The Week That Was: October 25-29

Weeks So Full They Spill Over to Monday

The MDA year has a rhythm to it, and there are certain seasons when the pace is very fast. We are in that season with full travel last week to report on and a big House of Delegates week looming. As such, the blog is temporarily moved to a Monday posting to allow inclusion of weekend activities. The faces and places are still the stars, so read on!

FFT Rookies Steal the Show

Stacey, Jerri and I were in St. Louis this week and it started with a Food for Thought at ATSU. Our speakers were two recent 2020 MOSDOH graduates, Dr. Rachel Parker and Dr. Leah Norvell. They did a great job with their presentation by being authentic, realistic and humorous. Their unpolished assessment of life as a licensed dentist right out of school obviously struck a nerve as students asked a lot of questions. These real life encounters (and good food plus cash and prizes) set MDA apart and help us connect with our student members in a memorable way. It’s also nice to give newer members an engagement point and get to know them better.

Union Station Was Popping for Mid Continent

After FFT we met up with Vicki Wilbers, MDA ED, and migrated to Union Station which is the new home for Greater St. Louis Dental Society’s Mid-Continent Dental Congress (MCDC). What a fantastic launch they had for a new venue. More than 2,300 friends in the dental community came together for an excellent conference. Member dentists soaked up top-shelf CE. Exhibitors had ample space and high traffic in a beautiful setting. Staff and family members had a variety of entertainment options including “Under the Sea”, a combo of a private tour of the amazing aquarium and a fancy meal with colleagues. It’s impossible to cover it all so you may want to check out the official page here (where you can find dates to plan for next year) and peruse my photos for happy smiles.

As for my focus, I made the rounds to a New Dentist luncheon where the local New Dentist Committee and its chair, Dr. Andrew Monestero, hosted a great opportunity for networking featuring a fun Bingo style mixer. Making connections is so valuable. I saw some familiar faces and met lots of new members as well. And of course the prize competition was fierce. Kudos to Dr. Kristen Alexander who took home the grand prize Yeti cooler.

The next day I joined the dental students for their luncheon where Dr. Megan Lenahan shared her pearls of wisdom on surviving and thriving after graduation. Dr. Lenahan has been uber-involved at many levels and gave a good endorsement for organized dentistry amid her humor and practical and authentic application points. And yes, there were plenty of prizes once again.

My other main responsibility was manning the MOMOM table. It was awesome to see a wide variety of volunteers from the past show interest again as well as new wave of local, young members eager to step up. I’m encouraged to feel some momentum as we are just about nine months out from the clinic set for July 15-16, 2022 at Chaiftez Arena in St. Louis.

The Week Ahead

That week is now upon us and ramps up heavily with both MDA and MDIS Board of Trustees meetings on Thursday followed by a full and diverse few days at the annual MDA House of Delegates. We will have plenty to report on from resolutions to awards to member photos. Plus a special “Big Hearts – Who’s the MDA’s Most Generous Component” competition benefitting MODentPAC. You can show component pride and donate before midnight Friday, November 5. Check back next Monday for the blog recap of all the happenings.

Quote of the Week

“It is so good to see you again!” – Spoken by everyone to everyone at MCDC

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