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The success of organized dentistry relies heavily on the commitment of its volunteers. Community volunteerism is important, and there is no shortage of ways to become involved. From taking a leadership role within MDDS or donating your time and services to someone in need, to serving on an MDDS committee or mentoring a future dentist, MDDS offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit your schedule and interests.

Join a Committee and Shape Your Profession

MDDS strives to ensure that it is meeting the wants and needs of its membership. As we grow and change, it is very important to have dependable and interested committee members to lead and guide us toward our strategic goals.

Please consider making a difference today in your association. We welcome your participation in serving as a member of one, or more, of the following committees. Please contact MDDS at (303) 488-9700 with your interest.

Applied Strategic Planning Committee

Objective:

To create an effective planning process including a mission statement, a vision and the identification and prioritization of appropriate objectives and action plans.

Duties:

– Create a vision and plan responsive to MDDS members’ needs and values.
– Create a proactive fiscal plan to include non-dues income that supports the goals and objectives of the Society’s strategic plan.
– Define and/or redefine the roles of the Standing Officers, the Board of Directors and committees to support the overall strategic plan.
– Provide a plan responsive to internal and external challenges in the dental profession.

Bylaws Committee

Objectives:

To ensure that the Constitution, Bylaws and Policies of the Society are updated and to provide all members the opportunity to provide input and participation. To provide that the Constitution, Bylaws and Policies are properly recorded and preserved to reflect the actions of the Society.

Duties:

– Review annually the Constitution and Bylaws in order to ensure they are consistent with Society programs and policies.
– Annually present, if required, Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws to the Board of Directors in accordance with the procedure outlined in Article IX of the Constitution and Article I of the Bylaws.

Community Outreach & PR Committee

Objectives & Duties:

– Disseminate information and publication of communications to the membership.
– To improve the image of the profession of dentistry to the public through the use of media and advertising.
– To increase the dental knowledge of the public by disseminating dental health information.
– To assist in improving the oral health of the metro Denver area through community outreach events and providing information on access to care.
– Support local dental charities through fundraising and outreach events.

Continuing Education & Events Committee

Objective:

– To provide clinical, technical, business and any other educational programming to enhance the dental profession’s knowledge and expertise professionally and personally.
– To foster relations with other healthcare organizations.
– To comply with the education goals and objectives as set forth in the Society’s strategic plan.

Duties:

– Brainstorm ideas for continuing education research and modeling.
– Review research and needs assessment data and identify and select educational topics, speakers, locations, and formats that fulfill the needs of target audiences.
– Prepare and distribute marketing and promotional materials to target audiences.
– Scout speakers and/or facilitators who can meet audience educational needs.
– Make recommendations on speaker honoraria.

Convention Arrangements Committee

Objective:

To provide scientific, technical, educational and social programming to enhance the dental profession’s knowledge and expertise. Its duties are stated in the Convention Manual.
The following sub-committees shall plan, coordinate and implement the Convention Arrangements Committee’s directives:

– Exhibits Sub-committee
– Host/VIP Sub-committee
– Hands-on Program Sub-committee

Finance Committee

Objective:

– To assess the Society’s financial operations and to monitor its value and efficiency.
– To provide direction and monitor Society Investment Funds.

Duties:

– Approve an annual budget of anticipated income and projected expenditures to be presented annually to the Board of Directors for board approval.
– Maintain and update The Accounting and Financial Policies and Procedures Manual.
– Make recommendations to the Board of Directors for non-dues income activities and changes in membership dues or other financial assessments.
– Review the Society’s Reserve Fund and Operating Fund policies and investment portfolio(s) and make investment design recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval.
– Meet and work in conjunction with the financial advisor on an ongoing basis.

Leadership Development Committee

Objectives:

– To monitor the nomination and voting process for elections of the Society.
– To provide volunteer leadership training for the membership.
– To assist the Board of Directors in recruitment of volunteer leadership.

Duties:

– Ensure that all offices of the Society are filled.
– Ensure that an independent company for collection and counting of the election ballots is hired prior to each election.
– Recommend volunteer leadership training programs for approval by the Board of Directors.
– Administer approved volunteer leadership training programs for the membership.
– Recruit volunteer leadership as approved by the Board of Directors.
– Provide recommendations to the CDA for Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the House of Delegates of the ADA in accordance with ADA and CDA bylaws.

