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Institute for Diversity in Leadership project extends dental care to Navajo Nation patients

While working at Tséhootsooi Medical Center, a hospital operated by the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona, Dr. Felicia Frizzell noticed a need: Patients in the Adolescent Care Unit, a psychiatric in-patient area for children ages 13-17, were not receiving basic dental check-up.

“Patients in this unit are given a physical, their eyes and ears are checked, but there is no dental screening,” said Dr. Frizzell, adding that the dental clinic’s only interaction with these patients was in an emergency basis.

Dr. Frizzell

Dr. Frizzell

In addition, as a Mescalero Apache from Mescalero, New Mexico, Dr. Frizzell said she knows all too well that Native Americans often lack dental care.

“I know this population. They’re a very young, vulnerable and a high-risk population for dental problems,” she said.

For those reasons, she chose to work on getting patients from the Adolescent Care Unit access to dental care as her project for the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership. Dr. Frizzell was among 12 graduates this year.

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. As a key part of the experience, each participant designs and completes a personal leadership project for his or her community or the profession.

“Before the Institute, I tended to be more of an observer,” she said. “I want to be a leader. The Institute helped me to step up, learn to negotiate and boost my confidence.”

To accomplish her project, Dr. Frizzell worked with the hospital’s dental director and colleagues to figure out the logistics and process needed in order to see these patients in the Adolescent Care Unit outside of an emergency setting.

The dental clinic began seeing patients in February, providing care ranging from a basic dental check-up and cleanings to extractions and root canals. For irreversible procedures, the clinic must arrange transportation services for the patient’s parents in order to gain parental consent.

Because each patient cycle in the Adolescent Care Unit is about eight weeks long, about 12-14 new patients receive dental screenings and needed treatment after each cycle. This poses a challenge because many of the patients don’t come to their appointments after they’ve long left the ACU.

“The most difficult part right now, which we’re all still trying to find a solution, is following up on these patients,” she said.

Nonetheless, said Dr. Frizzell, it has been a successful first step and has been good way to introduce the patients to the importance of dental care.

“The kids are great and ask a lot of questions,” she said. “Because some have substance abuse issues, we try to educate how these substances can affect their teeth.”

Dr. Frizzell said she has proposed a hospital policy that, if approved, would ensure her program continues even when she’s no longer at the facility.

“As a new dentist, I want to build up my leadership and team building skills in order to benefit my patients,” she said. “Because of the Institute, I know that if I have a good idea, I can get it done.”

New award to help develop young dental professionals in periodontology

Berlin — Straumann and botiss biomaterials announced Sept. 18 the creation of a new annual award to foster and encourage the development of young dental professionals in the field of periodontal care/dentistry.

The Straumann/botiss biomaterials Young Periodontal Professional of the Year award will be worth 5,000 euros cash prize, along with travel to and participation at the bone and tissue days event of botiss biomaterials.

All dental professionals, including practitioners, hygienists, students and researchers, under the age of 35 may apply for the award. Applications will be in English, presenting original work that contributes to the advancement of periodontal treatment and care. Dissertations, projects or even practical work experience may form the basis of the application.

Further details regarding applications, conditions and rules will be published in due course. The first award will be presented at the bone and tissue days of botiss biomaterials in 2015.

Based in Basel, Switzerland, Straumann is a global manufacturer of dental implants, instruments, prosthetics and tissue regeneration products. Botiss biomaterials, based in Berlin, is a supplier of oral tissue regeneration products.

Have you ever thought about academic dentistry?

For dentists just beginning their dental career, there are a number of opportunities today for volunteer, part-time and full-time opportunities in dental academics.

Dentists seeking information on academic dentistry may find answers from various resources, including TeachDentistry.org, a website developed by faculty at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and a program during ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio.

Any practitioner who is curious about teaching is encouraged to go on the website to answer their questions about teaching and seriously consider contributing to the next generation of colleagues, said Dr. Burton Edelstein, a professor of dental medicine at Columbia University.

In addition, if you are attending ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio, you may be interested in the Saturday, Oct. 11, program titled “Transitioning from Practice to Dental Education.”  To register, click here.

