A Note to
Dentist Committee is happy to announce that this will be the first of a
regularly occurring page that considers the special issues facing dentists in
their first ten years of practice. Look
to this page for upcoming events, profiles, special interest pieces, and a
little fun. Did you graduate more than ten years ago? Read this anyway! There are always
opportunities for learning and participation for dentists young and young at
Outside the Operatory
years of dental practice are undoubtedly busy. The transition from a school
setting to one in which you are in control of your dental destiny can be
fraught with stress and unease while learning to manage staff, master clinical
skills, and balance work with a healthy lifestyle. Add that to changing family
situations — marriages/partnerships, children, and more — and it is enough to
keep one busy for the next two decades! Yet many dentists still find time to
donate their skills and time to worthwhile causes.
does not always need to involve slogging through a malaria-ridden jungle to
teach hygiene and provide care to humans who have never seen a set of scrubs
before (though it is fun!). Have you ever considered visiting a local nursing
home to provide denture hygiene instruction to the staff and residents? How
about visiting a local elementary school to teach students the proper way to
brush? Usually all it takes is a single phone call and an hour of planning to
pull off a worthwhile event. For the more adventurous, there are short-term
dental missions that are ideal for those who have an interest in traveling to
new (and often exotic) places, meeting new people, and using their skills in a
non-traditional setting. There are also a number of volunteer-operated clinics
found statewide. They are more than happy to have new faces to help out.
Here is a
sampling of opportunities from around (and outside) the state! Time commitments
can vary from a couple of hours to a week to as much as you care to consider.
Be creative. Remember, rarely will anyone turn down a helpful hand. Make a New
Year’s resolution and put a smile on some new faces!
Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan Dental Clinic
Rochester, MN (507) 529-4100
Mankato, MN (507) 388-2120
Association’s Give Kids A Smile
Statewide MDA event.
Union Gospel Mission
Saint Paul, MN
(651) 228-1800, ext. 300
SCTC Community Dental Clinic
St. Cloud, MN (320) 308-5310
Captain Docia Togstad (Minnesota
’03) has returned to Minnesota after serving
three years (active duty) in the Army at Fort
Gary Hedin (Minnesota ’04) continues to evade boredom by
playing the stones on a curling team and has aspirations of becoming a DJ.
Phil Wadkins (Minnesota ‘00) has kept busy refereeing
soccer games during the past year.
Woody Kwon (Minnesota ’02) spends monthly weekends with
the Minnesota National guard. He is a new daddy too; welcome baby Daniel!
somebody do something interesting? Please let me know! My e-mail is
New Dentist Calendar of Events
28. Transition Seminar Series: Contract Negotiation.
Open to D4 and New Dentists. University of Minnesota School
of Dentistry, 5:00-6:30.
10. Third Annual New Dentist Ideas Exchange Seminar.
Award-winning program available for dentists who graduated from
1997-2007. Enjoy networking, dinner, and drinks while learning about the successes and mistakes of practicing dentistry. Registration is within the
Star of North Meeting Program (P823).
26-28. Twenty-second Annual American Dental Association New Dentist
Conference: Jazzed in New Orleans.
To be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Join new dentists from all over
the country while spending time in the Big Easy. Ten CE credits will be earned
during the course of the conference. Please visit the ADA website for more details.
*Dr.Clouse is chair of the Minnesota Dental Association’s New Dentist Committee. She is a general dentist
in private practice in New Brighton,
Minnesota. E-mail is