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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.

Consumers’ top online searches on dental treatment

According to ADA News, the terms “adult cleaning” and “root canal on a molar tooth” were the top two most frequently searched terms about dental services on FAIR Health, a website that provides cost information on medical and dental treatment.

The top five dental services searched for in the first two quarters in 2014 were: 1.) adult cleaning (prophylaxis); 2.) root canal on a molar tooth; 3.) comprehensive oral evaluation, initial exam; 4.) periodic oral evaluation, six-month recall exam; and 5.) crown made of all porcelain/ceramic material. These were the same terms searched for in 2013 but ranked differently.

The top 15 most searched dental services in 2013 and 2014.

The top 15 most searched dental services in 2013 and 2014.

Consumers can access FAIR Health’s free database of billions of billed medical and dental services so they can estimate and plan their medical and dental expenditures. FAIR Health’s consumer website FH Consumer Cost Lookup also offers educational articles and videos about the health care insurance reimbursement system.

“This is great information for dentists looking to foster honest and open relationships with their patients,” said Dr. Andrew Vorassi, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs. “When we have some insight as to what is on our patients’ minds, we have the tools to educate them on how we can help them as dentists.”

For more information on FAIR Health, visit http://www.fairhealth.org.

Did the most frequently search terms surprise you?

UMKC dental students relieve burden for local ER

According to a great piece from Action for Dental Health, which showcases local and state activity to increase access to dental care, students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City dental clinic and local community health centers are helping to relieve the burden a local hospital faces in treating people with severe dental pain.

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Emergency rooms across the country are visited frequently by patients seeking treatment for dental pain, and most hospitals are underequipped and not sufficiently staffed to provide comprehensive dental care.

The number of dental visits to hospital emergency rooms doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2010, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. That upward trend of people visiting emergency rooms for treatment of dental pain taxes hospitals’ resources, with some patients visiting multiple times.

For the full story, click here.

Special savings for new dentists at ADA 2014

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New dentists can get extra bang for their buck at ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting, Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio. New dentists (those who graduated from dental school in 2005 or later) can take advantage of a 20 percent discount from course fees in the New Dentist Track — a special 11-course CE track with a mix of business, ergonomics and clinical topics designed to make transition into practice smoother.

Register for the meeting, courses and special events by Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. Central time, to save on fees and to receive your meeting badge and tickets in the mail before the meeting. (See the full story here.)ADA 2014 logo

ADA 2014 also features some great special events and networking opportunities:

• Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series, featuring President George W. Bush, Oct. 9, from 9-10:30 a.m., at the Alamodome. The program is free, but advance registration is required.

• Welcome Celebration, Oct. 9, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Historic Sunset Station. Cost is $65 for adults and $35 children under 12, and includes Texas-style tailgate food and drinks; live music; and round-trip transportation from ADA hotels.

• New Dentist Reception, Oct. 10, from 5:30-7 p.m., Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Lonesome Dove Room. Cost is $20 per person in advance, $30 after the September 5 deadline.

Visit ADA.org/meeting to register for these CE courses and special events.

UIC dental students seek ‘Success’ at ADA Headquarters

SuccessMore than 50 University of Illinois-Chicago first-year dental students visited the ADA Headquarters Monday, Aug. 18 for a Success Dental Student Program and a building tour.

The students received an overview on career opportunities, stress management and financial management from Dr. Tom Sullivan, ADA Success speaker. In addition, the Illinois State Dental Society provided an overview on the value of getting involved in organized dentistry.

Also that same day, third- and fourth-year students received an ADA Success program presentation from Dr. Eric Childs, New Dentist Committee member, at the UIC College of Dentistry.

The Success Dental Student Programs provide the next generation dentists with ethical and practice management information and valuable ADA resources for the transition from dental school to dental practice. For more information on the programs, click here.

2014 ADA New Dentist Committee Awards

Congratulations to the dentists and new dentist committees honored July 19 at the 12th Annual New Dentist Committee Awards Luncheon in Kansas City, Missouri.

Recipients were chosen based on a demonstrated commitment to new dentists and dental students through their enthusiasm, volunteerism and dedication to the future of the profession. The 2014 awards and recipients were:

New dentist leader: Dr. Dustin Burleson, the 2014-15 president of the Greater Kansas City Dental Society, accepts the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Leadership.

New dentist leader: Dr. Dustin Burleson, the 2014-15 president of the Greater Kansas City Dental Society, accepts the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Leadership.

Outstanding program: Dr. Larry Dougherty, chair of the San Antonio District Dental Society Committee on the New Dentist, accepts the New Dentist Committee Outstanding Program Award of Excellence. The committee had formed a fantasy football league that provided a unique networking opportunity for practicing dentists, residents and corporate sponsor representatives.

