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Author Archives: Dr. John O'Keefe

Do you dream of becoming a great communicator?

Key message: If you harbour even the slightest dream of speaking at a dental convention (large or small) some day, please contact us to discuss the idea of you doing a presentation (or presentations) on Oasis Discussions. We can help bring you to the attention of convention organizers all around North America (and beyond).   Dear colleagues, At the end of April, I attended the Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting (ASM) in Toronto. The positive relationship between ODA and CDA was manifested in many ways over the course of the convention, and I was personally made to feel very ...

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Is this a game-changing technology for dentistry?

Colleagues, A press release that came across my desk today particularly caught my attention. It relates to Straumann acquiring an interest in a company called Dental Monitoring. I share this with you as I believe it could be of interest to all in the oral health care sector. My sensitivity to the profound implications of rapid technological change for healthcare in general and oral health care in particular has been heightened through my recent involvement with a CDA Task Force on the Future of the Profession. I will tell you more about that a little later, but first, I invite ...

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Psychological Health & Safety: how does your office rank?

To open a conversation that I believe is important for every dentist, their team members and their patients, I ask you to please take a minute to read through these two scenarios and consider what you would do next in each circumstance. Scenario 1 The dental assistant who works with you most regularly comes to speak with you privately. She tells you that she has endured lower back pain for the past few months and she suspects it may have something to do with the chairside stools she has been using at the office. For some time, she has wanted ...

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Pattern of Opioid Analgesic Prescription for Adults by Dentists in Nova Scotia

Colleagues, I have just come across this paper that was recently published by Canadian authors in the journal JDR Clinical & Translational Research. I thought it would interest you, so I present below the publicly-available abstract along with a link to the journal, in the event that you wish to purchase the article and/or familiarize yourself with the publication. Dr. Jocelyne Feine of McGill University is editor in chief of the journal. All the best, John   Pattern of Opioid Analgesic Prescription for Adults by Dentists in Nova Scotia, Canada K.O. Jimoh, D.C. Matthews, M. Brillant, and I. Sketris JDR ...

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Tips for a good start to your dental career (#2)

The initial responses I have received to recent Oasis posts asking about the smartest and dumbest decisions colleagues made during their first five years after graduation from dental school, and passing on some of those tips, have been very encouraging and interesting. I wish to share more of these tips over the next few weeks, on an anonymous basis, and I also wish to talk privately in more detail with the colleagues who have indicated to me that they are happy to share more granular information with me – on a confidential basis. The overall goal of this project is ...

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Tips for a good start to your dental career (#1)

Below is the first response I received to my recent Oasis post asking about the smartest and dumbest decisions readers made during their first five years after graduation from dental school. I hold the colleague whose message appears below in very high esteem, as a result of positive collaborations over a number of years. Here goes: Hi John, This is a subject about which I have strong feelings. In no way shape or form were we prepared for the emotional and business side of dentistry which can make or break people. I’m sure you also witnessed colleagues going down bad ...

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What was the smartest early career professional decision you ever made?

Dear colleagues, Next week, I will be attending the first national dental student conference being organized by the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations (FCDSA). I love interacting with the leaders of this federation and I am very impressed by how intelligent, focused and charming they are as people. When I think of the challenges they face when they graduate I would love to be able to gather some good advice for them from seasoned practitioners like you. To get the ball rolling on gathering some wise advice for these young colleagues, let me pose the following questions to you: ...

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You’ll never walk alone, Doctor!

Have you ever had to take a break from practice due to illness and lost confidence in yourself as a competent clinician because of these circumstances? If so, would you be prepared to share your story and give advice, on a totally confidential basis, to a colleague who is now emerging from a dark tunnel, but feeling very nervous about getting back chairside? If the answer to both questions is “yes” I invite you to keep reading. A couple of weeks back I received an email message from a colleague who had read an editorial of mine, written in 2008, ...

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