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  • Welcome! Discussion on your next steps towards building a successful future in dentistry. Hopefully you will come away more exhilarated and excited then ever about getting started in dentistry and turning your profession into your passion.
  • About the AGD: Began in 1952 as a study club in Chicago Has grown into the second largest dental association in the world with a membership of 35,000. The only organization that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists.
  • The AGD provides members with the resources and tools they need, not only to grow, but to succeed—personally and professionally. The AGD provides a helpful, nurturing culture that fosters professional development through continuing education—which may not seem important now, but continuing education helps our members stay up-to-date and on the cutting edge far beyond dental school. The AGD helps make the transition into practice easier for new dentists and dental students by providing them with relevant information and a supportive network of engaged members and mentors. The AGD protects and supports the profession through its advocacy efforts on both a national and local level by working with allied organizations, legislators, and a lobbyist in Washington, DC.
  • Dental school is preparing you to be competent enough to perform the basics of dentistry. However, dental school does not make you proficient in these procedures. According to the ADEA, "Competency assumes that all behaviors are performed with a degree of quality consistent with patient well-being and that the general dentist can self-evaluate treatment effectiveness. In competency-based dental education, what students learn is based upon clearly articulated competencies and further assumes that all behaviors/abilities are supported by foundation knowledge and psychomotor skills in biomedical, behavioral, ethical, clinical dental science and informatics areas that are essential for independent and unsupervised performance as an entry-level general dentist." Being compentent to perform these procedures and feeling comfortable and proficient are two different things. Many of the procedures learned in dental school you may not perform for a while. So, how do you stay knowledgeable and gain that level of comfort? That’s where continuing education comes in, and where the AGD excels. Continuing education keeps these procedures fresh in your mind and offers a way to relearn them after dental school. The AGD assists the professional through the journey by emphasizing CE, especially participation CE, and having benchmarks for reinforcing the competency/proficiency progress with the Fellowship and Mastership awards.  AGD also emphasizes lifelong learning with programs such as the pursuit of Fellowship or Mastership, through the development of camaraderie amongst member colleagues all striving to maintain competency and progressing continually toward proficiency. There are countless examples of like-minded recent graduates going to courses together, studying for and getting their Fellowship together, going to Mastertrack courses and more.
  • Optional slide to include on the presenter.
  • Before we get into the basics of getting you started, what questions are on your mind? We’ll list them and hopefully touch on the major questions during the course of the presentation. If we don’t make it to a particular question, we can revisit it at the end. Please, feel free to ask additional questions during the presentation as well.
  • Thanks for your questions and ideas. I’m going to run through some major obstacles and things to expect as you are preparing for graduation and starting your career. We will be using the manual provided you as a general reference and guide. Let’s start off with goal setting . Defining, clearly and concisely, what your personal and professional objectives and intentions are. {Add personal experiences with goal setting} {Reference goal setting outline in back of chapter 1} According the United States Small Business Administration, a business plan is defined as “A blueprint and communication tool for your business. A device to help you, the owner, set out how you intend to operate your business. A road map to tell others how you expect to get there.” Once you’ve defined your goals, a business plan is the physical document that outlines these goals and also maps out your financial status and plans, and marketing your business. We will discuss financial planning in a bit, and chapter 5 of the manual gives a great overview on internal and external marketing.
  • In chapter 2 of the manual, you can find some interesting statistics on practice choices for recent graduates. “ a little more than half of all young dentists (52%) are sole proprietors. Another 17.6% are partners and 30.4% are non-owners. Two out of every three dental graduates begin their careers as associates.” There are three main types of practice options. Associateship (3 types) Employee – you work for a practice owner Independent Contractor – you are a self-employed dentist who works within an established practice Time Share – you rent time, space and equipment within the established practice, but maintain a completely separate practice, patients and times that you utilize the space Purchasing a Practice Starting Your Own Practice Postgraduate Options Residencies – general dentistry or specialty?
  • {Touch briefly on key sections of the chapter (below & next slide), and include personal testimony from presenter.} Systems Development (chapter 4) What is systems development? Organize your day to day operations for your practice Planning and foresight Chart maintenance Organization, necessary forms, rules and tips, potential lawsuits/adverse treatment Accounts receivable/collections Track your numbers Production, hygiene production, new patients, follow-up, payroll, laboratory expenses, supplies, rent, utilities, telephone Operating expenses Appointment control Scheduling options Cost Continuing care Regular professional care by all patients Inventory Control Have materials you will use Involve staff Develop a checklist Develop a system that works Recall, recall, recall When, what, why
  • {Touch briefly on key sections of the chapter (below), and include personal testimony from presenter.} The Basics of Staffing A practice is only as good as the team who runs it. Basics of a workable system Commitment and communication Hiring and firing Dental Laboratories What to expect and what to look for Small versus large? Certified Dental Technicians (CDT)
  • Debt Management (chapter 6) Average dental school debt is around $200,000. Know your credit score Good debt vs. bad debt Your plan to get out of debt Developing a personal and practice budget
  • Now that we’ve gone through the business side of things, let’s focus on how to make general dentistry your passion. And what does that really mean? {Personal testimony from presenter} Network and Get Involved! (chapter 7) Find a mentor Join a local study club Get involved in national and local professional associations
  • Continuing Education – why? Relicensure {this will depend on state} Helps keep you at your best Lifelong learning is essential to staying informed, up to date and on the cutting edge Your patients will appreciate it Different types of continuing education Hands-on courses Simulated clinical settings Live Video Video Seminars Lectures Dental journals Internet
  • {Personal testimony from presenter} Organized Dentistry (chapter 9) Developing professional relationships The importance of participating Philanthropy and giving back to the community Finding the right organizations for you
  • Located in the back of the student manual Helps you to organize your to-do list and keep you on track
  • Take additional questions from audience.
