Florida Dental Convention

FDC2023 Session Directory

How to Train Your Doctor

Course Code: C48
Speaker: Ms. Megan Donawa, CDA, EFDA
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Friday, June 30, 2023, 2:00 PM
End: Friday, June 30, 2023, 5:00 PM
Audience: Assistants, Practice Administrators


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“You're not the sort of dental assistant that can train their doctor with a mere lifting of an eyebrow. You’ll have to work at it.” (Infamous words from How to Train your Dragon, of course)! It’s so easy for your doctor to get tunnel vision throughout the day – like they're wearing loupes 24/7. As a dental assistant, it’s your job to clear that tunnel to the best of your abilities so you can deliver smooth and effective patient care. Dental assistants are internally connected to the doctor’s behavior and tendencies more than most team members, and that’s the beauty of four-handed dentistry. During this lecture, Ms. Donawa will discuss the best ways to plan and organize your work lifestyle as a dental assistant. With these skills you’ll be able to stay ahead of schedule, take control of your patient care, experience less stress and gain more mental clarity. Be prepared to learn how to channel your mind into the thoughts and behaviors of your dentist so you can gain better control of managing the workday and atmosphere of your office.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Gain knowledge in health history preparation.
  • Use clinical documentation for patient education.
  • Understand past radiographs by viewing numerous cases to interpret and create mock treatment plans.
  • Review dental history and brainstorm the identity of your patient’s “true self”.
  • Create preparation checklists to start and end a solid week.
  • Develop killer huddle talking points and bring your thoughts to the table.
  • Utilize pivoting conversation tactics.
  • Discuss end-of-day and next-morning rituals.
  • Reflect on your roles as an assistant and discover what you need to do to be the valuable team member you are.

Speaker: Ms. Megan Donawa, CDA, EFDA

About the speaker: Bachelor’s degree, University of Central Florida; certified dental assistant; expanded functions dental assistant; adjunct faculty, dental assisting program, Daytona State College.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.

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