James D. Nickman
5000 Osborne Road, Suite 345
Fridley, MN 55432
Giving Gift Spans Every Season
Maxillofacial (OMS) Specialists, P.A., held their fifth annual charity golf
event at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minnesota this past May 14. The
event also included a new 25- and 50-mile biking route for non-golfers. An
amazing total of $12,600 was raised this year to benefit the Sharing and Caring
Hands Dental Clinic, located in downtown Minneapolis.
OMS, their referring doctors, and local vendors had another great time enjoying
another beautiful day together to help support Mary Jo Copeland’s ongoing
Chance to Register for the 82nd Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting
chance this issue of Northwest Dentistry comes across your desk prior to
Friday, December 7, 2007 and you have not registered for the meeting, yes, you
can definitely still attend! Please contact the District Office and you can
register by telephone: (651) 631-9845. Dr. John A. Molinari will be speaking on
“Emerging Diseases and Challenging Issues in Infection Control”.
in medicine and science during the early and mid- twentieth century reinforced
the common perception that microbial diseases no longer presented a major
concern for human infection. What went unrecognized, however, was the reality
that microorganisms have enormous potential for evolution and adaptation to
external factors which affect their surrounding environments. As proof, infectious
diseases described over the past four decades include those caused by newly
discovered microbial pathogens, re-emergent infections with drug-resistant
strains, and infections which have become increasingly resistant to previously
successful antimicrobials. In addition to presenting threats to the general
population, a number of these infections also present occupational risks to
health care providers. This seminar will consider infectious challenges
presented by two microbial groups and diseases, blood-borne pathogens
(Hepatitis B and C), and bio-aerosols (influenza viruses, including avian
influenza and tuberculosis) in the context of current epidemiology and
scientific evidence. Included in the discussion are features and impact of
clinical infection, risk factors, potential for microbial transmission, and
appropriate infection control precautions for dental and medical professionals.
result of taking this course, the participant should be able to:
hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases to dentistry.
emerging diseases (bird flu, resistant bacteria, newly emerging viruses, etc.)
and increased antibiotic resistance in dental infections.
with the new CDC infection control guidelines.
Determine the practical approach to infection control.
the infection control practices in dental offices and any changes in standard
precautions, glove changes, and mask quality.
about pandemics and what can be done to prepare for them.
what precautions to take when traveling in the United States or abroad.
which appropriate vaccinations should be given to health care workers in
the spread of microbes in the dental office.
where health care professionals can find information on medical infection
issues that are reliable sources and the most current and up-to-date.
of the effects of global warming and the progression of disease as well as the
effect on our food sources as a source of infectious disease
will earn five infection control continuing education credits for this lecture.
This program is recommended for the entire dental team. Again, please call the
Minneapolis District Dental Society office at (651) 631-9845 as soon as
possible if you wish attend this meeting. We will get you registered!
State Regulations Impact the Practice of Conscious Sedation?
find out at the Thursday, January 24, 2008 MDDS General Assembly Meeting. The
continuing education program committee has arranged for Dr. Noah Sandler to
join us to provide the latest updates on conscious sedation in your dental
practice. Dr. Sandler will have the most current information for everyone to
hear from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
practice of conscious sedation is controlled at many levels. National
organizations, in addition to individual states, have produced “guidelines” for
the safe administration of sedatives in the office. Often these guidelines
provide educational, equipment, and emergency protocols. Recently, the state of
updated its guidelines for the safe practice of sedation in the office.
purpose of this lecture will be to review all the NEW state guidelines in the
context of existing national and pre-existing Minnesota regulations. A discussion of the
potential impact of these guidelines on the practice of anesthesia in the
dental office will be highlighted. There will be plenty of time for questions
and answers after the lecture.
lecture is recommended for your entire dental team, and will be one of the most
enlightening and practical dental seminars you experience. This is one you will
not want to miss. Everyone needs the information that Dr. Sandler will be
sharing in this lecture.
