Gabe Holdwick

Attending ASDA’s National Leadership Conference? Plan ahead

NLC promoWhen I attended the first ever NLC in 2012, I was a third-year dental student. The quality of programming, the engaging speakers, the dedication of the alumni and close interaction with national leaders were something I had not yet experienced in the ASDA universe. There are benefits available at this conference that are not available in our other meetings. It focuses exclusively on leadership, and makes our chapters better by making our individual members better. It is about empowering YOU with the skills you will need as you move forward in ASDA, education, organized dentistry and life.

Read on for tips on planning your attendance to NLC this year…

How owning a practice is like being a renaissance (wo)man

renaissance-wo-manThe “Renaissance Men” were sublime combinations of artist, engineer, and scientist.  They were masters of each discipline, and are considered the most well-rounded talents to ever draw breath.  Truth be told, owning a practice is more like being a “Renaissance (Wo)Man” than you might think. In contrast to the masters, though, we receive highly specialized training in treating dental disease and very little about the “other stuff.” Every dental office is full of protocols and contraptions that are not covered in school. That is not a reason to exclude owning from the menu of options open to you after graduation! Here are five keys to unlocking the mysteries of the non-clinical aspects of private practice.

Resolutions: How your ideas can become ASDA policy

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 10.21.54 AMWe’ve all been there. Sitting through what seems like an agonizing high school civics class when it happens. The projector screen rolls down, and the famous School House Rock episode “I’m just a bill on Capitol Hill” starts to play. Even though most educational materials from 1974 belongs in either a museum or an episode of the Wonder Years, I think this one is worth keeping around.

As Annual Session 2014 draws nearer, I want everyone to think about how ASDA’s policies can more reflect YOUR voice, the member voice. Read on to find out how to get your resolution to Disneyland.