The American Dental Association is the #1 organization representing all dentists. Most members say they are likely to refer membership to their colleagues — is that true for you?
As an active member, you know first-hand the value your membership provides. ADA Member-Get-A-Member is the ideal opportunity to share this success by encouraging your nonmember colleagues to join.
You will be rewarded with a $100 gift card for each new, active member you recruit (up to five members or $500 in gift cards!) Or you may decline the incentive and ADA will contribute $100 to the ADA Foundation. Please see Campaign Rules for full details.
The ADA Member-Get-A-Member campaign runs through Sep. 30, 2014. Only new member applications received between Jan. 1, 2014 and Sep. 30, 2014 will be eligible.
At some meetings it seems like a minority of the participants do a majority of the talking. But urging the chatterboxes to shut up or coaxing the wallflowers to speak up is unlikely to solve the problem.
Step 1: Write just one sentence each. For the first five or 10 minutes of your next idea-generation meeting, every team member writes down one good idea or one proposed solution on, say, each of a small stack of index cards.
Step 2: Consider the idea, not the source. When the timer goes off, all cards are submitted anonymously and taped or thumbtacked to a wall for the whole team’s consideration.
Step 3: Put it to a blind vote. Team members signal their interest in an idea by marking it with a sticker or a Post-it note. Everyone gets a limited number of stickers and, if done right, the best ideas emerge quickly
What about you—what has been an effective tactic to ensure that everyone in a meeting is heard? Leave your answers in the comments
They are all terms found on the Glossary of Dental Clinical and Administrative Terms. There are many terms used daily by dentists and their teams in the course of delivering care to patients, maintaining patient records and preparing claims. New dentists and new team members may not be as familiar with some terms. From abscess to zygomatic bone, the Glossary has the definitions to get everyone up to speed and on the same page.
Questions? ADA members can call the number shown on your ADA member card, or send an email to email@example.com.
The ADA is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 Certificate for International Volunteer Service — the deadline is April 1, 2014. Eligible candidates must have volunteered at least 14 days within a 24 month period. Find the complete guidelines and nomination forms at ADA.org.
And if you are looking to volunteer overseas, visit the ADA International Volunteer website. Find information about selecting a program and location, preparing for your trip and what to expect upon your return home. You can search over 100 organizations by site location, program type, religious affiliation, and other considerations.
I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them.
Why is this 19-word phrase so effective? Cole explains that the phrase contains three essential signals:
You are part of this group.
This group is special; we have higher standards here.
I believe you can reach those standards.
The key is to understand that this feedback isn’t just feedback–it’s a vital cue about the relationship. The reason this approach works so well has to do with the way our brains are built. Evolution has built us to be cagey with our efforts; after all, engagement is expensive from a biological standpoint.
But when we receive an authentic, crystal-clear signal of social trust, belonging, and high expectations, the floodgates click open.
Now it’s your turn—do you have any techniques you use when giving feedback to ensure your feedback moves the listener forward, not back? Leave your answer in the comments.
Sometimes it seems we’re wired to correct the negative. So when it comes to making a change, we’ll wonder, “What is the problem and how shall I fix it?”
Author Dan Heath suggests that this approach probably works fine most of the time — if your kid has a single F on his report card, by all means focus on that problem. However in a post on the Fast Company blog, Heath suggests it isn’t always wise to focus on problems:
There’s one time in life when this problem-focus backfires on us, and that’s when we’re trying to change things. In times of change, our report card doesn’t look almost-perfect. It looks mixed. Parts of it look like a failure. And if, in those times, we slip into problem-solving mode, we’ll spin our wheels, because there are problems everywhere. That’s a recipe for inaction, for paralysis.
What’s the answer? Instead of focusing on the problems, identify the parts that are going right and try to reproduce those results. Heath calls this a bright spots focus.
Here’s an example — let’s say you set a New Year’s resolution to get more exercise, and that looking back you haven’t been as consistent as you hoped. You probably exercised on some days – what made those days different? If you do some detective work to identify those bright spots (“I woke up earlier on those days,” or “I had my gym bag ready-to-go by the front door,”) you can focus on increasing the number of good days, rather than scolding yourself for having bad days.
Have you found any bright spots? Leave your answers in the comments.
A new law called the Sunshine Act requires certain companies that provide payments, gifts, food, education, and other “transfers” to dentists to submit an annual report to the federal government with information about each dentist and what was provided.
The Act is intended to make the financial relationships between industry and providers transparent on a national scale, and to give consumers information so they may ask questions and make more informed decisions about their healthcare providers.
If you have questions about the Sunshine Act, you are in luck—the ADA has answers. ADA members may access the Frequently Asked Questions online. This member-only resource addresses twenty questions about the Act, including:
What information will be included in a report?
How can a dentist find out that a report has been filed?
Favorite EBD speakers Janet Clarkson, Dental Health Research Unit University of Dundee, and Bob Weyant, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, return in 2014 to discuss:
dissemination and implementation research
evidence-based clinical treatment and outcomes
behavioral change of practitioners
Information about the complete curriculum and new speakers is coming soon. Participants will receive 10 hours of continuing education credit. The registration fee is $150 for ADA members and $225 for non-members.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to check out the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry where you’ll find on-demand access to systematic reviews, summaries and clinical recommendations that translate the latest scholarly findings into a user-friendly format.
Researcher Daniel Goleman studied 3,000 executives over the course of three years to develop a model of six leadership styles. The original report was published by Harvard Business Review (registration required) but many blogs have referenced his work since the original was published in 2000.
The six styles Goleman identified are:
Coercive leaders demand immediate obedience. Do what I tell you.
Pace-setting leaders expect excellence and self-direction. Do as I do, now.
Authoritative leaders move people towards a vision. Come with me.
Affiliative leaders value and create emotional bonds and harmony. People come first.
Democratic leaders build consensus through participation and collaboration. What do you think?
Coaching leaders will develop people, allowing them to try different approaches in an open way. Try it.
If you’d like to increase your leadership skills, no matter what your style, please join us at the ADA 28th New Dentist Conference taking place in Kansas City, Missouri July 17-19, 2014 at Sheraton Kansas City, Crown Center (mark your calendar). In addition to a full day of leadership development, the Conference includes:
hands-on endodontic and implant CE courses at UMKC School of Dentistry
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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(…)
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. This(…)
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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(…)
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(…)