Upcoming Webinars

Past Webinar Recordings

  • Cultivating mind-body wellness in dental school: Tools for stress management & personal and professional development

    Sep 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    The profession of dentistry is known to be stressful, and its effects can be detrimental to the dental provider personally and professionally. The stressors of the dental profession start with dental students in the first years of their dental education. The practices of yoga and meditation are grounded in evidence-based research and have been proven to reduce stress, increase resilience and decrease burnout. This webinar with Dr. Christina Pastan will address the stresses dental students face in their four years of training, the importance of developing self-regulation skills through mind-body practices and how these practices can help reduce stress and promote personal and professional development. 

    In this session, Dr. Pastan will address this concept, then be joined by a panel of Tufts Dental students talking about how they have incorporated mind-body practices into their dental school experience. 
     
  • Conquering criticism through self-compassion

    Sep 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Do you beat yourself up for past mistakes or constantly compare yourself to others and feel you don’t measure up? This webinar is designed to help students reduce self-criticism and learn to be more compassionate towards themselves. The presenter will explain the concept of self-compassion and discuss some of the research backing its importance. Participants will then learn practical ways to be more kind and caring toward themselves especially when they are struggling, therein helping them get past obstacles and live a happier and more productive life. 
  • Surviving dental school: Overcoming stress, burnout and depression

    Sep 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Being a dental student is stressful and can challenge your usual resilience. This session will cover how to recognize symptoms of stress in yourself and others. It will also explain burnout and the difference between that and depression – and what you can do to get feeling better again. 
     
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize symptoms of stress, burnout and depression in oneself and others.
    2. Discuss what to do in the face of feeling ill.
    3. Learn strategies for reaching out to an ailing fellow student.
    4. Know what to say and what not to say if you think a peer is feeling suicidal.
     
  • Balancing relationship wellness and dental school

    Sep 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Relationships with family and friends are crucial to one’s overall health. Yet when dental students and young professionals get immersed in preparing for their careers, these important relationships can be the first things to suffer. Learn ways to prioritize the vital relationships in your life while still achieving a satisfying career.
     
    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify steps necessary to establish and maintain a healthy relationship.
    2. Learn about healthy communication styles.
    3. Learn to identify and set appropriate boundaries.
     
  • Recipes and helpful hacks for healthy eating

    Sep 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Great-West Financial, on behalf of ADA student members insurance plans, presents this webinar, featuring Sue Hoss, the co-owner of Main Dish Media, a food media company in Des Moines, Iowa.  
     
    During the webinar, Sue will present a mini-cooking class, demonstrating three different recipes:

    Avocado toast with egg, spinach and salsa – quick breakfast
    Chicken Waldorf salad – lunch or dinner
    Hummus-stuffed mini-bells – quick snacks

    Attendees will also learn helpful and healthy kitchen shortcuts and hacks. 
  • Predental wellness: Dealing with rejection

    Sep 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Only 50% of applicants are accepted into dental school each year, leaving the remaining half of applicants dejected. In extreme cases, some of those are at risk for depression, anxiety and a loss of ambition. The panelists for this webinar will teach you how to develop strong habits and healthy ways to respond to rejection. In addition, a dental student will share their own personal journey of overcoming initial rejection and eventually gaining acceptance into dental school.
  • Living a delicious life: Seven principles of prevention that aren’t about the food

    Sep 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    When it comes to good nutrition, messages on fueling your body for optimal health and vitality frequently hinge on foods to avoid, complicated directives for timing and combining, and the superfood or supplement of the moment. It’s all a bit confusing, not to mention exhausting, trying to keep up.

    During “Living a delicious life: Seven principles of prevention that aren’t about the food,” dietitian and personal trainer Cathy Leman invites you to put everything you’ve heard about eating well on the back burner. It may surprise you to learn that a solid nutrition program has less to do with what you put into your body, and everything to do with constructing a health-supportive environment that stretches well beyond the kitchen.

    Join us to stretch your own ideas about nourishing your body, preventing disease and living a robust, fit and healthy life – you won’t ever look at your dinner plate in the same way again.

  • Substance Misuse in Dental School: Getting Help, Giving Help

    Sep 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    According to the ADA, 10 to 15 percent of dentists will have a drug and/or alcohol problem sometime in their lives. Most commonly, it involves alcohol, prescription drugs or opiates. This webinar will review the diagnostic criteria for substance misuse disorder and explore common problems that a dental student with a substance issue might face. Attendees will hear examples of what to say to a fellow student or dental colleague, as well as a friend or family member. The session will also include examples of community support and treatment options.

    Attendees will hear from both a dental professional sharing his personal battle with addiction, as well as from a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction and recovery treatment.

  • Dental school: Why so stressful?

    Sep 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    This webinar focuses on the hectic and demanding life of today’s dental student and presents the facts and common myths surrounding stress, burnout and isolation. The presenter:

    • Explores how stress can be constructive (eustress) or destructive (distress), and discusses how both can be balanced while in dental school
    • Identifies signs and symptoms of the insidious nature of emotional stress and burnout in the dental school environment.
    • Recommends constructive steps to seek help if you recognize you are dealing with stress, burnout, isolation, depression or substance abuse.
  • Staying Present: Mindfulness in Health Care

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Mindfulness means “Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn). The field of mindfulness-based interventions is currently exploding. Emerging mindfulness-based interventions for young adults are showing significant promise in helping them to cope with adversity and promote resilience and positive development. Mindfulness-based interventions are also showing promise for health care providers for self-care, management and prevention of burnout and secondary trauma, as well as optimal clinical and workplace communication. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Vo discussed the science and practice of mindfulness-based interventions; shared practical mindfulness exercises that health providers can use in their clinical practices and personal self-care strategies; and shared mindfulness resources for young adults, families and professionals.
  • Coping with Loss: Balancing Dental School and Bereavement

    Mar 22, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences a person can face. Dealing with the emotional, physical and intellectual strain caused by the death of someone important to you only compounds the stress you already feel to manage the responsibilities of dental school. In this webinar, attendees will learn about the facets of grief that are unique to students and young adults, along with suggestions and resources to help cope with that grief. The session includes recommendations for those who want to learn how to support a friend or fellow student who is grieving a loss.