One of the biggest goals I had for dental assistants heading into 2019 was to create a better way for assistants to learn from each other. As I have lectured all over the world, I have seen the positive impact that comes from assistants talking with each other and discussing their common issues and joys.
A great way for dental assistants to learn from each other is to share the moments in their careers that haven’t been so glamorous. Let’s face it, we have all goofed up at some point and wish that we somehow could have avoided that mistake.
What we are doing with the new “Dental Assistant Fails” series is allowing assistants to openly and honestly share the moments they wish they could do over and what they learned from those moments. By sharing those moments with other assistants, it very well could help those learning from their colleagues avoid those same mistakes.
We have partnered with DentistryIQ on this learning opportunity for assistants and are pushing it out through social media with the hashtag, “#DAFails.” John Dewey once said, “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” We believe this can be the case with dental assistants and would love for you to join us in this effort. Learn more about it (and share your own mistakes) by clicking here. We really do believe it is all about #TogetherWeRise at IgniteDA.
YOU WILL WANT TO HEAR THIS
On a recent episode of the Dental Assistant Nation podcast, we discussed the growing problem online with assistants attacking each other and being helpful rather than hurtful. It is time we put an end to this and our awesome St. Louis-area dental assistant Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, CDSO, MADAA, stopped by to throw in her opinion and ideas on how to put an end to it. The podcast is just over 12 minutes long and well worth a listen.
YOU WILL WANT TO READ THIS
As the editor of Dental Assisting Digest (DAD), powered by IgniteDA, I love working with assistants on articles that make an impact. In this article, former ADAA president Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, gave some great ideas on how assistants can create a better working relationship with their dentists.
How can you get your free copy of DAD? It’s simple. Click here and sign up for Dental Assisting Digest. You will get your copy of DAD, powered by IgniteDA, every month. No spam and no strings attached. Join us in this venture designed just for you!
YOU WILL WANT TO WATCH THIS
IgniteDDS and IgniteDA have teamed up with our partners at Hu-Friedy on a series of instructional videos designed to help dental assistants and every team member in the practice. Dr. David Rice and I narrate these videos on a variety of topics and you can check them out by clicking here.
JOIN US FOR ONE OF OUR LIVE EVENTS
IgniteDA is everywhere! We would love for you to be a part of our upcoming live events.
We have a great full day of education centered on practice management and equipment maintenance with the Washington Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) coming up near Sea-Tac airport just outside Seattle on Friday, January 25. Click here to get more information and sign up.
IgniteDA’s day of education at the 2019 Yankee Dental Congress in Boston on February 1 is just around the corner! We have a full day of education designed just for assistants and we would love to see you there! Click here to see the lineup.
IgniteDA has also partnered with the Thomas P. Hinman Meeting in Atlanta for an awesome day of education on Friday, March 22. Click here to check out the courses that are designed specifically for assistants!
IgniteDA is also partnering with our friends at Patterson Dental for live events in Denver, Cincinnati, the Dakotas, Birmingham and more locations in 2019. Drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of those dates.
Additionally, I am speaking at the American Dental Implants Auxiliaries meeting in Scottsdale in February, Star of the North meeting in late April in Minneapolis, plus state meetings in Utah, Iowa and New Mexico. Yes, IgniteDA really is everywhere in 2019! Drop me an email for more information.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH
I can’t wait to see you online in the IgniteDA community or at one of our in-person live events. It is going to be an awesome rest of the year!
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