A note from our editor

March 1, 2006
Have you seen the TV commercial where the lady is in her cubicle, counting down the days until her vacation in Hawaii?

Have you seen the TV commercial where the lady is in her cubicle, counting down the days until her vacation in Hawaii? She marks the end of each workday with a big red X. With every mark, she knows she is one day closer to Hawaii.

Well, I have a calendar in my office and I’ve been marking off the days as well. Amazing, huh? Wait a minute ... before you start hating me because I have a vacation planned in Hawaii, that’s not why I’m crossing off the days. I’m counting down the days until the launch of Professional Dental Assisting (PDA).

By the time you receive this magazine, there will be less than three months left before PDA, scheduled for May 11-13 in downtown Indianapolis. Modeled after RDH® magazine’s highly successful Under One Roof conference for dental hygienists, PDA will focus on hands-on courses and lectures that will make dental assistants more proficient and more excited about their jobs.

Presented in alliance with the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), PDA will be a conference for dental assistants only, offering these key members of the dental office a chance to interact with other assistants and a chance to learn from some of the best-known trainers and speakers in the nation.

PDA will offer keynote lectures by two of the most popular speakers in the dental industry - Dr. Cathy Jameson and DE&M’s own Mary Govoni. Each will speak directly to dental assistants in their lectures. I have the opportunity to work with these two individuals on a regular basis, and I know they have a special place in their hearts for dental assistants.

There will also be tons of continuing-education opportunities for front- and back-office dental assistants with hands-on courses ranging from taking impressions to proper infection control techniques to working with digital/intraoral cameras.

The registration fee of $195 includes receptions and lunches. With hands-on courses scheduled to begin Thursday at 2 p.m., it should be a weekend packed with opportunities to expand horizons and improve skills. There will also be plenty of free time in the evenings for dental assistants to explore the vibrant nightlife and great restaurants of downtown Indianapolis.

Some of the highlights of the conference include:

  • A Friday Night Offsite Networking Event at Jillian’s from 7 to 11 p.m. Dental assistants can gather for an evening of networking and fun at Jillian’s to play the night away.
  • Lectures and hands-on workshops by Kristine Hodsdon, Virginia Moore, Debbie Castagna, Dr. Sheri Doniger, and other nationally known speakers.
  • Every dental assistant’s role in the office will be addressed at PDA. Expanded function dental assistants will have courses. Front desk assistants will have topics geared toward their needs. Registered and certified dental assistants will find plenty of choices. Since every member of the office plays a vital role in the success of the practice, every member deserves to have courses and topics that will interest them at PDA.

What’s the bottom line? It’s going to be a great meeting. For more information, call (800) 633-1681 or log on to www.professionaldentalassisting.com. The Web site is constantly being updated with the latest speakers and courses. You can also find more information on page 17.

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Kevin Henry, Editor
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