AAE 2014 Annual Session Activities for Residents and New Practitioners
Don’t miss out on the Resident and New Practitioner events held at the upcoming AAE 2014 Annual Session in Washington, D.C. They will include:
If you are looking for the perfect job or trying to find that special endodontist who will match your organization’s needs, the Annual Session Career Fair is the place to be. It is a fantastic opportunity for job seekers and potential employers from across the country to meet and network. AAE members who are residents and new practitioners (practicing five years or less) and potential employers from private practice, academia or the military are invited to attend. The Career Fair is Friday, May 2 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in room Maryland D at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Fill out the participation form to participate as a job seeker or employer.
Swing by the Resident Reception, hosted by Treloar & Heisel, Inc. and Medical Protective, where endodontists in training from across the U.S. and Canada will enjoy refreshments, network with peers and take advantage of the great location. The reception is Friday, May 2, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Maryland Ballroom C at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, following the Career Fair. No registration is necessary. Please come mingle with your colleagues and introduce yourself to the members of the Resident and New Practitioner Committee.
The Importance of a Job Description to Build a Team
By GorgAnna Randolph, CEO, PBS Endo
One of the goals of every endodontic practice is to have a cohesive team that strives for excellence.
A successful team has three characteristics:
The team has the same goals focused on excellent endodontics and happy referrals and patients.
The team has respect and trust for each other. Everyone knows that each team member will do their best.
Each team member has skills that complement the other team members. While cross-training is helpful, everyone brings their unique personality and skills to the practice. Any differences are seen as an asset to the practice.
To build an outstanding team, we can start by finding the right people. A job description becomes an important first step. A detailed job description includes the requirements of the position and the kind of personality needed for the position.
The Job Description – Two Sections
Section 1: List all the tasks and responsibilities
With as much detail as possible, list all the tasks and responsibilities for the position.
Example: The document could simply include: Keep the reception area tidy.
However, a better level of detail would be: Straighten all magazines at the beginning of each day. Remove any torn magazines. Ensure that a variety of magazines is maintained. Dust all furniture and plants once a week. Ensure that the cleaning staff maintains glass, floors and window coverings.
The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Arrive at the office 30 minutes before the office opens to open the office and check messages.
Section 2: List the requirements of the position
The requirements include education, experience and skills related to personality traits.
Examples: Experience required - Two years as an office manager of a dental or dental specialty office.
Overall requirements of the position: Self-motivated, team player, confident, reliable, dedicated, ethical.
A policy and procedure manual includes the office policies that apply to all employees. This document is also needed to define the overall expectations for everyone in the office.
Jewelry and hair will be minimized.
Policy on sick leave:
Three sick days per six months are allowed with pay.
The employee is expected to call as soon as they know that they will not be available for work.
Termination for cause is an option if more than 20 sick days are taken in a six-month period.
Take the first step to find the best assets for the practice. Create a job description and office policy manual for each employee. You can build the perfect team.
By George D. Kohout, D.D.S., resident, Baylor College of Dentistry
A 23-year-old female patient was presented due to a suspected resorption noted on #3 during routine bitewing radiographs. She had no restorations, carious lesions, or symptoms in the area, but she did have a history of extensive orthodontic treatment. New radiographs were made and a radiolucency consistent with invasive cervical resorption was noted distal to the pulp chamber of #3 (Fig. 1 and Fig. 2).
All other radiographic and clinical findings were normal. The tooth did not show any discoloration and the suspected resorption could not be entered with an explorer. A CBCT was made which showed a distinct entry point of the resorption into the DB root beneath the crest of the alveolar bone (Fig. 3). The defect then spread within the tooth to the pulp chamber and in the buccal-palatal direction (Fig. 4). The resorption was classified as Heithersay Class III and the pulpal and periapical diagnoses were normal. The treatment plan was root canal treatment #3 with internal removal and repair of the resorptive defect.
The tooth was accessed and four canals were shaped with LSX and Vortex Blue (Fig. 5). The resorptive tissue was then accessed (Fig. 6) and removed with a slow-speed carbide round bur until the bone was reached in the entry point (Fig. 7).
Ninety percent trichloroacetic acid was used to scrub the surrounding dentin for one minute (Fig. 8). MTA was placed over the bone in the entry point (Fig. 9) and a layer of glass ionomer was used to protect it. Final irrigation was performed with EndoVac and all canals were filled with a BC Sealer single cone technique (Fig. 10 and 11). An amalgam build-up was placed at the conclusion of treatment. The prognosis is favorable, however, the possibility of recurrence of the resorption was discussed with the patient.
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