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Contacts and Connections — August 2015

New Dentist in cap and gown

Promote "My New Dentist Life" blog to Your Students and New dentists

For the next 12 months, Dr. Emily Hobart, a 2015 graduate of Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, will candidly share her stories and experiences — the highs and lows — of her first year as a new dentist in the latest New Dentist Now blog series called "My New Dentist Life." Her first post talks about the whirlwind of finding and interviewing for a job, the licensure process, graduation and relocating across the country to South Carolina to start her new job. Tell your dental student and new dentist members about "My New Dentist Life."

Annual Meeting flyer

ADA 2015 Savings End on Oct. 9

Time is running out and prices will soon increase. The advance registration deadline for ADA 2015 – America’s Dental Meeting® is Oct. 9. While members can still save, encourage them to bring additional team members to the meeting, which will be held Nov. 5–10 in Washington, D.C.

A marketing toolkit has been created for you, making it easy to promote ADA 2015 through your emails and newsletters. Please use this information to help spread the word before prices increase!

New Dentist Conference to be held at ADA 2015

The New Dentist Conference is being held at ADA 2015 this year and excellent deals are being provided. With the $100/night savings at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel, attendees will save $300 in just three nights. Registration for the New Dentist Conference is only $250. What they do with the extra $50 is up to them. Questions? Contact Tera Lavick.

Power of Three Info

Membership for the Class of 2015
As you know, Class of 2015 dental school graduates have recently become Provisional members. Many states have already begun transferring these graduates from Provisional membership to Tripartite membership, so we’re off to a great start in meeting our goal. The first communication notifying Provisional members of their status will be sent on Sept. 14 both by hard copy and email. Only those with Provisional membership status will receive the communication. Tripartite members and those members included in a transfer request received by the ADA as of Sept. 7 will not receive the communication.

Next Steps to Converting Provisional Members to Tripartite Membership:

  • Use the senior dental roster from the ADA to further aid your conversion efforts.
    • Obtain new dentists' license numbers.
    • Remind new dentist to inform you when they receive their license.
  • Regularly check with your state licensure board for new licensees.
  • Reach out to National Signing Day applicants and welcome them!
  • Demonstrate the value of organized dentistry by inviting new graduates to meetings and sharing information about their national, state and local benefits, especially any mentoring and careers programs.
  • Check out the 10 Tips for Recruiting New Dentists in the New Dentist Toolkit

As always, please contact your outreach manager for any assistance in working on this vital initiative.

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Understanding Employment Contracts

Do your members need help with understanding employment contracts? The ADA Center for Professional Success has a thirty minute video that helps anyone understand many of the basics of employment agreements: Dentist Employment Agreements: A Guide to Key Legal Provisions. The video also has a downloadable reference document available on the same page that outlines many of the considerations necessary when signing a contract. The material is helpful for potential employers or employees as it serves as a primer for either side of the agreement. Both the video and the handout are free to members, but they’ll need to log in to access them.  This is a great chance to connect and provide a valuable benefit to provisional members your pursuing for tripartite membership.

Conference attendees

2015 Management Conference Resources

The 2015 ADA Management Conference was attended by nearly 100 local, state and national dental society executives.  Conference materials/resources are now on ADA Connect. Advancing the Power of Three and achieving member growth requires working on ways we can continue to improve as well as accepting change in a rapidly fast shifting environment. In that regard, three book recommendations referenced at the Conference by Dr. O’Loughlin:

Daniel Pink: Drive-Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
John Kotter: Leading Change
John Kotter: Heart of Change

The 2016 Management Conference Week is set for July 18–21, 2016, and the Management Conference itself, July 20–21. Mark your calendars!

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Power of Three and Dental Society Resources

ADA for Dental Societies is a web portal to help dental society staff easily locate tools and resources to support member communication and outreach efforts. Information is available by topic under:

  • Power of Three
  • R&R Resources
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Leadership & Staff Development

Add ADA for Dental Societies Resources to your Favorites on your toolbar now! Make sure to have your Aptify login handy to access the site.

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New Dental School Data from HPI

The ADA Health Policy Institute has published two new reports with select results from the 2014-15 Survey of Dental Education. Report 1 – Academic Programs, Enrollment and Graduates  features a series of tables and graphs highlighting historical trends in dental school enrollment and graduates. It shows that the female percentage of total dental school enrollment has increased substantially over the last four decades, rising from 6.8% in the 1974-75 academic year to 47.6% in 2014-15. The greatest gains occurred in the first half of this 40-year period, with a nearly 30 percentage-point increase. In comparison, the last 20 years have exhibited a rise of 11 percentage points. Report 2 – Tuition, Admission and Attrition includes annual resident and non-resident tuition, general fees and other fixed costs associated with instruments, textbooks and health services.

Read these editions and the latest copies of other reports related to dental education programs.


Member Service University – Last chance to sign up is this Friday!  

The ADA’s “Customer Service Management” online course for dental society staff, produced by the American Society of Association Executives, ASAE University, has received high marks from individual dental society staff as well as teams of participants.

Many have found that creating a customized “Customer Service Manual” for their dental society, which is part of the course work, has been of particular value.

The next session, which runs from Aug. 24 to Sept. 14, will again be exclusively for dental society staff.  Participants can work on it 24/7 on any computer or mobile device and will earn nine CAE hours for successful course completion.

The ADA is offering this course for just $49 per person compared to the regular fee of $445 for ASAE members ($645 for non-members).  For information and registration, please contact the ADA Member Service Center, 800.621.8099.