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May 23 2024
Spring is upon us! Warmer weather and hope for a bright future. As they say, April showers bring May flowers. And May brings … requests for letters of recommendation! Letters of recommendation play a critical role in the admissions process for dental schools and residency programs. They also are integral to the applications for positions as ... [continue reading]
May 23 2024
Have you heard of the author Stephen Covey? Probably. If you have ever perused the self-help aisles of the bookstore, the Covey family and their collective works are well-represented.  The classic book by the senior Stephen Covey, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,”1 is a leadership training mainstay. Like many motivational ... [continue reading]
Apr 12 2024
Our sons both graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. The goal of Ignatian education is to create “men for others,” building people who serve God and others before themselves. This motto has always resonated with me as a clear image of how to express my faith. It seems so simple, but that’s what makes it such a powerful call to ... [continue reading]
Apr 12 2024
The successful implantation of a chip electrode in a human brain recently to allow a computer-human interface prompted this column. We can thank Elon Musk who probably should be focusing more on recalls of his EVs and explosive rockets, but that’s another story. It perked my wife’s interest and I caught her looking at the fine print on our ... [continue reading]
Mar 5 2024
This is my second year as the director of the Practice Management curriculum for the College of Dentistry for OSU. I teach a year-long series of three courses for third- and fourth-year predoctoral dental students. I have 37 years of private practice experience upon which to draw and I hope to give them the benefit of my time as a dentist. As ... [continue reading]
Mar 5 2024
I often give my columns to any one of my kids to review before I hand them in. I ask them to check for readability to some extent, but really I am checking for palatability. I often express strong opinions, rooted in experience but sometimes our own unique lens prevents us from being objective. The above is my disclaimer. Lately I have been ... [continue reading]
Feb 14 2024
The ODA Leadership Institute is coming soon! Thinking about leadership is something I do often, and it is a recurring theme in my practice management class. I look for stories and examples for the students to understand what good leadership looks like! Here are a couple of models for you to consider. Spring is also coming, though you would have ... [continue reading]
Feb 14 2024
My children recently had an unexpected snow day from school, and it was like Christmas day all over again. In contrast to my childhood winters in rural Fort Loramie, Ohio, delays and cancellations are infrequent in our metropolitan school district. This special announcement was met with a morning frenzy peppered with the age-old question “What ... [continue reading]
Jan 24 2024
The ODA has been blessed with strong leaders over the years. We lost another paragon in December with the passing of Dr. Denny Burns. I met Denny while I was a student delegate and his character loomed large in my initial impressions of the dental association. The current ODA leadership learned of his passing via email from Executive Director Dave ... [continue reading]
Jan 24 2024
The recent COVID-19 pandemic made “vaccine hesitancy,” relative to reluctance about receiving vaccination against the culprit virus, a household word. That term had been around a while, but less known and previously related to the international discussion about all childhood vaccinations and their implication in the spike of autism spectrum ... [continue reading]
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