The Week That Was: December 7-11

Video Contest Winners Highlight Dental Student Award Night

If you’ve been paying attention, you know our traditional dental student Food for Thought events had to be moved online this fall. We promoted a Yeti cooler as a grand prize drawing gift eligible to those who attended both FFTs. Additionally we conducted a student video contest asking for a 2-minute submission on why the “MDA Rocks.” A judging committee of Vicki Wilbers; MDA President, Dr. Rob Tait; MDAF Chair, Dr. Danielle Riordan; MDA New Dentist Committee Chair, Dr. Fallon Stiens and DWBF Board member, Dr. Philip Batson agonized over the entries before making their selection. On Wednesday night we held our virtual award night and announced the winners. We had 45 breathless students online waiting to hear the results. These students are AWESOME and we wish we could award all of them. Here are the well deserved winners. Congrats to all!

  • 1st Place Video ($1000 cash) UMKC students Katie Hayes, Kathryn Teruya, Kika Masaunga, Megan Ching, Mitchell Hanson and Samantha Mahaffey
  • 2nd Place Video ($500 cash) MOSDOH Students Ashvi PatelJulia Lincicum and Fady Boules
  • Yeti Winner: Sunghee Choi, UMKC
  • Prize Pack Coolers: Stanton Dotson (UMKC), Victoria Simpson (MOSDOH), Anna Faulkner (UMKC) and Phu Vuong (MOSDOH)

Legislative Day Launch

I mentioned last week that plans were being made and yesterday we launched a three-point strategy. Watch your eNews for all the info and register today for the Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, January 26. Additionally we have invited 20 of the top leaders at the Capitol to participate with us in the Town Hall. And lastly we sent all legislators an email sharing our agenda and introducing Olivia Wilson as the newest member of our advocacy team. The MDA legislative and regulatory committee works hard to develop the agenda and there’s a lot of behind scenes work in pulling off a successful advocacy effort. It takes everyone, so please stay informed and be involved.

Special Staff Lunch

Even within the MDA walls, we don’t get to gather as a group as often as we used to thanks to stupid COVID. Our usual huddles are over Zoom and we work flexible schedules due to schooling and health challenges. So, it’s a delight to eyeball one another in person (from a safe distance).Yesterday, that delight was made real as the staff was treated to a Chili’s takeout lunch and some special holiday gifts as a surprise. Thanks, MDA and MDIS! Your small, but skilled staff teams enjoy working together to help all members succeed.

NEDS Steps Up to Provide A Finals Pick Me Up

Today I was on the road to Kirksville to help Dr. Amanda Fitzpatrick and the kind members of the Northeast Dental Society deliver a Jimmy Johns box lunch to all MOSDOH D1s and D2s as a special treat during finals after a hard semester. It was cold, rainy and brief, but every little act of kindness and support is one more reminder that the MDA and organized dentistry have your back at every stage of your career. Shout out to Kristin Blunk, Director of Student Success, for helping us pull this off within policy limits. 

Past Presidential Pomp

On a late whim today, I was able to stop in Moberly and drop in on Immediate MDA Past President, Dr. Mike Berry to deliver some well-earned swag that he usually gets at the House of Delegates or at an MDA Board meeting. But because you can’t reach through the Zoom lens and present gifts, I did it in person like a one-man Prize Patrol. After a memorable year to say the least, I know Dr. Berry will enjoy his name plate, his photo book and his plaque as mementos of his presidency.

The Week Ahead

The outlook is festive as we host a Jingle Mingle Holiday Zoom Party for New Dentists in the non-metro components on Tuesday and then we have our annual staff holiday party, gift swap and bingo bonanza on Wednesday. Those photos should be rich and borderline blackmail material. And of course, we all continue with duties that need to be concluded by year end. And never have we been so happy to send this year to the history books!

Quote of the Week

Winners don’t wait for chances, they take them.

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