ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

RDH Evolution brings together the leading influencer hygienists you see in the pages of RDH magazine. They will advise how they carved out paths for themselves in the industry and how you can too.

RDH Evolution will focus on teaching you the concrete actions you can take to advance your career.

The conference topics will range across a diverse range of career options, including:

  • Practicing in alternative settings (e.g., midlevel provider, mobile dentistry, independent practice, hospital services, etc.)
  • Developing careers within the dental trade industry or management positions in corporate dental providers
  • Using your expertise as a consultant, professional educator, writer, or speaker, and establishing yourself as a key opinion leader in the industry
  • Gaining more autonomy as pivotal preventive health experts

Pre-Conference, Thursday, April 5, 2018

Reception

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Mixer

Day 1, Friday, April 6, 2018

Kristine

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome Session - Cover Story You! If Not Now, When?
 

Speaker: Kristine Berry, RDH, MSEC

(Breakfast provided)

Determining what you want out of life—your career, relationships, and your free time—is a surprisingly hard process for many of us. It’s much easier to abide by the rules and plans of others than to look within ourselves and see clearly what we are meant to do. During this networking breakfast, begin to overcome your hesitation about change, building the courage and confidence to embrace career agility with grace and ease.

Session objective: 

  • Identify your value and attract more aligned opportunities and income
Amber

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Progressive Public Health: Hygiene in Alternative Settings  

Speaker: Amber Auger, RDH, MPH

Half of the American population, 74 million, have no dental coverage, contributing to the nearly 2 million dental emergency visits yearly. Improved legislation has allowed dental hygienists to provide preventive services through teledentistry, independent practice, and multiple expanded functions. Optimizing the preventive role of the public health dental hygienist will impact the oral and systemic health of the population.

Session objective:

  • Discuss alternative practice settings for the dental hygienist that provide preventive oral hygiene services locally and abroad.
TBD

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Session

Food

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Luncheon

(Lunch provided)

Sara

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Elevating Preventative and Diagnostic Care in Your Hygiene Practice

Speaker: Sara Paone, RDH, RNCP

Dental practices today provide a remarkably similar approach to their patients. The lack of significant differentiation between practices provides an opportunity for practices willing to embrace oral systemic links (OSLs) as a significant way to enhance value to your patients. Understanding hygiene practices for the systemic links between oral and overall health, positions our hygiene teams to be true advocates for patients’ health.

This session examines how OSLs can influence protocols: oral self-care and nutrition, as well as the technological diagnostic approaches you can take with patients. We focus on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and pregnancy outcomes through the lens of several case studies. We conclude that the benefits OSLs bring to our practices make for healthier practices, more inspired teams, and distinct and sustainable identities for our practices.

Session objectives:

  • Understand the similarity in the core offerings in dentistry today.
  • Understand the opportunity to enhance service offerings to our patients.
  • Understand the role oral systemic links can play in inspiring your practice.
  • Understand the technology, protocols, and team development required to maximize an oral systemic links approach.
  • Understand the relationship between oral health and chronic diseases.
  • Understand that each of us, as hygienists, have the ability to change the health of our patients.
TBD

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Session

Kristine

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Group Interaction Activity - Career Self-Assessment | Long Term Career Goals

Moderator: Kristine Berry, RDH, MSEC

Day1_Panel

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Clinical Dental Hygiene Careers | Q&A

Panelists: Kristine Berry, RDH, MSEC, Amber Auger, RDH, MPH, Sara Paone, RDH, RNCP

Reception

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

Day 2, Saturday, April 7, 2018

Food

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast

(Breakfast provided)

Emily

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
If You Ain’t Changing, You Ain’t Growing: A Guide Into Education and Innovation

Speaker: Emily Boge, CDA, RDH, MPA

Utilizing the growth mind-set sharpens the desire to learn and to teach. No one has the magic answers, but learning the language is the best place to start! The individual desire to embrace challenges, persist through failure, put in the effort, take criticism as an opportunity to grow, and be inspired by those around you is the only way to achieve your full potential. Becoming an educator or higher education administrator takes grit, resilience, and flexibility to change. Are you ready to learn what it takes to begin your journey in dental hygiene education?

Session objectives:

  • Define CODA and explain how the commission works to define education standards for all dental professions.
  • Differentiate between entry-level dental hygiene education and higher-degree levels, clinical and didactic educating in dental hygiene, and what is needed to be an entry-level dental hygiene program educator.
  • Identify qualities of an employable educator and what colleges are looking for in an entry-level hire.
  • Identify necessary paperwork needed prior to applying for a dental hygiene education position (i.e. curriculum vitae, online application, resume, transcripts, etc.) and the process of a dental hygiene education interview.
  • Understand the process of a dental hygiene education interview.
TBD

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Breakout Session

Emily-Michelle

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topic Session: Consulting/Entrepreneurship/Business

Speakers:  Emily Boge, CDA, RDH, MPA, Michelle Strange, RDH, MSDH

Learning Objectives:

Upon the successful completion of this course audience members will be able to:

• Define the importance of building and maintaining bridges
• Identify qualities of a passionate entrepreneur
• Identify steps to take to take a product from good idea to successful reality

Food

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Luncheon

(Lunch provided)

TBD

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Individual Activity

Kristine

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Group Interaction Activity - Reaching Your Career Goals | Actions and Obstacles

Moderator: Kristine Berry, RDH, MSEC

Day2_Panel

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Careers Outside the Operatory | Q&A

Panelists: Kristine Berry, RDH, MSEC, Emily Boge, CDA, RDH, MPA, Michelle Strange, RDH, MSDH

Day 3, Sunday, April 8, 2018

Food

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast

(Breakfast provided)

Kristine

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Group Interaction Activity - Checkpoints for Success | Accountability Network

Moderator: Kristine Berry, RDH, MSEC

Day3_Panel

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wrap-Up Panel Discussion: Get the Results You Desire: Closing Panel | Q&A

Panelists: Kristine Berry, RDH, MSEC, Sara Paone, RDH, RNCP, Jackie Sanders, RDH, MBA

Often, the first action step is the hardest one. This is when fear, doubt, and anxiety can take over. Join us for the secrets of getting into the habit of action and score some successes under your belt.

Session objective: 

  • Act no matter what, by strengthening your resolve and learning how to integrate the material after the RDH Evolution event