It’s almost that time of year! Now that the holidays are behind us, ASDA is looking forward to Week of Service, taking place Jan. 17-23. This is a time for ASDA chapters across the country to engage in community service challenges and celebrate giving back.
As discussed in a blog post earlier this week, 2020 grads faced challenges obtaining their dental licensure until ASDA stepped in to assist with this effort. Elizabeth Stapleton, a 2020 graduate in Virginia, shared, “The original plan for my licensure included a manikin exam with ADEX for prosthodontics and endodontics, and a live-patient exam for restorative and periodontics.”
In March 2020, many dental schools shut classroom and clinic doors. A deadly virus was circulating the globe, known as SARS-CoV-2, or more commonly referred to as COVID-19. With many clinics and testing centers closed, students were prevented from taking licensing exams. Additional barriers stood in the way of students in states that required a live-patient exam, or a live-patient component of the exam, that could not be fulfilled under a state of emergency.
ASDA delegates serve to increase membership, interact with state and local dental societies, and encourage members to seek national and regional leadership positions. This past year, ASDA delegates faced an additional hurdle: keeping members engaged and sharing ASDA’s value throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
With ASDA’s first-ever Virtual Leadership Conference (VLC) quickly approaching, it’s understandable that you might wonder, “How do I prepare?” Let “Schitt’s Creek” character Moira Rose, star of fictional TV soap opera “Sunrise Bay,” provide you with tips to make the most out of your VLC experience.
In this time of disappointment and uncertainty, ASDA has been by the side of dental students every step of the way.
ASDA’s Annual Session is less than two weeks away, and for those attending, there is a lot to look forward to: electing new leadership, meeting dental students from across the country, learning about the latest tools and technologies on the expo floor and more.