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‘What makes humans happy’: Free webinar kicks off ADA Accelerator Series

New program tailored to the early-career dentist’s unique financial, leadership, work-life balance needs

May 20, 2020

By Kimber Solana

New dentists seeking to increase their own happiness, especially in this age of practicing during a pandemic, can consider building more productive habits and reviewing strategies in controlling their own happiness.
Image of Accelerator SeriesTitled “What Makes Humans Happy?” the ADA is presenting a free hour-long webinar on May 26 from 1-2 p.m. Central time that seeks to reveal misconceptions about happiness and provide insights on the science of well-being.
The webinar is kicking off the ADA Accelerator Series, a new online, on-demand program specifically designed to provide information — from parental leave to financial support — that is tailored to the early-career dentist’s unique financial, leadership and work-life balance needs.
“Early-career dentists have so much on their plates,” said Dr. Susan Becker Doroshow, 8th District trustee and member of the Board’s Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. “It must seem impossible to deal with the challenges of clinical practice, juggle their responsibilities at the office and on the home front, maintain their fitness and personal wellness goals, manage their student debt — and have enough energy in reserve to simply enjoy life.”
Enjoying life and happiness are the focus of the May 26 webinar. Attendees will hear from Laurie Santos, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Yale University, who will reveal misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead people to think the way they do and the research that can help people change.
In addition, Dr. Grace Yum, a pediatric dentist and founder of the Facebook group Mommy Dentists in Business, will share her experiences from the perspective of a busy professional.
In these ever-changing times, the ADA launched the Accelerator Series to help dentists tackle current challenges and achieve their long-term goals. The program seeks to be a hub for financial, leadership and work-life balance tools.
The Accelerator Series started with 14 women dentists from different backgrounds and one big question: How can the ADA do more to support you? From there, the series — and the tools that come with it — was born.
“From what our research has been showing us about women dentists and their needs, we’ve been uncovering opportunities where we can better serve all ADA members,” Dr. Doroshow said.
To register and to learn more about the ADA Accelerator Series, visit
The platform can accommodate a maximum of 10,000 simultaneous attendees. A recording of the webinar with continuing education will be posted on