In our latest issue of Dental Entrepreneur: Business Beyond the Classroom, we’ve got a lot in store for you. Once again, we partnered with the incredible team of igniteDDS, and it couldn’t have happened without the vision and work that Dr. Lucas Shapiro put in to highlight, inspire, empower and connect all of you.

I asked Luke to tell me how this Cover Doc contest came about, and here’s his response:

“igniteDDS is a large community of 15,000-plus. We asked the community for nominations of their peers and mentors. We then took to social media and a panel of four judges made up of industry experts and dentists. The premise was to highlight the dental students that are CRUSHING it beyond the classroom, whether it be community service, research, social media, etc. The idea was based off of the Forbes ‘30 under 30’ list. There are so many students doing amazing things that once we heard about the opportunity to partner with you, we thought this would be a great idea to recognize those people and even make it an annual thing. So many dentists and dental students are so much more than that. They are artists, entrepreneurs, techies, community leaders and more!”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Working with you inspires us to give you the information you need to continue to change the dental game. As such, we asked some of our favorite authors to contribute their expertise to these pages. They are invested in you and are here to help you navigate your potential. Please reach out to them with your questions and concerns. You will find their contact information in their bios. Remember that we have had our sponsors with us for many years. Show them a little love. They keep us up and running and are dedicated to you. Good people find good people!

Thanks again to Dr. David Rice, Dr. Lucas Shapiro and the igniteDDS team for making this a very special edition of DE. Thank you to our judges – Suzanne Kump, Patrick Bernardi, Dr. Joyce Kahng and yours truly. Sincere congratulations to our Cover Docs, Michelle Vaday and Sara Bustos, and to all the igniters that competed in what is sure to be an annual event.

Finally, I’d like to encourage you to share this magazine with all of your colleagues, teachers, families and friends. Let them know what the future of dentistry looks like. I am impressed with each and every one of you and know in my heart that your integrity and drive will lead the way to amazing discoveries in our profession. The possibilities are endless!

Stay Ignited!

Anne M. Duffy Publisher

PS: If you would like to write for us, please reach out. Read us cover-to-cover, and please do us a favor – share this on your social-media pages with your dental teammates and classmates.

How about we continue this conversation! Hit me up at anneduffy@dew.life.

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