Sandler is in private practice in Savage and Shakopee (Midwest Oral and
Maxillofacial Surgery) with Dr. Gregory Hueler. Dr. Sandler graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in 1991, and from medical school
in 1995 at the University
of Pittsburgh as part of
his residency, which he completed from the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center in 1998. Dr. Sandler was formerly an instructor at the University of Minnesota
(1998-2005), where much of his lecturing and research was in outpatient
to the following new members of the District. Their membership allows them to
develop a strong network of fellow professionals who understand the day-to-day
triumphs and tribulations of practicing dentistry. When you see these doctors
at our next component meeting, please take a minute to welcome them to
organized dentistry. Consider giving them a telephone call to welcome them to
the Minneapolis District. Invite a new colleague to join you at an upcoming
District meeting, or take a new member to lunch. Let’s welcome them to the
A. Dylla, D.D.S.
G. Petersen, D.D.S.
Programs and Events
December 7, 2007
Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting
“Emerging Diseases and
Challenging Issues In Infection Control”
Dr. John A. Molinari
Marriott Southwest Hotel
January 24, 2008
Subject: “Changes in Sedation and
How It Affects Your Dental Practice”
Dr. Noah Sandler
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
February 2, 2008
Annual Give Kids a Smile Day
and Caring Hands Dental Clinic
Please join us for this very worthwhile event!
March 13, 2008
“The Autistic Dental Patient”
Dr. Michael Reiff
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
April 17, 2008
Installation of Officers and Guest
of Honor Meeting
Guest of Honor: Bashar Bakdash, D.D.S.
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Annual Give Kids a Smile Day Planned at Sharing and Caring Hands
conjunction with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Day, and
in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Minneapolis District
Dental Society will be sponsoring its 8th Annual Children’s Dental Health Care
Day for children in need at the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic in
Minneapolis. This day will serve as a way of helping children with dental
exams, X-rays, treatments, and dental education who would otherwise go without.
With your help and support, it is guaranteed to be a successful day!
will be held Saturday, February 2, 2008 at Sharing and Caring Hands Dental
Clinic, located at 525 North 7th Street, Minneapolis beginning at 9:00 a.m. and
concluding at 4:00 p.m.
you to make this very special day a continuing success. Please consider
volunteering a few hours toward this very worthwhile event. We are in need of
dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental students to make
this day a complete success. To sign up as a volunteer, please contact the
District Office at (651) 631-9845. If you have further questions, please
contact Dr. Teresa Fong at (763) 786-4260 or the District Office at the number
College of Dentists Awards Fellowships to District Members
Pamela Erickson, Venetia Leganis, Patrick Lloyd, James Nickman, Nelson Rhodus,
and Sally Schuette were awarded Fellowship in the International College of
Dentists on Friday, September 28, 2007, during their Annual Meeting and
Convention in San Francisco, California. We congratulate all of these long-time
members of the District on their induction. It is a very high honor to achieve
International College of Dentists is recognized around the globe as the
pre-eminent international dental organization. One of the “objectives” of the
college is to advance the art and science of dentistry for the health and
welfare of the public internationally.
International College of
Dentists is a leading honorary dental
organization dedicated to the recognition of outstanding professional
achievement and meritorious service and the continued progress of the profession of dentistry for the benefit of all humankind. Congratulations to all!
Saint Paul District
Loren J. taple
1227 Northwood Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121
Why Do We
As we move from fall into winter,
I find myself entertaining the same thought that crosses my mind every year at
this time: Why do I live here, and why do I stay here? I am a born and bred
Minn-ah-soh-ton. I often feel I did not pick this place to live; it more or
less picked me. Or more correctly, my great-grandparents and grandparents chose
to come here. What would have been so wrong with somewhere down south or out
west? What were they thinking? Of course, the citizens in California
are asking themselves, “Why couldn’t we have settled in, say, Minnesota?” as wildfires burn
Now don’t get me wrong, for the
most part I enjoy living here, and I think you would agree that Minnesota is a hard
place to beat. After all, we get a couple of weeks each spring, summer, and
fall when the weather is hovering around 70 degrees and there is a nice warm
southerly breeze in the air and the mosquitoes aren’t bothering you. That said,
I decided to scratch this particular itch and satisfy my curiosity. I decided
to ask a few of our fellow Saint Paul District dentists who did not go to
school here and who had no prior ties to the area, “What were you thinking when
you decided to set up your practice and, in essence, your life here?” According
to T.S. Eliot, “Home is where one starts from,” and Saint Paul is where a number of our fellow
dentists choose to start from every day.
