The American Dental Association Political Action Committee's seventh annual Specialty Physician and Dentist Candidate Workshop focused on the transition of practicing dentistry to practicing politics.
From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, seven dentists who are members of the American Dental Association (ADA) attended the workshop to learn the ins and outs of running local, state and federal offices.
"The best way to drive the debate is to lead from the inside — from the halls of our nation's and states' capitals," ADA member dentist Richard Andolina, who is the ADPAC chair-elect, said. "We need more of our dentists and medical colleagues in political offices to advocate for our professions and the patients we treat."
The sessions showed attendees how to build successful campaigns.
"This workshop was extremely well organized and the insight gained from the speakers was invaluable in educating individuals who are contemplating running for political offices," Andolina said. "I was extremely pleased with the number of dentists who were in attendance and impressed to see some of our younger members there. The efforts ADPAC has put forward and the excellent work of the ADA Washington office were mentioned numerous times by the speakers."