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Dental Business Boot Camp

by Rebecca Sorci

The PDS Institute® hosts an exclusive continuing education (CE) event for dental students at the PDS® National Support Center in Irvine, CA. Dental students and faculty from across the country attend this full-day practice management program highlighting the key business fundamentals in dentistry.


On Saturday, July 30, 2016, the PDS Institute welcomed approximately 30 American Student Dental Association (ASDA) leaders and six faculty members from numerous dental schools across the country for the first-ever Dental Business Boot Camp event.  Attendees who traveled to Irvine, California for the event represented local dental schools in California and schools in other states including Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Nebraska, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, New York and more.


The Dental Business Boot Camp program featured a full-day course called Leaders in Learning: The Business of Dentistry with eleven learning sessions designed to enhance the confidence and competence of dentists in the fundamentals of practice leaders. PDS Institute faculty, executives and subject matter experts from PDS presented on key business topics, including marketing, communication, contract negotiation, team leadership, practice management and more. Speakers included Dr. Brad Guyton, Dr. Sonny Chokka, Jan LeBeau, Joe Feldsien, Matt Hall, Kim Brozovich, Cara Cavanaugh, Jeff Longfield, Amy Spaulding and Joe Kolligian.


Presenters made each learning session fun and engaging with team-based activities and breakout exercises.  Attendees completed a take-home workbook throughout the program to summarize key takeaways from each session, including real-life tips and tricks.  The participants earned eight CE credits for their attendance and ended the day with a relaxing dinner by the beach.


The event was a great success with 100% of attendees rating the program as excellent and/or exceeded their expectations on their feedback survey. In addition, 100% of attendees responded that they would recommend this program to their dental school.

With the success of this alpha program, PDS is working to scale this program by partnering with dental schools to have this coursed delivered by PDS-supported clinicians and PDS subject matter experts. Several schools, including Nova Southeastern University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and Midwestern University (Arizona location), have already scheduled this full-day course to be presented at their school this fall.

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About Rebecca Sorci

Rebecca Sorci is a University & Clinician Communications Manager at Pacific Dental Services®. She earned a degree in biomedical engineering and an MBA from Western New England University in Springfield, MA. In her free time, she enjoys being part of a book club, taking yoga classes, and spending time with her chocolate lab Bella.