Letter from the Director

This is a landmark year for The Mount Baldy Study.
This year we celebrate our 20th anniversary!

Our 2019-2020 theme is:
Matters of Experience

They say this they “there is no substitute for experience”. Certainly, the last 20 years has taught that we have so much to learn. The study club environment affords learning and exploration among leading experts but most importantly, from and with each other.

Our members are the foundation to the success and longevity of this remarkable club. Your membership in MBSC is a community commitment to excellence in healthcare. Congratulations and thank you!

20 years is a long time for any study club. After 190+ meetings we have covered a lot of topics, hosted some of the biggest speakers in dentistry, and yet we continue to explore further. Our members are among the most successful and skillful because of this commitment to professional and personal growth.

Our goal this year is to delve into clinical matters of experience. In doing so, we will explore current and “best practices” that have proven successful over the test of time. Success and failure shape our professional experience. We hope that there is more success than failure over time. Our study club affords a forum to learn from other failures such that we do not experience them ourselves. It also facilitates learning from others’ successes so we can achieve such in our own practices and for our patients alike.

This year we have added even more robust benefits of membership. As a MBSC member you are offered complimentary membership to Levin’s Dental Business Study Club (DBSC) with full member benefits and access to all online resources. See attached information packet. Mount Baldy Study Club members can choose to join this amazing business development opportunity if you choose. Simply enter the registration information. There are 10 meetings per year, 2 of which will be dovetailed into the MBSC curriculum and the other 8 will be separate. Along with staff training modules, DBSC is guaranteed to give every practice a significant boost and the doctors/CEO’s a guide to achieving sustained growth.

Our first meeting on September 12th, 2019 addresses a challenge every seasoned practitioner has faced. You know those cases where we have attempted endodontic therapy and even extractions only to realize the pain remains and the patient in further despair. Many of these cases are not of dental etiology and knowing how to discern the nature and source of this pain may keep both the patient and doctor out of trouble.

Our Baldy Brainstorm has been the source for most discussion and collaboration among our members. This year we focus on efficient and effective lab communication for aesthetic cases. We will utilize a Seattle Study Club video production to assist us with this topic. Moderated by Prosthodontist Ariel Raigrodski, this will be a fast-paced high intensity format. Dr. Raigrodski will walk us through a case with prompted periods of pause for group discussion leading to a final case reveal and conclusions. We will also have 2 of our own member presentations on the topic of lab communication in aesthetic cases.

We will stay on that topic with the UCLA Director of continuing education, Dr. Schoenbaum. His recently published textbook addresses Implants in the aesthetic zone. His presentation will address some of the most common myths on the topic and how we can navigate toward consistent clinical success using clinical evidence.

Saving teeth is ultimately what our profession is all about. Dr. Goodacre ratified this charge with his presentation of the literature at our last meeting of the 2018-2019 year. Dr. Young will give us his 30-year experience utilizing “biomimetics” and tooth preserving minimally-invasive dentistry.

If you have not experienced “peri-implantitis” among your patients, you are the exception. The feeling you experience when you see patients with bone loss and inflammation around implants can be gut-wrenching. What is the etiology and How can we avoid this? What is considered the best approach for implant maintenance? Dr. Maldovan will discuss and provide us a guide to long term implant maintenance.

Dr. Gilbert will scour his cases to give us a 20-year perspective on diagnosis, treatment and reconstruction of some of the most commonly and not so frequently encountered oral and maxillofacial pathology. Interaction and discussion will be encouraged.

Did you know that Oral and Maxillofacial radiology is an official specialty in our profession? This field has expanded so dramatically beyond peri-apical and panorex imaging. The digital world and volumetric imaging, particularly the CBCT, have opened a myriad of tools and clinical applications to our profession. Dr. Koltfarber will help us understand then basics of technology and practical applications for our practices. This information will arm the audience with knowledge to communicate as an interdisciplinary team and determine what resources may optimize our diagnosis and treatment.

Our year-end meeting will incorporate our spouses, managers and hygienists into a combined social event to celebrate this 20th anniversary.

Over the last 20 years our commitment to the highest quality education has been a priority for our club. We are excited about this year and your involvement in MBSC.

The Mount Baldy Study Club is accredited by the AGD. The all-inclusive (all MBSC and DBSC meetings, CEUs, meals, and staff/hygienist’s attendance where applicable) registration fee of $1,950 remains the same for the coming year 2019–2020 and will be due by August 21, 2019.

Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer. We look forward to seeing you and your hygienists on September 12th, 2019 for our kick-off meeting.

Sincerely, David

David H. Gilbert DDS, MS, MBA, FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Diplomate, American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery Diplomate, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Director, The Mount Baldy Study Club