The first question I asked was,
“What brought you to Minnesota, and
specifically Saint Paul?”
The responses I got included things such as getting engaged to someone who was
from here, friends in the area from college…
Being able to live in a small/big town was also appealing.
Overwhelmingly, the things that brought people to this area were family and
friends. I think it is important to remember that at the end of the day when
work is done, it is your family and friends who fill your life and give it
meaning. Not one of the dentists queried mentioned coming here primarily for
work. It was family, friends, and the opportunity to interact with nature and
actually escape work which drew people to this area.
Then I asked them, “What benefits
or impediments to practicing dentistry do you see in Saint
Paul or the larger state of Minnesota?”
By far the biggest concern people had about practicing not only in Saint Paul but within the
state was, not surprisingly, the tax burden.
Income tax, combined with the MinnesotaCare tax and the many other
“fees” that the state levies on small businesses such as a dental office, was
by far the chief impediment to practice here. This burden, as high as it is,
however, was apparently not enough to offset most people’s feelings that Saint
Paul is still a great place to raise a family and that the people here are
truly “Minnesota Nice”. Our natural resources were also mentioned as benefits
to living and working here. It was
interesting to note that no one mentioned the winter as an impediment.
Saint Paul, of course, is not without its
issues. The downtown area has lost a
steady stream of dentists and other small businesses over the years to the
suburbs or other areas of the city.
Making the downtown area relevant continues to be a challenge. However, as the state of Minnesota
prepares to celebrate is sesquicentennial in 2008, Saint Paul continues to be a great place to
live and work. Even people from Minneapolis occasionally
sneak across the river and have fun in over here.
If home is where one starts from,
a lot of people have decided Saint
Paul is that starting place.
District welcomes two new members even as it says farewell and have fun to
another retiree. Please say hello to:
Joseph M. Opack, D.D.S. Dr. Opack is a 2007 graduate from Creighton University and is practicing at Saint
Paul Family Dentistry.
Spanish, D.D.S. A 2007 graduate from the University of Minnesota School of
Dentistry, Dr. Spanish is an associate at a clinic in South Saint Paul.
congratulations to Dr. Harold R. Eberhardt on your recent retirement!
See You There
Crowne Plaza Saint Paul/Riverfront
Dental Health Day
927 Trettle Lane
Cloquet, MN 55720
am writing this the day before the Minnesota
firearms deer hunting opener. It’s a wonder that I can even pay attention to
what I am writing! The days upon days of rain have finally ended, and we have
been treated to some really nice fall weather lately. I know many of you have
taken pheasant hunting trips to places near and far, while others have been
chasing golf balls around in the leaves. My wife astutely pointed out that not
everyone is a golfer or hunter, so I should also say it’s been nice weather for
hiking in the woods, bike riding, running, and shopping (although any weather
is good for shopping, I suppose). Many of you have probably also been out doing
some fall fishing and have noted the upside to all of our rain, which is an
increase in the levels of our northern lakes. Whatever you’ve been up to, it’s
also time for District meetings, and another season of NEDDS meetings is upon
us. Our district’s get-togethers always provide a great opportunity to visit
with old friends and also to meet some of the newer members of the Northeast.
September meeting was held at the newly rebuilt Northland Country Club. It
served as a great venue for the event, and the new space is very nicely done.
Our speaker for the day was Doug Lambert, a good friend of Steve L’Abbe and a
well-respected clinician in our state. Doug practices in Edina,
of course) and has lectured throughout the country. His presentation, titled
“Contemporary Concepts for the Conservative Dentist/An Esthetic Potpourri”,
covered a wide range of subjects from materials to techniques. Doug presented
us with a lot of information that can easily be incorporated into our own
practices on a day-to-day basis. He showed several cases throughout the day and
discussed the rationale behind his treatment decisions. It was good to see a
large turnout of dentists and team members at the meeting, and Doug did a nice
job engaging the audience throughout the day.
