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Evidence-based Dentistry and Dental Practice

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Dr. Amid Ismail

Evidence-based Dentistry and Dental Practice – Yankee Dental Congress

YDC 2006

Start your year off right with Yankee Dental Congress (YDC). This annual winter conference, the largest dental conference in New England and the 5th largest in the United States, provides the finest education and the greatest selection of courses in dentistry for the entire dental team. Innovative technology, products, and services are introduced on the exhibit floor. YDC completes the experience with special events where dentists can interact with peers and entertain the whole family.

Essex North


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MDiTV News: How do You Start a Brawl Between Lawyers and Doctors? — If you want to spark a brawl gather together some lawyers, doctors and others from across the political spectrum and say two little words: medical malpractice.

Some will argue passionately that tort reform is essential to control health care costs and that high premiums are forcing some doctors to quit. Others will argue that with equal passion against limiting a patient’s right to seek compensation and that while some specialists pay high premiums, malpractice insurance and awards account for just a tiny fraction of the nation’s health care bill.

Yet despite the strong views, tort reform didn’t really figure into the new federal legislation on health care except for 50 million dollars to fund some state demonstration projects to test proposed reforms. That mismatch between passion and action doesn’t surprise some veterans of tort reform battles in Oregon.

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Doctor Who/Torchwood – Pictures of you

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Award winner (In Vino Veritas Awards – R14; Make It Count Awards – R8)

Yeah, sorry, I know most of my subscribers are not DW fans, but hey, I’m pretty much done with my exams!!! So, gotta celebrate… And this fandom seems to be inspiring me lately, so, yeah, I’m gonna do few more videos with my favorite Doctor :P
Oh and sorry about the quality, too, my Video Converter decided to screw me over:(
Anyways: first ensemble/general video (well, mostly)…
Doesn’t really have any pairing, though there are hints for pretty much everything: Doctor/Rose, Doctor/Martha (actually editing this video made me start to like them as more than friends… I don’t know why, please don’t kill me, all you angry Doctor/Rose shippers! :P You gotta admit, the kiss they shared looked good… David Tennant knows what he’s doing! :), Jack/Rose (kudos for those who find it, lol:D), Jack/Gwen, Jack/creepy old lady whose name I don’t remember …. (and whatever you want)
This song is not really a Doctor Who song (and also a bit overused, but I love it, so I don’t care and anyways I have been planning on a video with it for a long time now about my friends… This was a good practice! I have tried out a lot of things I hardly used before… I think I over-did it a bit, too…), I actually didn’t think I could really pull it off, but the idea stuck in my head and wouldn’t leave me alone, ’cause when there were pictures in DW, they were always soo great!
I however knew I had to mix it with something, or shorten the song (but I don’t like that), so first I thought of Heroes.. until I remembered: Torchwood! I just love the interaction between these two shows! And I think I always had a soft point for spin-offs (not to mention Captain Jack Harkness) :P
And Heroes was done already anyways, so excellently, by Mikey… It can be found here:
Check out it, it’s AMAZING!

I don’t really like how the beginning turned out, but the rest is okay, I think :)

Disclaimer (hm, please excuse me while I laugh hysterically…): I don’t own Doctor Who, Torchwood or the song. Pictures of you is property of Last Goodnight, Doctor Who and Torchwood belongs to BBC.

Thanks for watching!

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Ask The Doctor: Family Practice Medicine, Urology, Laparoscopic Surgery

Topics and Guests:

1. Family Practice Medicine – Barbara Capozzi, MD – Family Medicine – Private Practice.

2. Urology – Ivan Grunberger, MD – Chief Dept. of Urology, NY Methodist Hospital

3. Laparoscopic Surgery – Daniel Stephens, MD – Laparoscopic Surgeon, Metropolitan Hospital

Season 8, Episode 6

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What to Consider Before Deciding to Go to Medical School

Consideration #1: Do I Really Want To Be A Doctor? (Even If It Doesn’t Make Me Rich?)

