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Navigating Retirement: Enhancing Your Life After Dentistry

Ron Haik, VP Investment Advisory Services at CDSPI, Dr. Alan Roadburg, PhD, a leading authority on retirement lifestyle education, and Susan Roberts, VP Insurance Advisory Services at CDSPI, will be speaking at the upcoming Pacific Dental Conference in March 2017 in Vancouver. Their session will feature a comprehensive financial and quality of life approach to retirement planning, based on lessons learned from CDSPI’s recent survey of retired Canadian dentists. The session runs on Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:30am – 11:00am and is titled: Navigating Retirement: Enhancing Your Life After Dentistry.  Highlights Planning for “retirement” is often most closely associated with ensuring ...

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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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Defining and Coping with Stress in the Dental Office

Illona McLay, high-team performance and dental business coach, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about stress management in the dental office.  To contact Illona, please click here Link to Dr. Steve Peter’ book: The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence, and Happiness Highlights Dr. Illona McLay speaks to Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about her presentation at the Scottish Dental Conference titled, “Control Your Chimp, Check, Challenge, Change Your Behaviour to Reduce the Stress in Your Life”. Dental practitioners universally feel stressed about running their dental businesses. As an example, in Britain, dentists balance running their private practice ...

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From the Chairside: Your cortisol levels are higher than your loan interest payments!

This post is authored by Dr. Mona Shoman, Calgary, AB “Nothing personal, but I hate you” How many times a day do we hear this statement? And that’s only one version. There is also the “God I hate coming here”; “you hurt me”; “I’ve been dreading this for a week” and the “I’ve punched a dentist before”. If you have been fortunate enough not to hear the last one yet, just wait, you will. It’s a fact and there is no way around it. People hate us. The loathe they have starts from the moment they make the appointment (even if ...

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CDA Oasis Conversations: The importance of Ergonomics in Dentistry with Tim Caruso

In this video, Tim Caruso, physical therapist, speaks about the importance of ergonomics in dentistry. Good ergonomics should be an important consideration in a dental practice to ensure the clinician is comfortable, efficient, effective but, most importantly healthy! Ergonomic issues are related to aches and pains that are felt during or after the work day The design and layout of an operatory are important factors that contribute to good ergonomics If musculoskeletal discomfort or pain is occurring, the clinician should seek the help of a competent professional – Family physician, physiotherapist, further consultations with orthopedist, neurologist/neurosurgeon, as may be required ...

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Oasis Resource: What are the common complaints and how could you avoid them?

This content is courtesy of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, Dispatch Magazine (May/June 2015) Improved communication is one step that can go a long way to help resolve patient concerns and potentially avoid a complaint ever being filed. Here are some tips on how to avoid four of the most common concerns seen in the complaints arena, regarding communications issues. “The dentist never warned me this could happen!” One of the most common complaints arises when complications occur during a procedure or when a dental treatment subsequently fails. An endodontic instrument separates and can’t be removed. A ...

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Stress and resilience in the life of healthcare professionals

This resource is available through the Canadian Physician Health Institute. Although it is written primarily for physicians, much of the included information is applicable to healthcare providers in general and dentists in particular. The Basics. Strategies for coping with stress and building personal resilience for physicians (PDF)   Watch the complete video presentation Watch highlights of the video presentation “B” is for Body “A” is for Affect “S” is for Social “I” is for Intellect “C” is for Community “S” is for Spirituality    

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Is practicing dentistry becoming a pain in the neck? Ergonomic Solutions for the Dental Team

In this post, Pelton & Crane presents solutions to ergonomic problems frequently encountered in the dental practice.  As a dental professional, you have or will likely experience some type of work-related pain. Many dental professionals accept this pain as a part of daily life, but there is a better way!  Have you ever asked yourself “How much longer will I be able to practice feeling the way I do?” because you’re suffering from neck, shoulder, arm or leg pain. Perhaps you have numbness in your fingers and hands or pain down into your leg while you sit? If so, then ...

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