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A team effort

Annual Session offers great opportunities for the entire staff

Las Vegas—Dr. Holly Sharp, a general dentist in Durango, Col., is one of many dentists bringing her office staff to the ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas Oct. 10-13 for unique education; team and practice building; and social opportunities.

“One of the main benefits of bringing my team to the Annual Session is to attend classes together,” said Dr. Sharp. “It’s one thing for one of us to attend a class and then go home and try to tell the others about it. It’s far more beneficial when everyone goes together and can build on the same learning experience.

“My staff also picked out a few classes on their own,” added Dr. Sharp. “This allows them to fulfill their personal goals. One staff member will attend a course on taking impressions, while another is taking a course on occlusion.”

Many of the more than 250 continuing education programs are geared toward hygienists, assistants and dental business assistants and offer team members a chance to learn together and strategize on how to implement new techniques, equipment and future planning when they return to the office.

The CE program also offers a variety of courses designed to build teamwork and camaraderie through six programs offered in the Team Building Track, including Going For the Gold! Learn to Function Like a Champion Olympic Team (course 5304), presented by Terry Schroeder, Olympic water polo coach.

The American Dental Assistants Association will hold its Annual Session in conjunction with the ADA meeting. Dental assistants who attend register for the ADA meeting and can register for the 18 CE courses in the Dental Assistant Track and have open access to the ADA World Marketplace Exhibition and ADA tours and special events, including the Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series.

“The other reason we’re all going to the Annual Session is team-building,” Dr. Sharp added. “This is a great opportunity for us all to blow off some steam.”

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