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Permanent link  Doctor, heal thyself at these Midwinter Meeting clinics

01/16/2015

Hundreds of oral health professionals will convene at McCormick Place West in a few weeks for the 150th Midwinter Meeting. They’re anticipating three days spent discussing the best practices for keeping their patients in good health.

But there are also opportunities at the Midwinter Meeting for health care providers to check up on their own health.

Pelton and Crane will again offer ergonomics evaluations at a wellness center, located in Booth #100 (aisle 100, near the Rebate Redemption Center) in the Exhibit Hall. During these free sessions, physical therapists will consider how individual professionals position themselves around the chair and on their stools in an operatory. 

“What we know is that dentists are willing to do anything for their patients, and so they become so focused on the task at hand that they disregard the positions they’re putting themselves in to get the job done,” physical therapist Tim Caruso said. “Dentists and hygienists are taking on some pretty awkward postures, to the detriment of their own bodies.”

Additional information about areas of pain or discomfort, leisure activities and pain management techniques help ergonomics professionals analyze the dental professional’s most common practice. These assessments last 15-30 minutes, and participants leave with advice for simple improvements.

Providers at all stages of their careers – whether they currently feel physical pain or not – are invited to participate. 

“Ideally, these best practices would be reviewed in dental school to help students avoid developing bad habits during their clinical training,” Mr. Caruso said. “ Your body is the most important instrument you have for a fulfilling career.”

Elsewhere at the Midwinter Meeting, attendees can schedule a health screening with BlueApple Health. They offer more than 31 tests, at prices up to $115, to assess cardiovascular risk. The CDS Wellness Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Feb. 26-28, in room CC20 at the Hyatt McCormick Place Conference Center. Schedule an appointment online, when you complete your Midwinter Meeting registration.

 

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Permanent link  CDS commits $75,000 to DENT-IL-PAC

05/22/2014

The Chicago Dental Society has committed $75,000 to DENT-IL-PAC in 2014. DENT-IL-PAC is the political action committee of the Illinois State Dental Society, which allows dentists to collectively contribute to the campaigns of candidates it supports. DENT-IL-PAC is non-profit and bi-partisan, with the goal of influencing the political process for the good of dentistry and patients.

A Board of Directors oversees DENT-IL-PAC’s activities; CDS member Michael Durbin is the current president.

 The Board of Directors includes one director from each branch of the Chicago Dental Society, as well as representatives from each downstate component of the Illinois State Dental Society and several Illinois specialty societies.

Other local dental societies contributed a combined $25,100 to DENT-IL-PAC. Donors include:

  • Southern Illinois Dental Society: $1,500
  • Will County Dental Society: $1,000
  • G.V. Black District Dental Society: $2,000
  • Peoria District Dental Society: $2,000
  • Illinois Academy of General Dentistry: $1,000
  • Winnebago County Dental Society: $2,000
  • Madison District Dental Society: $1,000
  • Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists: $2,000
  • Fox River Valley Dental Society: $3,000
  • Illinois Association of Endodontists: $3,000
  • U.S. Grant Dental Society: $1,000
  • Illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: $3,000
  • Education and Development Initiative: $100
  • Rock Island District Dental Society: $1,500
  • McLean County Dental Society: $1,000.

 

The Chicago Dental Society has supported DENT-IL-PAC annually since 1998, for a total of $763,001 in donations.

 

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Permanent link  Expand your network at the New Dentists Reception

01/17/2013

With 32,000 dental professionals expected to convene at McCormick Place next month, running into an old classmate is an unexpected surprise.

Unless, of course, you know where to look. Just ask Chicago dentist Lynse Briney.

She’s one of many who will be attending the New Dentist Reception at the Midwinter Meeting. The Happy Hour event brings together dentists who have been in practice for no more than 10 years for cocktails, conversation and camaraderie among contemporaries.

“We all seem to be so busy these days and since you’re already at the Midwinter Meeting it's an easy way to meet up,” Dr. Briney explained. “It gives new dentists the chance to network with other dentists that are in the same shoes!  We can catch up on the best practices that work in our offices, discuss how to juggle work-life balance, vent about the practice options before us and much, much more.  Best of all it gives us the opportunity to catch up with classmates we may have not seen in a while.

“And it gives us the chance to meet new dentists and expand our networks of friends and colleagues.”

Keyur Shah consistently made time for these kinds of networking events as he began his career, and said it paid off.

