This President's Message addresses critical workforce challenges in dentistry based on the Michigan Dental Association's (MDA) recent workforce survey. The survey identifies significant issues such as the shortage of dental professionals, wage stagnation, and the impact of retirement trends on the dental labor market. Findings indicate a need for immediate solutions, leading the MDA to develop initiatives targeting the return of registered dental assistants (RDAs) and registered dental hygienists (RDHs) to the workforce. The survey results emphasize the importance of competitive wages and desirable benefits to attract and retain dental staff. The MDA plans targeted advertising and free job postings to address these issues and mitigate the workforce shortage.
Knudsen, Eric DDS
"MDA Workforce Survey Results Are In: Answers and Opportunities,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 105:
12, Article 5.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol105/iss12/5
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