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Tap the ADA Ethics Hotline for ethics dilemmas

Avoid hot water when it comes to sticky practice situations with the ADA Ethics Hotline, a member benefit made possible by a joint effort between The Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA), the New Dentist Committee and the ADA Member Service Center.

Ethics           Though a ready asset for any ADA member, new dentists in particular may find the hotline of great value, as they are likely experiencing first-time dilemmas. The hotline was initially created targeting new dentists, but has evolved as a membership benefit befitting every member.

The Ethics Hotline is not a legal resource but rather a service for helping to resolve ethical dilemmas much like an ethics consult service. Members may access the new member service by calling the ADA toll-free number and stating that they have a question for the ethics hotline. To reach the Ethics Hotline, call the ADA Member Service Center and ask to be connected to the hotline. All calls are confidential. Leave a confidential voicemail message.

A member of CEBJA will contact callers within 2-3 business days to arrange a mutually agreeable time to discuss the dilemma presented. Indicate very time-sensitive dilemmas in the message and CEBJA staff and members will do their best to accommodate the request for feedback.

9 essential habits of remarkably effective people

According to an Inc.com article, there’s a difference between being efficient and being effective. Efficient people are well organized, competent and get stuff done.

“Effective people do all that…but they check the right things off their to-do list. They complete the right projects. They get the right stuff done,” according to Jeff Haden, contributing editor for Inc., in his piece, “9 Essential Habits of Remarkably Effective People.”

Here are nine traits of remarkably effective people, and why they’re so successful:

  • They always start with goals.
  • Then they create systems.
  • They believe in themselves.
  • They believe they are in control of their lives.
  • They also embrace “random.”
  • They find happiness in the success of others.
  • They use their goals to make decisions automatic.
  • They don’t multitask.
  • They freely ask for help.

As new dentists seeking success, do you have any or all of these traits of remarkably effective people?

ADA Council on Scientific Affairs extends application period for John W. Stanford New Investigator Award

The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs is extending the application deadline for the 2014 John W. Stanford New Investigator Award to Oct. 31.

Applications for the Stanford New Investigator Award are accepted annually from dental students or dentists who have earned their D.D.S. or D.M.D. degrees no more than five years prior to the time of selection.

The Stanford New Investigator Award underscores the crucial role that dental standards play in patient health and safety and in the efficacy of dental products.

The award pays homage to the legacy of Dr. Stanford, a 40-year ADA employee who is credited with establishing the ADA’s current standards program.

Submissions must be original research that addresses some aspect of the use of standards in dental research or clinical application.

To apply for the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award ore learn more about the ADA Standards Programs, please visit ADA.org/dentalstandards.

Get Involved!

Decisions made today may be affecting new dentists and their patients for the next 30 to 40 years.

New dentists everywhere are making their voices heard in the development of policies and programs through involvement in state and local new dentist committees. These committees advocate for the needs, interests and concerns of new dentists. Volunteer leaders help new dentists transition to and succeed in practice as well as develop and offer continuing education, networking opportunities and leadership development.

To get involved with your new dentist committee, contact your state or local dental society, the ADA New Dentist Committee at newdentist@ada.org or 1-312-440-2779.

Ready for ADA 2014 in San Antonio?

While you’re packing and planning your itinerary, here is some information that will help make your trip to ADA2014 smooth sailing:

ADA 2014 logoCheck the mail … every individual registered for the meeting will receive a separate mailing packet with their badge and tickets, even if several individuals from the same office or household registered. Packets may not arrive at the same time.

Sample badge

Sample badge

Check your badge for admittance code … everyone attending the Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series featuring President George W. Bush Oct. 9, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Alamodome, must be pre-registered and have a bar code, like the one shown at right, on their badge for entry. (If your badge does not have a bar code, you must log back in to your registration, add the event, then reprint your badge on-site.) The bar code allows admittance for a one-time entry and is nontransferable.

Tickets for the Welcome Celebration, Oct. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Historic Sunset Station, and the New Dentist Reception, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. at the convention center, Lonesome Dove Room, are still available. Purchase online, on-site at the registration area in the convention center or at the door.

Use your smart phone: the ADA 2014 mobile app will be available Oct. 1. Users will be able to sync their course schedule to the mobile app and get updated course information, exhibitor listings, show specials and more.

