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How to use ASDA’s advocacy alert system, Engage

Engage photo editedThe most recent addition to ASDA advocacy is Engage. It is appropriately titled because it explains its purpose right off the bat. Engage is meant to help dental students inform and more importantly, act, on the advocacy front. I know we are all busy with dental school and our personal lives and we are adding yet another “thing” to do. I myself have a newborn son, my wife is a full-time physician assistant at an ER, we both hold volunteer positions at our church and I of course have ASDA! But it is for that exact reason that ASDA’s developed Engage. It’s to help us with our busy schedule and allow us to still be involved with something so very important to our futures. Because my time is limited, time management is key. So I decided to approach Engage on a step by step fashion giving it only 5 minutes a day for 4 days so I could learn what it is. So if you did the math, what I am saying is that in a total of 20 minutes you can be an Engage expert and help your classmates engage too. I call it Ricardo’s 5-5-5-5 plan.

Career path Q&A: large group dental practices

AspenDental_ASDA_BlogImage_Thumbnail_Diploma_305x206_v2Recently I spoke with Burton S. Wasserman, DDS, Chairman of Dental Medicine at New York Hospital Queens, in Flushing, NY and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. We discussed the advice he gives to graduating students. Read on for Dr. Wasserman’s advice…

Why I donated to ASDA

donor-pinUnknown number. Of course, I rarely screen my calls, but that’s just because I’m curious. This one, however, calls you at somewhat inopportune times of the evenings asking you to, you guessed it, donate back to your school. I had barely graduated with over $250,000 in debt, and now I’m being asked to donate thousands back to my alma mater. The conversation usually escalates to a haggling process ultimately resulting in “no contribution at this time, but maybe in the future.” Understandably, as I will be paying off the debt for the next few decades of my life, timing just wasn’t right to start making monetary contributions to my school as I’m already on the 20-year payback plan. Someday, but just not now.

But I did donate to ASDA, and here’s why…

District 4 second annual meeting a success

District4MeetingFor 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…

Why I’m attending National Dental Student Lobby Day

ArmuthAs 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…