Erinne Kennedy

Contour Extended: Hidden Figures in dentistry

Dear Hidden Figures,

Perhaps you have seen the new motion picture that describes the life of Katherine Johnson, an African-American math prodigy who grew up in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. She grew up counting numbers and manually computing equations. In 1953 she began working for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), later known at NASA. She joined hundreds of other women as a human computer. Pre-dating Apple or Microsoft, these women helped to win the race to space. As a math computer, she completed calculations for Alan Shepard, John Glenn, the Apollo moon landing mission, and the start of the space shuttle program.

Water insecurity, climate change and oral health disparities in Alaskan Natives

Kennedy and Seymour participated in an interdisciplinary conference discussing access to water in Alaskan communities.Recently my mentor, Dr. Brittany Seymour, and I were offered a unique opportunity to be a part of an interdisciplinary conference based in Anchorage, Alaska. The conference, Water Innovations for Health Arctic Homes (WIHAH), aimed to integrate national and international stakeholders to evaluate the health benefits, challenges and innovations associated with providing potable running water and sewer in remote northern communities.  For many Alaskan communities, WIHAH encourages an interdisciplinary approach to providing running water affordably and sustainably.

Residency red flags! How to fix common roadblocks in residency

obstacles_residencyweekNothing’s perfect. This holds true for your first dental assistant, your first practice, your first crown prep and even your first residency.  Setting expectations and learning about yourself is the best wisdom you can take away from your residency. Here are some red flags to look for and tips to deal with common issues. First, aim for excellence, not perfection. Also, residency is one of the best experiences you can have. These red flags will simply prepare you for roadblocks you might face and how to fix it!

How to hack residency interviews

airport-life-hackDuring my senior year of dental school, I had the opportunity to travel to eight GPR interviews. They were scattered across the country from the East coast to California. So in order to balance dental school and interviews, I had to hack it with these tips!

Where to find career resources after graduation

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Do you ever wonder what life is like after ASDA? Where will your go for your quick resources on mentorship, practice management or wellness? The thought of being on your own can be scary, but the ADA is here for you.

The ADA has created life after ASDA: CPS. Never heard of it? No problem!

DIY your own business cards

business card 2 First impressions are everything. Your business card is the small token of you that someone will carry with them. Whether attending a lobby day, ASDA conference or simply an appointment with a new patient, a business card is a simple way to market yourself.

Advice from our very own ASDA Vice-President Jason Watts: “Business cards are extensions of the person you are. A good card will leave a lasting impression.” Let’s leave a lasting impression and figure out just how to create a great business card.

You might be thinking… What should be on my business card? Read on to find out!