Welcome to the latest edition of The Paper Point

In my part of the country, spring is taking forever to arrive, and it certainly doesn't feel like May. The trip to the AAE Annual Session in San Antonio was a welcome respite from the cold. I hope you were able to attend and take part in many of the activities designed specifically for residents and new practitioners. The Resident Reception was very well-attended this year—I'm pretty sure that the perfect weather, fabulous food and drinks, and excellent company had a lot to do with that! Thank you Treloar and Heisel, Inc. and MedPro for sponsoring this great event!

The Resident and New Practitioner Committee hosted the annual Career Fair at the meeting as well. Twenty different employers represented their companies, making themselves available to residents and practitioners who are or will soon be looking for jobs. There was a steady stream of interested job seekers, and I know the employers were very pleased with the turnout. Thank you so much for your participation and support of this event! If you attended and had an experience you'd like to share, please e-mail AAE Development Coordinator Alyson Hall at ahall@aae.org. The most important thing about this event is that it be pertinent and useful to all who need it, so your input is always welcome.

In addition, I hope you have APICES on your calendar already. This year, the University of Pennsylvania is hosting the event in Philadelphia, Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14. We've got some of the highlights detailed in this issue, so read on to get more information. Also, please watch for an e-mail with further details and a link to the APICES website.

I attended this event as a new first-year resident, and yes, the information presented was overwhelming at times. After all, I was pretty young in my training. However, I found it incredibly motivating and energizing and it helped me tremendously throughout the next two years and beyond. I don't think you're ever "too young" for this event. Depending on where you are in your residency, you will glean different take-away points, but they will all be beneficial. So, come to Philadelphia! Invite your co-residents and be sure and let the newest residents who will be joining you this summer know about this opportunity.

The best part is, it is free of charge. With no registration fee or cost upon arrival, there is no excuse to miss out. You will even receive a $150 travel reimbursement to help ease the cost. APICES is the only national symposium organized for endodontic residents, by endodontic residents!

Also in this issue, you'll find highlights from a recent New Practitioner Survey conducted by the AAE. The survey has valuable information about the level of training of new practitioners, and what, if any, practice management training they received. There is also information on the type practice and compensation schedule. I am so pleased the AAE is taking a proactive stand to gather data and use that data to support our newer practitioners and their current needs.

Our Open House Program continues to gain steam. We've highlighted that initiative again in this issue as we don't want anyone to miss out on this great opportunity. Many endodontists across the country have agreed to open their doors to residents and new practitioners to act as a mentor. We can't give enough positive accolades to this program, and we want you to use it as much as you can.

As always, please feel free to contact the Resident and New Practitioner Committee with any questions or comments. We would love to see you in August in Philadelphia! Many of the members of our committee will be there and look forward to meeting you.

Best Regards,

Kerri L. Lawlor, D.D.S.
Chair, Resident and New Practitioner Committee

Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love and Outrageous Sandwiches
Submitted by Farid Shaikh, D.M.D.

Never had an infamous Philly cheese steak—now is your chance! APICES 2011 will be held in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and outrageous sandwiches. The event takes place August 12 – 14, with the University of Pennsylvania proudly hosting this annual endodontic resident conference.

APICES is a great opportunity to meet future colleagues, attend great lectures and experience all that the exciting city of Philadelphia has to offer. Ten world-renowned speakers will be traveling from across the country to participate. Approximately 150 residents, representing a majority of the programs in the United States and Canada are expected to attend. In addition, an impressive group of industry representatives will be on hand to present their newest products.

All residents are encouraged to attend—first, second and third years. It is a great opportunity to begin life-long friendships. The AAE Foundation will provide a $150 stipend to help cover the cost of travel. So come out to Philadelphia in August, try a cheese steak, soft pretzel or other local culinary delights, and don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Please watch your inboxes on Friday, June 3, for an e-mail containing APICES 2011 details and a link to the registration website.

Successful Career Fair Builds Networks
Submitted by Kerri L. Lawlor, D.D.S.

Prospective employers from across the nation set up at the annual AAE Career Fair anticipating the opportunity to meet residents approaching graduation.
What a fabulous turnout we had for this year's Career Fair at the AAE Annual Session! The Resident and New Practitioner Committee hosts this event annually and it seems to grow in popularity every year.

This year 20 employers/practitioners attended the fair and had a chance to visit with many residents and new practitioners who were seeking a place to settle in and practice endodontics. For an hour-and-a-half, those who were interested browsed the venue. Potential employers identified themselves and their state or region with an easily visible placard set out on the table. The mood was relaxed and many participants found the setting an easy one in which to visit with others with absolutely no pressure. What a great way to explore your options!

Endodontists from private practices as well as larger companies, such as Great Expressions Dental Centers, were welcome at the AAE Career Fair to meet and greet potential employees.

The committee also distributed a roster of employers and job seekers and the most current list of Open House Program participants (see the Open House article to learn about the Resident and New Practitioner Committee's newest project).

We appreciate your help in making the Career Fair a success each year. We know that without a healthy flow of job seekers attending, we would not have as many interested employers. The committee is hopeful that many of you made new and important business contacts. We are excited that each year the list of employers grows, helping you to make that important connection.

If you were able to attend, we hope you found it helpful. Feedback on activities sponsored by the Resident and New Practitioner Committee is important, so if you have information you would like to share, please send an e-mail to Development Coordinator Alyson Hall at ahall@aae.org, with your thoughts. Thank you for your support and, if you will be job hunt next year, look for this event―we'd love to see you there!