It used to be when your parents asked you: “What do you want to be — a doctor or a lawyer?” that whatever answer you gave would ensure you an extremely successful financial future. Because of certain economic realities we face today, the medical profession is no longer the giant cash cow parents once credited it to be (and many doctors will probably tell you it never was to begin with.) Therefore, if you have begun to think about applying to and going to medical school, you should really be doing it because of a passion for the field.

Consideration #2: Dermatology or Epidemiology: What Area of Medicine Do I Want To Specialize In?

Of course, you will have time to figure this out in medical school as well, but you will be the most informed applicant you can be by doing some of this thinking up front. Medical schools are like any other kind of school: even the best ones are stronger in some areas of medicine than they are in others. Therefore, it’s worth your time to spend some time thinking about what area of medicine you would like to practice in. If you want to be a pediatrician, apply to the schools that are the best in pediatrics; if you want to be an oncologist, seek out those schools that have the best reputation for education young doctors in this area.

Consideration #3: How Will I Get Into The Best Medical School In My Area of Interest?

Be the best pre-med student in your area of interest. If you are in undergrad reading this, there is no time like the present to start getting your prerequisite classes out of the way to qualify for medical school. Also, the more homework you do outside the classroom on the schools that you’ll be applying to, the better your application will be.

Consideration #4: Where Do I Want To Live After I Get My Medical Degree?

While the school that specializes in the area of medicine you want to practice should probably win the day in terms of where you decide to attend, you should also think about where you’ll want to live after you get out of school as well. Much of your medical training will be hands-on, and so you might meet and develop relationships with your future patients as a medical student if you attend a school located in a place that you intend to make your home. Also, you will have to take and pass state medical licensing exams, which will be easier to prepare for when you are studying in the same state that you hope to be licensed in.

Elizabeth Saas

How to Run a Dental Practice Management

It is every dentist’s dream to be running a successful dental management practice. However, new dentists will soon be rudely shocked by the realities of running a business. Being competent in dentistry is simply not enough. Business acumen and financial skills must also be present to ensure that the business grows successfully. After all, no dentist can continue to practice if the business stays unprofitable. Let’s take a look at a few key areas that dentists must pay attention to.

Financial management.

This is, by far, the most important aspect of running a business. As the owner of a dental practice, you are not just a dentist. You are also a business owner. That means you must be able to manage the cash flow of the business. For example, you may have plans for expansion, but you are not sure that the cash you have in your bank account will pull you through the expansion phase. Here is where you need financial management skills. If you are able to make sound business decisions based on the numbers you see on the balance sheet, your business will certainly benefit greatly.

Human resources.

Another key area to focus on is human resources. To run an efficient and effective practice, you need to depend on your staff to complete various tasks. Running a team is by no means, an easy task. You need to understand the needs of your employees, and what motivates them to stay and work hard in your organization. You also need to be able to spot and employ the best people so that you can build a strong team.

Sales and marketing.

As a business owner, you cannot run away from sales and marketing. Sure, you can employ staff to help you with marketing activities. But ultimately, you are the brain behind all those activities. You know the direction that your business is headed, so you are in the best position to draft out marketing campaigns. What does your dental practice stands for? Where do you see your business five years down the road? What are your expansion plans? Those are difficult questions to answer. Perhaps, only you hold to key to those answers.


As your practice grows, you are going to need to grow your team. And your team cannot grow without proper leadership. Someone must be able to lead the team! Many times, new dentists make the mistake of doing too much on their own. In other words, they think that just because they own the practice, they must assume the leadership role.

Unfortunately, they are not making the best use of their time. If they are not seeing patients and filling appointments, they are not making money. So sometimes, it’s best to leave management tasks to managers and supervisors, who can fork out the time and do a better job at leading the team.

If you are thinking of growing your dental practice, start selecting some of your best employees and send them for leadership training. They will be able to contribute more to your organization.

Gen Wright

Medical Marketing Ideas For Physicians

When it comes to marketing ideas for doctors you will quickly discover that the most effective forms of marketing involve online marketing. Internet marketing for doctors is by and far the most efficient means of advertising available to physicians. In fact, doctors who use Internet Marketing have reported that over 75% of their business has been a direct result of online marketing. This just goes to show how effective and profitable that Internet Marketing can be.

