What motivated you to become involved in organized dentistry as a new dentist?
I was motivated to get involved with organized dentistry for a few reasons.
- I wanted to interact with other recent graduates, see and learn from their experiences, and offer my experiences in return for the mutual benefit of all.
- I strongly believe that what you get out of something has a direct relation to what you put into it. By that I mean being involved and helping to influence the future of dentistry in some small measure will actually allow me to get much more in return, professionally and also personally.
- I feel that I can make a difference by being involved. Having an impact in my own profession is very rewarding.
- I was able to meet other dentists in various stages of their careers through organized dentistry which has given me tremendous insight into my own career.
Kevin Klatte, DMD
My inspiration was scripted right out of a PDA
membership committee meeting. My mentor, whose practice I
purchased, took me to a local society meeting. While there I
met our district Trustee who also was a member of my local
society. During the meeting he informed me he needed a new
dentist committee representative from our district and asked me if
I was interested. The rest is history as they say. Sensing my eagerness
for involvement, I also was elected as one of my local
society's directors within a year and chair of the New Dentist
Committee within two years. Organized dentistry has now become
in integral part of my day-to-day activities as a dental
professional. I get back far more than I contribute, and I owe it
all to grassroots involvement.
Gino Pagano, DMD
Several reasons and I’ll address them in no particular order:
- Camaraderie: There is nothing like getting together with dentists your own age who have similar experiences and aspirations. It’s amazing that other new dentists experience similar practice challenges and have the same questions, regardless of their practice location. Hearing solutions or being able to provide solutions because you've experienced the same thing is a great feeling. In addition, knowing you’re not alone in your struggles provides a sense of reassurance. Without organized dentistry we would all be secularized from one another.
- Having a Say: One of the benefits of the dentistry profession is the ability to be your own boss. You get to choose how and where you want to practice. Independence. After a very short time in practice you realize that there are numerous outside influences that dictate, to a certain extent, the way you run your business. Without an organized voice in the different levels of government those outside influences would become way too burdensome. I wanted to ensure that my voice is part of the larger voice that helps influence legislation and regulations that impact all of us.
- Making Our Profession Better: When I meet with colleagues and share aspirations and concerns and work on solutions, I’ve always found something useful that makes my day-to-day work easier. But we also work on problems that affect dentistry as a profession and coming up with ideas to solve those issues is rewarding. If we don’t have people involved in protecting the profession we will find that dentistry isn’t as enjoyable as it once was.
- Maintaining membership in organized dentistry is easy, just pay the dues and you’re done. But to experience the full benefits of membership I think you need to be active in organized dentistry. You can’t always rely on someone else to look after your life’s work. If you want your voice heard, then you need to speak up! Becoming active in organized dentistry is both fun and rewarding.
Wade Newman, DDS