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Manage your patient pool like a winning hand

pokerThis article originally appeared as an editorial in the August 2014 issue of ASDA News. At the time, Christian Piers was editor-in-chief of ASDA. To read more from ASDA News, click here.

Last week was my first week in clinic, and everyone wanted to tell me their secrets to success. But they weren’t secrets. It sounded like they were trying to teach me to play cards. So here’s what I think they were trying to give me—a cards-based guide to the novice in clinic…

The power of a handwritten note

writing a noteWhen was the last time you called your high school bestie? How about your cousins you used to play with as a kid? It’s so easy to get caught up with all your to-dos and school work and forget to keep in touch with those we care about. While I am personally guilty of forgetting to call or text, I recently found a more creative and meaningful way to say hello to those I haven’t seen in a while–sending a card!

Your options for student loan repayment

student-loansIf you were at the NLC last month, you saw my colleague, Steve Swan, speak about debt management. As a refresher, we will go through some of your options for student loan repayment here. The following are the four most common methods for managing student loan debt upon graduating from dental school…

Top 10 travel hacks for interview season

travel-tipsIt’s November, which means the middle of dental school/residency interview season. Or holiday travel-planning season. Do you want to know how to get the cheapest plane tickets? Or get through security in a matter of seconds? With some careful planning and research, you can make the most of your future trip! Some of the hacks listed below are well known. Others should be new to even frequent fliers. Here is a list of my top 10 travel hacks.

Roseman University ASDA chapter wins Colgate recycling contest

Colgate bench RosemanThe ADA recommends replacing toothbrushes every 3-4 months or sooner due to fraying with use. The recommended amount of toothpaste per brushing is a pea-sized amount, or 0.25 g in more exact terms. Based on these numbers, an average 6 oz (170 g) toothpaste tube would be empty after 680 uses or 340 days if the person brushes twice a day. For a family of four, that would mean an empty toothpaste tube every 85 days.

What do you do with the old toothbrush and empty toothpaste tube? Instead of sending them to landfills, bring them to the dental school or dental hygiene clinic to recycle! That’s exactly what students and patients did at Roseman University College of Dental Medicine as a part of a pilot recycling program by Colgate.

What I realized at ADA 2015

ADA thumbnailMy generalized exhaustion today would suggest that I had a wonderful — and active — few days in Washington, D.C. for the New Dentist Conference and ADA 2015. In addition to my original goals of volunteering, networking and connecting with old friends and mentors (all of which I did), I took a lot away from this experience.