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Can you make a final impression in 20 minutes without a lab custom tray? Want to learn how while earning CE?

ADA365 logoWatch the complete fabrication of an implant overdenture prosthesis from start to finish in the ADA365 presentation Seeing is Believing on Friday, February 7, 2014.

View the latest methods in a digital examination and the newest impression and jaw recording procedures. Everything except the actual laboratory procedure is shown right in front of the camera, giving you an ideal perspective.

Seeing is Believing with instructor Joseph Massad, DDS

Friday, February 7, 2014

11 am-3 pm CST

Fee: $99 (ADA members only)

CE Credits: 2.5

This webcast is a presentation of one of the most popular Education in the Round courses from the ADA 2013 annual meeting. Only ADA members can earn CE credit by watching this webinar. Dr. Massad will also be available afterward to answer your questions and to offer a sneak preview of the courses he will be presenting at ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting, Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio.

After this course, you will be able to:

1. Make a final impression in 20 minutes without a lab custom tray

2. Complete a jaw recording with a gothic arch tracing device

3. Create a cameo impression

To register, visit ADA.org/ADA365

What Happens if you Want out of the Contract?

breaking-a-contractLast week we blogged about the ADA contract analysis service that offers member-dentists assistance in developing a clear understanding of the obligations and expectations for all parties.

On occasion, you may wish to terminate a contract that you feel is not working for you. In many cases, it would be best to fulfill your obligations under the contract and then elect not to renew it at the end of the contract term. But in some cases, you may decide that you would like to get out of the contract before the end date.

The ADA Center for Professional Success has a feature Strategies for an Unwanted Contract in Your Dental Practice. And while the piece is not a substitute for legal advice (you should always discuss your legal options with your own attorney) you’ll find useful information to help you frame your decision.

The ADA Center for Professional Success is 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 Contract Analysis Service

signing a documentBy the time you’ve navigated your way through the pages of a contract you might have given yourself a headache. It’s important you understand what you’re signing. But it’s also important to understand there is help available.

The ADA Contract Analysis Service provides members with information about a proposed contract to make it easier to analyze its terms. The service analyzes:

  • dental provider contracts with third party payers
  • dental management service organization contracts
  • contracts that offer dental school students scholarships or loans in exchange for a commitment for future employment

The analysis is not a substitute for legal advice.

Utilize this free ADA member benefit by submitting an unsigned copy of the contract and a request for analysis to your state dental society.

For the Patient — Keeping Medicine Safely in the Home

prescription drugsThe statistics are frightening — according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 60,000 children end up in emergency rooms each year because they got into medicines while their caregiver wasn’t looking. And a 2011 survey by the Partnership at Drugfree.org (PDF Link) found that almost one-in-five teenagers reported that they had abused prescription drugs at least once.

The January 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) includes a fact sheet for you to share with patients about keeping medicine safely in the home.

The article includes suggestions for safety in the home — one suggestion is to program the poison control number (800.222.1222) into your phone’s contact list. The article also includes suggestions for keeping medicine from being abused, including keeping track of the amount of medicine that should be in a bottle.

Unlike other portions of JADA, the print version of this page may be clipped and photocopied as a handout for patients without reprint permission from the ADA Publishing Division.

North Carolina Dental Students Making a Difference in Malawi

ADA Foundation logoYesterday we posted about the ADA Foundation Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award which recognizes dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S.

The ADA Foundation also recognizes one dental school student program each year for demonstrating excellence in providing services to underserved populations outside of the U.S. through the Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award. Established in 2012, the Zwemer Award provides $5,000 to one dental school on behalf of the students’ winning outreach program.

The winner of the 2013 ADAF Zwemer Award is the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry for its Malawi Dental Project.

Why Malawi? As the project’s blog notes, the country of almost 14 million people has fewer than 15 dentists.

Congratulations to these hardworking dental students for making a difference!

Dental Students Making a Difference Close to Home

open mouthThe ADA Foundation has announced the winners of the 2013  Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award. This annual award highlights significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S. The winning programs receive $5,000 to continue their outstanding work in serving the underserved.

The 2013 Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Awards go to:

The ADA Foundation increased the number of awards from one to six after a gift from ADA Business Resources Inc. (ADABEI).

Students at accredited dental schools across the U.S. submitted nomination materials in the fall of 2013. The applications are reviewed and scored, and the winners are selected, by ADA Foundation volunteer leadership with the final decision authority resting with the ADA Foundation Board.

Congratulations to these hardworking dental students for making a difference!

Schedule a Workshop for your New Dentist Committee

local arrangements committee smiling (2)Whether you are looking for a basic workshop to get off to a good start, or an advanced workshop, customized to meet your group’s needs, an ADA New Dentist Committee Workshop can help you elevate your connection to new dentists to the next level!

Both the basic and advanced workshops are designed for current and prospective members of your New Dentist Committee, as well as society leaders who work with or have an interest in the activities of the committee. The workshops are conducted by ADA staff in conjunction with the district representatives from the ADA New Dentist Committee.

There is no charge for workshops. The ADA pays for all of the speakers’ expenses, and the society hosting the meeting is requested to provide continental breakfast and lunch for the attendees as well as a location for the program.

To Schedule a Workshop or For More Information Please contact the ADA New Dentist Committee office at newdentist@ada.org.

Peer Review Resources from the ADA

open mouthThe peer review system is a voluntary process for resolving disputes between a patient and a dentist outside of a legal venue or the “court of public opinion.” The ADA promotes peer review as an option to the public at MouthHealthy.org, and dentists may encourage dissatisfied patients to consider initiating the process as a way of settling a disagreement.

Access the complete range of ADA peer review resources online at ADA.org.

Working on the Weekend?

Pocket watches in a bunchWhen it comes to work/life balance, one common piece of advice is to avoid working on the weekends whenever possible. But productivity writer and blogger Laura Vanderkam, writing on the Fast Company blog, suggests that work on the weekends might just be the key to a successful work/life balance.

Working on weekends is the flipside of having flexibility during the week, notes Vanderkam. Taking the time during the week to have dinner with your family or attend a child’s event might create a deficit in your number of working hours, and it makes sense to fill that gap over the weekend.

Of course not everyone uses Saturday and Sunday as days off — we’ve chatted with numerous dentists who see patients on one or both of those days. What about you — do you ever take time on your days off to catch up on paperwork or address other work obligations? Leave your answers in the comments.

Tackling a Tough Challenge? Know your Conative Style (and Find a Friend)

New Dentist ReceptionWhether you are tackling a new year’s resolution, juggling a change in your home or work life, or facing another challenge, you probably have a preferred conation.

Conation is a concept developed by Kathy Kolbe, a specialist in learning strategies, and it refers to the way you like to tackle a task. Kolbe identified four conative styles:

  • “Quick starters” swing into action, using trial and error.
  • “Fact finders” need information and research
  • “Follow through-ers” use methodical systems
  • “Implementers” figure things out by building models or using tools.

It’s easy to see how a conative strength could also be a weakness — for instance a fact finder could become stuck in “analysis paralysis.”

Author and blogger Martha Beck suggests that we often have friends who share our own conative styles, so the solution is to find a friend (or a group) with a different conative style. For instance, if you are a fact finder, you might benefit from chatting with a quick starter in order to get your project off the ground. Beck asserts that she never starts a new project without building a team of friends with different conative strengths.

If you are looking for a group of dentist friends it’s a good idea to attend a local meeting. And it’s a great idea to attend the 28th Annual New Dentist Conference  July 17-19, 2014, where you can get to know colleagues from across the country who are tackling the same challenges you may be facing.

What’s your conative style? Leave your answer in the comments.