Annual Session

What’s so magical about Annual Session?

Known as ASDA’s “best week ever,” Annual Session is the flagship event of our year. Approximately 600 ASDA members attend each year, taking part in the House of Delegates, choosing their district and national leaders and celebrating Gold Crown Award winners. They enjoy four days of camaraderie, education and networking, while also carrying out the business of the association. For those who don’t get a chance to attend, we offer just a taste in this video flashback to ASDA’s time in Dallas in March 2016.

2016 nominees for best articles and blog post

writingEach year, ASDA members publish more than 100 articles in ASDA News, more than 50 articles in Mouth and at least 156 posts to this blog. That’s a lot of content. Behind the scenes of these publications is ASDA’s Editorial Board–eight dental students who dedicate their time to planning, writing and editing your ASDA publications. It’s thanks to them that you read about millennials, creative diagnosis, and lasers this past year. They are also the folks that bring you Life Hacks Week and “just for fun” posts here on the blog.

ASDA’s Editorial Board sifted through all the articles and blog posts of 2015 to narrow down nominees for three Gold Crown Awards: Best News Article, Best Feature Article and Best Blog Post. Criteria included relevance, originality, research and presentation. For blog posts, number of visits, social shares and Facebook likes were also weighed in the decision. Here are the nominees for the 2016 Gold Crown Awards for best articles and blog post…

Annual Session as an admitted skeptic

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This post was originally published in Vol. I, Issue 3 of Colorado ASDA’s newsletter, “The CEJ.” Chapter Editor-in-Chief Rick Collette recounts his first experience at ASDA’s Annual Session 2015 in Boston:

#ASDAFever

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard the term “ASDA Fever.” For me, it raised several questions. What is it? Is it communicable? Is it an actual fever? Where does one contract it?

This last question was one I was determined to answer.

We want you to dream bigger in 2016

Annual Session 2015From a young age, Chris Bashinelli wanted to be an actor. He attended a performing arts school and was cast in a role on the HBO series “The Sopranos.” Not long after, he realized that acting wasn’t his passion. He followed his true calling to become an explorer and storyteller, filming documentaries about the hidden corners of our world and using media to bridge intercultural gaps.

“How I began was by making a decision, committing to my ultimate purpose and not looking back no matter how many hurdles I encountered,” he tells National Geographic. Read on to learn more about ASDA’s keynote speaker for Annual Session 2016.

And the 2015 Gold Crown Award nominees are …

ASDANews-Jan15-hero-webOn behalf of ASDA’s Editorial Board, I’d like to thank all the authors and bloggers who contributed to ASDA in 2014. Thank you for your time, your ideas and your contribution to the organization. It’s because of volunteers like you that we are able to build a knowledge-base for dental students in the U.S. And it’s because of you that ASDA News was found to be members’ favorite ASDA publication in a 2014 readership survey!

ASDA’s Editorial Board sifted through all the articles and blog posts of 2014 to narrow down nominees for three Gold Crown Awards: Best News Article, Best Feature Article and Best Blog Post. Criteria included relevance, originality, research and presentation. For blog posts, number of visits, social shares and Facebook likes were also weighed in the decision. Here are the nominees for the 2015 Gold Crown Awards for best articles and blog post …

Top 5 tips for your first ASDA Annual Session

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 10.28.21 PMWith Annual Session 2015 is closely approaching, you are probably thinking about what lab work you have to finish up before you go (those crowns won’t prep themselves), what dapper outfits to pack (a suit a day keeps the fashion police away) and what Boston sights to see (I recommend Boston Public Gardens, Newbury Street and Fenway Park). However, if this is your first ASDA trip, you may have some questions about how to prepare for your trip. So here are my top 5 tips to help you get the most out of “the best week ever.”