There are numerous doctor internet marketing ideas that all physicians should consider when it comes to their online marketing. The first thing that should be considered when it comes to marketing for doctors is the creation of a website for your medical practice. Websites are crucial to doctor office marketing. This is due to the fact that many first time patients will turn to the World Wide Web in order to run searches in their area to determine what doctors and practices are close to them. If your medical practice does not feature such a website, you will be losing business to another medical practice that does have an established website.

When considering the creation of a website as part of your internet marketing for doctor’s strategy, you will want to ensure that you hire an outside firm or designer to establish your website. You will want to hire a professional who has experience in SEO which stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO will place vital content and information on your website that will make your website appear higher in rankings on search engines when medical practices in your area of business are searched for. If you attempt to design your medical practice website on your own or hire an individual who is not familiar with SEO, your website may fail to generate the business and traffic that you desire. This will ultimately result in a loss of business and profits for your medical practice.

Apart from simply advertising your doctor’s office and services you can also consider using your website when it comes to marketing to doctors. This is very helpful if you are trying to draw new doctors to your practice or are attempting to hire other medical staff. More people look for medical based jobs online then they do in print. Therefore, you are more likely to fill a vacancy in your place of business if you use your website and the resources of the World Wide Web to fill these spots. In fact, over 85% of all jobs filled in the medical community are a direct result of online job postings and medical practice websites which post such jobs.

Another marketing idea that you should consider when it concerns your medical practice is turning to websites such as Google to further promote your company through keyworded advertising in a program such as Google Adsense or even Adbrite. These are ad-share companies that allow you to place advertisements on other websites according to specific keywords and search phrases that you choose. This will provide further exposure for your medical practice and will generate more revenue for your medical practice in the long run.

There is no denying the importance of medical advertising and marketing if you desire to see your medical practice generate new patients and produce more money. You must go out of your way to make this possible by hiring a marketing consultant and by ensuring that they have experience when it comes to medical based marketing strategies and advertising. When you do so you will find that your medical practice will begin to grow in leaps and bounds. This growth will ultimately result in a financial growth for your practice! There is no greater investment that you can make, then by investing time and money in a proper medical marketing strategy for your practice.

Seomul Evans

Medical Tourism

Medical Tourism

Whenever we hear the term “Medical Tourism”, it invokes a mixed expression in our minds, one as a promising new alternative for the people who had to rely on already outstretched Public healthcare system in western countries, and the second is the uncertainty about the quality offered. The portmanteau “Medical Tourism” was created way back in the late 80’s by Travel agents and media as a catchall phrase to describe a new trend where people travel to other countries to obtain cheaper medical care. As we speak, this phenomenon has reached to a point where it has become one of the most promising foreign exchange revenue earners in some Asian nations predominantly India, Singapore and Thailand.

The reasons patients travel for treatment vary. Many medical tourists from the United States are seeking treatment at a quarter or sometimes even a 10th of the cost at home. From Canada, it is often people who are frustrated by long waiting times. From Great Britain, the patient can’t wait for treatment by the National Health Service but also can’t afford to see a physician in private practice. For others, becoming a medical tourist is a chance to combine a tropical vacation with elective or plastic surgery.

And more patients are coming from poorer countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, and many African nations, where treatment may not be available.

Medical tourism is actually thousands of years old. In ancient Greece, pilgrims and patients came from all over the Mediterranean to the sanctuary of the healing god, Asklepios, at Epidaurus. In Roman Britain, patients took the waters at a shrine at Bath, a practice that continued for 2,000 years. From the 18th century wealthy Europeans travelled to spas from Germany to the Nile. In the 21st century, relatively low-cost jet travel has taken the industry beyond the wealthy and desperate.

Countries that actively promote medical tourism include Cuba, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, Israel, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Belgium, Poland and Spain are now entering the field. South Africa specializes in medical safaris-visit the country for a safari, with a stopover for plastic surgery, a nose job and a chance to see lions and elephants.


