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The Best Blogs of Mouthing Off: Editors’ choice

Best-of-weekToday marks the last day of the 2014 Best Blogs of Mouthing Off week. We have seen the best of the best, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. We wish we could feature all of our authors. If it weren’t for the members who volunteer to blog, we would not have Mouthing Off. This blog has published 160 posts in 2014. In total we have featured more than 263 bloggers from across the United States. Our authors include dentists, specialists, dental students, predental students and ASDA staff.

Mouthing Off is run by two electronic editors. We’re ASDA members who applied and were appointed to the position by ASDA’s Board of Trustees. This year, Jay Banez, Marquette ’16, and I were appointed to the positions. (Want our job? You can apply for the electronic editor position by clicking here. But hurry! The deadline is Jan. 5.) ASDA Publications Manager Kim Kelly works closely with us to publish three times every week. In recognition of this team, we chose today as the editors’ choice of their favorite blogs in 2014.

Leadership through self-help books

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I’m a big fan of self-help books. I’m not talking about “Golf For Dummies” but just good old nonfiction reads. Whether it’s financial or marital advice (“5 Love Languages” anyone?), I really believe that you can find answers to most your problems in books. Is a book as effective as a financial adviser, maybe not; but it’s a lot less expensive.

So whether or not you’re currently attending ASDA’s National Leadership Conference in Chicago this weekend, you can still gain a lot of leadership insights just from picking up some reading material. Yes, you’ll have to put down the study guides and textbooks for a minute, but the break from dentistry might do you some good.

Read on for a list of leadership reads that can set you on the path to success in dental school and beyond.

7 ASDAnet.org resources you (probably) didn’t know about

ASDAnetHave you visited ASDAnet.org recently? Maybe you accessed this blog post from ASDAnet.org’s homepage, or maybe you were there to buy National Dental Board Exam reprints. ASDAnet.org has about 200 pages of content, so it’s hard to get lost in all those dental student resources. As the guy who’s in charge of keeping the site up-to-date, here’s my top 7 resources you probably didn’t know about:

5 ways to shadow dentists as a predental student

asda-graphics-02Predental students vying for a coveted space in dental school need to find innovative ways to stand out to highly selective admissions committees. Whether you are looking to gain clinical insight or to determine if the career is right for you, shadowing a dentist can help you go above and beyond in making an impression. Here are five ways to gain shadowing experience as a predental student:

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