It is January and with it comes thoughts of New Year’s resolutions and setting goals. I am excited to share that this year I have come up with an alternative way of thinking about my resolutions. Instead of setting goals that have to do with improving myself, I am going to set goals with CADS members’ needs in mind.
Instead of asking how I can make resolutions to improve myself, I will instead ask how I can have a positive impact on the lives of all of you, our members. The starting point for each of my goals will be what you, the CADS member, wants or needs. The main question will be, what do I want to achieve for our members in the year ahead?
As an example, CADS members have asked for a family friendly event. In December, the CADS membership committee, organized the Trail of Lights fun run. We had a great turn out with a wide range of dentist at different levels of their family life. Some were just starting a family with only their significant other; others had toddlers, teenagers, or even their grandchildren that they brought along. And although each CADS member had a unique family, we all came together and had a fun time.
The Trail of Lights fun run reminded me of our CADS events. At our events there are dentists at different levels of their careers. Some are just starting out, others are in the middle of their careers, and there are even those who have retired from dentistry. Despite these differences in career levels, we choose to focus on how we are ALL dentists and come together to share our knowledge and camaraderie.
One of my resolutions is to fulfill the ask by our CADS members for quality CE, at a reasonable price, and a nice venue. Myself and your CADS Board are working hard to bring you the CADS Conference on April 27th with Dr. Jeff Brucia from F.A.C.E. (Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education). This year, I am excited to announce that we have added a half day option on April 28th, that will have a hands-on component!
My resolution is to continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of what you the CADS member wants. I would like to challenge each of you to make a resolution that instead of focusing on yourself, focuses on what you can do for others. It can be centered around your CADS, advocacy, or your community. How can you make a difference in the lives of others this year?
By Ensy A. Atarod, DDS, MPH
CADS President, 2017-2018