Outstanding program: Dr. Larry Dougherty, chair of the San Antonio District Dental Society Committee on the New Dentist, accepts the New Dentist Committee Outstanding Program Award of Excellence. The committee had formed a fantasy football league that provided a unique networking opportunity for practicing dentists, residents and corporate sponsor representatives.

Outstanding committee: (From left) Ms. Kathy Ridley, Mr. Bryce Larson, Dr. Brenden Moon, Dr. Andy Wiers, Dr. Jill McMahon and Dr. Samantha Arnold, staff and members of the Illinois State Dental Society New Dentist Committee, hold up their plaque for the Outstanding New Dentist Committee.

Outstanding committee: (From left) Ms. Kathy Ridley, Mr. Bryce Larson, Dr. Brenden Moon, Dr. Andy Wiers, Dr. Jill McMahon and Dr. Samantha Arnold, staff and members of the Illinois State Dental Society New Dentist Committee, hold up their plaque for the Outstanding New Dentist Committee.

Legislative leader: Dr. Christopher Herzog of the Washington State Dental Association is the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Legislative Leadership. Dr. Dan Bruce, ADA New Dentist Committee 11th District representative, accepted the award on Dr. Herzog’s behalf.

Legislative leader: Dr. Christopher Herzog of the Washington State Dental Association is the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Legislative Leadership. Dr. Dan Bruce, ADA New Dentist Committee 11th District representative, accepted the award on Dr. Herzog’s behalf.

Dr. Christopher Herzog

Dr. Christopher Herzog

New Dentist Conference being re-envisioned at ADA 2015 — America’s Dental Meeting

Dr. Chris Hasty, New Dentist Committee liaison to the Council on ADA Sessions

Dr. Chris Hasty, New Dentist Committee liaison to the Council on ADA Sessions

The latest ADA News reported that the New Dentist Committee is seeking input from dental students and new dentists on the re-envisioned New Dentist Conference set for 2015.

In an effort to reach more new dentists and optimize resources, the annual New Dentist Conference is trying something new — holding next year’s event in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the larger ADA 2015 — America’s Dental Meeting.

The New Dentist Committee (NDC) has formed a workgroup to develop a vision and mission for the new dentist programming at the annual meeting, beginning with 2015.

“It is my hope that through collaboration between the NDC and the Council on ADA Sessions (CAS), we will truly be able to give new dentists the benefits of two meetings in one,” said Dr. Chris Hasty, NDC liaison to the CAS.

“If we can succeed at this, the Association and the NDC will be able to reach more new dentists, and hopefully attract new dentists and future leaders to the ADA and America’s Dental Meeting.”

Dental students and new dentists should contact their NDC representative to provide feedback.

Check out the full story here.

Dr. McMahon updates CMIRP on NDC actions, initiatives

Dr. Jill McMahon, ADA New Dentist Committee member, speaks during the Aug. 15 and 16 Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs meeting.

Dr. Jill McMahon, ADA New Dentist Committee member, speaks during the Aug. 15-16 Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs meeting.

What do new dentists think? Dr. Jill McMahon, ADA New Dentist Committee member, participated in the Aug. 15 and 16 Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs (CMIRP) meeting to share just that.

Dr. McMahon, who serves as an ex officio member to CMIRP, updated the council on NDC activities and offered the new dentist viewpoint throughout the meeting. As a standing committee of the ADA Board of Trustees, the NDC has a unique opportunity to participate in ADA councils and commissions on issues affecting new dentists.

“It’s really important for ADA to offer valuable benefits for new dentists and to also communicate that information in the way that makes sense to them,” said Dr. McMahon. “That’s part of my job as the NDC rep — to make sure the other ADA councils understand this view and keep it front of mind.”

CMIRP is the agency of the ADA whose purpose is to enhance the value of ADA membership by overseeing the sponsored insurance and endorsed retirement programs and by aiding dentists in the management of their personal and professional risks through educational activities, informational programs and services.

The New Dentist Committee has representation on 11 other ADA councils and the ADPAC Board. For more information on how the ADA is organized, visit the ADA Leadership and Governance Web page.

WVU dental school’s ‘Cupcake Wars’ raises $700

Cupcake WarsFuture new dentists found a creative way to raise money for their local community.

Calling it “Cupcake Wars,” students at West Virginia University School of Dentistry hosted their first cupcake-baking contest July 12 to raise money for the Morgantown, West Virginia community. In all, more than $700 was raised for charity.

“Cupcake wars was a fun and creative way to get students involved in something fun during the summer session and get our class to come together and help for a great cause, said Ms. Kerri Thomas, president of the WVU dental school Class of 2017.

Check out the full story in ADA News.

 

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.