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ADA Continuing Education Helps Dentists Develop Leadership Skills

Free course offered to ADA members

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Telephone: 312-440-2806
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CHICAGO, April 6, 2009 – Dentists are eligible to hone their leadership skills with American Dental Association (ADA) Continuing Education Online, which offers a self-guided course, Understanding Associations, designed to help dentists identify their leadership style, conduct effective meetings, set goals and gain a better understanding of the professional association’s role in the political process.

The course, which is free and offered exclusively to ADA members, is comprised of nine modules that dentists can complete at their own pace—starting and stopping as needed.  The modules included in the series include: Associations 101, Effective Leadership, Strategic Planning, Association Committees, Formation and Procedure, Recruitment and Retention, Finances and Budgeting, Communications, Diversity and Political Action. Dentists who complete the series of modules in one year will be awarded three continuing education credits. Participants are encouraged to check with their state dental board to determine whether these credits will be accepted by their dental licensing jurisdiction.

For more information about Understanding Associations and other Committee on the New Dentist leadership development offerings, including web seminars and workshops, contact the ADA at 800-621-8099 extension 2779, or, or visit To join the ADA, contact the Department of Membership Information at 800-621-8099 extension 2607 or

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website