When I graduated from dental school and established my private practice in 1978, it didn’t take me long to realize that I really didn’t know very much at all. Just keeping up with developments in materials and technology was a daunting task, let alone the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about running a business!Fortunately, I have grown professionally in both clinical and managerial skills through the years. That growth is largely due to two outstanding organizations whose focus is on continuing education: the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
I first attended the Hinman meeting in 1976 as a junior dental student serving as a volunteer projectionist. I haven’t missed a meeting since. Through Hinman, with its reputation for excellence, I have had the opportunity to learn from the best and the brightest in the dental field.
In 1984 I made the financial and professional commitment to join the AGD and work toward Fellowship. That five-year journey was so beneficial and meaningful that I joined a ‘fast-track’ to Mastership and received that designation in 1994. Learning new clinical techniques and then performing, photographing, and presenting the results to my peers was an incredibly valuable experience, which contributed to my overall confidence in my ability to care for my patients. In 2011 I was honored to receive the Life-Long Learning and Service Recognition from the Academy.
Much of who I am and what I’ve been able to offer my patients diagnostically and clinically is the direct result of continuing education. It is my belief that, as health care professionals, we are obligated to remain current in our knowledge and skills. Investing in continuing education throughout your career is the key to both professional and personal success.
Posted July 15, 2019
Sitting hunched over patients’ mouths for several hours a day is extremely taxing on your body. Dental hygienists and dentists are prone to problems as a result of poor working posture, eye strain, and unnatural hand positioning. Regular exercise, however, can help you minimize those problems and enjoy benefits such as: Greater comfort while working […]
Posted July 05, 2019
One of the great things about a career in dental hygiene is how flexible the job is. I have worked as little as two days a month when my kids were little. It was perfect. But for as flexible as the work days can be, once you commit to a day the flexibility ends. You […]
Posted July 04, 2019
Each year delivers more new dental technology that makes dentistry easier, faster, and more cost-effective than ever before. But like many other hygienists, this trend has you a bit concerned. You’re wondering how all the rapidly-developing technology will impact your dental hygienist duties. Could new dental technology devalue the work you do or render your […]