Leadership Institute

“The Leadership Institute is a highly rewarding experience for dentists in all phases of their profession. Personally, the lecturers taught me how to improve my communication and business skills. I formed new friendships through the social events. ” - Jolanta Macdonald, DMD 


The Massachusetts Dental Society Leadership Institute provides the tools and insight needed to improve your leadership effectiveness and help you respond to a rapidly shifting landscape. It is designed for those who want to think strategically about emerging institutional and informational needs, changing expectations, new technologies, and long-range plans. The curriculum will deepen your insights and broaden your repertoire of useful approaches to leadership. The program also provides a valuable opportunity to assess your own leadership strengths and weaknesses in a supportive and engaging learning environment.


Get Empowered

Graduates will acquire important leadership skills that will prepare them to:   

  • Improve communication skills, expand conflict resolution and negotiating techniques, sharpen problem-solving skills, and exchange ideas.
  • Learn how you can contribute to the success of your association.
  • Connect with like-minded people and gain valuable networking opportunities.
  • Improve your delegation skills and build a team confidence and trust when you are in--and out of--the office.
  • Bolster knowledge, skills, and attitudes about oral health advocacy.
  • Discover how to organize and run effective and successful meetings. 

Participant Benefit

Through participation in the program, you will learn and grow your ability to lead. To help off-set your costs of participation, a stipend of $500 will be provided upon completion of the program. (Note: Attendance at all meetings is required to receive the stipend.)

Past Participants
Romesh Nalliah, DMD
Cherie Bishop, DMD
Margaret Errante, DDS
Benjamin Falk, DDS
Jo-Ann Foley, DDS
Paula K. Friedman, DDS
David M. Kim, DDS
Abol Massih Tehrani, DMD
Mario Abdennour, DMD
Robert Leland, DMD
Raymond Martin, DDS
Charlene Pirner, DMD
Kristine Seibel, DMD
Edward Swiderski, DDS
Thomas Trowbridge, DDS, MD

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Participant Requirements

Participants are required to attend four half-day meetings and a team-building event during the first year of the program.

Please mark these dates in your calendar:

  • September 14, 2016
    1:00 - 5:00 pm MDS Headquarters
  • October 19, 2016
    1:00 - 5:00 pm MDS Headquarters
  • November 16, 2016
    6:00 - 9:00 pm MIT Endicott House
  • February 8, 2017
    1:00 - 5:00 pm MDS Headquarters
  • March 8, 2017
    1:00 - 5:00 pm MDS Headquarters


Upon completion of the first year, participants serve on a special Ad Hoc Committee, where you will have the opportunity to work on an issue affecting the profession. There will be a kick-off meeting held at the MDS Headquarters in Southborough.


 2016 Leadership Brochure



To qualify for the Leadership Institute, dentists must be committed to the program and must have a strong interest in developing leadership skills. Candidates can be self-nominated or nominated by another member. Nominees must be current MDS members.

Each candidate must submit the following:

1. Completed Leadership Institute application, with current CV
2. A paragraph explaining what they hope to gain from the Institute
3. A listing of any significant contribution to the professional community and/or organized dentistry
4. Two references (optional)

Selection Process

The Council on Membership will review and select MDS Leadership Institute participants.

Selected candidates will be contacted by June 30, 2016.

The program will commence on September 14, 2016.

Application deadline: May 31, 2016.



Do you know someone who would make a great candidate for the MDS Leadership Institute? Complete this online form and the MDS will follow-up with the potential candidate.  



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