Member Services Committee

Objectives:

– To obtain and monitor membership benefits and services that respond to identified needs of members.
– To obtain and retain the membership of every qualified dentist in the Society’s geographic boundaries.
– To inform members and non-members of the advantages of membership in the Society.
– To monitor the membership dues process and database activities.
– To provide networking opportunities through non-credit programs in order to promote personal growth.
– To enhance student awareness of the MDDS and its role in organized dentistry.
– To review proposals from dental educational institutions for preceptorship, mentoring and funding of educational advancement.

Duties:

– Administer member benefits and services.
– Develop and oversee member benefits and services that respond to identified needs of members.
– Develop new member packets. Identify and monitor trends and issues that affect membership recruitment and retention, particularly among under-represented segments and to encourage membership involvement throughout the Society.
– Encourage eligible and qualified members of the profession to become members of this Society and to maintain their membership.
– Enhance cooperation and communication of tripartite recruitment and retention.
– Educate the members and prospective members as to all policies and information important to the practice of dentistry and acquaint them with the benefits derived from membership.
– Develop, implement, and maintain the Ambassador Program to introduce new members to the Society’s benefits and programs and to increase membership retention.
– Research and evaluate all member benefit endorsement proposals prior to making recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Review proposals for financial, preceptor and mentoring requests from educational institutions.
Serve as a liaison to dental education institutions.
Make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the disbursement of educational funds.
Educate students in the benefits of organized dentistry.
Create visibility for the Society at dental educational institutions and generate name recognition for the Society with the student body.

MWDI Oversight Committee

Objectives:

– To review and monitor the functioning of the MWDI.
– To provide plans for the future of the MWDI.
– To provide guidance to the staff through the Executive Director.

Duties:

– Review contracts for use of the facility.
– Review state laws to identify any change in regulation that impacts clinical courses.
– Review the supply needs and equipment and facility maintenance needs.
– Assure monitoring of proper dental office hygiene.
– Maintain compliance with regulations.
– Monitor HIPAA compliance in all clinical courses whether provided by MDDS or other course sponsors.
– Assure all certifications are maintained and updated.
– Provide a dental license for legal ordering of dental supplies.
– Monitor profit and loss, and recommend adjustments to pricing structure of the use of MWDI.
– Plan for future use of the facility
– Consider advertising for use of the facility for both MDDS courses and non-sponsored courses.
– Report to Board of Directors quickly if any concern requires immediate attention.

Patient Relations/Peer Review Committee

Objectives:

– To provide a means for resolving differences between a member dentist and patient.
– To foster good dentist-patient relationships to promote good dental health and effective doctor-patient communication.

Duties:

– Consider written complaints or grievances presented by patients.
– Serve as a mediator between the dentist and patient.
– Serve as an arbitrator between the dentist and patient.
– Forward to the Ethics Committee any alleged infractions of the code of Ethics or Bylaws for its consideration.
– Establish the means by which to foster good dentist-patient relationships and communication.

Rocky Mountain Dental Convention Program Committee

Objective:

To provide clinical, technical, business and any other educational programming for the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention (RMDC) to enhance the dental profession’s knowledge and expertise.
To comply with the education goals and objectives as set forth in the Society’s Strategic Plan within the Board approved budget.

Duties:

– Brainstorm ideas for RMDC continuing education research and modeling.
– Review research and needs assessment data and identify and select educational topics, speakers, location, and formats for the RMDC that fulfill the needs of target audiences.
– Select RMDC educational topics, speakers, locations, and formats that fulfill the needs of target audiences.
– Prepare and distribute marketing and promotional materials to target audiences.
– Scout speakers and/or facilitators who can meet audience educational needs.
– Make recommendations on speaker honorariums.

ABOUT MDDS

The Metro Denver Dental Society is a not-for-profit component society of the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association.

The MDDS is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. MDDS designates courses for the number of CE hours listed with each course. MDDS credits are approved by the AGD for Fellowship and Mastership credits.

Course Disclaimer: MDDS makes every effort to present high caliber speakers in their respective areas of expertise. MDDS courses are offered as information only and not as financial, accounting, legal or other professional advice. Attendees must consult with their own professional advisers. In addition, each participant must decide the merit and practicality of the material presented. The ideas and comments expressed during the courses are not necessarily endorsed by or are those of MDDS. MDDS warns attendees about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into your practices.