October NEDDS meeting was held at the Radisson Duluth. Joe Stevens, a dentist
in private practice in Wichita,
Kansas, was the featured
presenter. He is also the founder of KISCO, a dental products marketing company
that provides a variety of products to dental offices. His presentation, titled
“Efficient Dentistry”, focused on methods to streamline virtually every
procedure that we do in our offices every day. Joe discussed time-saving
techniques, products he feels can speed up our daily work, and his methodology
for running a highly efficient dental practice. I think everyone was probably
able to take something home from the presentation to use in his or her own
practice. Thank you to Joe for making the trip all the way up to Duluth from Kansas!
I should also mention that in
September, Dr. Todd Lund made his “debut” in the Northeastern District at a
party held at the Kitchi Gammi Club. Todd has joined the prosthodontics
practice of Doug Erickson in the Medical
and is currently working there one day a week. Todd is a maxillofacial
prosthodontist, and brings an extensive background with him to our area. That’s
right, a maxillofacial prosthodontist. Look that up on Wikipedia for a good
definition. I hadn’t heard of this sub-specialty of prosthodontics either, but
after looking into it I’ve found that this is some absolutely amazing stuff!
Dr. Lund is on the teaching staff
at Hennepin County Medical
Clinic, and his areas of interest are impressive, including:
prosthetic restoration of oral and facial defects created by trauma or by
surgical resection of cancer,
• oral and craniofacial implants
to retain prosthetic restorations,
• and prosthetic treatment for
patients with developmental and craniofacial defects.
Keep an eye out for Todd at future
NEDDS meetings, and welcome him to the District. And if you happen to be
missing an eye, well, he can probably help you out with that, too!
As the Days Grow Shorter
Well, it’s time to make sure those
essentials like long johns, a toothbrush, and the cribbage board are packed in
my duffel bag. Stay warm, and stay tuned for the next Northeastern District
John E. Lueth
P.O. Box 310
Bemidji, MN 56619
Self: Pick Up a Boat on the Way to Work
just spent many and any spare moments this fall in pursuit of waterfowl and
other game, I was reminded of the following story as one of those
strange-but-true incidents which narrowly averts disaster. What might have gone
horribly wrong turned out to be one of those “you’re not gonna believe this!”
accounts. It also struck me as a variation on the old joke about the guy who
went to a fight … and a hockey game broke out! Or, in this case, a hunter
driving to the office on an ordinary workday winds up unexpectedly having a
duck hunting story jump right up in front of him.
true story, which took place in the Northwestern District, the hero of our
tale, Dr. Bill Baker, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon based in Brainerd
with satellite practice locations in the Northwestern District. He is also an
avid waterfowl hunter. One midweek workday he was driving to work, and the next
he knew …
the early a.m. of October 19, 2006…the Thursday of MEA (Minnesota Educator’s
Association school conference break). On this particular morning, Bill’s route
from Brainerd took him through Wadena, New York Mills, and along miles of rural area to his
destination of Detroit
Lakes. Departing for Detroit Lakes in the darkest hour of the
morning, it was his normal routine to stop at a certain coffee shop along the
way at about 5:30 a.m. to get an eye-opener cup of coffee that would help get
him safely down the road. On this particular morning, he had for some unknown
reason not done so. But at that hour there was no traffic, and the drive was
proceeding as quietly as it normally did.
the speed limit and peering into the pitch dark distance, Bill was cruising
uneventfully along when all of a sudden out of the dark appeared an obstacle
completely occupying his traffic lane! In a microsecond Bill recognized it was
a boat. It was a duck boat. You know the kind: When hunting ducks from a boat,
you want one which is camouflaged, dull, with muted colors that blend in with
the landscape and offer no glare or reflection to alert the ducks – or, it
turns out, drivers of vehicles on a highway!!
