KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Dec 23rd, 2013
Contact: Dr. William J. Moorhead
Phone: 800-292-1855
Email: info@kyda.org

Letting the Secret Out

As I talk to dentists across the state, I’m amazed at the number of dentists who haven’t been to our annual Kentucky Meeting in several years.  I hear a lot of reasons – “too busy with the family,” “don’t see the value” or “it’s not like it used to be.”  But when I explore a little further, I find one consistent fact:  None of them have attended in several years.  It’s as though the dentists don’t really believe what they have heard regarding the changes we’ve made.  So with this President’s Message, it’s my goal to let the secret out.

Secret #1 - What Goes on in the Background:  I’ve been scouting other dental meetings for the KDA now for five years.  Never heard of scouting?  Most dental meetings allow designated dentists from other states, societies and schools to attend their meetings and go from lecture to lecture listening the speakers present.  Many of the meetings even allow us to have breakfast and lunch with the speakers to allow us to have a dialogue and find out more on their background and suitability for our meeting.  I’ve had the opportunity to scout in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Orlando, San Francisco and Anaheim, just to name a few.  This scouting allows us to select speakers that are well suited for the needs of Kentucky dentists and their team members.  The KDA currently has a committee of three scouts that work on future programs.  The senior scout, the Scientific Chair, is responsible for the final shape of their annual meeting.  This fairly new arrangement of the Scientific Committee has brought much more variety and balance to our speaker selections. 

Secret #2 - Quality and Variety of the CE Programs Available:  Compared to four to five years ago, the number of speakers available for your selection has almost doubled.  We have found a good balance in using corporate speaker sponsorships that have allowed the KDA to make this change.  The Scientific Committee works hard to find this balance each year for almost all areas of dentistry, including presentations that will interest hygienists, dental assistants and business assistants.  This affords our members the same variety enjoyed at the regional meetings like the Hinman Meeting or the Chicago Midwinter. 

Secret #3 - Feel of the meeting:  The number one complaint I hear from older members about our annual meeting is that it’s “not like the old Galt House.”  With the addition three years ago of the Wine and Cheese Reception held on Friday nights, the complexion has really changed.  And on this same evening now, fourth year dental students and young dentists looking for career opportunities are joining dentists searching for associates have joined this mix, making for one great dental party! 

Secret #4 - Save Yourself Money – At Least Three Times!  Compared to most of the major meetings, attending the KDA automatically saves you around $150 because our meeting doesn’t charge registration fees.  You also don’t have the burden of transportation expenses like the regional or national meetings.  And profits earned from our annual meeting directly keep your professional dues down. 

Secret #5 - My Top Speaker Picks:  I want to share a little bit of background on some of this year’s speakers that are not known as well but have some powerful content.  Dr. Kim Kutsch has been heard very little on the east coast.  From Oregon, Dr. Kutsch’s topic is on CAMBRA (Caries Assessment by Risk Assessment) but covers so much more.  His lecture includes approaches to patient psychology and motivation that are new and fresh and will dramatically change both how you talk to your patients and how you make your treatment recommendations.  

We’ve been hearing for several years that ultrasonics will soon be able to perform caries detection.  Dr. Scott Parker will be making one of his presentations on new “S-ray” technology.  This has the exciting ability to overcome objections regarding x-ray exposure so that we can make the proper diagnosis.

To improve access to care and offer additional dental service opportunities, Dr. Pam Stein of Lexington will be presenting a course to share information from a mini residency she attended on nursing home care, including methods that enlist the help of nursing homes to bill dental services for services not covered by adult Medicaid.

If you have an office website, Timothy Warren will be conducting a workshop on Search Engine Optimization.  If you take this course anywhere else, you’ll spend $499, but at the KDA, you can attend for $85 and send a staff member for only $65. You’ll learn how you can spend a small amount of time each month to accomplish the same thing that most dentists pay a fairly large fee monthly to accomplish.

And if you are looking for opportunities for your team, check out presentations by Dr. Tanya Brown and by Rhonda Mullins.  These two ladies will bring you new ideas for practice management and provide your team with a welcome uplift in team spirit.

And of course, I can’t urge you strongly enough to attend Dr. Ray Bertolotti’s course on Thursday, March 13.  Dr. Bertolotti’s presentation presents information that I’m virtually certain you’ve never been exposed to, and 100% of the ticket sales go to our Kentucky Dental Foundation to sponsor a future RAM event.  Order your tickets today!

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