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By Dr. James C. Kessler
As the new Chairman of the Department of Education at the Pankey Institute, I would like to take a moment to tell you about recent changes in our tuition levels. I have talked to dentists all across the country and recognize the magnitude of the financial challenges that many of our colleagues are facing. I believe that, as a nonprofit with the mission of helping dental professionals achieve excellence, it is our privilege to open the door to the incredible world of life-long learning to as many of our colleagues as possible. The journey of learning is like investing in the future of our profession. The earlier in one’s career that we can help an individual start this journey, the farther they can travel, and the more rewarding and fulfilling their lives can be. Read more.

New Opportunity for Lab Technicians
The Pankey Institute’s new Chairman of Education, Dr. Jim Kessler, hopes to increase “partnered” learning by the members of the restorative team, the dentist and dental laboratory technician. Thanks to the Pankey Institute’s faculty, alumni and corporate scholarship donors, we are able to offer a new tuition policy designed to support that partnered learning. Read more.

On October 15, 2010, Dr. Nancy A. Ward was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the L.D. Pankey Dental Foundation. Dr. Barry S. Segal, outgoing Chair, congratulates Dr. Ward. Read more

At the Faculty and Advisors dinner on October 15, 2010, Dr. Steve Hart and Dr. Jim Fondriest raffled and auctioned 40 bottles of fine wine, which were donated by them, other faculty and advisors. The proceeds from the wine fundraiser totaled nearly $5,000, all of which went to the L. D. Pankey Dental Foundation.

Life, Do-It-Yourself Project  
By Dr. Mark T. Murphy, presenting GPS for Your Practice: Growth  Planning Strategies to Improve Your Practice at The Pankey Institute on March 3-5, 2011

As I look ahead to the New Year, I am reminded of a story about an elderly carpenter who was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said, "my gift to you."

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized, we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live in it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, "Life is a do-it-yourself project."

Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today. I look forward to providing you with more inspirational articles and growth tips in the months ahead!

 “Know Thyself,” said Socrates.  Part 1.
Contributed by Dr. William J. Davis
This article begins a new series from Dr. Davis based on the book he co-authored with Dr. Lindsey D. Pankey, A Philosophy of the Practice of DENTISTRY. In this series, Dr. Bill Davis deals with the importance of self-knowledge as the first step in creating a satisfying work life. The more you know about who you are and where you are going, the more likely you are to set goals that work for you. As you read “Know Yourself,” you will have a chance to assess your oral, physical, financial, and practice health.
KNOWLEDGE YIELDS REWARD AND RECOGNITION: Just as a successful life requires balance in the areas of work, play, love and worship, fulfillment in dentistry is dependent on four factors: (1) knowing yourself, (2) knowing your patient, (3) knowing your work, and (4) applying your knowledge. Consider the meaning of “reward.” Reward, like happiness, means something different for each individual. Different dentists will seek different rewards from their dental careers. Most dentists seek some degree of financial success and respect in their community, which fall under the category of “material reward.” “Spiritual reward” comes from doing good work and contributing to your patients’ well-being. It comes from patients sharing their appreciation and approval with you. Read More.
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