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Dec 12 2016
Most healthcare providers know that a patient's signature on an informed consent document may not automatically make the consent valid. The same is true of informed refusal. Both of these concepts rely on ethical and legal guidelines that acknowledge the right of competent adults to determine the course of their healthcare. The decision-making ... [continue reading]
Sep 6 2016
Kicking off on Thursday, Sept. 15, the ODA Annual Session returns to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for four days of continuing education, entertainment and camaraderie with dental peers. High quality educational courses will be available daily including a full-day course on Thursday with Dr. Gordon J. Christensen. Additionally, there are ... [continue reading]
Sep 6 2016
This year's ODA Annual Session will feature a new event to help newer dentists and fourth-year dental students who are looking for a job match up with more seasoned dentists who are preparing for a practice transition or looking to expand their practice. MATCH @ ODA Annual Session is a free event hosted by the ODA Subcouncil on New Dentists and ... [continue reading]
Sep 6 2016
As dentists start their careers, different employment options are available, and many new dentists are finding themselves in an untraditional employment situation. “I don’t think new dentists can come out of school and expect to be able to walk into a full-time gig because times have changed,” said Dr. Lauren Czerniak, a general ... [continue reading]
Sep 6 2016
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program is now accepting applications. Previously this program was only open to medical students, but has now been expanded to include dental students. The deadline to apply is Oct. 13. The program provides up to $120,000 to dental or medical students in their final ... [continue reading]
Aug 9 2016
All employers are required to post numerous posters in their offices. The ODA can send all required posters, including posters that have been recently updated, to ODA members for $6 plus tax, which covers the cost of printing and shipping. To order the posters, call the ODA at (800) ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2016
The Ohio Dental Association Foundation has recently teamed up with Kroger Community Rewards to create a new way for dentists to support the foundation, without having to spend any extra money. Dentists, students, residents and spouses can now support the Foundation simply by shopping at Kroger. The ODA Foundation receives donations from Kroger ... [continue reading]
Jun 16 2016
With the support of the Kellogg Foundation, Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN) Ohio and the Ohio Dental Hygiene Association, State Sen. Peggy Lehner recently introduced a bill that would allow midlevel dental providers in Ohio.  Advocates state these dental therapists would help solve the access to care problem in areas of the state ... [continue reading]
Jun 16 2016
The 2016 ODA Annual Session will feature several opportunities for new dentists, including a new event to help dentists find a job. This year’s ODA Annual Session will be the main event celebrating the ODA's 150th anniversary and will be Sept. 15-18 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. MATCH @ ODA Annual Session is a free event aimed ... [continue reading]
Mar 15 2016
2016 ODA Foundation scholarship applications are now available. The deadline to apply is July 1. Dental students who will enter their second, third and fourth year of dental school in September 2016, are Ohio residents and have financial need are eligible to apply for an ODA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship. To download the scholarship ... [continue reading]
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