The obstacle appeared so quickly – it was parallel in his lane, with the
aft of the boat facing him. With no time to react to avoid it, all Bill could
do was to line up to straddle it and hit it squarely!
a bang as his vehicle crashed into the boat and a terrible, indescribable noise
as they continued together down the pavement. Bill was able to keep the
Suburban on the road through all of this and finally ended up on the shoulder
of the highway.
stopped, he got out to check what all had happened so fast.
and its motor were still beneath the Suburban, wedged lengthwise in perfect
alignment fore to aft between the wheels. Nice fit, if just a bit
squashed! In fact, it looked almost as
if by pushing, pulling, or jumping on it Bill might just be lucky enough to
free it from the undercarriage. Try as he might, however, he wasn’t able to
pair of headlights appeared. A small truck was coming back down the highway
toward Bill. The vehicle slowed as it neared him. It was a pickup with four high
school kids, two boys and two girls, in it.
driver was a 16-year-old boy. He told Bill that they had been going duck
hunting on this Thursday morning because it was MEA and they had two days of
school vacation. A plan had been hatched the night before at the traditional
Wednesday-night-before-MEA high school football game. The two boys had made the
arrangements. The driver borrowed his dad’s pickup truck. Then they got the
okay to borrow a friend’s brand NEW duck boat, complete with motor. Somewhere
along the line they had convinced the two girls to join them for the early
morning hunt. One important detail, however, had escaped their attention. When
they loaded the boat into the back of the pickup, they had failed to tie it in!
those kids were shocked when, on their way down the highway to the hunting
spot, they noticed the boat exit out the back end of the truck. Surely not as
surprised as Bill was to “find” it, though! And you’re not human if you don’t
empathize with what those kids must have been feeling when they saw it all
smashed beneath Bill’s Suburban.
the kids hold on to the front of boat while he tried to back the vehicle off of
it, getting the tires smoking in the attempt, but that didn’t work.
the kids asked one of the others, “Don’t you live a quarter mile down the
who did replied yes, and set off to retrieve a floor jack. Then they waited.
tock, we’re all on the clock … Kid came back; they grabbed the jack.
poetry. They jacked the Suburban up as high as it could go, and proceeded to
stomp, jump on, and kick that boat, but they could not shake it loose.
time Dr. Baker had been looking at his watch. There would be patients waiting
soon, and it was still quite a distance to Detroit Lakes. He tells the kids he
has to call a wrecker. Then he tells them that when he does this, a highway
patrolman will also arrive.
license current,” he asks the driver. “Do you have insurance?” All the
necessary questions, and one necessary fact: “Sorry, but it’s got to be done.”
a tow truck arrived. The driver took a Long Island minute to look over the
situation. Then he uttered what Bill had been thinking but couldn’t really bear
to say to the teenage driver: “Looks like a flat-bottomed boat now!” It was the
best line of the day. Too bad it didn’t get the laugh it deserved. Somewhere
elsewhere away from the immediate circumstance, the highway patrolman was
having a long chat with the kid.
point Bill’s first patient was due to land in a chair in about 20 minutes. He
needed to get going. Thanks to the deity who watches over these kinds of
things, the Suburban actually worked (even with > $1,000 damage), and he
motored, sans duck boat, on to Detroit Lakes with quite a tale to tell to his
may be familiar with a regular feature in one of the Field and Stream type
magazines which tells the tale of some sportsman’s personal harrowing outdoor
encounter and how s/he survived. Dr. Baker is hoping to receive the big payday
for his submission if this whopper story is published in an upcoming issue!
Watch for it!?
