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MDS Leadership Academy

Think and Act Like a Leader

The MDS Leadership Academy is an MDS member-exclusive, five-session hybrid program designed to help dental professionals develop and sharpen their leadership skills and help advance their careers.

As professionals, we are all expected to be effective leaders, but where do we learn those skills? It was most likely not included in your dental school curriculum. Many dental professionals need to acquire those skills, but you are often put in roles without a full leadership tool kit. The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) recognizes this challenge and wants to help you succeed in your leadership position.

This hybrid program is $299, which includes a 3 hour leadership session at the 2024 Yankee Dental Congress, Yankee Dental Congress Registration (valued at $139), three virtual sessions, plus a Leadership Roundtable dinner.

Each participant will receive 9 CEUs upon completion of the program.


Schedule

The MDS Leadership Academy starts at the 2024 Yankee Dental Congress and ends with a Leadership Roundtable and dinner in June. You will meet with industry experts on the first Wednesday of March, April, and May to focus key leadership skills and conclude on June 5 with the Roundtable and dinner. 

The program covers critical topics, including communication, strategic planning and execution, maximizing hygiene revenue, shifting from colleague to manager, and more.

 

    SAT

    JAN 27

 

 

    Session 1

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Learning to Lead—5 Stars of Leadership

    Kathy O'Loughlin

     


 

    WED

    Mar 06

 

 

    Session 2

    6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Conversations that Count & Understanding Your Leadership Style

 

    Carrie Webber

     


 

    WED

    Apr 03

 

 

    Session 3

    6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Wielding the Power of Leadership

 

    Carrie Webber

     


 

    WED

    May 01

 

 

    Session 4

    6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Effective and Profitable Collaborative Care: Leveraging Communication Between Hygienists and Dentists

 

    Amber Auger, RDH

     


 

    WED

    Jun 05

 

 

    Session 5

    6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Leadership Roundtable and Dinner

 

All sessions will be available to view on demand.

Session 1: Learning to Lead—5 Stars of Leadership

Dr. Kathy O'Loughlin

Saturday, January 27, 2024

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Yankee Dental Congress—In Person

Effective team leadership can be learned—not simply by trial and error or role modeling others, (including bad behavior). This course will help prepare you to be successful leaders, understand your individual style, think strategically, manage the team more effectively with less stress, and deal with inevitable conflict among team members without losing sleep at night!

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the basics of successful leadership by understanding your style and how to interact with others on the team effectively. 
  • Understand leadership traits and behaviors that inspire others to follow.
  • Recognize the five behaviors of a cohesive team.
  • Learn how to build trust in your organization/practice.
  • Identify the characteristics of a successful team and how to motivate others to lead.

Registration is for all five sessions.

 

Session 2: Conversations That Count & Understanding Your Leadership Style

Carrie Webber, President Jameson Speaks

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Zoom—Online

To positively develop both personally and professionally, leaders and team members alike can take steps toward a healthier, happier workplace. By incorporating effective communication in your day-to-day life, you will experience a shift in both your mindset and your outcomes. In this session, you will learn how to lead and communicate effectively from wherever you are in your professional career and how to build a powerful team, meeting goal after goal, through incorporating business acumen and communications skills for your practice and professional success.

This session will review:
  • Steps to lead your team and elevate practice performance.
  • How to actively listen and create healthy conversations.
  • Proven ways to grow both personally and professionally as a team.
  • Developing meetings that matter.
  • Core steps for practical goal setting and accomplishments.

Registration is for all five sessions.

 

Session 3: Wielding the Power of Leadership

Carrie Webber, President Jameson Speaks

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Zoom—Online

Individuals in business have the power to bring positive or negative influence into their work and among the people they lead. How you wield this critical leadership responsibility can be the catalyst for the direction you move in the future. This session will guide you through conversations that include establishing yourself as an influencer in leadership, no matter your current title. You will be introduced to and learn about pivotal focus points for your practice's continued growth and success, from refining systems and series, to focusing on top internal and external efforts for optimal impact. The session will dive into tangible applications that you can take back to your practice to use immediately.

Learning Objectives:

  • Set a vision for your organization or team
  • Clearly and consistently cast that vision to empower, build, and encourage champions on your team to help lead from within and move toward your vision
  • Effectively set goals and action plans for the pursuit of your vision
  • Stay centered on core values, purpose, and mission to create a healthy environment for continued growth and organizational success

Registration is for all five sessions.

