Indiana AIR Program

What Is AIR?

Indiana AIR Leadership Program is the award winning leadership development program for Indiana dentists sponsored by the Indiana Dental Association.

About the Program

The Indiana AIR (Acceptance, Inclusion, Respect) program seeks promising leaders who are members of racial, ethnic, gender and/or sexual orientation groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership. The mission of Indiana AIR is to cultivate leaders who strive to create a receptive and inclusive dental association in recognition and appreciation of the changing landscape of dentistry. Indiana AIR provides diverse groups of dentists with education, experience, exposure to opportunity and the confidence to be successful leaders in their practice, their communities and the dental profession.


Who Should Apply?

Indiana AIR seeks promising leaders, who are members that have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership, to participate in this practical educational experience.  Ideal candidates demonstrate potential for leadership within their practice, profession or community, but will not have held high-level leadership positions in organized dentistry.  Membership in the IDA is not required; however, we ask that candidates be either currently practicing dentistry in the State of Indiana or attending the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

Dentists interested in the program must complete the application by April 1 to be considered for admission. Applicants are notified by April 15. (A current CV and two reference letters are required to complete the applicaiton process.)

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What is the Program Format, Expenses?

Six to ten participants will be accepted for the two-year program. Individuals accepted in the Indiana AIR program will attend leadership training over three sessions at the IDA level for the first year.  Topics will include, but are not limited to, effective leadership characteristics, conflict resolution, decision-making, leadership communication, strategic thinking, and leading policy and finances of leadership development.  The second year of the program participants develop and complete a group leadership project involving at the dental community.  Participants also attend the IDA Annual Session both years of participation in the program. AIR training provides attendees 27 hours of continuing education credits in  areas of leadership and practice management.
The program expenses are fully sponsored by the Indiana Dental Association and program sponsors and total over $2,600 per participant.

When Does the Program Meet?

2016-17 Indiana AIR Leadership Training weekends occur in Indianapolis on:
  • Training Session #1 Friday, September 23 - Saturday, September 24, 2016
  • Training Session #2 Friday, January 27 - Saturday, January 28, 2017
  • Training Session #3/Graduation Friday, April 28 - Saturday, April 29, 2017


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