It is believed to be the largest Real World Transition Brunch in its history. What began thirteen years ago as the Coming and Going Brunch, the Real World Transition Brunch seeks to connect dental students with dentists looking to sell their practice or to find an associate.
“I believe this is the largest Real World Transition Brunch ever,” said Jennifer Jones, KDA Membership Coordinator. ”We had roughly 150 attendees. Eighty students and more than twenty-five dentists and practices were represented. We offer our thanks to Guardian Insurance for their sponsorship and support of the event.”
Dentists and professionals in the dental industry were invited to be present at different stations to answer students’ questions. The stations included financing, insurance, ADA and KDA membership, public health representatives, the AEGD Wichita program, the new KIND program, and a transition specialist.
“The Real World Transition Brunch is an opportunity for students to meet with dentists who are looking for an associate or to sell their practice,” said Dr. Melodee Armfield, chair of the KDA’s Membership Committee. ”They can sit down and visit and have an informal meeting with some of them and find an opportunity for after graduation.”
The KDA presented information on membership and the Kansas Mission of Mercy. Membership Chair Dr. Melodee Armfield and Dr. Kevin Cassidy, who serves on the ADA’s Council on Membership, spoke with students and answered questions about the KDA and ADA membership. The KDA also showed its newly published book, 140 Years, 140 Stories.
“It’s nice to give them information about organized dentistry and what it does for them,” Armfield said.
The KDA will be mailing a list of the professional services representatives and dentist attendees and likewise, will sent a list of the students who attended to the dentists and professional services representatives.