Gregory P. Miller
1140 South Avenue
North Mankato, MN 56003
Assisting: A Profession
Note: The following article was written by Ms. Karon Metz, Director of Dental
Assisting at South Central College,
North Mankato, Minnesota. Her e-mail is
challenging and exciting career of dental assisting, dedicated and
conscientious individuals are evolving into career professionals. Professionalism is expressed through
communication, a broadening of clinical applications of technical skills, and
education through advanced courses and techniques to ensure assistants are
properly prepared to serve the profession in all aspects required.
advances in the practice of dentistry, along with the growth of technology,
progressive dental practices are recognizing that dental consumers are
expecting more from all dental professionals. Dentistry is changing from
traditional methods of delivering patient care to new and innovative dental
practices in conjunction with the progression of new technologies, materials,
assisting has long been a vital and essential part of the field of dentistry,
enabling the dental health team to increase productivity, efficiency, and total
care to the dental patient. Developing from a “lady in attendance” role into a
modern dental career, dental assisting has continued to be a profession of
dedicated, conscientious individuals who are adjusting to the evolution of the
changing world of dentistry.
methods of delivering patient services involved the dental assistant who
maintained a passive role in patient health care. Starting with basic dental
assisting skills, dental assistants trained in chairside dental assisting,
minimal laboratory procedures, and business dental assisting. In the 1960s,
expanded function dental assisting came on the scene. Today, the professional
dental assistant is providing more direct-care dental services with highly
developed technical skills.
assistants are dedicated to more than the clinical application of skills.
Assistants’ responsibilities are expanding into additional areas of service
such as coordinating patient treatment, as well as involvement in the
production of restorative dentistry. This is along with the development of
dental marketing strategies, financial management, and administrative skills to
insure the total dental health care of the dental patient. In response to the
evolution of the modern dental practice, assistants are pursuing advanced
courses and/or degrees that will provide the skills needed to ensure they are
properly prepared to serve their profession and today’s dental consumers. Each new expanded function allows the dental
assistant to expand and grow in her or his professional capabilities, which now
include increasing responsibilities within all aspects, such as expanded
functions and restorative dental assisting.
Patient as Consumer
advancement of technology, the highly educated and savvy dental consumer is
researching and shopping for a progressive dental practice that will meet and
hopefully exceed his or her expectations.
To thrive in this atmosphere of increased awareness on the part of the
dental patient, the progressive dental practice must ensure it is able to meet
and exceed the expectation of these selective patients.
dental profession is beginning to appreciate the need for highly educated and
skilled dental assistants in order to meet the needs of today’s dental patients
who are more knowledgeable. More dentists are acknowledging the demand for
levels of patient care and the need to delegate more complex tasks to their
trained clinical auxiliaries. The future is now here. Dental assistants are
providing more direct patient care services than ever before. This is an
important aspect in the development of the scope of dental assisting within
each dental practice.
Future, Here and Now
1969, when Minnesota became the first state in
the country to update its Dental Practice Act to include the dental assistant
and the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), dentistry in Minnesota has participated in this rapid
evolution and change in how dentistry is practiced. Dental assistants take
pride in the role they play in helping to provide the very highest quality of
dental services to THEIR patients. As access to care continues to be an issue
in rural areas throughout the country, the need for professional dental
assistants will continue.
growth of technology and the change of scope in aspects of the practice of
dentistry, this in an innovative and exciting time in the profession of dental
assisting. Professional dental assistants will continue to be a vital and
essential part of the dental health team and of patient care.
Travis A. Schmitt
204 4th Street SW, Suite 144
Austin, MN 55912-4427
‘Em, We Got ‘Em: Seasonal Greetings and Happy Holidays
holidays to everyone! I hope all is well with the families, friends, patients,
and dental practices of all our SEDDS members.
to believe another year is almost to an end. Your District Executive Council
wants you to know how much it continues to appreciate your past support, and
hopes you will once again renew your membership to the American Dental
Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and, of course, your
Southeastern District Dental Society. FYI, our district had the largest
percentage increase in membership last year to lead the state! President Mike
Flynn was presented this award at our 2007 House of Delegates. Having a strong
and unified voice to promote good dental policy is extremely important. Again,
thank you for your support.
district has had a strong tradition of providing quality meetings with timely
and informative continuing education topics. If you haven’t been to a meeting
lately, please come! You may be surprised by what you’ve been missing. Our
2007-2008 District president Dr. Duane Price is once again in charge of the Spring
Meeting, and he will also be coordinating the Annual Meeting.