For more details on what you need to know before you go, click here.

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.”

9 habits of people who are always on time

Pocket watches in a bunchCan’t make it to the office on time? Always late for the next appointment? Struggling to juggle family and a career?

According to Real Simple magazine, here are nine simple habits from people who are always punctual that you can tweak or adopt to help you stay on time:

  • When it’s time to get up, they get up.
  • They plan breakfast at dinner.
  • The end tasks on time.
  • The recognize patterns, and correct them.
  • They embrace downtime.
  • They’re immune to “Just one more thing” syndrome.
  • They schedule built-in overflow time.
  • They’ve mastered the skill of calculation.
  • They know when they do their best work.

To read the full article, click here.

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.

DEA imposes tighter restrictions on hydrocodone combination products

The Drug Enforcement Administration is reclassifying hydrocodone combination products and subjecting them to tighter restrictions.

Hydrocodone combination products, which include opioids such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and Norco, will be reclassified as Schedule II substances, effective Oct. 6.

Center for Professional SuccessThe DEA says the reclassification will protect public health and safety by reducing the potential for abuse, dependence and diversion of the highly addictive substances, while still ensuring that they’re available to patients with a legitimate medical need and who have an ongoing consultation with their health care professional.

“Almost 7 million Americans abuse controlled substance prescription medications, including opioid painkillers, resulting in more deaths from prescription drug overdoses than auto accidents,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a news release. “(This) action recognizes that these products are some of the most addictive and potentially dangerous prescription medications available.”

Hydrocodone combination products are the most frequently prescribed drugs in the United States and more than 137 million prescriptions for hydrocodone combination products were written in 2013, according to the DEA.

The ADA Center for Dental Practice created a frequently asked questions on the new regulation, available here. The FAQ is only available to ADA members.

The FAQ includes:

  • What’s the difference between a Schedule II and a Schedule III classification?
  • Will I be able to phone in prescriptions to a pharmacy for a Schedule II HCP?
  • Are there other restrictions associated with writing prescriptions for Schedule II drugs?
  • How does the reclassification impact my patients?
  • Does the reclassification impact anyone besides prescribers and patients?

Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class

Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class

Class of 2014-15: From left to right (front row) Drs. Robin Nguyen, Trinity, Fla.; Carliza Marcos, San Carlos, Calif.; Xochitl Anderton, Lubbock, Texas; Amanda Hemmer, Phoenizville, Pa.; Christina Meiners, San Antonio; Zellisha Quam, Albuquerque, N.M.; (center row) Drs. Rico Short, Smyrma, Ga.; Mark Limosani, Weston, Fla.; Malieka Johnson, San Diego; Abe Abdulwaheed, Cambridge, Mass.; (back row) Drs. Inna Piskorska, San Antonio; Kevin Bolden, Waco, Texas; Deryck Pham, Mays Landing, N.J.; Darwin Hayes, Bronx, N.Y.; Paul Hsiao, Fresno, Calif.; Shane Murphy, Anchorage, Alaska.

The 16 members of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class, which includes several new dentists, attended their first session at ADA Headquarters today.

The class members are Drs. Abdullaibrahim Abdulwaheed, Cambridge Massachusetts; Xochitl Anderson, Lubbock, Texas; Kevin Bolden, Waco, Texas; Darwin Hayes, Bronx, New York; Amanda Hemmer, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; Shih-Yen Hsiao, Fresno, California; Malieka Johnson, San Diego, California; Mark Limosani, Weston, Florida; Carliza Marcos, San Carlos, California; Christina Meiners, San Antonio, Texas; Shane Murphy, Anchorage, Alaska; Robin Nguyen, Trinity, Florida; Deryck Pham, Mays Landing, New Jersey; Inna Piskorska, San Antonio, Texas; Zellisha Quam, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Rico Short, Smyrna, Georgia.

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 a key part of the leadership learning experience, each participant also designs and completes a personal leadership project for their community or the profession.

In addition to this week’s session, the 2014-15 class will attend two other sessions: Dec. 8-9 and Sept. 10-11, 2015. Students will work with leading educators from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business during three sessions. The ADA thanks Henry Schein and Procter & Gamble for their continued support of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

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