Five reasons to attend NLC

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

Why dental students should lobby

LobbyIt 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.

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.

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.

Attending ASDA’s National Leadership Conference? Plan ahead

NLC promoWhen I attended the first ever NLC in 2012, I was a third-year dental student. The quality of programming, the engaging speakers, the dedication of the alumni and close interaction with national leaders were something I had not yet experienced in the ASDA universe. There are benefits available at this conference that are not available in our other meetings. It focuses exclusively on leadership, and makes our chapters better by making our individual members better. It is about empowering YOU with the skills you will need as you move forward in ASDA, education, organized dentistry and life.

Read on for tips on planning your attendance to NLC this year…

ASDA’s webinars will keep you up-to-date on the latest in dentistry

computer webinarsThere is no denying that technology touches almost every aspect of our lives. The dental field is no different–it is constantly advancing due to all aspects of technology. However, it would be short-sighted to attempt to discuss this topic in totality because it is too expansive to cover here. Furthermore, who am I to inform you of the latest in dentistry? We are peers and generally have similar dental experiences thus far. Not to mention the information won’t be the latest by the time this is published!

Luckily, information on technological advances in dentistry are out there. The fact that you are reading this displays an eagerness to learn about them. In think an active approach to professional development is what will set you apart from other students when competing for those coveted dental school seats.

Read on to find out how ASDA’s webinars can help boost your application to dental school!

The road to Most Improved Chapter

2015-2016The winner for Most Improved Chapter is……it’s this moment when every chapter president starts to hope  “this is my year. Maybe my chapter has made enough changes. Maybe our Gold Crown Award application was perfect this year. It has to be us!” These are the thoughts that start racing through your mind, the hope that this year your chapter will accomplish something special. Only one chapter can be awarded “Most Improved,” and in 2016 that chapter was Roseman ASDA (#RUASDA).