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Chicago-area dentists to take extra precautions.
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Posted by: manny paul (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
From Midwestern University's press release:
Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive
Officer of Midwestern University (MWU), announces the appointment
of M.A.J. (Lex) MacNeil, D.D.S., as the inaugural Dean of the
College of Dental Medicine, Downers Grove, Illinois.
Prior to his appointment at MWU, Dr. MacNeil was the Associate Dean
for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of
Oral Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
Faculty of Dentistry in Vancouver, Canada. In the early 1990's, Dr.
MacNeil was actively involved in the development of continuing
education programs and clinical practice guidelines for dental
practitioners in British Columbia, serving as chair for both
related committees of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. He
joined the faculty at UBC in 1994 after practicing dentistry full
time in the Vancouver area for 20 years and serving as a part-time
clinical faculty member at UBC in prosthodontics since 1982. Dr.
MacNeil has published widely and brings outstanding expertise to
the new College of Dental Medicine.
The appointment of Dr. MacNeil is one of the first steps in
Midwestern University's plan to seek approval from the Illinois
Board of Higher Education and the Commission on Dental
Accreditation for a new center of learning in dental education in
the state of Illinois. The University intends to offer a Doctor of
Dental Medicine (DMD) degree on the Downers Grove Campus starting
in 2011. In the new DMD program, students will complete a four-year
curriculum that includes didactic basic medical and dental science
studies, preclinical simulation modules, extensive patient care
based clinical dentistry and community centered clinical
experiences. The inaugural class will consist of 125 students.
That is Great to have Midwestern open a for profit school not supported by the state, much nimbler and new administrations. The catch 22 is the overabundance of dentists and dental practices in Downers Grove and the western suburbs reduces practice population thus less money. The other side of the sword is since there are plenty of top tiered dentists, they are willing to teach because of less time in the practice. I wish them well.<br />Sincerely,<br />Dr. BDC<br />www.denturesdownersgrove.com
Posted by: Brian (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
CDS Review senior staff
writer Joanna Brown is seeking input from dentists who have made a
conscious effort in their practice to be more accommodating of
senior citizens. Whether it's something as simple as having
patients forms available in a larger font or measures more
elaborate, like handicapped-accessible operatories, Joanna would
like hear your stories. Please contact her at either jbrown [at]
cds dot org or call (312) 836-7324.
Please welcome Dr.
Adrian Codel, a CDS member and general dentist who practices on
Chicago's north side. Today Dr. Codel reflects on whether it's
important for health care professionals to "walk the walk and talk
the talk" when it comes to taking care of their own
You've already waited 30 minutes in the waiting area and another 15
minutes in a cold treatment room and finally the physician walks in
to introduce himself because you are a new patient. You first
notice that your new doctor is overweight, likely borderline obese.
When you shake his hand and get closer you detect the smell of
cigarettes. But this doesn't matter because all that matters is
that you receive the best possible care. You answer some basic
health history questions during the interview and are very happy
with his chair-side manner. You now feel more comfortable and crack
a joke. It must have been a good one because you made him laugh.
That is when you notice that the entire facial surfaces his lower
anterior teeth are completely covered in calculus and you know that
if it is bad on the facial, it is worse on the lingual. Do you lose
confidence is his ability?
Well, this did not happen to me, but I was imagining this scenario
as I was cleaning the teeth of my patient who is a physician. He
met the above description. He is a great person and I am sure an
excellent clinician. However, his oral health is in complete
neglect. Emergency care only, rampant decay and uncontrolled
periodontal disease. Not to mention his non oral conditions. I was
told after he was dismissed that he complained that we made him
wait 5 minutes for his scheduled procedure and threatened to
So which is worse? The physician who fails to take control of his
own health or the one that complains about waiting 5 minutes?
Either way they may not practice what they preach. But neither do
we. OK. I'll admit it, I don't floss every day.
food for thought
Please welcome Dr.
Adrian Codel, a CDS member and general dentist who practices on
Chicago's north side. Today Dr. Codel discusses how dentists can
exchange dental care for other services through a bartering
Clean house for clean teeth.
That's right, when I clean a patient's teeth, I get my house
cleaned. That is because I have incorporated bartering into my
dental practice. By definition "barter usually replaces money as
the method of exchange in times of monetary crisis, when the currency is
unstable and devalued by hyperinflation."
While hyperinflation may not be the case today, I believe monetary
Now I am not talking about a handshake deal where services are
directly exchanged. I am talking about bartering as a great
marketing tool using organized barter and trade associations. In
this case, you sign up for a trade association. Someone else who
belongs to that association sees you listed and makes an
appointment. They owe you $500 for the procedure. Instead of paying
cash, $500 is transferred from their barter account to yours. Now
you have $500 to spend on any item or service within the
organization, regardless of what services the patient provides.
