Just one week before Washington D.C.’s cherry blossoms reached peak bloom, 375 members of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) gathered on April 7th and 8th to lobby legislators on Capitol Hill. Every year, National Dental Student Lobby Day focuses on legislation that affects dental students.
For the second annual District 4 Meeting, over sixty of ASDA’s best and brightest traveled to Raleigh, NC, to spend Valentine’s Day weekend with the one they love the most–ASDA! In place of boxed chocolates and dozens of roses, District 4 offered up a content packed meeting, complete with sessions on chapter building, continuing education classes, and a vendor fair…
As a dental student and former congressional aide, it is easy to explain why I am going to National Dental Student Lobby Day for the first time; to provide dental students and dentistry a voice on Capitol Hill. It is the one time of the year that we get to relate to our congressional leaders how current issues affect us both professionally and personally. This is our opportunity to explain how the burden of student debt impacts our future career choices or how the medical device tax can ultimately increase the cost of our patients’ dental treatment. Our voice is critical and deserves to be heard…
I’m in Washington, D.C. today for the annual National Dental Student Lobby Day. Today we’re hearing from speakers from the American Dental Association and other dental organizations as they explain how a bill goes through Congress, who the decision makers are and teach students from around the country how to talk to their members of Congress and lobby the issues.]I’m in Washington, D.C. today for the annual National Dental Student Lobby Day. Today we’re hearing from speakers from the American Dental Association and other dental organizations as they explain how a bill goes through Congress, who the decision makers are and teach students from around the country how to talk to their members of Congress and lobby the issues.
Recently at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, we had an informative session given by Dr. Paul Leary on how to prepare for this trip. Dr. Leary is a successful practicing dentist in New York and is heavily engaged in organized dentistry, licensure, and politics. He reminded of us some key advocacy tips and rules of etiquette, which I summarized below. They’re helpful tips that can translate to advocacy for any field of business and legislation on the Hill, so take a look.
Having worked for ASDA for almost six years, I’ve been involved in planning and have attended five National Dental Student Lobby Days. However, it wasn’t until last year that I went to some Hill visits with students from Washington, Virginia and Minnesota. I knew what to expect based on what we’ve been telling attendees for… Read more »
If you had asked me not long ago what the acronym ASDA stood for, I would have had no idea. I knew I had been automatically enrolled in ASDA as a student at Southern Illinois University, but I had no clue what the organization was about.