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Small GPR program in Evanston, Ill. delivers volumes of experience

Dental school is only the tip of the iceberg. The more I learned, the more I realized what I didn’t know. A general practice residency (GPR) was the next logical step.

Dr. Carolyn Norton

Dr. Carolyn Norton

I was looking for a small residency program with sufficient fixed prostho and endo experience. What I got was exactly that plus significant oral surgery experience, my own full time assistant, and a wealth of mentors who also teach for some of the best continuing education institutes in the country. Being one of two residents at the NorthShore University Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, my dental education is specific to my interests and my patients’ needs. My attendings ask me what I want to learn, and that’s what we pursue. The attendings are truly there because they love to teach and want to help me succeed as a general dentist.

I also wanted a program where I had responsibility. I wanted to deal with emergencies and difficult cases. In dental school, all difficult cases were sent to the graduate specialty clinics, or an oral surgery resident would swoop down and save the day. I needed to learn how to take care of business myself. I alternate the call schedule every seven days with my co-resident, covering four hospitals within the NorthShore University System. Every time I get paged and go in for an emergency, I see something I have never seen before and learn something valuable. Being on call is never time wasted. It is exactly what I needed.

If you’re interested in a GPR, it’s important to know what you want out of the experience. Go visit the program and talk to previous residents. You can find more information about my GPR program here. All programs are very different, so you need to do your research.

I still find plenty of time for the gym, spending time with loved ones and enjoying Chicago. I am more than happy with my GPR experience and already feel confident about entering private practice. And to think, I still have six months of learning left.

 

Dr. Carolyn Norton is a New Dentist Now guest blogger and a 2014 graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She is half way through a 12-month general practice residency at the North Shore University Hospital in Evanston, Ill., affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Norton was a contributing editor for the American Student Dental Association from 2012-14.

From Baghdad to Memphis, Dr. Mack provides dental aid

Memphis, Tennessee’s daily newspaper The Daily News featured this week an article on Dr. Edward Mack, a new dentist practicing in East Memphis, and his work as a brigade dentist in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad.

According to the story, Dr. Mack, an endodontist, spent seven months in Iraq, treating close to 1,000 of the division’s 3,500 soldiers.

“Some of it was extraction and some of it was routine,” Mack told The Daily News of the dental work. “Some of it was palliative. We were in combat situations. I had to work out of a backpack.”

Dr. Mack received the Combat Medical Badge as well as the Army Commendation Medal, according to the article. He is a member of the ADA, the Tennessee Dental Association and the Memphis Dental Society.

To read the full story, click here.

Get ready for NCDHM 2015

Dentists nationwide can help their young patients “defeat monster mouth” by participating in the ADA’s 2015 National Children’s Dental Health Month.

For the 66th year, the NCDHM campaign brings thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others together to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, adults, caregivers and teachers.

Defeat Monster This year’s two-sided poster features the NCDHM campaign slogan “Defeat Monster Mouth.” The free posters are available in English and Spanish thanks to a grant from the ADA Foundation.

Information regarding how to order or download posters can be found at ADA.org/ncdhm.

Also available on the website is the NCDHM Program Planning Guide, which provides program coordinators, dental societies, teachers and parents with resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children.

The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation and more. Other free campaign materials, including publicity resources and activity sheets — many in both English and Spanish — can also be downloaded.

For answers to questions regarding NCDHM, email ncdhm@ada.org.

A variety of brochures, videos, activity and coloring books for children are also available from the ADA Catalog. Visit adacatalog.org or call 1-800-947-4746 for more information.

PBHS: 3 rules for a successful direct mail campaign

Here are three rules to follow to make your direct mail campaign a success, according to PBHS, the website and marketing services provider endorsed by ADA Business Resources:PBHS

  • Select your mailing list: Define your audience by selecting demographic constraints that are applicable to your target market. For example, age of targeted patients, household revenue and geography. Legally purchase your list from a reputable source. The more careful you are in analyzing your direct mail lists, the better your chance for success.
  • Deliver a clear message: A direct mail campaign should visually engage your audience and create an emotional response within a few seconds. State a clear message, incentivize your patient and promote a call to action which will drive the patient to contact you easily and quickly — offer, suggest, encourage and evoke a response.
  • Design is the key: Let a professional designer help you select images, fonts, colors and layouts that best reflect your practice brand in a consistent manner. Visually engaging campaigns create a feeling of trust and encourage the audience to take action. Support your campaign with online tools, such as analytics, call tracking and contact form to better understand your return on investment.

Have you ever done a direct mail campaign? How did it go?

Institute for Diversity in Leadership members discuss opportunities, challenges in advancing inclusion, diversity in ADA

Dr. Amanda Hemmer, 2014-15 class member of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership

Dr. Amanda Hemmer, 2014-15 class member of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership

The Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class members engaged the ADA Board of Trustees this week in a panel discussion at ADA Headquarters.

