I recently returned from a conference I attended in San Antonio, Texas given by the American Association of Dental Office Management. In my 40 plus years of working in the field of Dentistry, I have never attended such an exciting event.
Here’s what I found at AADOM 2018
- The energy was palpable. These are the men and women who perform the task of managing the ups and downs of the dental practice that allow the handpieces to turn and the providers to produce.
- The professionalism was at an all-time high. Attendees engaged with exhibitors as they came with their list of issues they set out to solve. They asked questions and sought answers; they discovered tips that perhaps weren’t issues but jewels they could take back to their office and set into motion for the betterment of the practice.
- Exhibitors engaged with other exhibitors. As an exhibitor, I didn’t meet anyone who wasn’t excited to be there. I personally walked away with information from five other exhibitors that I can use to either improve Dental Staffing.org or collaborate with on future projects. First-timers engaged with veterans and it was a consensus that this meeting is the best!
- The accommodations were wonderful: comfortable and quiet after a long day of conversation. We were given breakfast and lunch buffets and not only was the presentation excellent, the food was delicious.
- The speakers weren’t just for attendees. There were meetings and opportunities for everyone to attend. They know that both attendees (who sometimes pay out of their own pocket) and exhibitors alike have spent time and money to be there and AADOM wants the meeting to benefit everyone.
I was particularly excited to have met Steve Cartin. Steve has a 20-year background in dentistry and works with clients across the Southeast and Texas, in the UK and Ireland. I was lucky enough to have received a copy of his book: Volume I Practice Management from A to Z. I’m on my second time though with a special interest in the chapters on Dental Assistants, Employing Staff and Job Performance.
I hope to pick his brain on Presenting Complete Treatment, Risk Managed Documentation and how he feels about personality tests as they pertain to hiring in the dental office.
I’m not sure how I was first introduced to AADOM, but I’m sure glad I was. I have already secured my booth for next year in Orlando, Florida. If you’ve ever wanted to go to a different type of meeting, can I suggest AADOM? The attendees weren’t just office managers; I spoke to dentists, assistants, and hygienists as well. I hope to see you all in Orlando for AADOM 2019; you will not be disappointed!
“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged or increased, or it vanishes.”
– Peter Drucker
Dr. Deborah Marynak is the owner of DentalStaffing.org, a dentist with over 30 years experience, and is committed to helping Dental Professionals find the right fit for both employees and employers. She also works with Dental Offices to help them streamline their clinical systems and teach Dental Teams how to effectively document to avoid risk.