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Discovering the Leader Within:
An MDA Evening for Women Dentists

Speaker: Jodi Schafer, SPHR
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Locations: Various (see list below)
Fee: $35/person
CE Credits: 1

The Michigan Dental Association is holding five gatherings mixing social interaction with continuing education through discussion and consultation with Jodi Schafer, SPHR, a well-known human resources expert.

The gatherings will be held from 6-8 p.m. at a cost of $35/person, which includes food, drinks, networking and one credit of continuing education. Members and nonmembers are invited to attend.

Dental school prepared you to be a strong clinician, but did it train you to be a leader? As Simon Sinek says, “There are leaders and there are those who lead.” People follow leaders because they WANT to … they follow bosses because they HAVE to. Despite our best efforts, we often struggle to see the difference between bossing and leading. Failure to recognize that distinction can spell disaster for your practice in the form of employee turnover, patient dissatisfaction, frustrated staff and increased stress levels.


Join with your sisters in dentistry to rediscover the true meaning of leadership and learn how to wield influence rather than control. Share in the experiences of others and get in touch with what really matters to you. Only then you can hope to connect and SOAR!

Supported by: Detroit District Dental Society, Washtenaw District Dental Society, Saginaw Valley District Dental Society, Resort District Dental Society and Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society.

Saturday, March 21 - MDA Job Fair

Tips for Successful Associateships (a.m.)
Contract Tips for New Dentists (p.m.)

Speakers: Reggie Vanderveen, DDS; Dan Schulte, JD
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Locations: MDA Office, 3657 Okemos Road, Okemos, Mich. (map)
Job Seekers Fee: FREE
Job Exhibitors: $150
CE Credits: 2

Job Fair

The MDA will hold its first-ever MDA Job Fair on Saturday, March 21 at MDA headquarters in Okemos.  The Job Fair will be held between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and is aimed at both those looking for jobs and those who may have positions to offer. The Job Fair will give prospective job seekers the opportunity for informal networking.

CE Courses

The day will also include two continuing education programs. The morning CE program from 9 - 10 a.m. is titled “Tips for Successful Associateships,” with Dr. Reggie VanderVeen. The afternoon session from 1 - 2 p.m. is titled “Contract Tips for New Dentists and Employers,” with MDA legal counsel Dan Schulte.

Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Economic Future of Dentistry

Speaker: Marko Vujicic, PhD, American Dental Association chief economist and vice president
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
2700 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Detroit , MI 48208 (map)
Location: Special Functions Room
Cost: FREE
CE Credits: 2

Join Marko Vujicic, PhD, American Dental Association chief economist and vice president, for a riveting presentation and learn how economic trends will impact your future as a dentist.

Vujicic has traveled the country providing dental associations and their members with an understanding of how economic realities will shape the future of dentistry and the lives of dentists in their profession. Vujicic presented to the MDA Board of Trustees in 2013. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity.

The MDA has partnered with both of Michigan’s ASDA chapters to host this special event. A catered dinner will be provided for those who attend.


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