India is considered the leading country promoting medical tourism-and now it is moving into a new area of “medical outsourcing,” where subcontractors provide services to the overburdened medical care systems in western countries.

India’s National Health Policy declares that treatment of foreign patients is legally an “export” and deemed “eligible for all fiscal incentives extended to export earnings.” Government and private sector studies in India estimate that medical tourism could bring between $1 billion and $2 billion US into the country by 2012. The reports estimate that medical tourism to India is growing by 30 per cent a year.

India’s top-rated education system is not only churning out computer programmers and engineers, but an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 doctors and nurses each year.

The largest of the estimated half-dozen medical corporations in India serving medical tourists is Apollo Hospital Groupwith 37 hospitals, with a total capacity of 7,000 beds, which performed an estimated 60,000 surgeries on visiting patients between 2001 and 2004, and now under negotiations with Britain’s National Health Service to work as a subcontractor, to do operations and medical tests for patients at a fraction of the cost in Britain for either government or private care.

Medical Tourism in India began to grow in the mid 1990s, with the deregulation of the Indian economy, which drastically cut the bureaucratic barriers to expansion and made it easier to import the most modern medical equipment. The first patients were Indian expatriates who returned home for treatment; major investment houses followed with money and then patients from Europe, the Middle East and Canada began to arrive.


While, so far, India has attracted patients from Europe, the Middle East and Canada, Thailand has been the goal for Americans.

India initially attracted people who had left that country for the West; Thailand treated western expatriates across Southeast Asia. Many of them worked for western companies and had the advantage of flexible, worldwide medical insurance plans geared specifically at the expatriate and overseas corporate markets.

With the growth of medical-related travel and aggressive marketing, Bangkok became a centre for medical tourism. Hospitals like Bangkok’s International Medical Center and Piyavate Hospital offer services in over two dozen languages, recognizes cultural and religious dietary restrictions and has a special wing for Japanese and Arabic patients.

Even though most of the medical tour companies targeting cosmetic surgery patients often put emphasis on the vacation aspects, offering post-recovery resort stays and holiday packages, private healthcare consulting companies, like, MedAsia Healthcare who specialize in critical care services like open heart surgeries had gone one step further by providing personalized care to the patients by offering surgeon screening, treatment planning, insurance support and even the surgery loan processing on behalf of the patients. With medical professionals who know the psyche of the patients, they can provide that extra comfort on quality and trust.

Emerging Destinations

Other countries interested in medical tourism tended to start offering care to specific markets but have expanded their services as the demand grows around the world. Cuba, for example, first aimed its services at well-off patients from Central and South America and now attracts patients from Canada, Germany and Italy. Malaysia attracts patients from surrounding Southeast Asian countries; Jordan serves patients from the Middle East. Israel caters to both Jewish patients and people from some nearby countries, and South Africa offers package medical holiday deals with stays at either luxury hotels or safaris.

Dental Tourism

The newest and fastest-growing area of medical tourism is a visit to the dentist, where costs are often not covered by basic insurance and by only some extended insurance policies. India, Thailand and Hungary attract patients who want to combine a teeth whitening, extraction or root canal with a vacation. Most notable destination for Dental tourism is Thailand, where the competitions between the clinics for expatriate customers are clearly visible. In a way that competition is actually serving good for the customers, as the clinics deploy the latest cutting edge technologies, employ overseas trained and qualified doctors, and multi lingual marketing team to keep their edge on the market; says Dr. Bob of Bangkok Smile Dental Clinic, a pioneer in the dental tourism industry with multiple clinics in Bangkok. Clinics like Bangkok smile offers the latest same dental implants where by the patient can fly in and get the implant fixed on the same day and fly back on the next day instead of the 2 – 3 visits before, at their clinics for almost 15 – 30 % of the cost one would have to pay if they get it done in US, Canada, Australia or UK. As we speak, Australia is one of the biggest markets for these clinics, and tour companies like Aussie Dental Tours based in Perth, Australia are quick to realize that and offers escorted dentist visits to Thailand.

Raj Pillai