized dentistry. My observation is that those who do, enjoy their membership more and build lasting relationships. Tonight's meal and business meeting was lively and positive as we heard about the Washington Leadership conference, the latest news from our own state legislature, and some self delivered promos for Special Smiles dental screening at the Special Olympic Summer Games (to be held in Springfield). the Connect4Success New Dentist Conference and MOMOM.
Then we had MDA President, Dr Joseph Sokolowski, swear in the new group of officers as well as give outgoing Springfield President, Dr Dan Kessler, a plaque honoring his service. And then I think you see the bigger smile on Dr Kessler as he passes the gavel to incoming president, Dr Howard Shayne. Kudos to all and thanks Springfield for a fun night. Our members are the best!


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Apr

23

First Ever Foundation Scholarship Winner from MOSDOH

Posted by moda on 4/23/2015 4:26:00 PM


Today featured a rare moment of unbridled joy when I told Jordan Andrejewski,a first year dental student at ATSU Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health (MOSDOH), that she was a recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from the MDA Foundation. The notification letter went to her home address and so while school officials knew of the award, Jordan has been in the dark about this for three weeks. We had a MDA Food for Thought program on campus today and we pulled Jordan out of class to tell her the good news. She was ecstatic to say the least as witnessed by her beautiful smile above. We also announced it to the entire dental student body at lunch and they applauded wildly for her. In the brief history of the school, she is the first MDAF Scholarship winner. Scholarships are awarded to students from Missouri high schools (Jordan attended St Charles West) who demonstrate service, leadership, and academics. Jordan's application reflected a diverse volunteer history and a passion to lead and be involved at school. We salute you, Jordan! Congratulations to MOSDOH on this milestone achievement.


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Apr

20

MOMOM Media Training - and Cardinals!

Posted by Paul on 4/20/2015 9:59:00 AM


Friday was one of those fun days that was actually quite productive. We traveled to Fleishman Hillard (FH) in St Louis for Media Training. This is crucial because MOMOM and legislative interviews often provide a spring board to advance MDA's key oral health messages. Being properly prepared on talking points and possible land mines, helps the interviewee maximize those opportunities. Joining me and Vicki for the day was Dr Earl Larson, Legislative Regulatory Chair on the MDA board; Katie Reichard, MDA Legislative and Regulatory Director; Dr Lori Henderson, MOMOM 4 Chair; and Dr Kyle Lisenby (Andrea), local MOMOM spokesperson. Brandy, Amy and Justin led the way at FH.
The content of the training is excellent but it's the practice before the lights that really helps preparation. Each participant faced two mock interviews and then the group collectively critiqued. The goal was not to be harsh but to realize how easy it is to go off course or get flustered when "under the spotlight". Everyone raved about how helpful the afternoon was. Thanks FH!
The kicker of the day was being guests at the FH suite for the Cardinal game that night. It was awesome weather, great company, tasty food, tons of fun, and of course, a Cardinal victory! Thanks again FH for a special treat.


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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

Check Presentation launches MOMOM registration

Posted by moda on 4/9/2015 10:29:00 AM


Today was a great day for MOMOM 4! Several dignitaries gathered outside the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on the MU campus for a special presentation. The Columbia King's Daughters and Sons donated $50,000 to the local MOMOM effort. This charitable organization has been faithfully providing funding and outreach to help school children in Columbia with their oral health needs for more than forty years. They saw MOMOM as a way to expand that reach to the under served across mid-Missouri. This wonderful and active group is also heading up the hospitality outreach to volunteers and patients who attend MOMOM 4. It's been a fabulous example of a local partnership.
The check presentation featured Dr. Lori Henderson, local chair and Jerry Harris, director of the Kings' Daughters Dental Aid Program. Other attendees included Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, MDA Foundation Chair, Dr. Elwood Rice, and MDA Executive Director, Ms Vicki Wilbers. The group gathered for a photo at the very spot where patients will line up in anticipation of MOMOM opening the doors at 5:30 am on Friday, July 31, 2015.
While the money is a big boost to MOMOM funding, the event coincided with the opening of online volunteer registration at www.MOMOM.org. Many lay volunteers of all varieties will be needed for the 2 day clinic. Please consider volunteering for a 5 hour shift.
The Columbia Tribune was present for the check presentation and filed this wonderful story on MOMOM.


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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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