The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists (GLAO) is a constituent of the American Association of Orthodontists. Components of the GLAO include: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario (Canada), and Pennsylvania (west of the Alleghenies). The GLAO advocates on behalf of its members and promotes the advancement of the Speciality of Orthodontics.
A MESSAGE FROM THE GLAO PRESIDENT…
New Year's Non-Resolutions
Belated Happy New Year’s wishes to everyone in the Great Lakes Region!
For most people, the beginning of a new year is typically a time of reflection. It is a time to take stock of where you are in life, how you spend your time, and whom you spend it with.
One of the products that often come out of this kind of reflection is New Year’s Resolutions…those pesky mandates that we make for ourselves that either inspire us to great achievement, or make us feel like undisciplined failures! Well…this year, I made a resolution not to make New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, I decided to make broad-brush goals for myself, and then limit the list to two goals rather than the usual laundry list of resolutions. Here are the two that I came up with:
1.) Deal with your weaknesses
2.) Help people along in their journey to success
As I sat down to write this newsletter, I realized that I can view these goals in both a personal and professional sense, and that the AAO and the GLAO offer countless resources to help achieve the professional aspect of both of these goals.
Goal #1- Deal with your weaknesses
- Figure out areas where your knowledge base could be expanded. For example- do you struggle with TMJ treatment? Could your Invisalign skills be sharpened? Are you up on the latest research about whether or not to perform early treatment? Do you feel like you are up-to-date on new techniques in other fields of dentistry that could benefit your interdisciplinary patients? Could you benefit from learning about new technology so that you can decide if it is wise to incorporate it into your practice? Here are some opportunities that are available to you:
- The AAO Midwinter meeting, held February 10-11 and entitled “Technology: Balancing Profit, Lifestyle, and Patient Care” will provide great resources on the tech topic.
- The AAO website contains numerous lectures covering all clinical and business aspects of orthodontic practice. For a subscription of $100, you can have access to unlimited lectures on the AAO site… and earn CE credits!
- The AAO Annual Session, going on from April 21-25 in beautiful San Diego will provide a host of lectures, and a mammoth exhibit hall featuring the latest in products and equipment.
- The GLAO meeting, to be held September 14-17 in New Orleans will feature speakers like David Sarver (interdisciplinary treatment) and Clark Colville (Invisalign treatment).
- The Business of Orthodontics webinars- Free to AAO members, the webinars include information about how to market your practice.
- The Business of Orthodontics Podcasts- Again… free to all members, these podcasts provide information on legal and political aspects impacting our profession.
I recently went through some executive coaching with my partners in our group practice. I am acutely aware of the areas where I need some work. Our coach was careful to stress that focusing on one weakness at a time was critically important to achieving any progress.
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