North Texas Dentistry Volume 5 Issue 6 - Page 23

Dr. Pruett: Another example was at the Baylor College of Dentistry 50 Year reunion. Watching these older gentlemen sitting at a table and sharing their life stories and their practice stories was engaging, and a testament to a lifelong passion of helping people. Q: The ADA Tripartite has intangible benefits such as organizing volunteer activities. Are these important to you? Dr. Fowler: It gives me a chance to give back to the community and to the profession. Things like TMOM and mentoring programs are examples. The interesting thing about the April TMOM in Mesquite was the staff members of offices and of the local societies putting on the event – the staffers were not getting paid, but they were all there. Furthermore, being part of the Recruitment and Retention of 4th District has given me a chance to brainstorm on how to give back. An example would be the 4th District’s “Tour de Fourth” where we picked up 126 dental students in limos and took them to a few dental offices. Dr. Pruett: Another cool thing was a dental school program called Great Expectations. The program is for D1 students who get to view dentists and dentistry away from the school. Serving as a mentor in the program allowed me to do the same as a D4. None of that would have been possible without practicing dentists who are involved in organized dentistry and taking an interest in me as a future colleague and professional. Q: Do you view CE as an integral part of ADA Tripartite membership? Dr. Pruett: First of all, for a young dentist, we get free CE with a free meal at Society meetings! Another benefit is that the larger societies can bring in well-respected lecturers for a price that most of us could never afford. Q: You both seem proud to be a member of the ADA/TDA Tripartite. Why is that? Dr. Fowler: I am prou