A note to members:
As part of its ongoing commitment to providing members with timely and relevant information, the MDA will begin issuing this electronic newsletter on an alternating week schedule. We want you to be fully aware of all that is happening within the profession and, most importantly, in your tripartite Association. We promise to make it a quick, easy-to-read news bulletin that will give you the highlights of what is happening, with links to further reading, if you choose. As always, let us know what you think, or what else you’d like to see here, by replying to this email.
ADA installs new president
The American Dental Association (ADA) recently installed Robert A. Faiella, D.M.D., M.M.SC., of Osterville, Massachusetts, as its new president.
MDA delegates attend ADA House of Delegates
Thanks to the MDA members who served as 10th district delegates to the ADA’s House of Delegates in San Francisco October 19 - 23. Our Minnesota delegation consisted of nine delegates: Drs. Michelle Bergsrud, Tim Flor, Michael Flynn, Michael Perpich, Dan Rose, Roger Sjulson, Howard Taylor, Bruce Templeton and Michael Zakula; the four alternate delegates were: Drs. Julie Clouse, Patrick Foy, Travis Schmitt and James Zenk. Thanks to all for your hard work and commitment to the 10th district!
Dr. James Zenk installed as trustee of the ADA
Dr. Bashar Bakdash named SOD interim associate dean for academic affairs
Dr. Bashar Bakdash, professor and director of the Division of Periodontology, has been appointed as interim associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Dentistry. Dean Leon Assael made the appointment and commended Dr. Bakdash for his “pragmatic understanding and commitment to enhancing the didactic and clinical experiences of dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students, as well as his insights into the structure and administration of postdoctoral and graduate programs.” Dr. Bakdash succeeds Dr. Sheila Riggs who has served as interim associate dean for the past 13 months.
Housing for Star of the North opens tomorrow!
Room blocks for official hotels sell out quickly, so call or go online early! Visit our housing page for more information.
ADA outlines potential effects of the Affordable Care Act
A recent issue of ADA News provided an overview of the Affordable Care Act effects on dentistry. While there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the final implications, the article reviews various aspects of the law affecting dentists as practitioners, employers and consumers. As more information becomes available in the next few weeks, the MDA will provide further clarification to members.
Read the full ADA report.
ADA member survey deadline
A number of member dentists received a survey from the ADA earlier this month via email and mail. The deadline for this survey is tomorrow, November 1. The ADA's goal is to measure tripartite member value and loyalty within a number of different areas and the quality of service provided to members. Your answers are important! And remember, if you participate, you will be entered for a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card!
International Dentists Study Club Seminar "The Dental Treatment of Medically Compromised Patients," was the topic for the latest International Dentists Study Club seminar, held last Friday at the MDA. Kevin N. Nakagaki, D.D.S., M.S., was the speaker. Twenty four attendees took part in the program.
Give to the Max Day
Although you can contribute any time of the year, please consider giving to the Minnesota Dental Foundation on this statewide annual day of giving, called Give to the Max Day, on Thursday, November 15, 2012. The vision of the Minnesota Dental Foundation is to eliminate unmet oral health needs in Minnesota and all donations go to support this objective. Donate here.
Dr. Bill Stein receives award
Upcoming Events (Through November 14)
November 2 Scientific Session Committee Meeting, MDA Office
November 2-4 ASDA Leadership Conference, Chicago
November 8 Dental Marketplace Meeting, MDA Office
November 9 Board of Trustees Meeting, MDA Office
November 9 Connections Conference, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis
November 9 Deadline for Give Kids a Smile Product from the ADA
November 13 Student Vendor Fair, The Common Hotel, Minneapolis
News of Interest
States drastically cut dental care for adults on Medicaid
States seek help making health exchange rules
Lawsuit claims Aspen Dental, private equity firm violates NY law for operating clinics
House approves changes to ADA Library
Specialty recognition for dental anesthesiology rejected