Bridging the Resident Gap
Submitted by Steven L. Richardson, D.M.D.

"Bridging the Gap" was the perfect theme for residents attending the 2011 Annual Session. With 55 postgraduate programs located in 30 states and Canada, getting to know our colleagues outside of our program can be quite a challenge. Thankfully the Resident Reception at the AAE Annual Session in San Antonio, Texas, made "Bridging the Gap" between residents at different programs a whole lot easier.

More than 200 people attended the reception held Thursday evening after the educational sessions concluded for the day. Gathered on the South Terrace of the convention center, under the gorgeous San Antonio evening sun, just a stone's throw away from both the historic Riverwalk and the spectacular Tower of the Americas, residents enjoyed some of the tastiest Tex-Mex the Alamo City had to offer.

Residents from across the nation came together to share similar experiences at the 2011 Annual Session Resident Reception. Forging relationships with peers is an important experience for all residents.

The reception kicked off with a few words from our 2010-2011 President Dr. Clara Spatafore who was followed by chair of the Resident and New Practitioner Committee Dr. Kimberly A.D. Lindquist. The RNPC worked to coordinate the evening with our fabulous co-sponsors—Treloar & Heisel, Inc. and MedPro—who each took a moment to greet the crowd and thank them for their attendance. On behalf of all residents, we'd like to give a big Texas-sized "thank you" to the reception co-sponsors for all they do, both with the reception and with each of us in our residencies and in our future careers.

Residents from nearly every program were represented at the event along with several guests including program directors, faculty members, friends and AAE incoming president for 2011—2012, Dr. William T. Johnson. The evening continued as old friendships were renewed and new friendships were created while residents had the opportunity to relax, eat, mingle and have a wonderful time.

Practitioners Open Their Doors to You
Submitted by Kimberly A.D. Lindquist, D.D.S.

The Resident and New Practitioner Committee recently introduced the Open House Program to the AAE membership. This initiative offers endodontic residents and new endodontic practitioners a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at an endodontic practice and have their questions answered. Additionally, it gives the practicing endodontist an opportunity to open his/her office to endodontic residents or recent graduates in order to teach them about the interworkings of a practice. Currently, 44 AAE members have volunteered to be hosts for this program.


The last issue of The Paper Point focused on this new program and offered some insight into what endodontic residents and recent graduates are looking for in this program. It also highlighted several of the hosts and described their interest in the program. A common theme among the group is a desire to give back to the specialty and to help mentor their future colleagues.

At the recent AAE meeting in San Antonio, Texas, endodontic residents and new practitioners attending the Career Fair were given information about the Open House Program. Many of the residents had not heard about this opportunity and were interested in learning more. Generally, when AAE members hear about this program from their colleagues, they want to find out more about how they can volunteer. If you or anyone you know would like to get involved in this program, contact Alyson Hall, development coordinator, at ahall@aae.org.

Visit www.aae.org/openhouse for more information about the Open House Program.

The Needs of New Practitioners

Recently, the Resident and New Practitioner Committee took some time to survey new practitioners (endodontists practicing five years or less) about their experience transitioning between their residency program into endodontic careers. Below are several of the questions they were asked with the associated results.

The committee will use these results in order to provide valuable resources to resident and new practitioner membership. Please look for articles in future issues of The Paper Point concerning topics covered in this survey.

As always, if you have suggestions or information you would like to share, please contact Alyson Hall, development coordinator, at ahall@aae.org, or by calling 800/872-3636, ext. 3008.

On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the best outcome, how would you describe your transition from residency into private practice?

On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the best outcome, how well did your residency prepare you for private practice?

The RNPC is interested in knowing what skills you still need to learn, so they can help provide some of that information. Two to three years may not be enough time to cover both clinical and didactic techniques while also creating business-wise professionals. Please log in to the Resident and New Practitioner section of the AAE website to take advantage of the information and opportunities this committee and the AAE provides this area of membership.

What do you feel was missing from your residency program? Choose all that apply.

Did being in private practice before your residency help you to transition back into private practice?

If you feel previous private practice experience helped you to transition back into private practice after your residency, please indicate how.

Experience with 'real' patients.

Restorative experience, I don't know how endodontists without restorative experience do it.

The understanding of running a practice takes many years to learn and cannot be learned in a residency.

As a general dentist, I know the conversation that takes place regarding referrals. I am also aware of the resentment that general dentists can have toward specialists and the need to keep services ('in-house). This is a complex topic.

Knowing what general dentist are looking for. Comfortable with interview situations.

Mostly patient management


I am a military dentist, so most of this really does not apply to me.

I was confident clinically, professionally and business-wise

I had about 10 years in practice prior to going back to school. My residency focused too much on didactic and not nearly enough on surgical and implants, nor practice management.

The experience helped me to not make the same mistakes I did before

Which of these resources were helpful in your transition to your practice?

Of these resources, which two were the most helpful?

Mentorship is important. The Resident and New Practitioner Committee realizes this and hopes to encourage new practitioners (and residents) to seek a mentor through the new Open House Program (see article in this issue of The Paper Point). The program identifies more than 40 AAE professional members who have volunteered to open their doors to residents and new practitioners to help them learn about the interworkings of a practice. Take this valuable opportunity to get fill any voids you may have.

What advice did you seek from your mentor?

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