We, the entire Mitchell Dentistry team, recently returned from the Florida Dental Association’s 2015 annual conference which took place at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando. By our whole team I mean front desk staff, hygienists, assistants and three dentists – all of us. Are you wondering if the full court press was entirely necessary or cost effective? The answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Here are the four main reasons why:
- We Fulfilled Our Professional Goals
With more than 120 courses offering continuing education credits, each of us had ample opportunity to learn something very specific to our roles. Everyone was excited by the rich curriculum and the magnitude of opportunities to enhance our knowledge. No one was left out, and we all came back a little smarter for our patients.
- We Divided & Conquered
Because there were so many options, our strength in numbers allowed us to spread out and cover more workshops. When Dr. Yolanda or Dr. Joe and I go to some of these meetings by ourselves we have to prioritize, forgoing some classes that may take place during the same timeframe. With our team all there, we could split up and gather an exponential amount of information. After the day was over we had so much to share with one another!
- We Got Better Acquainted aka Had Fun
What better way to get to know each other than to spend time outside of the office in an environment conducive to learning? Of course we had meetings and classes all day, but there was plenty of time for enjoying live entertainment, joining together for fun activities and just talking about our lives over breakfast and lunch. I know that we will bring this unique bonding experience back into the workplace with us, creating that warm, family feeling our patients so appreciate.
- We Came Away with Multiple Perspectives
It always amazes me how people can experience the same event and come away with completely different thoughts and opinions. That’s exactly what happened with the National Dental Convention – because we each attended separate workshops and met various professionals from all parts of the state, our individual perspectives are unique to each of us. We are enjoying sharing these thoughts and learning from each other.
Our team benefited from this conference in ways that are not limited to the field of dentistry. Have you had similar experiences in your professional life? Please share with us – we’re always eager to hear your stories. In the meantime, please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or would like to know more about our practice.