Dentist Committee’s duty is
to identify the needs and concerns of dentists who have graduated in the last
ten years. We would like to hear from you regarding your concerns and how the
MDA may be of help.
Thomas Smyth, Chair
Robert Gardetto, Board Liaison
issue of Northwest Dentistry gives us a cover story on the principles of the
green philosophy in our practices and our daily lives. I would like to extend
that to include taking care of ourselves in a healthy way.
husband Ryan and I celebrated a not-so-happy holiday season these past few
months. It began when a childhood friend died in a car accident on a snowy Maine road. He leaves a
wife, a toddler, and a newborn to live without him. My uncle succumbed to a
lifetime of drug addiction that had shadowed him since his days in Vietnam. And
another long-time friend suffered a massive stroke while getting his young
children ready for a weekday morning. His days now focus on physical
rehabilitation and relearning the most basic activities of daily living so that
in time he can join his family at home and return to work.
Now I would
say that normally I deal with stress in a pretty rational and healthy manner.
But the compilation of three tragedies in that many weeks had made me angry and
upset at even the smallest disturbances in my daily routine. I was
short-tempered at both family and my team members. I was lucky enough to find a
kind ear in an MDA staff member who reminded me that the Association provides
its members with a powerful resource to help them manage their well-being. I
was directed to MDA member services online, and from there took advantage of
the Dentist Wellness Program, a collaborative effort among the MDA, the Sand
Creek Employee Assistance Program, and Dentists Concerned for Dentists. I spent
several sessions visiting Sand Creek’s website, reading about loss, grief, and
stress management. The information on the website is invaluable. I was able to
visit on my own schedule and choose the nature and content of my
recent New Dentist Committee meeting, our MDA staff person, Dawn Jensen, noted
that the Dentist Wellness Program has been underutilized. We need to continue
to get the word out about this valuable, perhaps invaluable, member service.
content contained on the Sand Creek website is vast and varied. Not only is
there information about health and well-being, but on automotive repair, pet
care, and vacation planning! If you are considering relocating, there is a
geographic database with statistics on housing, crime, schools, and health
care. There is tax preparation software, and many legal documents that are
available for downloading. In the savings center, there are coupons available
for printing and on-line use at major retailers throughout the nation.
Creek website can be used on a daily basis to stay informed on all aspects of
healthy living. For those who are more comfortable speaking to live humans, the
Dental Wellness Program also offers phone support to address needs and make
referrals when needed. I would encourage any and all MDA members to visit the
member services area of the Association’s website and take advantage of the
wealth of information contained within the Wellness Program. This benefit can
be shared with family members and is sure to provide interesting browsing at
least, and the most vital kind of helping hand if that is needed.
husband and I returned last night from a week-long trip to Mexico with our
extended families. We were delighted to find that our chest freezer had
malfunctioned and left us with a soupy mess of epic proportion. I think I’ll
head over to the Sand Creek website and review appliance maintenance and print
a coupon or two for frozen foods…
what I have learned from my journey of the past few months. Use your resources
for all of life’s events - routine or life-changing, surprises or meticulously
planned. There are resources available to help you and your family better
manage any situation that should arise.
2008: Ideas Exchange Seminar, 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Cost is $30.00. The event
will be held at the Saint Paul Hotel, and is limited to the first 80 new
dentists. This ADA
award-winning seminar is open to all dentists who graduated between 1997- 2007.
Enjoy a fabulous dinner and learn from your peers about the successes and
mistakes of practicing dentistry. This informal session will discuss four
topics, with 15 minutes of discussion per table and 10 minutes of sharing as a
group. Discussion topics this year:
• Staffing: Team Building
• Materials and Techniques: What’s Working for You?
• Work/Life Balance as a New Dentist
This is a
great opportunity to meet up with classmates and discuss issues within your
practice. Sign up for this helpful session as part of your 2008 Star of the
North Meeting registration. Ideas exchange code is P823.
10–12, 2008: Minnesota
Dental Association Star of the North Meeting. We encourage everyone to attend
this year’s new format at the Saint Paul River Centre. Did you know that the
Star of the North Meeting, with more than 250 booths, has one of the largest
exhibit floors in the Upper Midwest? I invite
you to bring your staff, shop the exhibit floor, and avail yourself of a
tremendous educational opportunity.
26-28, 2008: The American Dental Association’s New Dentist Conference will be
held in New Orleans
at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Join new dentists from all over the
country while spending time in the Big Easy. Ten CE credits can be earned
during the course of the conference. For more information about the ADA New
Dentist Conference, please visit the ADA
Clouse is a general dentist in private practice in New Brighton, Minnesota.
E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.