  • Readership survey is also available for students to fill out after they have read the book, either a paper version or online under the Dental Students section.

Transcript

  • 1. Welcome to the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) Presentation Shaping Your Future Today: Finding Your Passion in General Dentistry Presented by {add presenter name}
  • 2. What is the AGD?
    • The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is the second largest dental association in the world with 35,000 members
    • The AGD is exclusively dedicated to serving the needs and interests of the general dentist.
  • 3.
    • AGD provides members with the resources and tools they need to succeed
    • AGD fosters professional development and camaraderie
    • AGD makes the transition into practice easier
    • AGD protects and supports the profession through advocacy efforts
    Core Purpose: To advance the value and excellence of general dentistry
  • 4. What does that mean to you?
    • Once you’ve completed dental school, continuing education helps you develop proficiency in practicing dentistry
    • Professional development offers a way of benchmarking and tracking your progress towards developing proficiency
    • Pursuing lifelong learning such as the Fellowship and Mastership helps you to develop camaraderie with like-minded professionals
  • 5. Just a few things about me
    • {add key personal information about presenter}
  • 6. What’s on YOUR mind?
  • 7. Getting Started
    • Goal Setting (chapter 1)
      • Developing personal and professional goals
      • Utilizing the goal setting outline
    • Developing a Business Plan
      • Encompasses goals and maps out your plans
  • 8. Practice and Post-Grad Options
    • Practice Options (chapter 2)
      • How to practice? It’s a personal choice.
        • Associateship
        • Purchasing an existing practice
        • Opening a new practice
    • Postgraduate Options
      • Residencies and Specialties
    • Did you know? AGD members who are interested in pursuing the AGD Fellowship
    • Award and complete an AEGD or GPR residency program can receive up to 250
    • CE credit hours toward the 500 hour requirement. Many constituents also offer a
    • FellowTrack program to help prepare pre-Fellows in pursuing this prestigious
    • award.
  • 9. Systems Development (chapter 4)
    • What is systems development?
    • Organizing your day to day operations for your practice
    • Chart maintenance
    • Accounts receivable/collections
    • Tracking your numbers (yes, all of them)
    • Appointment control
    • Continuing care
    • Inventory control
    • Recall, recall, recall
  • 10. Systems Development (cont’d)
    • Staffing
      • A practice is only as good as the team who runs it.
      • The basics of a workable system
      • Commitment and communication
      • Hiring and firing
    • Dental Laboratories
      • What to expect and what to look for
      • Small versus large?
      • Certified Dental Technicians (CDT)
    • Did you know? AGD offers an online Career Center where you can post your
    • resume or curriculum vita and search for practice or employment opportunities.
  • 11. What about all of the debt?
    • Debt Management (chapter 6)
      • Average dental school debt is around $200,000
      • Knowing your credit score
      • Good debt vs. bad debt
      • Your plan to get out of debt
      • Developing a personal and practice budget
  • 12. Turning your career into a passion
    • Network and Get Involved! (chapter 7)
      • Find a mentor
      • Join a local study club
      • Get involved in national and local professional associations
    • Did you know? AGD offers many ways to connect with some of the best and brightest in
    • the dental profession. From the AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits to the Future Leaders
    • Conference to the online Member Forums , it’s easy to stay involved!
  • 13. Turning your career into a passion (cont’d)
    • Continuing Education (chapter 8)
      • Helps keep you at your best
      • Lifelong learning is essential to staying informed, up to date and on the cutting edge
      • Your patients will notice the difference and appreciate it
    • Different types of continuing education
    • Did you know? The AGD offers a variety of continuing education opportunities? With
    • more than 40 hands-on courses offered at the AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits , FREE
    • online AGD CE to members, Self-Instruction through General Dentistry and many local
    • courses offered through constituents, AGD is always at the forefront of continuing
    • education and lifelong learning.
  • 14. Turning your career into a passion (cont’d)
    • Organized Dentistry (chapter 9)
      • Developing professional relationships
      • The importance of participating
      • Philanthropy and giving back to the community
      • Finding the right organizations for you
    • Did you know? AGD Foundation’s Special Olympics, Special Smiles is a partnership between the AGD
    • Foundation and the Special Olympics to help identify providers for primary dental care for Special
    • Olympics and to provide dental screenings at Special Olympic events and in-office dental
    • care for the athletes, their families, their care-givers.
  • 15. Your Checklist to Success
    • Located in the back of the student manual
    • Helps you to organize your to-do list and keep you on track
  • 16. Anything else?
  • 17.
    • More questions?
    • {add presenter and local AGD contact information} .
    • Want to join?
    • Fill out the provided membership application and turn in at the end of the session. For more information or to join online, visit www.agd.org .
    Thank you…and good luck!