Why Metrics Matter: Measuring the Impact of Data in Improving Clinical Outcomes
As dentists and practice owners scramble to keep up with an influx of high-tech hardware and software solutions, it’s important to reflect on how all of this exciting innovation impacts the health and quality-of-life of patients.
Determining and documenting the new procedures and protocols that should be followed as dentists and staff head back to work in the post-pandemic environment is no easy task. As a good friend to Seattle Study Club, Dr Ariel Raigrodski was gracious enough to allow us to publish his manual, which includes both his original material and contributions from others.
Growing up in a small neighborhood in Trinidad, Dr Jason Warner found himself initially drawn to dentistry following his childhood orthodontic experience. Local dental school, followed by a stint in Manchester, England to earn his master’s degree, were all steps on the path toward home, where he opened his endodontics practice 12 years ago.
This 43-year-old woman presented for a consultation regarding pain in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and esthetic concerns about short anterior teeth. She had pain in the right and left TMJs, with the pain being greater in the left joint.
As a little girl growing up in an extended Indian family in the African nation of Zambia (formerly Rhodesia), Dr Anita Madhav learned the importance of sharing and caring from her father. The oldest of several siblings, her dad always looked after his family and friends and passed on the same values to his children.
While tax planning strategies should be implemented throughout the year, please be sure to consider the following before December 31 to help minimize your tax liability for 2019 and to proactively plan for 2020.
For many years my reply to strangers asking “What is Seattle Study Club?” was to say, “we teach oral surgeons and periodontists how to run continuing dental education programs in their home towns for the general dentists they work with.”
Retracing My Roots: The Wellness Benefits of Heritage Travel
I grew up opening all my presents on Christmas Eve and making pierogies at family get-togethers. I knew these traditions came from the Polish side of my family, but the knowledge ended there. My great-great-grandmother immigrated to the United States as a teenager, and she didn’t like to talk about the past. Her husband, my great-great-grandfather, also came from Poland, and they met somewhere in this country. But where, when and how—and exactly where they came from—has always been a mystery.
At the 2019 Symposium, we exercised a muscle that for many of us was weak from underuse—our business acumen. Yet, as always, the magic that made the experience so powerful was the opportunity for building and strengthening relationships.
We sat down, virtually these days, of course, to talk with a group of Seattle Study Club members, directors and advisors about the process, experience and surprises they’ve encountered in reopening their practices. The conversation touched on communication tools and strategies, maintaining patient experience, changes to patient flow, and unexpected gifts of mandated quarantine. We ended the conversation by asking each of them to share a piece of advice, trusting you’ll find a tool, approach or philosophy you can implement in your own revised process and delivery of patient care.
Contributors: Dr Tara Brindis, Dr Jennifer Hirsch Doobrow, Dr Chad Duplantis, Dr Charlie Regalado, Dr Jason Stoner
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