September 8th marked the launch of THE NEXTDDS "Going Pro" Series, peer networking events conducted on behalf of dental students and THE NEXTDDS user community. The first event was hosted in Los Angeles, California, on behalf of invitees from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, UCLA School of Dentistry, Western University Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, and Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dozens of attendees came together after a full day of classes and patients for an evening of camaraderie, fun, and learning.
|USC Attendees at the first THE NEXTDDS Going Pro event.|
Upon arrival at the Radisson Hotel at USC, attendees were greeted at the registration booth by THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassadors Giuliana Di Piazza (USC ’17) and Asma Patel (Western ’17) and Eric Silverstein of Next Media Group, who hosted the event along with sponsors Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC, and Aspen Dental Management, Inc. Registrants received “Going Pro” VIP Admission Passes and personalized nametags as well as tickets for the evening’s complimentary refreshments. All had an opportunity to mingle and network with peers from other universities during the arrival portion of the event. The hors d’oeuvres included a perfectly seasoned chicken satay and delicious shrimp tempura, dumplings, and a first-class pita and hummus spread. Great foodstuffs will be a mainstay of THE NEXTDDS “Going Pro” events!
|Special thanks to Giuliana and Asma for making the
evening a success for all their peers in attendance.
Dr. Brian LeSage of the Beverly Hills Institute of Dental Esthetics (and himself UCLA School of Dentistry faculty), contributed the keynote presentation for the evening. For the assembled dental students Dr. LeSage highlighted his own journey into dentistry and shared some of the experiences that enabled him to graduate from dental school and ascend into the ranks of the nation’s best-recognized dentists and educators. “He’s a great speaker,” said Gwendolyn G (Western ’20) “Motivational and really captured my attention 100%.” Importantly, Dr. LeSage offered recommendations on how each student can best position him/herself for the transition into practice after graduation.
“Very informative and engaging,” commented Joshua K (Western ’18). The keynote was followed by an interactive question-and-answer session that allowed Dr. LeSage to emphasize the need to continue the push for knowledge. It was clearly evident for all that Dr. LeSage’s recommendations were of particular interest to the Going Pro attendees.
Dr. LeSage’s experiences and the work he put into becoming a successful dentist resonated with the students, and he in turn applauded the attendees for their drive and passion to learn as much as possible in the time they can during dental school. Dr. LeSage also conveyed the importance of being confident in the craft of dentistry and being confident with one’s patients and staff.
|Dr. Brian LeSage brings clarity to the transition from dental student to professional.|
Remarked Dr. LeSage, “Don’t get into dentistry for the money; do it because you enjoy it and the satisfaction you get in helping your patients. The day I stop having fun doing dentistry is the day I retire, but I hope I can do this forever.”
Dr. LeSage was warmly greeted by dental students following his presentation and fielded additional questions before the evening’s conclusion. All were extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend and expressed interest in similar events in the future!
Be sure to spread the word about THE NEXTDDS Going Pro peer networking events that will be hosted in Columbus, Chicago, New York, San Antonio, and Boston throughout Fall of 2016!