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Permanent link  Mentorship luncheon supplements clinical education

02/22/2014

2014 Mentorship LuncheonLongtime 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.

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Permanent link  New dentists strengthen the bridge at Friday reception

02/22/2014

2014 New Dentist ReceptionConversation came easily at the 270 Restaurant Friday evening, when dentists who have been in practice for 10 years or less gathered for cocktails and camaraderie at the New Dentist Reception.

"It's a relaxing thing to do after a day of learning, to come out and meet other dentists," said Sandra Lu, a Midwinter Meeting attendee who earned her dental degree from the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Dental Medicine.

Beside her, fellow SIU grad Jessica Rhodes added that she was interested in networking there and furthering her career.

"This is effective networking," affirmed dentist James Benz, who leads the GPR program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. "It's becoming less common to graduate and immediately go into a practice situation that you'll have for your whole career, so networking at this stage of your career is essential."

Dr. Benz came to the New Dentist Reception looking to reconnect with former students and hear how the GPR program trained them to meet the demands of their careers. He would take their feedback back to the office to improve the program for current residents.

Across the room, Marquette graduate Andrew Wiers was talking up the benefits of organized dentistry. Dr. Wiers is a member of CDS's New Dentist Committee.

"Job opportunities, debt load, how to piece together jobs to develop the career you want, are all topics that we talk about there, and here," he said. He called the reception a success. "The room is full, people are having a good time, and it's almost difficult to hear because there are so many great conversations going on."

Among them was endodontist Milton Davenport, looking to meet more local doctors. He earned a dental degree at Harvard University, and then completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"Everyone is so busy and spread out, but everyone can be here at the Midwinter Meeting, and then we party all weekend," Dr. Davenport said.

Find more photos from this and other 2014 Midwinter Meeting events on Flickr.

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Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting program highlights member benefits

02/06/2014

Local dentists know that their membership in the Chicago Dental Society has its benefits.

They aim to educate more of their non-member colleagues at a Midwinter Meeting symposium Friday, Feb. 21, Are you getting the most out of your membership?

The program begins at 11 a.m. in Room W474A. It will last one hour and is open to all dentists and dental students who are attending the Midwinter Meeting. Attendees will not receive CE credit for their participation.

“We talk a lot about the power of three and the alignment of the tripartite,” longtime CDS member Michael Durbin said, speaking of the relationship among the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society and Chicago Dental Society. “This program is designed to overview what’s out there and present an argument for membership in organized dentistry. We want people to see the opportunities there are to save money, improve their practices and improve themselves through the features we offer.”

The symposium will feature a panel of CDS members sharing how they have used their member benefits at all stages of their careers.

“The best way to see the value of a CDS membership is to hear other members share their stories. They practice the same as you, work the same as you, and they have used organized dentistry to their advantage to improve their lives every day,” Dr. Durbin said.

He encourages members of organized dentistry to invite their non-member friends – and for both to stay and learn more about the benefits of membership.

He explained, “I want people to leave with an answer to the question, ‘how could I not be a member when I see everything that comes with it?’”

 

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Permanent link  Our congratulations to the Odontographs

04/02/2013

The Chicago Dental Society congratulates three new members of the Odontographic Society of Chicago: Mark Humenik, of Northbrook; Carole Landman, of Chicago; and Cheryl Watson-Lowry, of Chicago. These doctors were inducted Monday, April 1.

The featured speaker at the Odontographic Society meeting that night was 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke, who discussed his passion for local history and shared with the audience stories of the two mayors who were assassinated: Carter Harrison Sr. in 1893 and Anton Cermak in 1933. 

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Permanent link  Congrats to our international winners

02/26/2013

The Chicago Dental Society congratulates Brian Thomason, of Dorset, UK, and Gerard Sitbon (below, right), of Paris – both winners of $100 gift cards during the 148th Midwinter Meeting Feb. 21-23.

 

International raffle winner

 

 


Drs. Thomason and Sitbon were among 75 international attendees who visited the International Lounge in the Exhibit Hall. More than 45 members of the Chicago Dental Society responded to an email and volunteered to help out our international attendees. They made available their skills translating in 20 languages; Hebrew, Russian, Hindi, Korean and Greek were among the languages represented.

“We recognize that there is an international presence at this meeting, and we’re trying to do more to be welcoming to these attendees,” said Andrew Browar, chair of CDS’ Ad Hoc Global Marketing Committee. “We are so grateful for the great response we had from our members.” 

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