ADA 2014 logoThe program is an opportunity to learn about moving from a career in dental practice to a career in dental education. The program presents a picture of all aspects of academic life, its advantages and disadvantages and its opportunities and challenges.

Three experienced dental educators will present practical information regarding applying for and obtaining an academic appointment: Dr. John N. Williams Jr., dean, Indiana University School of Dentistry; Dr. Diane C. Hoelscher, chair, Department of Patient Management at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry; and Dr. Brad J. Potter, senior associate dean for academic affairs, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

Plan to attend the New Dentist Reception at ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting

New Dentist Reception at the ADA's 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans.

New Dentist Reception at the ADA’s 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans.

New dentists seeking to connect with their peers and enjoy the big and bold Texas ambiance at the ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting can attend the New Dentist Reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Lonesome Dove Room.

ADA 2014 logoDentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago and dental students are invited to attend.

“The New Dentist Reception affords a valuable opportunity for young dentists and dental students to interact at America’s dental meeting,” said Dr. Brian M. Schwab, New Dentist Committee chair. “This is a time and place where younger dentists and students can focus on networking, leadership idea exchange and engagement, and camaraderie during the annual meeting. This sell-out event is also a blast to attend because there is music, food, drinks and fun atmosphere.”

Tickets are required for entry (limit two tickets per person). Those who registered in advance can log back into their registration and print their tickets in the Registration Area in Hall A/B Lobby. Guests must be 21 years old or older. Tickets are $30 per person on-site and can be purchased at the door of the event, which includes food and drinks. The New Dentist Reception is provided by the generous support of Wells Fargo Practice Finance.

Visit ADA.org/meeting to register.

 

 

Curious about group practice models?

New dentists interested in learning more about the changing pattern of oral health care delivery systems should attend the panel discussion, “Understanding Group Practice Models: Each practice model can be a model practice,” at ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting.

ADA 2014 logoAttendees can get first-hand accounts about practice structure, processes and patient care from dentists whose organizations are at the leading edge of group practice. Moderated by Dr. Todd Marshall, Council on Dental Practice member, the panel includes representatives from different classifications of dental group practices as identified by the ADA.

The speakers are:

  • Dr. John E. Gulon, president, Park Dental (dentist-owned and -operated group)
  • Dr. Andrew Matta, founding partner, North American Dental Group; CEO, Professional Dental Alliance, LLC.; chief medical officer, Refresh Dental Management, LLC (dental service organization affiliated group).
  • Dr. Rick Workman, CEO, Heartland Dental Care (dental service organization affiliated group).
  • Dr. John J. Snyder, dental director and CEO, Permanente Dental Associates; board member, Kaiser Center for Health Research (insurer-provider group).
  • Dr. Thomas Veryser, CEO, Michigan Community Dental Clinics, Inc. (nonprofit).
  • Dr. Alan S. Douglas, director, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Audie Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital (government agency group).

A Q&A session will follow the panel presentations.

To attend the course, register at ADA.org/meeting. Course code 6368. The course is free. However, all courses, including free ones, are ticketed. CE hours: 2.5.

Life as a New Dentist — Researcher

Dr Jeff KimThe ADA is made up of individuals—here’s one of them.

Who are you?

I’m Dr. Jeffrey Kim. I’m a proud member of the Class of 2008 of the UCLA School of Dentistry, and I am the newest researcher at the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center.

What are you researching?

When people hear “research” they often think about dental materials. But my current research mostly concerns stem cell investigation as it may apply to dental pulp regeneration. So instead of root canals this could open up an option for cell-based therapy. ADA News did a piece about my research.

How did you choose this career path?

UCLA has a combined program where you work on both your D.D.S. and Ph.D. at the same time over the course of seven years. While finishing my studies I saw patients once a week. In this setting I’m a full-time researcher.

What’s your schedule like?

I start with email—usually there are messages from scientists and clinicians I’m collaborating with. I check in on the cells I’m growing and ensure those are healthy. And we have meetings in the mornings—these often are about compliance with regulations.

