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ADA conference focuses on keeping burnout at bay

August 27, 2019

By David Burger

 Burnout conference attendees

Convening: A group of residents from the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center relax during a break at the ADA Dentist Health and Well-Being Conference Aug. 16 at ADA Headquarters.

Burnout can plague dentists at various stages of their career but the ADA is hoping to convey some tips on how dentists can avoid it.

“Wellness is something every dentist, every human, is striving for,” Dr. Brett Kessler told the attendees at the ADA Dentist Health and Well-Being Conference Aug. 16 during his keynote address.

The overriding theme of the day was burnout and the ways some people cope with burnout, with many turning to substance abuse.

The Council on Dental Practice, which hosted the conference, organized the conference as a call to action to manage and prevent burnout in dentistry.

“No one should have to suffer in silence,” said Dr. Stacey K. Van Scoyoc, chair of the council.

The speakers shared many tips on how dentists can stave off burnout:
• Practice mindfulness-based stress relief.
• Eliminate the stressors in your life.
• Find the humor in everyday life.
• Discover your passion.
• Reward yourself.
• Believe in your goodness.
• Acquire leadership and delegation skills.
• Make a bucket list and cross one off every year.
• Maintain positive relationships in your life.
• Master your personal and practice finances.
• Establish a boundary between work and home.

PowerPoint slide presentations are available for anyone to view and download at