We want to be the first one to let you know of some good news. For the first time in five years, the Washington State Dental Association has seen an increase in our market share rather than a decrease. The American Dental Association's 2013 end of the year Recruitment and Retention report indicates the WSDA has a 71% market share of all practicing dentists in Washington compared to 70% in 2012. While this is not a substantial increase, it’s a move in the right direction for the first time in a while.
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Don't forget to register for these free webinars that are coming up. "Negotiate Your Low PPO Fees" on February 12 and "Updated Discussion on Health Care Reform and What You Need to Know" on February 25. These one hour educational sessions are exclusively for WSDA member dentists and their dental staff.
Special thanks to Steve Steinberg of the UW for the images of the event
Over 100 students and mentors attended the 20th annual Mentor Reception held November 20th at the Burke Museum. The Reception, held in conjunction with the UW Dental Alumni group has undergone a bit of a transformation in the last few years to increase the visibility of the program and encourage participation both on behalf of the students and the mentors. The effects of this increased effort are clear with 20 percent more students participating in the program and an 11 percent increase in WSDA members taking part and volunteering their time and expertise to mentor a student.
Did you watch the great Seahawks win over the Minnesota Vikings this weekend? Some of our lucky members were there to experience the excitement and energy first hand.
The winners of this year's 12th Man Challenge enjoyed the Hawks victory from the luxury of private suite and watched the teams record improve to 10-1.
Thank you to all the everyone who helped recruit new members into organized dentistry this year. Our strength as an Association comes from our members and the more we represent, the greater influence we have.