 

Session 4: Effective and Profitable Collaborative Care: Leveraging Communication between Hygienists and Dentists

Amber Auger, RDH

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Zoom—Online

Dental hygienists hold the key to your practice's success, with nearly 80% of the practice revenue coming from their chairs. This program aims to develop a foundation for exceptional leadership skills to create a true partnership with the dental hygienist. This program will encourage a unique method of partnership to transform employees into practice stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the critical components of an effective workflow for preventive care
  • Evaluate how to establish an effective communication style with the RDH
  • Discover five best practices in "hand-offs"
  • Review how to create and implement a schedule to maximize revenue
  • How to be sure your hygienists and dentists are aligned 
  • How to effectively set goals and action plans to maximize revenue
  • Techniques to create a positive culture of trust and respect

Registration is for all five sessions.

 

Session 5: Leadership Roundtable and Dinner

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Massachusetts Dental Society—In Person (2 Willow St, Suite 200, Southborough, MA)

The MDS Leadership Academy concludes with an in-person roundtable discussion with past graduates of the MDS Leadership Program and dinner. The interactive session will be a highlight of the program, with an open discussion on leadership challenges, opportunities, and triumphs. Explore leadership opportunities and ways to continue your leadership journey.


Registration is for all five sessions.

 

Past Participants

 

  • Dr. Julian Basha
  • Dr. Ana-Gabriela Benghiac
  • Dr. Georgina Chamberlain
  • Dr. Sarah Georgeson
  • Dr. Scott Harelick
  • Dr. Reha Jhunjhunwala
  • Dr. Maritza Morell
  • Dr. Ali Muftu
  • Dr. Helen Nguyen
  • Dr. Hiroe Ohyama
  • Dr. Chelsea Perry
  • Dr. Xi Sun
  • Dr. Caleb Tam
  • Dr. Melissa Torres
  • Dr. Li Arango
  • Dr. Frances Clairmont
  • Dr. Keri Discepolo
  • Dr. Simran Grover
  • Dr. Naijie Guan
  • Dr. Antoine Hraiz 
  • Dr. Aditya Kashyap
  • Dr. Ana Keohane
  • Dr. Austin Lee
  • Dr. James Lee
  • Dr. Resmi Nair
  • Dr. Dhara Shah
  • Dr. Cameron Shahbazian
  • Dr. Wanpeng Xu
  • Dr. Meredith Bailey
  • Dr. Abu-Bakr El-Masry
  • Dr. Andrea Fallon
  • Dr. Julia Hadley
  • Dr. Tien Jiang
  • Dr. Anthony Mecham
  • Dr. Joshua Osofsky
  • Dr. Rajeev Panakanti
  • Dr. Kadambari Rawal
  • Dr. Sujatha Revur
  • Dr. Leopoldo Correa
  • Dr. Roxana Hashemian
  • Dr. Kathleen Keating
  • Dr. Cristina Kendall
  • Dr. Anila Khalid
  • Dr. Shruti Mankad
  • Dr. Sean Rayment
  • Dr. Eli Schneider
  • Dr. Eliana Valdez

 

 

  • Dr. E. Leo Whitworth 
  • Dr. Garrett Wingrove
  • Dr. Jeffrey Bellanti 
  • Dr. Sanjay Bommu
  • Dr. Alan Budd
  • Dr. Caroline Clermise
  • Dr. Rushil Dang
  • Dr. Elissa Heard
  • Dr. Abhishek Kapoor
  • Dr. Yong-Han Koo
  • Dr. Douglas Leigh
  • Dr. Patricia Machalinski
  • Dr. Eric Mandelbaum
  • Dr. Monica Schmidt
  • Dr. David Zaluski
  • Dr. Lindsay Bruneau
  • Dr. Kunio Chan
  • Dr. Pelly Chang
  • Dr. Mindy Gil
  • Dr. William Herr
  • Dr. Eleni Kanasi
  • Dr. Nour Khalil
  • Dr. Maria Kritsineli
  • Dr. Jolanta Macdonald
  • Dr. Claire McCarthy
  • Dr. Kerrie O'Brien
  • Dr. Annetty Soto
  • Dr. Sarah Stipho
  • Dr. David Meir Dano
  • Dr. Irina Dragan
  • Dr. Marly Gomes
  • Dr. Britton Hollis
  • Dr. Yong Hur
  • Dr. Dennis Jodoin
  • Dr. Sang Lee
  • Dr. Yumi Ogata
  • Dr. Aida Padron
  • Dr. Hubert Park
  • Dr. Neil Patel
  • Dr. Arlene Piementel Lemoine
  • Dr. Anandi Pratap
  • Dr. Deborah Tung
  • Dr. Peter Veale
  • Dr. Mukesh Agarwal
  • Dr. Mark Doherty
  • Dr. Yoon Kang
  • Dr. Judy McIntyre
  • Dr. Nithya Minnah

