For the community in which we live and practice, SMCDS provides general dentist and specialist referrals, up-to-date listings of dental auxiliary personnel seeking positions in our area, information about dental care assistance programs, financial and advisory assistance to local colleges and occupational programs to support development and operation of dental auxiliary training / certification programs.
SMCDS membership links you to a powerful partnership of people and programs to help you protect your career investment. Active involvement with your local component helps you grow professionally and personally.
Community Introduction / Patient Referrals
Broaden your patient base by tapping into SMCDS’ excellent patient referral service; i.e., referrals to members when patients call our office or access our Find a Dentist feature on the SMCDS website. Take advantage of opportunities to introduce yourself to the community by speaking at local functions sponsored in conjunction with SMCDS community outreach activities.
Social / Networking Events. Become acquainted with and cultivate lasting relationships with SMCDS colleagues at social events hosted throughout the year: New Dentists Socials and the ever-popular social hour at our quarterly General Membership meetings.
Professional Publications. Stay informed via SMCDS multi-media communication: urgent, rapidly changing news via Member eNews email and fax; in-depth coverage of non-urgent issues via our quarterly newsletter, The Mouthpiece, which provides updates on local activities, changing legislation and environmental issues, feature articles on issues relevant to your practice, and classified ads. Easily identify and locate member colleagues with the SMCDS Member Directory.
Professional Development / Assistance. From speakers targeting New Dentists to our library of video and printed materials on topics encompassing the dental industry and practice development to support for chemical abuse via our Bay Area Well-Being Committee.
Leadership Development. Exercise / cultivate your leadership potential and influence conditions within our profession, organization, community by serving on the SMCDS Leadership Council or any of a wide range of standing and special project task forces identified online and in our New Member Kit.
SMCDS CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Our annual CE schedule is published at the beginning of each year in THE MOUTHPIECE and on the www.smcds.com/Calendar of Events. Detailed information on individual speakers and presentations is added to the online calendar as it becomes available and on registration forms sent starting eight weeks in advance via mail, email, fax, and our Facebook page.
General Membership Meetings
3 Core / 20% CE Units $70 member rate / $65 new member rate Save with Pre-paid Packages
These quaterly scheduled gatherings provide an opportunity to meet, socialize, and dine with member dentists, hear distinguished speakers on relevant topics, view vendor exhibits of the latest clinical and business products, and for those who “play” the chance to win valuable drawing prizes.
GM Meetings are generally held the 3rd Thursday In January, April, September, and November from 6 to 9 PM at the Crowne Plaza Foster City.
CPR Renewal Course (By Appointment Only) Contact the Office
4 Core CE Units $74 Member Rate Includes Online Course & Renewal Card / $89 Non-Mbr
Healthcare providers are required to renew their CPR certification every two years. Our 2 part CPR renewal classes are half online for your convenience which can be completed up to 1 month beforehand. The practical portion is held at the SMCDS office on Monday / Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 PM once or twice a month September through June. Students practice one-on-one with Adult and Infant manikins. Register early - class size is restricted by available equipment to 14.
Dental Office Regulatory Compliance Training
6 Core CE Units $150 Member Rate / $200 Non-Mbr
The Dental Board of California requires all licensed dental professionals (DDS, DMD, RDA, RDH) to take approved CE courses in Infection Control (Bloodborne Pathogen Standards) and California Dental Law every two years for license renewal. Cal-OSHA requires employers to train their workers annually in Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communication, General Safety,Emergency Response, and other standards based on the nature and size of your practice.
Marcella Oster, RDA, teamed up with us to provide a convenient two-part one-day course to fulfill regulatory requirements, provide you and your staff with 6 units of Core CE credit packed with practical information in an enjoyable atmosphere.
NOTE: These courses DO NOT fulfill the California unlicensed Dental Assistant education requirement that went into effect in, 2010 under AB 2637. Please call the MEMBER LINE 650.637.1131 or visit the Dental Board of California's website for referrals to qualified providers.