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The Risks of Inertia

Once we are not bound by the confines of formal education, a new phenomenon takes over… inertia. Learn how to battle complacency in this blog.

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igniteDDS Dr. David Rice

The #1 New Dentist Obstacle… Pizza by the Slice or the Whole Pie

How many times have you delivered a great treatment plan to a patient only to have the patient and/or a team member look at you like you’re: 
Clearly not as good as the owner dentist
Out of your mind
Trying to scam them
In this episode, Dr. David Rice, founder of igniteDDS and Mr. Jonathan Miller, Executive Fortune Management Coach, show you how to deliver your treatment plan pizza by the slice or the whole pie. AKA, how to win the patient and the team, without pi#*ing off the owner doc.

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Married to medicine

On Valentine’s Day this year, I spent 12 hours at school during the day (from 7 AM – 7 PM) and less than 5 hours with my boyfriend. At this point, it would be appropriate to change my relationship status to: married to medicine.

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Habits to Keep Your Brain Alert – Dental School Edition

Reading a Fast Company article this morning, I was inspired to consider the ways I can keep my brain alert for the long haul. As a dental student, I do study most of the time so one could argue that my brain is constantly alert. It’s true that I do have to make a conscientious effort to relax my brain. But, the suggestions in the article were very helpful. I’ve slightly modified the five daily habits that were recommended to the general public to be more dental school friendly. With a schedule as busy as ours, the following five suggestions may not be feasible to do on a daily basis. I think weekly is more manageable.

1. Change your diet. I recently made changes to my own diet by drinking more water. If you’re anything like me, spending money and investing in a more expensive product such as the trendy Swell bottle could motivate you to drink more water. Or, adding fruit like berries, or lemon slices, or herbs like mint, help to change the flavor of plain water. Take inventory of what you could benefit from the most. For example, if you order Domino’s 3X a week, perhaps making home cooked meals would be an appropriate swap to incorporate more greens and vegetables to your diet. I have also found that switching the grocery store you shop for food adds some variety to otherwise monotonous week.

2. Add more physical activity to your daily routine. Some of my classmates can study on a treadmill or reading while running. I have tried this both in college and again in dental school and it just doesn’t work for me. I can only focus on one task at a time. It’s easy to add steps to my day by taking stairs when I can, choosing the longer walk to class, and walking outside if I’m on the phone during lunch or after classes. Ideally, cardiovascular exercise 2-3 times a day is ideal, but during busy weeks that seems like a luxury. Another suggestion is seeing a chiropractor for regular adjustments. That helps a little in reversing the damage of sitting in a chair all day.

3. Be uncomfortable. I feel uncomfortable in school everyday. Constant stress and looming deadlines always keep me feeling on edge. For me, for example, breaking out of my comfort zone would be to attend a social event after class. I prefer to get out of class as quickly as possible and go home to relax if I can. Unless an event is for professional or leadership development purposes, I typically opt out. When I have a free weekend and no exams the following Monday, I always get out of town. For me, socializing with my classmates and meeting new people would be a good change.

4. Focus on sleep. This is the biggest change I have changed in my own life. In my first year, I was running on empty by staying up late. When you are chronically tired and falling asleep on your notes at night, that is a good sign that you need more rest. It’s OK to sleep. I know a lot of people who consider themselves stronger if they run on little sleep. Get as much sleep as you need to feel well. Weeks I don’t sleep as much I get sick easily and wake up in a not-so-friendly mood. Naps during the day (if your schedule allows) and sleeping in on weekends are glorious.

5. Have a social life. Having friends in school helps, but I’ve found having a support system outside of school is most important so you have someone to vent to. Unfortunately, I attend a school that is not in the same city as my closest friends and family which makes hard days even harder. On the other hand, I always have something to look forward to when I know I’m expecting a call from a friend (or owe someone a phone call).

Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/40473183/five-daily-habits-for-future-proofing-your-brain?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Leadership%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09282017&utm_medium=email

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The Importance of Personal Rules

It was May, 2016 and I found myself with an unfamiliar span of free time. I had just graduated from dental school, but my residency program wouldn’t start for another six weeks. For the first time in four years, I had a substantial amount of time to do whatever I pleased. Many of my peers traveled, or used the time to shift focus from dentistry to another aspect of life. I chose to make the most of those weeks by working to gain perspective that could influence my career.