 

  • Dr. Mahshid Mirghassemi 
  • Dr. Shahram Moghaddam
  • Dr. Ismael Montane
  • Dr. Nicole Salamy
  • Dr. Kevin Wendell
  • Dr. Meenakshy Yegneswaran
  • Dr. Abdullaibrahim Abdulwaheed
  • Dr. Laura Camacho-Castro
  • Dr. Louis Farrugia
  • Dr. Shahrzad Haghayegh-Askarian
  • Dr. Soo-Woo Kim
  • Dr. Bernard Matute
  • Dr. Nahal Panah
  • Dr. Christopher Peluso 
  • Dr. Garima Rana
  • Dr. Ana Serrenho
  • Dr. Priyadarshini Trikha
  • Dr. Santhosh Veeranna
  • Dr. Kathryn Vitiello
  • Dr. Leon Yu
  • Dr. Carlos Abboud
  • Dr. Kathy Alikhani
  • Dr. Courtney Brady
  • Dr. Randall Davis
  • Dr. Badrieh Edalatpour
  • Dr. Joseph Guarino
  • Dr. David Kim
  • Dr. Arnold Maloff
  • Dr. Khiem Pham-Nguyen
  • Dr. Charlene Pirner
  • Dr. Mabi Singh
  • Dr. Supreeth Veeranna
  • Dr. Tina Arora-Mohan
  • Dr. Minghao Chen
  • Dr. Risha DeLeon
  • Dr. Moftah El-Ghadi
  • Dr. Margaret Errante
  • Dr. Lisa Gamache
  • Dr. Renu Maewall
  • Dr. Romesh Nalliah
  • Dr. John Pappas
  • Dr. Frank Schiano
  • Dr. Kristine Seibel

 

  • Dr. Ofelia Villanueva
  • Dr. Mario Abdennour 
  • Dr. Alfred Bongiorno
  • Dr. John Ducimo 
  • Dr. Robert Gauthier
  • Dr. Kristine Grazioso
  • Dr. Cressida Joseph
  • Dr. Justine Kelley
  • Dr. Mahpareh Marefat
  • Dr. Debra Pan
  • Dr. Medha Singh
  • Dr. Steven Spitz
  • Dr. Abol Tehrani
  • Dr. Lina Al-Aswad
  • Dr. Anjum Ansari
  • Dr. Cherie Bishop
  • Dr. Leena Desai
  • Dr. Benjamin Falk
  • Dr. Josephine Ann Foley
  • Dr. Neela Gandhi
  • Dr. Joy Kasparian-Frederico
  • Dr. Amelia Lane
  • Dr. Michael Miner
  • Dr. James Phelan
  • Dr. Akram Rafla
  • Dr. David Singer
  • Dr. Edward Swiderski
  • Dr. Lisa Vouras
  • Dr. Stephen Weisner
  • Dr. Basel Badawi
  • Dr. Jason Boch
  • Dr. Kelly Bouchard
  • Dr. M. Butt
  • Dr. Debbie Eisen
  • Dr. Paula Friedman
  • Dr. Geraldine Garcia-Rogers
  • Dr. Laura Glicksman
  • Dr. David Goldberg
  • Dr. MaryJane Hanlon
  • Dr. Robert Leland
  • Dr. William Lightfoot
  • Dr. Raymond Martin
  • Dr. Vivek Mehta
  • Dr. Janice Spada
  • Dr. Lakshmi Thalanki
  • Dr. Thomas Trowbridge

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