by Joseph DeRosier
Dentists who have practiced 10 or fewer years gathered to meet, greet and eat at the New Dentist Reception held at the 152nd Midwinter Meeting Friday evening, Feb. 23.
The enthusiastic and energetic assemblage of young dentists enjoyed tasty food and adult beverages while mingling with old friends, making new acquaintances and gathering information from several reception sponsors who had representatives on site to give out information.
Kayla Waller, recruitment consultant on the doctor recruitment team for Midwest Dental, said the practice acquisition company sponsored the event last year to great success.
"We met some really great individuals and were able to have one-on-one conversations with them," she said. "We got to hear what new doctors are loving with their positions now and what they're looking for. We got to meet some people who we can help if they are looking to relocate and wanting a new career opportunity."
Midwest acquires traditional family-based practices and work with experienced doctors and new graduates to help them find opportunities that "hopefully" will be the next big step for them.
"We love it, any time we can meet with dentists and pick their brains a little bit and share with them information about our business it's great."
Chris Hare, vice-president of business development with Rhinogram, an 18-month-old company and new exhibitor at the Midwinter Meeting, attended the reception distributing information about his company to attendees.
"We've been told by a lot of people that dentists tend to show up to the Chicago Dental Society show ready to make buying decisions more than at any other conference, so that's been a really positive experience for us," he said.
"The platform we've designed is called a HIPPA compliant conversation kit and it fits very well with new practices that are trying to engage with their patients and even acquire new patients," he said in explaining why the company decided to be a sponsor of the reception. "It allows them to text message back and forth with their patients in a HIPPA compliant manner and we figured a younger group of dentists would potentially be more interested in that."
One of those attending the reception was Jacqueline Caster, a new dentist who practices in central California, who graduated from Midwestern University Dental School in Arizona in 2015.
She said she attended the Midwinter Meeting last year while participating in the General Practice Residency Program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and was looking forward to returning this year.
"We had a good year, learned a lot, we had a fun year in Chicago and we all wanted to come back" she said.
Fellow Masonic residency participant Alexandra Hernandez, who is practicing in her home town of Appleton, WI., said she her first year as a dentist "has been adventure for sure, but the real world has been fun, with lots of interesting things going on."
"I really love dentistry, so far it has been great," she added.
"Midwinter is amazing," she said of the annual event. "It is perfect that it is in Chicago, we like to get together with all of our co-residents and people who we know. It is so worth it."
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