Dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago are considered new dentists. The SFDS has a New Dentist Committee and they are dentists with the issues and concerns of new dentists in mind. This committee represents, promotes, and supports new dentists and dental students. The committee serves as a peer resource for integration of new dentists into our community and into organized dentistry.
The New Dentist Committee hosts a Quarterly New Dentist Seminar Series, focusing on programs that respond to the concerns/issues of the newer dentist. Prior programs have included:
Retire On Your Terms: Planning For Your Tomorrow
HIPAA Compliance for the New Dentist
Communicating Your Quality of Care
San Francisco’s Sick Leave Ordinance: What Is Your Role in Compliance?
Getting Patients in the Door and Retaining Them Once You Have Them
Practicing Dentistry in San Francisco: you CAN do it!
Your Finances: Getting a Grip on the Basics
Management by Numbers
Communicating With Your Team and With Your Patients: Leadership Habits—Are You Ready to be the Boss?
Annually, this committee works with the Membership Committee to host functions and to participate at Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and University of California School of Dentistry exhibit days.
The SFDS also recognizes an outstanding graduating student at each dental school’s Annual Recognition Banquet, attended by the SFDS President and Executive Director.
New dentists should also make special note of CDA’s endorsed products and services, as well as TDIC/TIDICIS insurance products. If you have any problems using any of the endorsed companies, you have a personal advocate through the SFDS. Approved as leaders in quality and value for their particular industry, many CDA and TDICIS endorsed products and services participate in a royalty plan that provides income to the SFDS whenever members use them. This non-dues revenue helps to keep SFDS membership dues as low as possible.