Advocacy in Action – Setting the Stage for Change
Putting advocacy in the spotlight and educating members on key issues in dentistry works to improve student engagement, but how do we create measurable change? Effective advocacy initiatives mobilize motivation into action and require coordination with legislators, state dental associations and school administrations. This session will give members strategies to set the stage for change at the state and national levels by increasing membership engagement, getting involved in their state dental associations and creating action plans for their chapters to play an active role in the future of the profession. The objective of this session is to inform members how to work with their state dental societies and other stakeholders to achieve legislative victories at the state level.
- Discover strategies to improve student engagement.
- Gain strategies for working with state dental societies in achieving both chapter and state legislative priorities.
- Emphasize calls to action in advocacy initiatives.
- Create a cohesive action plan for chapter advocacy efforts.
Alternative Careers in Dentistry
When most pursue the profession of dentistry, they think automatically of a clinician in private or group practice. But in actuality, many other applications of our degree exist. We will be introducing to you leaders in hospital, forensic, sports, sleep and prison dentistry to expand your scope of the versatile dental field and leave you better informed to make decisions after graduation.
- Define and illustrate four non-traditional applications of the dental degree.
- Provide tangible examples of the versatile nature of our degree and lend a broader scope to our profession.
- Make informed decisions concerning your career.
Dentistry at a Crossroads
The next generation of dental leaders will face a very different landscape than their predecessors. Our profession is in transition due to new dental practice models, increased debt loads and altered lifestyle preferences. Ongoing changes in health care policy and state fiscal challenges are causing increased cost pressures on the dental care delivery system, while also creating new opportunities for dental professionals. This presentation will show students how these changes will impact the profession and identify key points for strategic action to succeed in their future practice environment.
- Understand career growth earning potentials between privately owned practices and employee practices.
- Explore the relationship between health care policy changes and the landscape of the dental profession.
- Learn the steps to prepare to a transitioning dental practice environment.
- Make informed decisions for your career and evaluate career options.
Maximizing Earning Potential by Building Your Team Outside the Office
Dental students are trained in dentistry over the course of their dental education, but successful business concepts and running an office are not always included in the curriculum. Working in private practice will require understanding taxes, billing insurance companies and working with materials and equipment distributors. Aside from your normal health care team, you also need to learn to manage your “non-dental” team. This session helps you on how to find the right accountant, lawyer or other professionals to make your practice successful.
- Identify key players to add to your dental practice team that may be “non-dental” professionals.
- Understand the business component to running a successful dental practice.
- Know what resources are available and when to use them.
- Gain a better understanding of how these business relationships are an investment in your practice and your patients.
Running an Effective Chapter
Running an ASDA chapter can be as tough as it is rewarding. Keep your team and your general membership energized throughout the year with ideas from our chapter leadership experts. This breakout will cover how to lead your team, keep members active and engaged, work with administration and other student groups, and expand the activities of your chapter.
- Delegate and coach team members for optimum results.
- Work synergistically with administrators and other student organizations.
- Gauge the needs of your membership population.
- Gain new ideas to educate general members on the importance of ASDA.
- Create an ASDA culture at your chapter.