these dates on your calendar - you won’t be disappointed!
important meeting to consider attending is the MDA’s annual Star of the North
Meeting, which will be held April 10 to April 12 in 2008. It needs to be noted
that this meeting is now starting on Thursday rather than the traditional
Saturday with the pre-session seminars on the day before. The Minnesota Dental
Association needs you to support this meeting by JUST SHOWING UP. A higher
attendance means more money from the vendors attending this meeting, which
keeps our dues lower. Also, your district can win an award by having the
highest percentage of district members attending this meeting.
possible district event for midsummer (if we find there is enough interest) is
the Chicago “tour the ADA and see the Cubs weekend”. ADA members can stay at the Ritz Carlton hotel, which is
across from the ADA
headquarters, for around $200 plus tax per night (a great deal!). The tour of
the American Dental Association National Headquarters is well worth your time,
especially if you have not been there before. And, of course, sitting outside
at Wrigley Field watching a ballgame is tops. Add good restaurants and good
shopping (plus the tax deductibility perk) and it’s a can’t miss. If you are
interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
that’s a wrap. As the season gallops ahead, just remember you go with our wish
that whatever you do and wherever you do it, we hope the spirit moves you to
have very Happy Holidays!
friendly reminder of important upcoming meeting dates:
March 7, 2008 SpringSEDDS/ZVDS Meeting
Hotel in Rochester
speakers to be announced later
September 12, 2008 SEDDS Annual Meeting
Rochester will be meeting
speaker to be announced later
West Central District
No report in this issue
2799 Rustic Place
Little Canada, MN 55117
the Calendar Fall Quickly Too
from the Student District. Fall is traditionally “gear up” time, and the District
has had a busy couple of months.
Vendor Fair, one of our biggest events of the year, was held Wednesday, October
24 at the Radisson Hotel right across the street from the School – a very nice
venue, and very, very convenient! This year we had more than 50 vendors and
approximately 200 students attending the event. It was a great night for
students to see what some of the dental companies have to offer. Snacks and
drinks were provided, and companies also donated record numbers of door prizes.
All this helped contribute to a very fun event.
Student District has also concluded its membership drive for the year. This
year we held our membership drive and ADPAC drive at the same time. I don’t
have exact numbers yet, but I think our membership will be right around 90%
this year. We are also very excited with the results of our ADPAC drive.
Student membership in ADPAC costs $5.00, and by holding the drives together we
were able to get our ADPAC numbers up to about 75% for the School. This is an increase
of nearly 50% over last year.
the ASDA District 8 meeting was held in Minnesota
as well. The event was held Saturday, November 10. Approximately 35 students
from the University of Minnesota were in attendance, joined by about 25
students from Creighton University, the University
of Iowa, the University
of Nebraska, and a contingent from Kansas City, too.
Discussion centered around the goals of ASDA and ADPAC, presentation of chapter
updates, and attendance at a lecture on the oral effects on methamphetamines, a
topic that will, unfortunately, be with us for a long time, it appears. Our
district is home territory for Mr. Joseph Laudie, ASDAs’ national consultant on
professional issues, who joined us to provide an update in his area of expertise.
The day finished with a group dinner and social event. This meeting is great
because it allows students who are new to dental school to find out what
national ASDA is all about. It is also great to be able to talk with students
at other schools.
remainder of the fall has been, as usual, comparatively very quiet, although
not exactly what you would call laid back. The students’ focus goes to finals
and, in the case of the fourth years, taking Part Two of the National Boards.
We will also be getting ready for a number of events which occur pretty early
in the spring semester. Sometime in January we will be doing a “mentor
mingler”, where our students can go to dinner and sit with the MDA dentists who
sponsored their first year of ASDA membership. Also coming up is Give Kids a
Smile Day, which the School is looking to hold Saturday, February 2. We will also be getting ready for our G.V.
Black Tie formal dance. This year it will be held February 15 at the Grand Hotel
in downtown Saint Paul.
it, that’s all, as they say. Until my next report, happy holidays from the
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