Now, if this patient is happy she may refer you two cash-paying
patients and post a nice review on Yelp! Your traditional marketing
model and discounts were not needed.
So how do you spend the $500? Here are some examples of things I
have used my barter/trade dollars on. For my practice: dental labs,
ink and toner, document shredding, clinical equipment repair, floor
refinishing, message on hold system even OSHA training and
compliance. For personal use: limo service, Lake Geneva hotels,
restaurants, concert tickets. That's right, I even have my own
entertainment concierge that can get me sporting, theater and
concert tickets, all through barter.
The income is taxable as revenue and proper documentation is
received by year's end. The downside is that you need to decide how
often or when you want to schedule these patients. I have noticed
some dentists allow appointments during off-peak hours. Others only
allow 1-2 patients at a time until treatment is completed. You can
also dictate what percentage of treatment is barter and what
percentage is cash. This covers lab expenses, for instance. It took
me several months to figure out how to spend the "money" but now I
find it fun and a little bit of a treasure hunt. There is a minimal
transaction fee in order to keep the barter organization
Admittedly, it is not for everyone, but since the dentist can
control the exposure and frequency, it is a fun, low-cost way to
attract patients and reduce the amount of cash being taken out of
your business bank account.
The two organizations I am most familiar with are: Art of Barter, which
is restricted to the Chicago area, and IMS, which is nationwide.
can anyone refer me to a possible dental site in southern california
Posted by: rjustus4u (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
go to www.favorpals.com to do your bartering. it's safe/secure, reliable and completely free. check it out. good luck.
Posted by: Anonymous (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
Following up on our fall survey of members, which found cell
phones in the dental chair the
number-one pet peeve among dentists, four members of the CDS
Communications Committee take a look at good office policies for
handling patients who text and talk on their cell phones during a
CDS has just learned that two CDS Review articles have been
recognized by the Society of
National Association Publications for excellence in
Review Editor Wally Lamacki's column "Tummy-tucks"
(Final Impressions, December 2008) earned the gold award in the
magazine column category. Senior Writer Joanna Brown earned a
silver award in the magazine feature category for "User
reviews: What are patients saying about you online?" The
article was published in the September/October 2008 issue.
The FTC's Red Flags Rule go into effect less than two weeks from now. To help members be compliant with these rules, the American Dental Association has created a sample policy that dentists can use for crafting their own office policy and a compliance guide. (Please note that an ADA login and password are required to access both files.)
From the ADA News office:
The ADA is helping members comply with the Red Flags Rule by launching the ADA Sample Identity Theft Detection and Response Program and ADA Guide for Compliance with the New Red Flags Rule. These are the best sources available to help dentists meet the proposed May 1 Red Flags Rule deadline.
The Red Flags Rule requires financial institutions and "creditors"-a term the FTC defines very broadly-to develop a written plan to prevent and detect identity theft. Although the ADA has challenged the Federal Trade Commission on the applicability of the rule to dentists, the Association has also developed compliance materials for ADA members while continuing to urge the FTC to reconsider the issue.
More information, along with links to the FTC program, is in our previous entry on the Red Flags Rule.
red flags rule
Our crack team of spokespeople met in January to talk dental
turkey. Here's the first installment in our "Dental View"
series--When should children visit the dentist? Dr. Cissy Furusho
also provides some tips for treating the youngest patients.
Featuring general dentists Drs. Trucia Drummond, Ingrid
Schroetter and Kimberely Bolden and pediatric dentist Dr. Cissy
Going tot the dentist should be an isolated event. People should take care of their teeth more, because we all know how painful a teeth ache can be.
Posted by: prodds (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
Celebrate summer at Ravinia Festival Sunday, July 12, when the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents an all-Tchaikovsky concert,
including the 1812 Overture punctuated with live cannons.
CDS members and their guests will gather under Ravinia's UBS Tent
beginning at 3 p.m. for a light supper of sirloin sandwiches,
roasted rosemary chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables, whole wheat
pasta salad, and other treats made from locally grown, organic
ingredients. The bar will offer beer and wine, as well as soft
drinks and water.
After the meal, guests will be ushered to their reserved seats in
the pavilion for the concert. Guests may return to the UBS Tent
from 7-8 p.m. for dessert.
CDS members are limited to a total of two reduced-price tickets, at
a cost of $55 per ticket. Additional tickets are available at the
full price of $121. Prices do not include parking fees.
To purchase, visit our special
events Web page.