Pennsylvania Dental Journal March April 2017 - Page 26

What if organized dentistry went away? By Emily Ishkanian, DMD Chair, ADA New Dentist Committee (Reprinted from ADA’s New Dentist Blog, Posted on December 2, 2016) Recently I was at a meeting with a friend who graduated with me from dental school. During the meeting, she made the comment that “organized dentistry was going away.” The comment struck me, and it took me a moment to process what she said. Over the days following the meeting, her comment ate away at me. What would my life look like, or better yet, what would my profession look like if organized dentistry dissolved over time? 24 MA R CH / A P R I L 2017 | P EN N S YLVA N IA D EN TA L J O UR N A L