Dr. Randal Glenn of Fort Bend Dental Associates was installed on May 16, 2013 as the President of the Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS) founded over one hundred years ago. The GHDS is the local component of the Texas Dental Association (TDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) and is the fourth largest local component society in the United States with a current membership of over 1,600.
Dr. Glenn is also one of Fort Bend County’s Historical Commissioners and in his installation address to his colleagues and guests he noted, “History is important because in order to chart a path for the future, we need to know from where we came. We in dentistry are intimately connected with our history. The trials and tribulations of our previous generations are echoed in our voices today. The issues faced by our dental forefathers of 1904, the year this Society was founded, sound as if they were lifted from the pages today’s GHDS Journal of 2013.”
Dr. Glenn also talked about mentorship and his remarks could be applied to almost any profession: “Sometimes being a mentor is accidental.
Younger dentists, dental students or even pre-dental students may be watching you, how you deal with patients, how you treat your employees, the quality of work you provide, how you conduct yourself professionally. Your standing in your community, your education, your experience, your character, , is most certainly a model for others. Bear that in mind as you go through your day. You can play a vital role in someone else’s life…And it isn’t always pre-planned. You may be the accidental mentor!”
Glenn ended his remarks to the GHDS by saying, “We stand on the shoulders of many great people, men and women who have worked tirelessly and unselfishly to elevate the profession of dentistry from the depths of an unprofessional, many times barbaric trade to one of the most respected and honored professions in this country. Be Ethical. Be Professional. Treat as you would want to be treated.”