Heartland’s New Dental University Designed to Teach Leadership, Clinical Skills, and Business


Leading DSO introduces Heartland Dental University (HDU) to provide a comprehensive education platform.

Heartland’s New Dental University Designed to Teach Leadership, Clinical Skills, and Business | Image: © Heartland Dental

Heartland’s New Dental University Designed to Teach Leadership, Clinical Skills, and Business | Image: © Heartland Dental

With the introduction of Heartland Dental University (HDU), leading dental support organization (DSO) Heartland Dental will offer additional targeted support that enhances expertise and assists with fostering professional excellence for all dental team members.

This innovative endeavor encompasses offerings of leadership training, business acumen and clinical education as HDU will provide a comprehensive platform for continuous learning.

The new educational flagship is guided by the motivating principle of "Always Learning. Always Leading," states Heartland Dental. HDU plans to help individuals reach their full potential and to grow in both their personal and professional lives.

"HDU both honors Heartland Dental's rich educational history and serves as a catalyst for further progress. And as the field of dentistry continues to evolve, we are also evolving in our support role,” states Pat Bauer, Heartland Dental President, and Chief Executive Officer, in a press release. “Enhancing the tools, resources, and educational opportunities for our supported network will help them, in turn, continue to deliver the best possible patient care. With HDU we are ensuring that Heartland supported doctors, hygienists, and team members are empowered with the opportunities to build themselves to meet the shifting demands of the dental industry."

HDU will offer access to advanced, practical, and innovative technical skills while also helping to foster leadership and business acumen for the dental community. It includes access to new academies tailored to the unique development needs of supported doctors, hygienists, dental assistants, business assistants, and support office team members.

The HDU academies will provide access to a wide range of proprietary live, virtual, on-demand, and workshop opportunities, as well as classes led by external partners and dental leaders. With a focus on requirements specific to each role, HDU can offer targeted support that best assists and educates clinicians as well as all the team members involved in the success of a dental practice.

"World-class education is not just a component of our support model and culture at Heartland Dental, it is the very essence that drives us forward," Rick Workman, DMD, Founder and Executive Chairman of Heartland Dental, adds in the press release. "I believe the purpose of education is results producing action, and we continue to challenge ourselves to provide the educational opportunities that do just that. With HDU we combine powerful data and insights with an interactive platform to unlock everyone's full potential, offering a bright future for all."

Henry Schein, Inc, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Stanley M. Bergman also knows the importance of educating the industry when it comes to advances in dental products and technology. He says his company's commitment to providing quality dental solutions extends to helping educate healthcare providers about the latest developments.

"At Henry Schein, our commitment to advancing dental education aligns perfectly with HDU's mission striving for constant improvement and growth. We are excited to play a vital role in supporting this transformative educational initiative," Bergman states in the press release.

Heartland Dental understands that education plays a big role in fostering great patient care and the company has always recognized the value to its support network of investing in development and providing continuing education for supported doctors, their teams, and the business and office professionals.

"HDU represents an exciting milestone in our commitment to supporting the growth and success of our supported clinicians and their teams," says Anna Singh, DMD, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Heartland Dental. "With this comprehensive educational platform, we are providing everyone in the Heartland Dental support family with opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills."

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