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Slow Ideas – How Movements Go Viral

Dr. Atul Gawande, a general surgeon from UMass, is one of my favorite authors and in the moving article, Slow Ideas, he discusses how some ideas grab hold faster than others. What makes an idea slow to accept? What makes an idea accelerate? Learn this here and how this impacts your life and your practice.

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igniteDDS Dr. David Rice

The #1 New Dentist Obstacle… Pizza by the Slice or the Whole Pie

How many times have you delivered a great treatment plan to a patient only to have the patient and/or a team member look at you like you’re: 
Clearly not as good as the owner dentist
Out of your mind
Trying to scam them
In this episode, Dr. David Rice, founder of igniteDDS and Mr. Jonathan Miller, Executive Fortune Management Coach, show you how to deliver your treatment plan pizza by the slice or the whole pie. AKA, how to win the patient and the team, without pi#*ing off the owner doc.

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The Right Partnership

In a sea of dental vendors, who do you choose? Learn here what makes a dental vendor “enlightened” and understand which companies are there to help you grow…

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Top 15 Tips To Crush Dental School

We have compiled the Top 15 proven tips and tricks that will help crushing your dental school interviews. We know these worked because we are speaking from personal experiences and the perspective of a former predental student. You will not only learn how to dress professionally, but also other very important areas you might not be aware of. Ultimately, we want you to succeed and we believe you can do it! Click here to download the ebook now!

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Get Motivated, Be Dedicated, Stay Involved

Applying for dental school can be…. is a very stressful process. Of course your goal is to have the most competitive DAT score, GPA and excellent academic ranking. In light of all those factors, one must keep in mind the importance of maintaining your extracurriculars up to date.

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The Dental School Game Plan

How do you plan on achieving your dream of becoming a dentist? It no longer is an easy task. With almost 14,000 applicants to the 65 dental schools in the United States your grades will no longer solely set you apart. Much more goes into your application now-your extracurricular activities, leadership positions, DAT scores, and the very important personal statement. Because only 15% of applicants are called for an interview you need to use every opportunity you can put get yourself ahead of the pack and this book will help you do just that.

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The Benefits of Interdisciplinary CE

I recently attended AAOMS’s Dental Implant Conference, an interdisciplinary conference that presents a holistic approach to dental implant treatment plans. Find out more about the benefits of interdisciplinary conferences in the article.

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Let’s Caucus!

I attended the AAOMS District III caucus last weekend in Atlanta and had a great time taking part in our political process. Learn more about how you can ensure your voice gets heard in organizations like AAOMS, ASDA, the ADA, and more!

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The 3 Killer Be’s of Succeeding as a New Dentist & Life

Having walked in your shoes, I know how difficult it can be at times to survive dental school, yet alone thrive there. I remember wondering when I’d sleep…how I’d fit it all in…and at times, what the heck I had chosen? Today, after a lot of reading and several incredible mentors, it’s never about surviving…it’s all always about the 3 Killer Be’s of Success…

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Empowering your TEAM!

During residency or your first few years in practice how did you adapt to the revolving door of dental assistants? I don’t know about you but between my residency and my first associateship I had to learn how to build trust, empower, and encourage my dental assistant almost instantly!

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The Cost of Doing It All

This is the most real post I have ever written. It is also the hardest to write because it hits very close to home. These are the demons I battle on a daily basis. And I am willing to bet, they are your demons too.

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3D Printing – the future is HERE!

I’ve been a 3D-Printing “groupie” for a long time.
If the technology had a tour bus, I’d be on it.
And now for solo-docs, the reality of 3D Printing here.
Today’s episode will show you this incredible tech that’s available.

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Avoiding Rookie Photography Mistakes!

If you’re like me you dream of capturing gorgeous, CE presentation worthy photos someday. While I’m still learning how to capture the perfect photo, I have found that by following a few easy tips anyone can make their dental school cases look a lot more professional. Read on for more details!

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If Periodontal Disease Caused Heart Disease?

The difference between association and causal is significant. We have known for decades that there was some “association” between periodontal disease and a host of inflammatory based systemic diseases . Last month, Dr Brad Bales’ “Causal” research was finally published. Tonight’s webinar will open your eyes as to what this may mean for the practice of dentistry going forward.

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Go Getter or Go Giver

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I started thinking. What better time to upgrade an old phrase with a positive intent to a better phrase with an amazing result. Warning, I’m not the original coiner of the phrase…but I when I trip on genius, I’m happy to share:)

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