The goal: For the ADA Board of Trustees to gain insights and perspectives from the current class participants of the Institute, which includes new dentists, regarding opportunities and challenges related to advancing diversity and inclusion throughout the ADA.

Sponsored, in part, through generous contributions from Procter & Gamble Oral Health and Henry Schein Dental, the Institute provides a diverse group of dentists with education and experience to build a lifetime of relationships and set new leadership paths within the dental profession and their community. Core to the program’s philosophy is that lasting leadership learning is lifelong and based on experience.

As key part of the leadership learning experience, each participant also designs and completes a personal leadership project for their community or the profession. The 16 members will work with leading educators from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business during three sessions.

For more information on the Institute, visit ADA.org/diversityinstitute.

What do you think are the opportunities and challenges related to advancing diversity and inclusion throughout organized dentistry?

Here are more photos from the panel discussion:

Dr. Zellisha Quam

Dr. Zellisha Quam

 

Dr. Mark Limosani

Dr. Mark Limosani

Dr. Darwin Hayes

Dr. Darwin Hayes

(From left) Drs. MarkLimosani, DeryckPham and Abe Abdulwaheed

(From left) Drs. Mark Limosani, Deryck Pham and Abe Abdulwaheed

Volunteers sought for Navy humanitarian missions

According to ADA News, the University of California San Diego Pre-Dental Society nongovernmental organization seeks civilian volunteers for U.S. Navy hospital ship humanitarian mission trips from April through September 2015.

The USNS Mercy will travel to Southeast Asia and the Oceania Islands, with stops in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Philippines, Micronesia and Vietnam. A smaller ship will make stops in Kiribati, Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Philippines and Vietnam. The USNS Comfort will travel to the Caribbean, Central and South America with stops planned stops in Belize, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Haiti. This is the first time both hospital ships will be on humanitarian missions at the same time, and the first U.S. Navy mission trip since 2012.

“These missions change the lives of participants from our nation, partner nations and host nations,” said Dr. Irvin B. Silverstein, UCSD Pre-Dental Society director. “Our participants have been able to help with and see some amazing things and bring friendship, understanding and build closer relationships with different people in the world. These are not just humanitarian missions. They help forge diplomatic ties and help create friendships.”

UCSD Pre-Dental Society seeks dentists, physicians, pharmacists, optometrists, nurses, dental hygienists, dental assistants, medical assistants, medical and dental lab technicians, pharmacy techs, physical therapists, biomedical repair technicians, sonographers, translators, educators, engineers and all other health-related professionals.

Both ships will leave about April 1. The pre-dental society NGO will serve as a civilian partner in the Navy’s humanitarian missions.

Volunteers can choose the length of time and countries in which they will serve. Professionals must serve at least two weeks; technicians and assistants must serve at least four weeks. Preference will go to those who can volunteer for longer periods. Volunteers must pay for their transportation to and from the ship. Once aboard the ship, the Navy will cover volunteer expenses, including food and lodging.

Request an application via e-mail at ucsdpds.missions@gmail.com or dsilverstein22@cox.net as soon as possible to begin the credentialing process.

NDC chair, vice chair present report at ADA Board of Trustees meeting

 

Dr. Chris Hasty (above), ADA New Dentist Committee vice chair, and Dr. Michael Leblanc, ADA New Dentist Committee chair, and Dr. Michael Leblanc (below), ADA New Dentist Committee chair presented the ADA New Dentist Committee report to the ADA Board of Trustees meeting today at the ADA Headquarters in Chicago. Their report included updates on various NDC programs, including outreach efforts and the New Dentist Conference to be held alongside ADA 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Chris Hasty (above), ADA New Dentist Committee vice chair, and Dr. Michael Leblanc, ADA New Dentist Committee chair, and Dr. Michael Leblanc (below), ADA New Dentist Committee chair presented the ADA New Dentist Committee report to the ADA Board of Trustees meeting today at the ADA Headquarters in Chicago. Their report included updates on various NDC programs, including outreach efforts and the New Dentist Conference to be held alongside ADA 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Leblanc

Dr. Yau selected for 2014 John W. Stanford New Investigator award

Dr. Robert Yau is the winner of the 2014 John W. Stanford New Investigator Award. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs selected Dr. Yau, who is pursuing specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, to receive the award, which is being bestowed for just the second time in as many years.

Dr. Yau earned his D.M.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in May. He is studying oral and maxillofacial surgery at Kings County Hospital Center/SUNY Downstate Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Yau

Dr. Yau

He will present his winning research project, “Influence of Core/Veneer Thickness Ratios on Failure of Bilayered Dental Ceramic Crown Systems,” at the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products annual meeting in Boston, March 9-11, 2015.

The John W. Stanford New Investigator Award honors the contributions of one of the ADA Standards Program’s most vital figures, the late Dr. Stanford, who died in February 2011 after a 40-year career with the ADA. Dr. Stanford played a pivotal part in standards setting and development. He is credited with establishing the ADA’s current standards program.

