Can You Handle the Truth? Exposing the Dental Psyche and Practice Management Realities

Thursday, April 7     1:30 - 4:30 PM

Course Description:  Gividen picThis two-part session will focus on what very few are willing to have an open, honest, and stimulating dialogue about – stress, burnout, depression, anxiety and wellness in dentistry AND its relationship to dental practice management. Like it or not, the two do go hand in hand.  Dentists are masters at portraying idyllic lives when in fact, one-third to almost half of dental professionals suffer from some sort of mental illness.  This is no joke.  Why?  Because most are either aware there is an issue and are in denial and/or their perception of the status quo is divorced from reality.  When this happens, potential for personal happiness and professional success are affected.  This discussion will be driven home by a personal account and subsequently, open the door to a sincere self-assessment of each participant’s dental psyche.  Coming full circle, the conversation will segue into and dissect why practice management is a key component as to not only how it effects the mental health of dentists and dental health care providers across the board, but also, what can be done to improve this operating entity of the profession.  Lecture points will highlight:

-        Defining stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, and overall mental wellness

-        Statistical severity of mental health

-        Breakdown why this arena of discussion is rare BUT crucial, especially in dentistry

-        Causes and subsequent coping mechanisms

How the status of mental health can translate into the inability (or ability) to effectively manage the 5 key components of dental practice management 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the differences between stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, and overall mental wellness
  2. Severity statistics – inside and outside the dental profession
  3. Provide a breakdown of why this arena of discussion crucial, especially in dentistry
  4. Point out causes and subsequent coping mechanisms
  5. How the status of mental health can translate into the inability (or ability) to effectively manage the 5 key components of a dental practice: staff management, patient management, financial management, overall culture of the practice, clinical environment

Course Information

Date: Thursday, April 7

Time: 1:30-4:30pm

Cost: D- $68     H-$28

Most Appropriate for: ALL

Credit Hours: 3 Clinical Hours

Academy of General Dentistry Code: 770, 550

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