In this episode, DrDarwin interviews Dr Paula Coates DDS MS, the 1st Black Female Board of Trustees member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry AAPD. Dr Coates is a proud graduate of Duke University and Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. She completed her advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry in 2002 at University of Illinois Chicago and became Board Certified. She later returned to Meharry as a professor to teach in the pre-doctoral clinics.
After moving to Atlanta to practice Dr Coates returned to her hometown area of DC Maryland Virginia where she currently practices. Dr Coates shares how she got involved in organized dentistry, her current role as a Trustee, the required training for her leadership role, the best part about leadership, what she would do differently and advice for others seeking leadership positions locally, statewide and nationally.
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Dr Darwin Hayes DDS MHA FAGD is a national leader in Post Graduate Advanced Dental Education and Training, and the Program Director of the 2nd largest General Practice Residency -GPR- in the United States. He is part of an institution and dental department that has trained over 700 new dentists in the areas of general and hospital dentistry, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in the past 25 years. Dr Hayes has a distinct passion for mentoring and being a coach to new dentists, especially those from diverse and underrepresented populations in oral healthcare. He thrives on the creation and development of specific success strategies — strategies for professional and personal success— that are taught to new dentists in the residency program, during the national conventions of organizations, and at state and local dental societies. His upcoming book The New Dentist Playbook: 21 Professional and Personal Development Strategies for Your Success, identifies these innovative strategies and is shared in his weekly new dentist blog @ DrDarwinSpeaks.com