What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas…as I went to Vegas and brought something back home. This past weekend, the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry) held their annual convention in Las Vegas, NV. The AGD is the largest organization for general dentists all over the country. With over 40,000 members and thousands more students in waiting, AGD honored hundreds of its members in the Fellowship, Mastership and Life Long Learners categories. This year, yours truly brought home the Mastership (MAGD), the highest honor bestowed to a general dentist in the AGD.
Initially, I was not overjoyed with the fact that I had to attend the traditional ceremony in order to receive my award. The idea of putting on a cap and gown for show was cheesy to me. But when I was reminded that families and offices made sacrifices too throughout my MAGD journey, I realized it was a big deal. The amount of hours put into my study, exams, presentations, services, and preparations for all that I do, receiving this recognition was an honor. Listening to my peers’ excitement had an osmotic effect on me. With almost 2000 hours dedicated to learning while trying to raise a family, manage an office and provide community services, I did need to take a moment to reflect and appreciate the accomplishments. I also need to thank all those who were involved in this extraordinary journey and took charge when I was gone. You guys are the bestEST.
I have awesome support systems, both at home and at the office. I remember all those weekends when my youngest held onto my legs so I can’t leave the house. Then when I came home, they all grew a little bit older and taller. How I never missed an important event is beyond me. The collaboration and communication I received are true blessings.
Even with all those years in post post graduate studies, I still feel that I need to learn and study more to be better. It’s an endless journey. Thank you to everyone who shared in this wonderful life experience with me. May you always strive for knowledge. Don’t forget to take a moment for yourself as well. Cheers!
Walking into the convocation with the dignitaries and honored guests. Yes, one of my professors at Creighton University was there as well. Creighton representing!
With my goofy colleagues taking selfies to commemorate our 15 minutes of being “special” amongst the sea of dentists. It was so much fun to hang out with these two.
With my support team. Love them so much and truly grateful to them for their undying support of all that I do. Their encouragement to keep going provides more steam than they will ever know.