Peeking ahead to DARW and why it should happen every week

Feb. 16, 2010
DAD Editor Kevin Henry reminds readers that Dental Assistants Recognition Week is an important week, and it's a chance for dental assistants to be reminded of how important they are to the practice.

Valentine’s Day is in the rearview mirror, and hopefully so are the coldest days of winter. I live in Oklahoma, so I can’t imagine the tremendous amounts of snowfall you fine folks on the East Coast received this year. One of our sales reps in Red Lion, Pa., kept e-mailing me pictures as the snow built up at his house. They were amazing to see, and made me very thankful that I live somewhere that isn’t prone to that much snow.

Two big things are on the horizon. The first starts later this week as the Chicago Midwinter Meeting gears up in the Windy City. This meeting is viewed by many as THE meeting to attend, and there will be several new products introduced in Chicago. I’ll be there, and I’ll be sure to give you a report in the March issue of Dental Assisting Digest. For quicker updates, you can check out our community site at

Secondly, and perhaps more important to our readers, is Dental Assistants Recognition Week (DARW). This annual event takes place from March 7-13, so I hope you’ve already started making your plans for that week. Of course, I also hope your practice has made plans to honor you during that week. If you’d like some help knowing exactly what to plan, feel free to click here for the link.

DARW is an important week, and it’s a chance for you to be reminded of how important you are to the practice. But, silly me, I think DARW should happen every week. I think you should be appreciated for your talents and your gifts, and I hope you feel that way in your job more often than not.

The article by Linda Miles in last month’s DAD was a huge hit, so this month, I’ve asked Cathy Jameson to give you her opinion on “what to do when the boss says no raises this year.” You can click here to read it. We’re also continuing our series on the five deadliest killers of women, and this month we take a look at breast cancer and some of the recent arguments regarding mammograms. You can read that article by clicking here.

What would you do if you found $72,000? One of your fellow dental assistants was faced with that quandary recently in Tennessee. Click here to read his story.

If you’re in Chicago and see me on the show floor, please be sure to say hello. Otherwise, have a great DARW and keep making a difference in your practice.

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