Today, we are going to start and end with “you.” First, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the effort and sacrifice you make as AGD leaders. You are not with your family today, you are not at your practice, you are with me, trying to help our organization. It’s an honor to be speaking to you. Thank you for beleiving in the AGD.
Now, I just mentioned your family. You aren’t with them now, but they are always close to your heart, I am sure. Particularly the little ones. You hope to pass on your best traits to them, you hope to guide them through the ups and downs so that they can succeed, create their own families and continue the family name. Without your involvement in their lives they may fall prey to the wrong information, they may not recognize their potential, or they may simply fail more often then needed to in order to “build character,” right? So, you guide them and build the brightest future possible. That’s exactly why I am talking today about the profession’s kids – students. We need your guidance to build the brightest future possible for the AGD. Students are the future of this organization, and we need to make sure that they get the right information about the AGD, that they recognize their potential as AGD members, and that we offer benefits that help them succeed in their profession.
So, just so that you don’t think that those of us in this room are the only one’s who recognize the value of students to this organization, I wanted to briefly point to the AGD goals from the House of Delegates Scorecard. There’s one about mentoring, dental school presence, an increase in the our numbers, and even one about partnering with their association But, I know that many of you are the most active in recruiting and retaining student and new dentist members based on your constituent’s goals. Would anyone be willing to share any of their goals? Student & new dentists development either directly or indirectly support them.
So, now that we’re all on the same page as to the importance of students as the future of our organization, let’s talk about what the AGD offers them. On the back of every AGD student application, we list some of the benefits… - Free Award-Winning Publications AGD Impact and General Dentistry - Free AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits Registration - Web Tools - e-mail forwarding with an AGD e-mail address, member Web page builder, Web forums, online case studies, podcasts, a blog, and even AGD wallpaper for your computer’s desktop. - AGD Career Center - Special Insurance Rates offers on student liability insurance for board exams and medical and life insurance from Dentist’s Advantage. - Member Discounts AGD Benefits Plus program - Post-Graduate Resources - AGD Smile Savers. You can also learn how to get patient referrals and empower your patients with educational materials like oral health fact sheets, patient newsletters, and www.KnowYourTeeth.com. - Free Student Transitional Manual - Senior Student Dental Award And…
There is something that is not on the back of that application – and that’s what we are depending on you to tell them. The AGD offers students an opportunity to have a voice in their profession.
What’s the best way to tell them that? Well, the AGD has designed positions and resources for those of you who are specifically dedicated to student and new dentist development. Are any of you Membership Chair Student Initiatives? Any FellowTrack Program Coordinators? Student Membership Chairs? Great, then you should all know everything about these positions, but for the sake of the group I am going to go through them. The Membership Chair (Student Initiatives) is a dentist who works closely with students, school administrators and faculty. FellowTrack Program Coordinators facilitates local dental school based FellowTrack programs and help students earn CE prior to graduation. The Student Member Chair is a designated leadership position for members still in dental school.
There are many, contact AGD staff for ideas and to find the answers to your specific questions: - FellowTrack forum and resources - constituent student member reports - an ASDA contacts directory - New student conversation messaging - enhanced Facebook features - new online membership applications - a mentor program database - and more…
EXAMPLES AEGD and GPR Program Directory - AGD membership status and contact information for ALL AEGD and GPR programs in US and Canada. If gaining access to your school is difficult, focus on residents, they pay higher dues and already committed to life long learning and becoming General Dentists. Lunch Learn Tips-n-Tricks - compiled from student interviews and panel discussions about what student are interested in, and how successful relationships and presentations can be achieved. Student and New Dentist section of AGD Best Practices – read these testimonials to see what has worked in other constituents. The AGD’s overall strategy with dental schools and students is evolving from what we learn here.
So, let’s talk about this new position for a moment. Who should be the membership chair? The leader of your student movement. Someone who has: 1) educational achievement (thus having respect of the students and faculty) 2) availability to develop innovative activities (to attract student participation in programs that are deemed interesting or time-worthy) 3) desire to become a general practitioner or pursue an AEGD or GP Residency after dental school 4) creativity - with ideas of ways for the constituent to serve the unique needs of their classmates 5) a winning positive personality, enthusiasm - which attracts fellow students and generates excitement for constituent courses and convention 7) self starter personality - with ability to organize ideas and handle additional responsibility 8) interest in AGD advocacy and legislative issues - this is infectious to the students 6) high moral character
There are two ways to contact students. GOING TO THEM - Lunch and Learns - After School Guidance Programs, study clubs - Social Events, happy hour - Mentoring - FellowTrack COMING TO YOU - Social Networking, Constituent Facebook groups - Earning CE - E-mail Campaigns - Web site development SEO Optimized Search engine paid ads
Nothing “ They don’t have time to drive”
Last but not least. The most important aspect of the dental student chair. Transition of a student to an achievement of a lifetime: Fellowship Allows for a lifelong connection to the AGD. A full paying member for many years.
The last thing I would like to leave you with is this: People don’t do something outside of what they do normally, unless they are asked. Right? So, don’t forget to continually reach out to non-member students. In addition, our forecasted future is always changing, so in order for us to be sure that we are delivering what our profession’s kids need, ask your existing students. They are our resources as well. IT’S ALL UP TO YOU
The Future Voice: Students
The Future Voice: Students & New Dentists Dr. Gustavo Assatourians, Membership Council Nicole Harris, Manager, Constituent Services Jimmy Weinland, Administrator, Constituent Services Student Development
<ul><ul><li>… Set the standard in mentoring of new dentists. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… Active presence in every dental school by 2010. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… Increase the number of junior dental students … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… Strategic alliance with ASDA ... </li></ul></ul>Goals
Positions and Duties <ul><li>Student-related positions and duties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership Chair (Student Initiatives) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FellowTrack Program Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Member Chair </li></ul></ul>