ASDA News

How to not fail miserably as you graduate

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D4’s, get ready…homestretch ahead. D1-D3’s, getting ready early… is exactly what you need.
As a D22, practice owner, and founder of igniteDDS, everyday, I get asked what the most successful young dentists do differently. The short story…they become president and CEO of their personal corporation.

Making the most of my summer as an ADPAC extern

ADPAC externs Elieza Tang, Midwestern-Arizona '19, and Nancy Mo, Columbia ‘19After completing my first year of dental school at Midwestern, I was thrilled that we were given a long summer break. I knew that this would be my last “true” summer vacation, so I wanted to make the most of it. I could not think of a better way to spend my summer than serving as one of two Washington D.C. ADPAC externs along with Nancy Mo (Columbia ‘19). It was an unforgettable experience. In just four short weeks, I learned more than I ever expected.

ADPAC, or the American Dental Political Action Committee, is a bipartisan organization dedicated to educating dentists on legislative issues and supporting political candidates who support issues related to dentistry. ADPAC is one of the nation’s largest medical PACs and it represents the voice of over 150,000 dentists. The main goal of ADPAC is to advance the dental profession and voice our collective concerns regarding the issues that impact our profession.

New technology advances simulation training

mouthingoff-november“Practice makes perfect.” It’s the cornerstone of dental and medical education and training; but how do we obtain hands-on, practical experience in treating the rare or unusual case, or the life-threatening emergency? A generation ago, dental and medical students largely relied on textbooks, lectures, videos and slide presentations to learn about atypical situations that did not often present themselves during their clinical rotations.

Today, we can and are doing better. Evidence-based methodology, technology and a renewed emphasis on a culture of safety in the dental and medical office have opened up new and innovative learning opportunities. Simulation training is one of the fastest growing and most exciting of these ventures.

What is your chapter doing for the community? Let ASDA help!

Alabama ASDA back to school fair As you may know, ASDA chapters across the nation have been doing amazing work to improve the oral health of individuals within their communities. Did you know that ASDA has a national grant opportunity to support these initiatives? Dentistry in the Community Chapter Grant applications are being accepted until January 9, 2017. Up to five grants of $500 each will be awarded for 2017.

Below is a snapshot of the incredible work done by the 2016 chapter grantees.* Congratulations to these chapters and to everyone who participated! Your efforts in improving oral health literacy and oral hygiene practices will have a lasting impact for years to come.

CRUSHing pre-clinic and clinic just got tons easier

asdanet_ignitedds_bannerThose of you who know igniteDDS, know we’re BIG BIG fans of collaboration and, at the end of the day, BIG BIG fans of giving you a GPS guide to your success. So, although, at graduation, you’ll need to master each letter in our CRUSH it acronym, today, I’m going to focus on one…the C in CRUSH it…Continue your Clinical Education.

Malpractice Insurance, swipe right

swipe-right-medpro-11When you hear the words “malpractice insurance,” you may think, “Yawn, insurance.” We get it. As much as we’d like to believe MedPro is on your mind, we (sadly) know we’re not.
The subject of malpractice insurance doesn’t have to be daunting. To keep it simple, we’ve provided a list of points to help you choose the right malpractice company for you.