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Look before you leap: Lobby Day 2019

Cherry blossoms aren’t the only things popping up in D.C. this spring. Nearly 1,000 dental students and dentists will travel from all corners of the country to visit the Hill to advocate for the dental profession.

Make the most of your travel budget

My family hosted students from Italy, China, Ukraine and Thailand from short periods up to a year when I was in high school. I told myself, “One day, you will visit them.” I started my undergrad program, and it was clear that studying abroad was not an option, but again I told myself, “One day, you will travel.” Three years later, dental school started, but this time I said, “Enough is enough. Today is ‘one day,’ and I am traveling.” I just needed to figure out how to do it on a budget.

Meet the Gold Crown Award nominees for best Contour articles and blog post

Each year, ASDA publishes nearly 300 articles in Contour magazine and the Mouthing Off blog combined — planned, written and edited by dental students. Each piece of student-written content can be considered for a Gold Crown Award in the media category, which honors excellence in chapter publications, social media and websites, and outstanding contributions to ASDA national publications.

Bridge the gap at Annual Session 2019

How do you connect what’s happening with ASDA at the national level to what you’re doing within your chapter and district? If you’re attending Annual Session 2019, you’re already taking the first step toward bridging that gap. Held Feb. 27 – March 2 in Pittsburgh — the “City of Bridges” — Annual Session will help you build a pathway toward future success and connections between your peer and national ASDA communities.

ASDA’s Editorial Board shares what they are thankful for

As Thanksgiving break comes to an end and we transition back to school “cold turkey,” it is time to reflect on what we are thankful for this year. Whether it is for leftover stuffing and pecan pie or the gratitude of getting to spend time with close family and friends, ASDA’s Editorial Board would like to share with you what they are thankful for.

Understanding dentistry’s role in combating opioid abuse

There is no shortage of news, facts or statistics on the opioid epidemic. As a dental student, you’ve probably been inundated with this information. ASDA’s Council on Advocacy wants to help you make sense of the crisis and the ways you can advocate for your patients. The council held an expert panel to assess the epidemic through the dental profession lens. Perspectives on organized dentistry, interprofessional efforts and legislative actions were discussed to help students understand the issue. Here are the key takeaways you should know as you begin to combat the opioid epidemic.