The new investigator award honors Dr. Stanford each year, underscoring the crucial role that dental standards play in patient health and safety and in the efficacy of dental products. The award acknowledges the original research that dental students and new dentists produce in the realm of dental standards.

Dental students and new dentists, who have earned their dental degrees no more than five years prior to the time of selection, may apply for the 2015 John W. Stanford New Investigator Award. Submission deadline is Sept. 30, 2015. For more information or to apply, visit ADA.org/dentalstandards.

Did Hermey inspire you to be a dentist?

He didn’t want to build toys. He dreamed of becoming a dentist.

According to ADA News, Hermey the Elf continues to do his part in increasing oral health literacy among children and adults — 50 years after the animated classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” first aired on national television.

Hermey the Elf

Hermey the Elf

The ADA is featuring Hermey the Elf in an online campaign to help promote oral health literacy, stressing nutrition, dental hygiene and dental visits as key factors in preventing cavities.

Through the campaign, the ADA’s MouthHealthyKids.org will feature free downloadable educational coloring book pages featuring Hermey along with the ADA’s tips for maintaining good oral health. The coloring pages will be available for download through the end of December.

MouthHealthy.org will also include a fun dental health quiz for families and a separate sweepstakes drawing to receive a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer prize package.

In addition, Hermey was designated a DDG, or Dental Do Gooder, by Dr. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president, for promoting good dental health to his friend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and everyone in the North Pole.

“Hermey’s passion for dentistry, coupled with his devotion to helping others feel good about themselves inside and out deserves recognition,” said Dr. Feinberg. “I know Hermey the Elf, DDG, will continue to inspire young people and those who are young at heart to follow their dreams.”

The animated special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” tells the tale of how Rudolph and Hermey were initially rejected by their peers for being different, yet they go on to triumph when they show that their differences make them unique and helpful to their community. The program airs Dec. 9 on CBS.

In its third year, Veterans’ Smile Day expands its reach

To honor and thank those who served the United States in the military, new dentists and their colleagues in at least five states provided free dental care to veterans during this year’s Veterans’ Smile Day, Nov. 7-8 — an annual event that continues to grow.

“I hope to turn this into a nationwide yearly event,” said Dr. Deryck Pham, a Navy veteran and founder of the event. His dental office in Mays Landing, New Jersey opened its doors to veterans who needed dental care in 2012, treating 33 patients. Last year, with the help of social media and word-of-mouth, about 20 practices participated.

Dr. Irani

Dr. Irani

This year, dentists from about 50 offices in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona and Florida saw about 600 veterans during Veterans’ Smile Day — held during the Veterans Day weekend.

Dr. Pham, a member of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership (IDL) class of 2014-15, has chosen to expand the program nationwide — similar to Give Kids A Smile — as his Institute leadership project.

“Not many people think of veterans as an underserved population,” Dr. Pham said. “But they face issues of homelessness, unemployment and health-related problems.”

When it comes to dental care, many veterans simply fall through the cracks. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, veterans have to meet certain eligibility factors to receive dental care, such as service-related dental disability or condition, or if they are a former prisoner of war.

In addition, Dr. Pham said, some veterans who quality for dental benefits still don’t receive the care they need.

Dr. Pham

Dr. Pham

“Some of them have to travel hours away from the nearest VA hospital, and then wait many more hours to receive dental care,” he said. “Some just choose to forego the benefit.”

During Veterans’ Smile Day, participating dental clinics provided free dental care such as examinations, X-rays, oral cancer screening, cleanings, fillings, extractions and other preventative and restorative dental care.

Dr. Pham said he plans to continue to utilize social networking, reaching out to friends and colleagues in organized dentistry to ensure veterans have a nearby dental practice to go to during Veterans’ Smile Day.

This year, the program expanded largely with the help of Dr. Karin Irani, who organized the event in Southern California.

Dr. Irani, a 2009-10 graduate of the IDL, spearheaded organizing the event after she received a Facebook message from Dr. Pham, her friend and University of Southern California School of Dentistry classmate.

“He asked me, because of my experience with the Institute, if I can take his idea and runaway with it,” Dr. Irani said. “It was a great idea. I said, ‘Why not? Let’s do it.’”

During the ADA’s 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Irani shared the idea of providing free dental care to veterans to fellow Institute graduates who agreed to participate. Overall, about 15 dentists in the Los Angeles area participated in the first Veterans’ Smile Day for the first time this year.

“It’s amazing how many veterans, young and old, don’t have access to dental services. I knew I’d get a lot of veterans who are in the older generation, but I didn’t expect to also get a lot of younger veterans who finished their service 3-4 years ago. Some of them are going to college and can’t afford dental care,” said Dr. Irani. “I’m hoping next year, if the word get outs, more doctors want to help out.”

For more information on the event and how to participate next year, contact Dr. Pham at deryckp@hotmail.com or Dr. Irani at ddsusc03@gmail.com.