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New dentist nominees sought for ADA 10 Under 10 Awards

October 02, 2017

By Kimber Solana

Do you know of new dentists making an impact in their community?

The American Dental Association is seeking nominations through Dec. 31 to recognize 10 new dentists who are demonstrating excellence in their work and inspiring others.

Winners of the inaugural ADA 10 Under 10 Awards will be receive a $1,000 gift card and be recognized in various ADA publications and channels, including the ADA News and the New Dentist Now blog. The ADA New Dentist Committee will choose and announce the winners in early 2018.

“The 10 Under 10 Award is an excellent way to illustrate the value of new dentists in the ADA and highlight their significant contributions to dentistry,” said Dr. Emily Ishkanian, New Dentist Committee chair.

Nominations are sought of new dentists who are making a difference in:

Science/research/education: A dentist who has made substantial contributions to advancing clinical topics by leading, organizing or participating in clinical research or scientifically focused efforts or who significantly impacts students through education and mentorship.

  • Practice excellence: A dentist who doesn’t settle for the status quo and has implemented an innovative or more effective way to improve patients’ experience, market or grow their practice or manage their dental team. Their practice methods serve as an inspiration to other dentists.
  • Philanthropy: A dentist who has made a difference in the lives of others (in dentistry or otherwise), either by volunteering, leading a philanthropic effort or using their skills to help those in need.
  • Leadership: A dentist who serves in leadership, either within or outside dentistry, and has used that position to improve a dental association, another organization or their community at large.
  • Advocacy: A dentist who takes a leadership role in advocacy initiatives or legislative activity on behalf of dentists and oral health initiatives.
New dentists contribute because we are civic-minded and have a strong sense of community both locally and globally,” said Dr. Ishkanian. “And through our efforts, our hope is that we leave that same imprint on another new dentist. We pass along the ADA pride, what it means to be an active member, to show that new dentists can make positive changes.”
Nominees have to be active ADA members who graduated between the years 2008 and 2017. Self-nominations are permitted.

For more information or to nominate a new dentist, visit