June 25, 2010
The Second Women’s Weekend
Dental Conference was, by all accounts, and
yes, I was there to experience it first-hand, a roaring success.
June at the White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, attendees were wined, dined and educated by the best. The cherry on the sundae was the 12 CE credits provided dentists and their staff.
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advanced anterior composites;
on building a
better professional practice;
marketing a practice for continued success;
‘yoga sutra’ (a demonstration from which I have yet to untangle, but
Dr. Lori Trost on making
a great first ‘impression’; and
Kary Odiatu on
reviving,refreshing and renewing to live your best life.
had the honour of co-sponsoring the event along with Clinical Research
Dental,Pow Laboratories and Scotiabank.
I’ve been asked if
there is a
need for a ‘women’s dental
conference? I ask, in turn, why has an obvious need previously not been
There is a wave of
surging through the corridors of dental schools. In North America, prior to the early 1970’s, dentists were
exclusively male. The U.S. had the lowest
percentage of women dentists in the Western World: roughly half of the dentists
in Greece were women, about one-third in France, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, and almost four-fifths in Russia, Finland, Latvia, and Lithuania, according to spiritofcaring.com.
The number of women
dentistry is increasing significantly and this gender shift is having a
dramatic impact on the practice of dentistry.
naturally better at creating relationships, especially Dr/patient
relationships, or do they have the same challenges as men do in creating
challenges that women dentists face?
women have when they are the majority or near majority of dentists? Will
solutions be developed to address the unique demands of being a woman
women earn an average of 72 cents for every dollar that a man earns.
Female-dominated professions in general are valued much lower than
professions. Childcare workers are paid on par with parking lot
plumbers earn more than nurses. Men outnumber women in each of the ten
paid occupations in Canada
while women outnumber men in all but one of the ten lowest paid
both the highest and lowest paid occupations in Canada,
women in these occupations earn less than men in the same occupation.
example, female food and beverage servers earn 76% of what male servers
while female dentists earn 66% of what male dentists earn. (http://www.unpac.ca/economy/paidwork.html)
Is there a need for a ‘women’s dental conference? The
answer is resoundingly YES – the need has never been GREATER!!!
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