Dallas County Dental Society was awarded the 2018-2019 ACSE Outstanding Component Award by the Association of Component Society Executives of the American Dental Association. The award was accepted by DCDS Executive Director Jane Evans. “What an honor to receive the “Outstanding Component Award” for the DCDS Dental Assisting School from the American Component Society Executives of the ADA,” said Ms. Evans. “Our vision from approximately three years ago to be able to provide exceptional trained dental assistants as a member benefit for the DCDS Members is truly a dream come true.”
This award is given to component societies that go above and beyond in supporting their member dentists. The nomination for the award included providing a one-page composition outlining key activities within the component’s past year, presentation of supporting materials and a 15 minute Q&A by panelists during the ADA Management Conference in Chicago.
Below is the case made in DCDS’s nomination for the ACSE Outstanding Component Award, describing the Dallas County Dental Society’s new program: DCDS Dental Assisting School and Learning Center.
Strategic planning uncovered that our member dentists urgently seek assistants who know more than just the basics. So in keeping with our mission to “serve the professional needs of our members”, Dallas County Dental Society is expanding our efforts to advance the dental team through the DCDS Dental Assisting School (DCDSDAS). The School features four fully equipped operatories, digital radiography, CT scan and a hands-on laboratory, as well as a strategically-designed sterilization/infection control area. Combined with a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide essential experiences needed to become a successful dental assistant, DCDS’s Dental Assisting School graduates will be among the most qualified and valued members of a dental team.
DCDSDAS is dedicated to educating and training world-class dental assistants who are comfortable with more than just the basics. In addition to comprehensive in-house training, the program will provide real world experience and on-the-job learning opportunities through shadowing/clinical externships in both general practice as well as the dental specialties. DCDSDAS graduates will enter the job market fully trained and ready to join a successful dental team.
Through this program, DCDS member dentists will be given the unique (and first) opportunity to hire new, fully trained world-class dental assistants from each graduating class.
The DCDSDAS building will also house a technology-rich Learning Center featuring state-of-the-art continuing education opportunities through both in-house and distance learning. Members will have access to videos and podcasts emphasizing emerging dental technologies and innovative procedures, including live broadcast of clinical procedures/surgeries.
Ground was broken on the school in August 2018, and the past year has been a whirlwind of meeting with architects, contractors and vendors. The newly hired program director jumped in running, determining compliance regulations with HIPAA and OSHA, completing applications for radiology and Texas Workforce Commission certifications and developing curriculum. Texas Workforce Commission certified the school in April 2019, allowing marketing and student recruitment to begin. Marketing brochures, website with blog, video, social media and high school visits were hurried into play. The first class is planned for July 2019, and we look forward to providing world-class dental assistants to our members in the near future!
Dallas County Dental Society is proud to provide this outstanding level of service to our members and to our local community.