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Kellogg executive management portfolio brings special value to dentists

By Matt Golosinski

Dentists are most concerned about their patients' smiles. But thanks to the expansion of a Kellogg School partnership with the American Dental Association more dentists can smile now too.

Kellogg continues its five-year relationship with the ADA, bringing management training to dentists seeking to hone their business skills. To date, more than 240 dentists have responded to advertisements for the ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program, a recent initiative that will be held on the school's Chicago campus. Soon to add a sixth module, the program brings business, leadership, finance and statistical insights to dentists, courtesy of top Kellogg faculty members.

"We are offering 72 class sessions over 15 days throughout July, September and November covering the basics that a student in the Kellogg MBA program would encounter in the first eight courses here," said Thomas Prince, professor of health industry management. Prince, along with Vennie Lyons '72, associate dean and director of The Managers' Program, and Robert Korajczyk, senior associate dean, coordinates the initiative. Upon completion of the program, which is divided into three five-day sessions, participants receive a Kellogg certificate.

"No one in the marketplace has our niche to deliver excellence in a program such as this," said Prince, who has been on the Kellogg faculty since 1969 and has vast consulting experience in the healthcare industry.

One component of the Kellogg-ADA initiative has already garnered praise. The

"Diversity in Leadership" program, an offering that predates the more recent portfolio enhancements, earned the Association Forum of Chicagoland's "Association Management Programming Award" in 2004. This program strengthens the leadership skills of dentists belonging to racial, ethnic or gender backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in executive roles.

"The program has been extremely successful," said Prince, adding that about 200 minority students from around the world apply each year, with 12 new dentists selected for each class. Four foundations support those selected and provide stipends for special community projects under the direction of these dentists. "We have accelerated the depth and breadth of our programming based on the exceptional interest among dental professionals for this kind of leadership education."

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