In the afternoons I run experiments, isolating RNA and DNA proteins from animal cells. I also write grants and stay on top of the publications in my field.

What are you doing for fun?

I ride a motorcycle. And we are close to Delaware where there are great parks where I can kayak and fish at the same time. This was not an option when I lived in Los Angeles.

Interested in sharing your experience as a new dentist? If you are fewer than ten years out of dental school we’d love to hear from you! Contact us at newdentist@ada.org.

Making a Difference for the “Greatest Generation” in Virginia

Check out this video of dentists in Virginia providing care to residents of a Richmond-area long-term care facility.

The event served as a push to improve access to dental care among that population.

Dentists throughout the country are taking action to improve the nation’s dental health by delivering care now to those already suffering with disease, strengthening the dental safety net, and bringing dental health education and disease prevention into communities.  Find out more at Action for Dental Health.

Come early to ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting for day-long course on volunteering

ADA 2014 logo

Attend the volunteer symposium: The World Outside your Office.

This daylong pre-session symposium will be held Oct. 8 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio during ADA 2014—America’s Dental Meeting.

Presenters Dr. Christopher Holmgren, Dr. Kevin Hardwick and Bella Monse will use interactive learning sessions to demonstrate how to recognize diverse and specific global oral health concerns, understand the importance of appropriate and sustainable volunteer programs and understand how successful programs use science based public health principles.

Cost for the course is $145 and includes breakfast and lunch. The symposium is underwritten by a grant from the Academy of Dentistry Internationals.

The World Outside your Office is just one of the courses offered in the New Dentist Track of CE options at ADA 2014. New dentists (those who graduated from dental school in 2005 or later) receive a 20% discount off of the fee courses that focus on a mixture of business, ergonomic and clinical topics that have been curated by new dentists.

See the entire new dentist track and register for courses here.

They gave me an employment contract — now what?

signing a documentThe ADA has a new publication — Dentist Employment Agreements: A Guide to Key Legal Provisions. It’s not a substitute for a lawyer, but can help you know what questions to ask and discussions to have with your legal advisor. Some of the topics covered include:

  • The differences between employees and independent contractors
  • Salary, commission, bonuses and benefits
  • What’s a non-compete clause? And how is it different from non-solicitation?
  • Using mediation and/or arbitration to resolve disputes
  • Points to consider when hiring a lawyer to review an employment agreement

Dentist Employment Agreements is available from the ADA Center for Professional Success, a member-only resource, exclusively for ADA members. And while you are there, check out the other resources including Be a Great Boss, Checklist for Terminating an Employee and Using Flexible Benefit Plans in your Practice

ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership — Application Deadline April 30, 2014

Applications for Diversity InstituteThe ADA is seeking applicants for its Institute for Diversity in Leadership — the deadline is April 30, 2014.

Established in 2003 by the ADA, the Institute is designed to enhance the leadership skills of dentists who belong to racial, ethnic and/or gender backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership roles.

As a participant in this tuition-free program, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • Enhance your leadership skills and gain leadership experience
  • Strengthen your professional network and build a lifetime of supportive relationships
  • Set new leadership paths within the profession and communities

To be considered as a candidate for the next Institute class comprised of twelve U.S. dentists you must apply by April 30, 2014. Class members will convene for three sessions held at ADA Headquarters in Chicago on the following dates:

  • September 4-5, 2014
  • December 8-9, 2014
  • September 10-11, 2015

You’ll be reimbursed for travel expenses related to attending three sessions held at ADA Headquarters in Chicago and receive a stipend to help offset any costs related to your leadership project.

Lead by faculty from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, over the course of the year you’ll develop and execute a personal leadership project to address an issue or challenge in your community, organization or the profession.

In addition, you’ll have opportunities to network with ADA leaders, as well as leaders from the program’s corporate sponsors and non-profit organizations, faculty, program alumni and ADA staff.

To learn more about this extraordinary educational experience and submit your application, visit ADA.org/diversityinstitute or call Kristi Gingrich at 312.440.2598.

The ADA thanks Henry Schein Dental and Procter & Gamble for their support of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.