How many times have you heard that phrase, “there is no “I” in team? Perhaps you have heard the acronym defined as: Together Everyone Achieves More. Perhaps you have heard it as: Teach, Encourage And Model.
Yes, there is no” I” in team! However, would you consider that perhaps there should be? These past few weeks have been chalked full of meetings, emails, texts, phone calls, face to face meetings, negotiations, compromises, agreements, and contracts. In traveling to meetings, in holding many discussions and conversations surrounding our profession and our professional organization, in networking with other professionals related to dentistry, one word continues to stand out. That word is integrity. For me, there is an “I” in TEAM.
According to Miriam Webster integrity is defined as: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; the quality of being honest and fair. The word integrity was first used in the 14th Century and has both French and Latin origins. Other words we can use to describe integrity: honesty, fair, honor. When I think of integrity, I think of honesty, values, ethics and transparency.
So how does all this tie together, the concepts of TEAM and the word “integrity”? As dental assistants and dental professionals, we are an integral part of a team. For many of us, having the capacity to not only work independently but also in a supportive position is why we made the choice to be in the roles we currently hold. As an auxiliary, we understand what it means to function as a team. We also value our independence while continuing to practice with integrity.
We are in a time of transition, not just in dental assisting, but for the profession. Our working environments and practice models are changing. Individual practices are shrinking. Corporate and large group owned practices continue to open across the country. Technology, materials and techniques continue to move ahead by leaps and bounds. Change and transitions are expected in dentistry, and contribute to the ongoing growth in the profession.
As a team, the goal is to better the profession for patient health and safety. We hope to continue our work with the Dental Board of California, the Dental Assisting Council as well as those that carry other influences related to the profession, reflecting integrity and transparency.
The issues surrounding the RDA practical exam continue. Is the issue one of consumer protection or is it a matter of finances? Scope of practice and accountability also continue to be areas of concern in the dental community. Please visit our website at www.cdaaweb.org for a complete legislative update.
Dentistry continues to be a great profession and our future is bright. Our leaders continue to push forward representing us all to the best of their abilities. We are grateful and appreciate knowing that we are all a part of a great TEAM, with integrity!
“To advance the careers of dental assistants and to promote the dental assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public.”