Massachusetts Dental Society creates new local component
August 10, 2015
. — The Massachusetts Dental Society House of Delegates unanimously voted to create a 14th local component — the first time the MDS added a new local component society in 61 years.
The Boston District Dental Society has members with a primary address in the city of Boston. Dr. Joseph Guarino, a prosthodontist who maintains a practice in the West Roxbury neighborhood, will chair the BDDS. Dr. Mina Paul, dental director at Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center, will serve as MDS District trustee.
"After careful consideration and thorough research over several years, it became evident we needed to support a viable district structure in the city of Boston because of the high concentration of dental schools with students and faculty and practicing professionals — both members and nonmembers — in a small geographical area," said Robert E. Boose, Ed.D., MDS executive director. "This new component society will offer us a better opportunity to serve our membership through relevancy and camaraderie, as well as improve recruitment and retention for the future."
The BDDS began as the Greater Boston Pilot Group Special Committee at the 2010 MDS House of Delegates meeting. It was a collaborative effort of the American Dental Association, the MDS and the Metropolitan District Dental Society to engage existing members and increase membership among dentists who work and/or live in Boston. It was also created to investigate a viable structure for a future Boston district.
The Special Committee continued in 2011 and evolved into the Boston Collaborative Group in 2012. Since then, the group led 17 events attracting 745 attendees, including continuing education programs, community service events and networking opportunities.