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Contact and Connections - April 2015

Oregon Student Leaders Host National Signing Day

Following the success of signing 100% of the 2014 class, Oregon Hygiene & Science University (OHSU) student leaders and Oregon Dental Association (ODA) staff aimed for a repeat success this year. Armed with the launch of the recent Molar Movement, ODA staff and volunteers were excited to participate and spend time with the OHSU Class of 2015. The Molar Movement fosters unity of the profession in both voice and action within the Oregon dental community. Represented by scarves with the phrase "Fight Enamel Cruelty" encapsulated by two “Molar Bears”, the ODA has generated a great deal of chatter amongst dental students, members, and the national dental community in a short amount of time. Set out to reach their goal of 100% signing, the ODA offered a Molar Movement scarf to fourth year students who completed a membership application.

Joined by the dean of the OHSU's School of Dentistry and ODA volunteers, fourth year dental students came together for a lunch and learn about tripartite membership. Vanessa Browne, DDS shared her personal ODA and ADA story with over two thirds of the fourth year class. Highlighting the unique benefits of tripartite membership and the collegiality found within organized dentistry, Dr. Browne fielded questions about tripartite endorsed programs and continuing education opportunities. In less than an hour, 81% of the OHSU 2015 graduating class completed applications with the remainder coming in soon after.

Attendees left with a better understanding of tripartite membership and an excitement to be a part of organized dentistry throughout their careers.

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Volunteers and Staff Convene to Advance the Power of Three

More than 180 dental society volunteers and staff gathered at ADA Headquarters to learn together and share ideas and insights on recruiting and retaining members.  ADA President Dr. Maxine Feinberg opened the Conference by underscoring that “membership is everyone’s business.” Then Council on Membership chair, Dr. Michael Durbin, followed by facilitating an action-oriented program focusing on innovation, collaboration and the measurement of success.

The agenda included a presentation on preparing to welcome the new face of dentistry by Professor Russell Walker from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Also, the Florida Dental Association shared membership building experiences during a “little PARTS of a BIGGER STRATEGY” session. And Conference workshops covered the gamut from data analysis to making an emotional connection to membership.

Thanks to our sponsors:  the ADA Members Insurance Plans underwritten by Great-West Financial; and AXA, administrator of the ADA-endorsed Members Retirement Programs, and ADA Business Resources.

Handouts and resource documents are available on ADA Connect 

Additional reports on the Conference will be forthcoming in future issues of Contact and Connections.

Meanwhile, if you have questions, please contact your outreach manager

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ubmit copies of National Signing Day applications to the ADA!

We’re more than halfway through the National Signing Day season, and the process of converting new graduates into active ADA membership is beginning!

If you held a National Signing Day event this year, please send a copy of each application you collected to the ADA Office of Student Affairs by May 15. If you worked with the ASDA Chapter at the dental school where your event was held, please let us know – they can earn up to $500 for participating!

The ADA uses the copies of applications to track participation in the National Signing Day program, and to inform you of new graduates moving into your state. For example, if a fourth-year student in New York indicates on her application that she is moving to Pennsylvania, we will share that information with Pennsylvania, and send them a copy of her application. So please send us copies of your applications – sharing this information benefits everyone!

If you have any questions, please contact your Membership Outreach Manager.

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Free and Discounted ADA Online CE for Students and New Dentists

A great member benefit to promote: Student members can access free ADA CE Online with promo code 48215.

And new dentist members, that is dentists who graduated fewer than 10 years ago, receive a 50% discount with promo code 482153.

Spread the word!

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Power of Three and Dental Society Resources

ADA for Dental Societies is a new web portal to help dental society staff easily locate tools and resources to support member communication and outreach efforts. Information is available by topics:
• Power of Three
• R&R Resources
• Communications & Marketing
• Leadership & Staff Development
ADA for Dental Societies requires your ADA login. 

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New Dentist Conference Joins ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting

The ADA is pleased to announce that for the first time, the New Dentist Conference will be held at the ADA annual meeting from November 5-10 in Washington, D.C.
Features of the New Dentist Conference include:
• Shark Tank co-star Daymond John as keynote speaker
• Exclusive, interactive educational offerings
• High-level networking opportunities with leadership and peers
• New Dentist reception and lounge
• Significantly reduced hotel rates
• A chance to give back at the ADA Mission of Mercy
We encourage you to share this information with any dentists who have been out of school for ten years or less as this is an experience they won't want to miss.  Societies may also encourage new dentist leaders to attend by continuing to fund their participation.
Registration for the New Dentist Conference at ADA 2015 opens May 13 — a full week earlier than general registration! 

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Inform your Members of a Leadership Training Opportunity: ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program

Heralded by ADAKEMP alums as "well worth the time and money," the ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program (ADAKEMP) is a three-week (12 ½ days) intensive business education program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. The program is designed for dentists to learn the core principles of an MBA program. For more information contact Connie Paslaski,, ext. 3541.

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Save the Dates for Management Conference Week

The Annual Management Conference Week, ADA Headquarters, Chicago is set for Monday through Thursday, July 20-23, 2015.  The focus will be on Advancing the Power of Three -- building on various forums held this year and last with dental society leaders and management.

As in the past, the Conference sessions, July 22-23, will provide solid content and networking opportunities for executives from state and local associations as well as related organizations.

Registration as well as the group room block at the official Management Conference Week hotel, the Ritz Carlton, will open in May 2015.  For more information contact Ron Polaniecki,, ext 2599. 

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Reminder: Submit your Golden Apple Entries now through June 1

If you have a dental society program that you're considering for entry into the Annual Golden Apple Awards program, now is the time to take the next step. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 1.

The Golden Apple Awards program offers 12 categories for dental society entries, providing many opportunities to showcase programs and achievements. In addition, the program is a proven way to recognize the work of volunteers and potentially share ideas with other societies across the country. Entries are submitted electronically on ADA Connect.

For more information visit, or contact Connie Paslaski,, ext. 3541.