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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.

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.

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.

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.

ADA launches new dental student Web portal

The ADA launched this month a new Web portal designed to provide a one-stop shop for dental students seeking information, ranging from financial resources to finding a job.

ADA for Dental StudentsThe portal ADA for Dental Students can be found at ADA.org/student or can be accessed via the Member Center on ADA.org.

The portal provides dental students easy access to a variety of ADA resources and benefits, including information on dental careers and finding a job, financial planning and student loan debt, dental licensure and examinations, professional ethics, and more!

The portal will be regularly updated with new and noteworthy information and resources. For more information, contact the ADA Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@ada.org.

Maintaining a positive online reputation

Do you know what your patients are saying about you? Your online reputation depends on whether and/or how you react to what people say about your services.

Today, according to the ADA Center for Professional Success, many patients investigate your office prior to an initial appointment using Google, Yelp, and many other review and research sources. Make sure you are doing everything you can to maintain a positive online reputation.

PBHSADA Business Resources and Protective Business and Health Systems (PBHS) recently hosted a webinar on managing your online reputation. A recording of the seminar along with the question and answer section is now available for ADA members.

In this webinar Jay Levine, president of PBHS, offered tips and best practices to monitor your public reputation and take a proactive approach to addressing online reviews. To view the webinar, accessible to ADA members, click here.

This information is provided courtesy of PBHS, the only marketing company endorsed by ADA Business Resources. Learn more about PBHS, click here or by calling 855.932.4232.

 

Determining the ideal size and space of your practice

Opening a dental office is a significant step in a dentist’s career. It is also quite taxing. According to the ADA Center for Professional Success, taking it one organized step at a time can help alleviate some of the stress.

One of the first major things you need to decide is the size and location of your ideal space.

The size and location are based on your 10-year plan. This plan is how you envision your business to be functioning in ten years, in terms of maximum production. Having a 10-year plan will enable you to determine the number of operatories required to achieve your goals. Some dentists simply want to be sole proprietors, with a full-time hygienist and possibly another part-time hygienist. Others may want to hire an associate down the road or even run a multi-provider clinic.

Dental Office DesignOnce you have determined the number of operatories necessary to support your 10-year plan, you can determine the square footage you will need for your new office.  Dental Office Design, published by the ADA, offers a formula that can be an excellent starting point to determine required square footage:

Number of Operatories
Multiplied by Square Footage of Operatories
Divided by .275

A full chapter excerpt from How to Open a New Dental Office or Relocate Your Current One on deciding how many operatories an office will need, how much square footage an office will require, and other preliminary decisions when choosing and constructing a dental space can be found here.

This excerpt is provided courtesy of Gordon F. Osterhaus Jr., DDS. Dr. Osterhaus is the author of How to Open a New Dental Office or Relocate Your Current One. The book is available online at www.valleydentalconsulting.com. Dr. Osterhaus is also a contributing author to The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Office Design available through the ADA catalog.

ADA executive program in dental practice management

According to the ADA Center for Professional Success, new dentists can match their passion for dentistry with a mind for business with the ADA’s Executive Program in Dental Practice Management.

Launched in September, this Web-based program takes on the tough practice management challenges today’s dentists must master, such as reducing costs, enhancing marketing strategies and practicing amid increased regulation.

Center for Professional SuccessDental practice management experts and first-rate business lectures from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business — all carefully selected by the ADA for certificate fulfillment — merge to provide a comprehensive six-course certificate program in disciplines crucial to practice success. The first three to be available are:

• Legal and Ethical Issues in Dental Practice
• Negotiation and Conflict Management
• Understanding Leadership

And following soon will be:

• Business Strategy and Systems
• Dental Team Management
• Financial Management

Accessible by desktop, Internet-enabled mobile device, MP3 and MP4 formats, the state-of-the-art online classroom is available anytime and anywhere, with around-the-clock technical support. Participants will also be able to earn continuing education credits when appropriate from those classes which apply, but must take the entire sixty hour series to earn the certificate.

Whether you have your own practice or aspire to do so, it’s time to complement your clinical expertise with skills for the business side of dentistry. To register, click here.