“Lights, Camera, ASDA!” was the theme of this year’s Annual Session, held Feb. 21-24 in Anaheim, California, at Disneyland. More than 600 dental and predental students attended the conference for the perfect weekend full of Disney magic and ASDA fever. As a predental attending the conference, I learned three valuable lessons from my time spent with fellow members in the shadow of Cinderella Castle.
In a few short weeks, ASDA representatives from across the country will meet at Annual Session to strategically plan for the future of the association. ASDA’s House of Delegates will convene to elect our national leaders and discuss timely student issues. It’s OK if you don’t know all of the ways to participate at this meeting. Here are some tips to help guide you.
When violinist and composer Kai Kight was in his last year of college, he started to envision the future he wanted for himself. His vision: to combine his musical talent and his background in innovation (he has an engineering degree from Stanford University’s d. school) and speak to companies around the world, using music as a metaphor to inspire creativity. To do this, Kight realized that he had to rethink how he spent the remainder of his time in school — he had to “create the sounds of tomorrow” in order to bring his unique idea to fruition.
Annual Session is packed with learning opportunities. The House of Delegates, breakout sessions, idea exchanges and the Dental Expo are sure to teach you a lot, but that’s just half of it. Connecting with new colleagues could be the greatest learning experience of all.
My first NLC was in 2012 – yes that one, the first one ever! And I am also lucky enough to remember why we created the ASDA National Leadership Conference. The conversation went like this, “what if we pooled all our resources together into one giant conference to create a like-no-other program for our members?” Abracadabra (and a lot of hard work) – the NLC experience was born!
Since then ASDA has presented five dynamic NLC’s to deliver, in my opinion, the highest leadership and personal development available for the dental student.
I am going to give you five more reasons to attend ASDA NLC 2017
It is the night of the Republican runoff election in Georgia’s 3rd congressional district. The ADPAC Team has convened at Tre Scalini, an old-fashioned Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, for a dinner reunion that has transformed into our very own watch party. ADPAC has worked hard to support Dr. Drew Ferguson, an ADA dentist member. After nearly 5 months since he entered the race, this is the big moment for the team. The results are in. Congratulations Dr. Ferguson, you are one step closer to becoming the 4th dentist in Congress! Never before has pasta with truffle oil and parmigiano tasted so good.
After 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.