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New dentist already planning ADA 2016 trip

January 08, 2016

By David Burger

Las Vegas — ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting wrapped just over two months ago, but Nevada dentist Dr. Emily Ishkanian already knows what she wants to do this year.

"I'll definitely be at America's Dental Meeting in 2016 in Denver," said the dentist, an alum of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. "Who would miss a meeting in Denver — such a great city and the chance to meet up with my friends."

Dr. Ishkanian's plans to attend ADA 2016 were buttressed by her experiences in Washington, D.C., at ADA 2015. It was the third annual meeting she had attended since she graduated from dental school in 2010, and each one has spurred her excitement over her career. She also attended the New Dentist Conference, held in conjunction with the annual meeting for the first time.

"The meeting in Washington, D.C., met my expectations as the location had so much history with so much to do outside of the meeting," she said. "The courses that were offered were useful and, most importantly, I was able to reconnect with friends that I've made throughout the years by being a part of organized dentistry and the American Dental Association."


Dr. Ishkanian
Dr. Ishkanian was able to integrate what she learned at the annual meeting immediately as an adjunct faculty member at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine. At ADA 2015, she attended ADA Associate General Counsel Jeffrey Fraum's continuing education course Dental Employment Agreements: Understanding Key Issues, part of the New Dentist Conference. Just a few weeks later she found herself invited to speak on the subject at an American Student Dental Association district leadership meeting. "In addition to my own personal experience and with the information I learned in this course, I was able to pass along some of the highlights to ASDA students who will be needing this information in the near future," she said.

Another CE course at ADA 2015 that Dr. Ishkanian relished was dental practice coach Kirk Behrendt's The High Performance Dental Team, also part of the New Dentist Conference. "This course was inspiring as Mr. Behrendt stressed the importance of a practice that is ready to evolve," she said. "Often practices run on auto pilot where inexperienced team members are expected to run a practice with little or no management training at all."

As a new dentist — a provider who has been a dentist for less than 10 years — Dr. Ishkanian also enjoyed being able to attend many facets of the New Dentist Conference. "There were a lot of opportunities to connect with old friends and make new ones," she said. "I spent time in the New Dentist Lounge getting to know other new dentists across the country, as well as being able to discuss key issues with our Board of Trustees."

Connecting with friends and learning from them is a big reason why Dr. Ishkanian will attend ADA 2016. "Every meeting, I marvel at the lasting friendships I have made by being a part of the ADA," she said. "Yes, I appreciate the great CE and incredible vendor floor, but it's the friends I've made and the experiences I've had that remind me why being a part of organized dentistry is so important."

ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting will convene in Denver Oct. 20-25.

ADA 2016 registration will open in the spring. For the most updated information, visit ADA.org/meeting.