Retiring? Contact the MDA to update your membership! The end of the calendar year often brings thoughts of retirement. Minnesota Dental Association members who have retired from the practice of dentistry can receive MDA benefits at a fraction of the cost of active membership. To qualify for retired membership, dentists must no longer earn an income of any kind by means of their dental license. Dentists must also submit an affidavit for retired membership to the MDA.
If you’re retiring and wish to change your membership status, please email Dawn Jensen at email@example.com or call 1-800-950-3368, ext. 103.
It is membership renewal time! Your 2013 membership dues statement should have arrived in the last week. The MDA hopes that you will continue to be a member in 2013 and return your dues payment as soon as possible so that we can begin 2013 with a strong membership base. As an extra incentive, we will be entering the names of those members who pay their full dues by check into a drawing for a $200.00 Visa gift card. To be eligible for the gift you must have your check, written out for the full dues amount, in to the MDA office by January 1, 2013. For those of you who have already renewed your membership, thank you! You will receive your membership renewal packet in January.
Dentists ranked high in recent poll Dentists were recently ranked No. 5 for their honesty and ethical standards in a December Gallup Poll, based on telephone interviews conducted November 26-29. Twenty-two professions were included in the poll. Read the full story from the ADA.
ADA alerts members to watch for spam email Spam email messages, that look like they are from the ADA, were distributed over the weekend to an unknown number of ADA members and others within the dental community. The ADA warns that if you’ve received one of these messages, do not open it and do not try to click any links within it - doing so may infect your computer with a virus or seek personal information.
Register for Dental Day at the Capitol Online registration is now open for Dental Day at the Capitol. This year’s event is Wednesday, February, 27, 2013, and issues include Medical Assistance Reimbursement and the Health Insurance Exchange. Remember, every voice is important and makes a difference so please sign up today!
New! Dental Half-Day at the Capitol! If you can’t attend the entire Dental Day at the Capitol, the MDA staff will do their best to accommodate setting up a morning meeting time for you.
MDA website section gets restructured The Government Affairs section of the MDA website has received a facelift. The new layout is much more user friendly and provides members with organized tabs for current issues, legislative events, regulatory issues and more! Remember, this section is in the member side of the website so you must log in to get full access to all of the resources. If you have login issues, please contact Dar Numan at the MDA office: 612-767-8400.
Register your clinic for Give Kids a Smile Statewide, 147 clinics have registered to host a "Give Kids a Smile" event on February 1 and 2. Thanks to each and every clinic, many of which are new this year! Not sure if your clinic is registered? Just take a look at this list of hosting clinics. To add your clinic to the list, register at regonline.com/gkas-mn. (Please note: If you registered with the ADA this fall to request product, you also need to register with the MDA. The registrations are separate.) The more hosting clinics we have in Minnesota, the more children we can help. And many hosting clinics will need help from individuals or teams willing to pitch in for a few hours. You can learn about the many options for volunteering when you register. Feel free to drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you!
Women’s Seminar January 12th - Registration is now open The MDA is hosting the annual Women’s Seminar on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Radisson Roseville. Dr. Kimberly Harms, MDA Past President, will be speaking on “Integrity, Ingenuity, and Joy: Building the Patient-Centered Practice for Long Term Success.” Space is limited so Register NOW!
ASDA and MDA leaders gather for biannual meeting The student district leaders and MDA leadership met last week at the MDA to discuss current topics in the dental profession and issues that the MDA is working on. MDA leaders also listened to concerns the students have and discussed how they might be able to help out.
Upcoming Events (through December 26)
December 13 Board of Dentistry Task Force Meeting, MDA Office
December 14 NEDDS CE Event and Winter Casino Night, Duluth, MN