MDS Accomplishments for 2008

 

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The MDS at Work for You

This has been a busy year for the Massachusetts Dental Society—a year that proved that hard work produces results. Through the hard work of its volunteer-members and its staff, the MDS was able to achieve great results on behalf of its members. Some of the major accomplishments of the MDS that were achieved on behalf of it members for 2008 include:

  1. Membership Matters SquaresProvided care to underserved populations —Through the MDS Foundation Mobile Access to Care (MAC) Van,  helped provide over half a million dollars of oral care to more than 2,500 children.
  2. Assured your legislative voice was heard— Testified before the state legislature on nine bills affecting dentistry. Also lead the effort to pass the Omnibus Oral Health Bill.
  3. Lobbied state legislature—Convened a successful Beacon Hill Day with more than 120 members attending and speaking directly to state senators and representatives about issues related to dentistry.
  4. Connected you to local policymakers—Hosted six grassroots legislative events with local districts to allow dentists to meet local legislators and learn about the current issues.  
  5. Sponsored the Yankee Dental Congress— Yankee Dental Congress 33 brought quality continuing education to Massachusetts, making it more affordable for you and your staff to get the continuing education you need from leading clinicians in the country.  
  6. Enhanced leadership development
    for dentists
    —Trained more than 60 members through the Leadership Institute and Guest Board Member programs, both of which provide members with valuable leadership skills.
  7. Provided information you can trust—The Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society was honored by the International College of Dentists with a Best Cover Award for the Summer 2007 issue. 
  8. Expanded educational opportunities
    for dentists and auxiliaries—
    Offered more than 114 hours of hands-on and lecture programming for the entire dental team. Also launched a new six-day certificate program for dental assisting.
  9. Increased networking opportunities for women and new dentists—Sponsored networking events and “Women as Leaders and Women as Team Leaders” seminar. Also offered special lectures, the “Guide for the New Dentist,” and marketing materials designed specifically for new dentists. 
  10. Maintained market share of 84 percent—A strong unified profession ensures your voice is heard on important issues and helps you control the future of dentistry.
  11. Represented members before regulatory boards—Monitored and provided input to the Board of Registration in Dentistry (regarding revisions to the Dental Practice Act), the Departments of Environmental Protection, and Public Health.
  12. Represented your concerns to insurance companies—On a regular basis, met with representatives from insurance companies. In addition, the Society is continuing to pursue a plan to force Delta Dental to modify its reimbursement policies (including the 5 percent discount).
  13. Engaged children in oral care—Coordinated dozens of classroom visits across the state to teach kids about the importance of oral care. Also sponsored a statewide poster contest for second graders. 
  14. Educated the public about oral care—Produced television spots to educate Massachusetts residents about the value of oral care in relation to their overall health. In addition, wrote op-ed pieces for more than two dozen newspapers across the state focused on the importance of dental exams, fluoride, mouthguards, and soda as it relates to tooth decay.
  15. Improved MassHealth—Lobbied for significant changes in the MassHealth dental program and an increase in reimbursements.
  16. Helped ensure your regulatory compliance—Produced and distributed current state and federal law labor posters for dental offices.


 

June Lee Acom"I belong to many organizations, but my ADA, MDS, and District membership is the one I value most."
June Warren Lee, DDS
Boston, MA
 

 

 

 

Robert Leland Acom"As a new dentist, I realized how important it was to get to know my dental colleagues and establish a network. The MDS was instrumental in helping me build that network."
Robert Leland, DMD
Hanover, MA

 

 

 

Gamache"I have always been able to receive help from the ADA, the MDS, and my local district whenever I have needed it."
Paul J.R. Gamache, DMD
Pittsfield, MA

 

 

 

Janis Moriarty Acom"Being MDS members enables us, as dentists, to be heard and to affect change."
Janis Moriarty, DMD
Winchester, MA

 

We Need Your Help to Continue

The volunteer structure of the Society asks members of the profession to be involved. Being involved with the MDS or your District Dental Society is your chance to make a positive impact on the profession. There are a number of options to participate, all of which can utilize your talents and strengthen your career.

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