Wow!! I am finally able to catch my breath. For those of you who took advantage of all the programs that went on here in Berks County over the past several weeks, you know what I mean. There was golf, picnic, and plenty of CE. I earned 12 CE in October alone without leaving the county. If I add the 3 from our April course, I am half way done for this license cycle for under $300 – what a bargain.
I must write about the October 11 CE with Dr. Novy. I am so glad the Berks-Schuylkill Dental Hygienists’ Association asked us to help bring him here to speak. In one day, he turned much of what I thought I knew about caries and prevention on its ear. It was a paradigm shift that really made sense. Over 70 people were there and I would bet if you polled them, most everyone would agree. Now I must admit that I was not too impressed about the presentation when I read about it, and went solely because I was the President and that is what you do as a leader. Yes, I am guilty of judging a book by its cover. I suspect that many of you did the same, for there were only 17 Society members present.
I use to think that the hygienists always showed up in numbers to CE events because the dentist that they worked for paid for them to go. I now know that is not necessarily the case. I was invited to attend a CE program by the B-SDHA on a Thursday night at Toscani’s. The topic seemed interesting, and because I was representing the Society, I went. They had 77 hygienists come out. Everyone I asked paid for themselves and told me that they always get this kind of turn out. It made me think, “What are they doing different?”
It could not be the price. As members, their cost was $25 for the meal and 1 CE. Mine was the non-member fee of $50. We have had CE’s for less than $25 a credit for members and could barely get 20 members to show. The 4th District just had a meeting with free breakfast, lunch and 3 credits, yet less than 10 Berks County Members showed up. In fact, there were more dentists present from Lebanon County and the event was held here in Berks!
I know not everyone has the same interest in the same topics, so that could have something to do with an occasional low turnout, yet there have been such a variety of topics over the past many years and member turnout is consistently low.
The only thing left is the dates. We usually have longer CE’s on a Friday morning and shorter ones in the evening. We mix up the day in the evening to make sure that everyone has the ability to attend something. Feedback is what is needed to fully evaluate the situation.
The PDA’s Social Network allows for open discussions like this and eventually allows a poll to be taken. I will be staring a thread to see which way you, the member, want to head.
One final note: Please respond to the National Children’s Dental Health Month mailers that will soon be coming your way. We need volunteers to do third grade presentations in February and volunteers for the Saturday Children’s Clinic at St Joe’s. The St. Joe’s dates are Jan 11, Feb 8 (snow date Feb 22), Mar 8 (snow date Mar 22), April 12, May 10 and June 7. MaryGrace Rugh, RDH will be handling the St Joe’s registration at 610-796-9095. I have already signed up for the 3 school that I have been presenting to for the past 10+ years and have signed up for Jan 11 at St. Joe’s. Together we are making a difference in Berks County.
David A. Schwartz, DDS
President – Berks County Dental Society
Welcome to the official website for the Berks County Dental Society.
Chartered in 1910,
the Berks County Dental Society is a local component of the Pennsylvania and American Dental Associations. The members and officers of the BCDS serve the greater community by overseeing patient advocacy, dental health initiatives for persons of all ages, and dental public health initiatives such as the fluoridation of community water and provide area dentists with access to cutting-edge information to enhance their practice and their patient’s dental health.