“We’re all like-minded and have similar goals, so it’s nice to interact,” live and in person, he said. “I always get tidbits of good information from these events – you can ask anyone about anything and the conversations are relevant and current.” His mentors encouraged him to start attending these events while he was still in dental school, and he’s so thankful that they did.

“It’s very valuable to interact with your colleagues and promote organized dentistry.”

Dr. Briney added that they’re just plain fun.

“I love catching up with people, seeing new friends and old.  It helps keep me in touch with reality and not get bogged down in the daily grind!”

To join Drs. Briney and Shah and others at the New Dentist Reception at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in 260 Restaurant at McCormick Place West, register for SE5 when you register for your Midwinter Meeting courses.

And if you’ve already registered, you can add the reception to your existing registration.

 

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Permanent link  Expand your network at the New Dentists Reception

01/17/2013

With 32,000 dental professionals expected to convene at McCormick Place next month, running into an old classmate is an unexpected surprise.

Unless, of course, you know where to look. Just ask Chicago dentist Lynse Briney.

She’s one of many who will be attending the New Dentist Reception at the Midwinter Meeting. The Happy Hour event brings together dentists who have been in practice for no more than 10 years for cocktails, conversation and camaraderie among contemporaries.

“We all seem to be so busy these days and since you’re already at the Midwinter Meeting it's an easy way to meet up,” Dr. Briney explained. “It gives new dentists the chance to network with other dentists that are in the same shoes!  We can catch up on the best practices that work in our offices, discuss how to juggle work-life balance, vent about the practice options before us and much, much more.  Best of all it gives us the opportunity to catch up with classmates we may have not seen in a while.

“And it gives us the chance to meet new dentists and expand our networks of friends and colleagues.”

Keyur Shah consistently made time for these kinds of networking events as he began his career, and said it paid off.

“We’re all like-minded and have similar goals, so it’s nice to interact,” live and in person, he said. “I always get tidbits of good information from these events – you can ask anyone about anything and the conversations are relevant and current.” His mentors encouraged him to start attending these events while he was still in dental school, and he’s so thankful that they did.

“It’s very valuable to interact with your colleagues and promote organized dentistry.”

Dr. Briney added that they’re just plain fun.

“I love catching up with people, seeing new friends and old.  It helps keep me in touch with reality and not get bogged down in the daily grind!”

To join Drs. Briney and Shah and others at the New Dentist Reception at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in 260 Restaurant at McCormick Place West, register for SE5 when you register for your Midwinter Meeting courses.

And if you’ve already registered, you can add the reception to your existing registration.

 

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Permanent link  ISDS Foundation supports dentists in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse

04/27/2012

ISDS Foundation offers a dentists support program for those battling alcohol and substance abuse. 

The program is run by volunteers and strictly confidential. Services include education, support and access to professional assistance. 

To find out more, download the ISDS Dentists Support Program brochure or call (800) 475-4737.

The program offers the following self-assessment.

Do You Need Help?

  • Do you experience mood swings, become easily depressed, angry, or abusive?
  • Has anyone become disturbed because of your behavior while you are drinking or using drugs?
  • Have you ever tried to cut down on your drinking or drug use?
  • Has anyone become annoyed about your drinking/drug use? (Prescription or illicit)
  • Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking/drug use or related behaviors?
  • Are you experiencing financial or legal problems, malpractice suit, or divorce, because of your drinking or drug use?
  • Have you been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

If you feel that you or a fellow member of the dental profession needs assistance, please call (800) 475-4737 for help. We will carefully and confidentially guide you or your colleague through the steps to wellness.

Does Someone You Love Need Help?

Oftentimes it is the families, colleagues, and friends who first notice something is wrong and are in a position to help. Be aware of the signs of alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Disruption of the appointment schedule.
  • Hostile, withdrawn, or unreasonable behavior toward patients and staff.
  • Excessive ordering of drug supplies by mail or from local pharmacies.
  • Patient complaints regarding dentist’s behavior.
  • Unexplained absence from office or absence due to frequent illness.Inappropriate orders, prescriptions, or treatments.
  • Deterioration in appearance and dress habits.
  • Wearing long sleeves in warm weather.
  • Frequent or unusual accidents.
  • Isolated/withdrawn from community, dental society, and social activities.
  • Embarrasing behaviors at private clubs, parties or other social events.
  • Unpredictable or compulsive behavior.
  • Arrests for driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, etc.

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