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Florida's Dental Day on the Hill

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 Dental Day on the Hill is rapidly approaching for the state of Florida. Dental Day on the Hill take place in the state’s capital of Tallahassee each March and serves as the state of Florida's lobby day for dentists. 

 

This is a unique opportunity to meet with representatives and state senators who cast deciding votes on legislation that will directly affect everything from student loan debt burden to mid-level providers in Florida. It’s important that our state sees that their decisions impact us as students, since we are the future dental providers of Florida. 

 

There will also likely be a networking social with leaders of the Florida Dental Association (FDA), other dental school students from LECOM and Nova, and practicing dentists that are attending lobby day. As a major dental school in Florida, the University of Florida College of Dentistry will be excusing students to attend this event in order to demonstrate a profound student presence. Furthermore, the college will be preparing students for this political event by having a lunch and learn the week before to go over all the legislation being discussed during Dental Day on the Hill. 

 

There is also a briefing the night before where students will learn how to present their case or concerns before representatives. This is going to be a great opportunity to introduce students to the political side of dentistry. With the state and federal healthcare laws constantly in debate,politics are becoming an increasingly integral part of dentistry. Therefore it is important that, when given the opportunity, dental professionals show the governing bodies that we care about the decisions that are being made about our profession by showing up in large numbers and voicing our opinions.