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I had the honor and privilege to serve as a representative of the Ohio Dental Association at the 22nd annual American Dental Association New Dentist Conference in Washington, D.C., from June 21 through 24. The weekend was filled with meetings on leadership, advocacy, practice management and clinical courses. The American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) sponsored an evening reception for the young dentists who are Capital Club members (those who contributed at least $200 to ADPAC), and it was great to see how many of our fellow young dentists support ADPAC and its mission of advocacy for our profession.

I was also encouraged by the number of new dentists from across the country who are actively engaged in their component societies. It was wonderful to meet other young dentists and learn what they are doing in their component societies to recruit and keep young dentists involved in the organization.

In Ohio, we have many opportunities for young dentists to become involved. The ODA Subcouncil on New Dentists is your liaison to the ODA Membership Council, focused on programming and communication with dentists who have been in practice 10 years or less.

We currently have subcouncil members from Cleveland, Sandusky, Columbus, Akron, Medina and Dayton. We are taking applications for subcouncil members from other areas of the state. Our meetings are in Columbus a few times a year, in addition to one or two phone conference calls. If you are interested, please contact your local dental society and ask to be put in touch with your Council on Membership Services representative, as they will be the ones to formally nominate new subcouncil members. The local societies are also usually very excited and willing to get young dentists involved. If you are interested in becoming more involved, feel free to contact your component society or contact me at drbritt@mccarthydental.com and I can point you in the right direction.  

Finally, the easiest way to become more involved is to attend one of the many events held by the ODA or your local dental society. It is a wonderful way to meet new and seasoned dentists and even perhaps make a new friend or two!

I hope you enjoy this issue of generationD and if you are interested in contributing to future issues please send an email to Jackie Best at Jackie@oda.org.

Britt McCarthy, D.M.D.
Executive Editor, generationD

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