The 15 winners of the CDS Foundation’s 2014 Midwinter Meeting raffle have been notified, and they are a very excited group! The CDS Foundation Board of Directors thanks all who stopped by its booth in the Exhibit Hall Feb. 20-22 to purchase a raffle ticket.
The CDS Foundation also sends out tremendous thanks to donors who provided the sought-after prizes:
- Bisco Dental Products
- Dr. Kimberley Bolden
- Bosworth Company
- The CDS Foundation
- Ms. Robin Gathman
- Dr. Mary Hayes
- Henry Schein Dental
- Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co.
- Lang Dental Mfg. Co., Inc.
- Dr. Barbara Mousel
- Patterson Dental
- Whip Mix Corporation
Further questions about the raffle and the CDS Foundation can be directed to the interim executive director Kathy Bell at 312.836.7301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The 149th Midwinter Meeting welcomed 1,351 international attendees representing 82 countries, from Albania to Venezuela. Many of them stopped by the International Lounge for a break in the action.
Those who did were entered in a raffle. CDS congratulates winners Juliano Facioli, of Brazil, and Jean Charles Rivioire, of France.
“We are grateful for all those attendees and exhibitors who traveled from distant lands to help make the Midwinter Meeting a truly international success,” said CDS past president David Fulton Jr.
Screenings by dentists for the most common chronic medical diseases could save the American health care system as much as $102.6 million annually, according to a new study conducted by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC).
The findings were published Feb. 13 in the American Journal of Public Health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7.8 percent of the U.S. population has undiagnosed hypertension, 2.7 percent has undiagnosed diabetes and 8.2 percent has undiagnosed high cholesterol. Screening for these conditions in dental offices could lead to savings of up to $102.6 million, or $33 per person screened, and healthier outcomes for patients.
“As many as 27 million people visit a dentist but not a physician in a given year,” Kamyar Nasseh, PhD, lead author of the study said in a prepared release. “This presents an opportunity for dentists to be part of an integrated health care team working to combat chronic illnesses.”
There is potential for additional savings over the long term through prevention, health promotion, and early interventions that the study did not model.
“We have long known that the mouth is the window to the body,” said ADA President Charles H. Norman.“But we have an increased understanding about roles that dentists can play in detecting chronic, systemic disease. This study shows that dentists can contribute to reduced health care costs in the U.S. by screening for chronic conditions.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of all American adults suffer from chronic illnesses, which account for more than 75 percent of health care costs and 70 percent of deaths each year in the United States. Chronic diseases are estimated to cost the country $153 billion annually in lost productivity.
To celebrate our sesquicentennial, 10 friends of the Chicago Dental Society worked last fall to transform four-foot fiberglass molars into works of art. But only four will get to spend the summer months on Michigan Avenue.
Vote once per day for your favorite molar – and check back in April to see which teeth come out on top! Voting runs through midnight, March 31.
Longtime Chicago Dental Society volunteer Salvatore Storniolo held court over lunch. At a table filled with dental students, conversation included Game of Thrones, the Oscar nominees for Best Picture and the wisdom he’s gained through 26 years in dentistry.
“I think of myself in your shoes 27 years ago, and I can say it was scary. There were a lot of mixed emotions,” he told the students with whom he shared a lunch table. “But what you’ve got to realize is that it’s all there for the taking. You just need to figure out what kind of dentist you want to be. And you must get involved; networking is the key.”
Dr. Storniolo was one of many CDS volunteers who made time Thursday, Feb. 20, to attend the Mentor Luncheon. Held annually at the Midwinter Meeting , the event paired practicing dentists with dental students for camaraderie.
They agreed that their time together was a valuable part of their Midwinter Meeting experience.
“As dental students we spend so much time in class and lab, but there is no instruction on how to be a dentist in the real world,” said second year dental student Jeri McCombs, who lunched with dentist Victoria Ursitti. “That’s where organized dentistry comes in for students. It’s really neat to meet people at events like this and talk about tangible career goals.”
Dr. Ursitti agreed that networking events like the Mentorship Luncheon would have enhanced her experience as young dentist; she volunteers today so that others benefit from her experience.
“It would have been nice to have had someone to ask ‘what do you use for scheduling software?’ or ‘what kind of clinical software do you like?’ Running a business is not just clinical,” Dr. Ursitti said. “The personal contacts here are fantastic, but as a young dentist I think you need someone to put their arm out and invite you to do something, and I think I have a lot of offer in that way.”
Second year dental student Shauvik Ponnusamy found that kind of camaraderie in his relationship with CDS member Dean Nicholas. Mr. Ponnusamy shadowed Dr. Nicholas in the office to supplement his clinical instruction; he most enjoyed the way Dr. Nicholas interacts with patients.
“He makes everyone laugh,” Mr. Ponnusamy said. “It was great to see how he made connections with patients, which is not something they teach in dental school. And when we started endo at school, it was nice to hear him say ‘it’s going to be okay, there is a light at the end of the tunnel,’ and hear his reassurance and feel that camaraderie.”
Mr. Ponnusamy encouraged his peers to seek out the mentorship program.
“Take initiative. Small steps make a big difference in learning about how to manage outside of class when it comes to things like finances and debt and continuing education.”
His classmate Punita Shukla agreed.
“You can’t do one without the other: go to school and talk to a mentor. This is the base for your future,” she said.
Find more photos from this and other 2014 Midwinter Meeting events on Flickr.