Future dentists head to Boston for ASDA’s Annual Session in February

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As you may already know, this blog is run by the American Student Dental Association. A little history lesson: ASDA is the largest student-run organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights, interests and welfare of dental students like you. Currently, there are 20,000+ dental student members and 1,800+ predental members. Each year, ASDA holds a national meeting called Annual Session. 2015 will mark ASDA’s 45th Annual Session!

If you are interested in networking with other future dentists, learning about professional issues and getting involved in organized dentistry, sign up to attend ASDA’s Annual Session at the Westin Boston Waterfront, Feb. 18-21, 2015.

ASDA remembers Past President Jiwon Lee

polaroid-Jiwons-ECLast week, the American Student Dental Association learned of the passing of Immediate Past President Jiwon Lee. A beloved daughter, sister, friend and esteemed colleague, Lee was 29 years old. She was a fourth year dental student at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

Jiwon served ASDA as president for the 2013-14 year and as speaker of the House the previous year. She was a vibrant and inspiring leader who will be remembered fondly by many. Her memorial service is today at Columbia University. For details, click here.

ASDA wanted to remember Jiwon and her leadership within our organization. Some of the people she worked most closely with in ASDA have written a few memories here.

All cats issue of ASDA News this month

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 12.15.55 PMASDA’s Editorial Board tries to plan content around what our members care about most. It’s recently come to our attention that cats are a hot topic in student dentistry. Whether it’s their oral hygiene or their fuzzy little noses, cats are wildly popular. Finally, the wait is over! The all cats issue of ASDA news* is coming out this month. You’ll read articles about how to prevent kitty caries, dental cat therapy and advice on investing in a feline friend while attending dental school. Click here to get a sneak peek of this issue!

Overcoming stress & a giveaway

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 9.55.53 AMI had a lot of trouble sleeping last night. I knew today was going to be packed from beginning to end and while that’s all the more reason to get a good night’s sleep, it kept me awake. Stress is like that–even when we acknowledge it, it can be tough to beat. You may be feeling an unusual amount of stress in dental school. This was the topic of ASDA’s lead story in the March issue of ASDA News: read it here. One way to cope with dental school stress is to tell yourself it will all be over in four years. But the reality is that life will likely throw more stressors your way even after dental school. That’s why it’s important to face your stress and learn how to manage it now. Read on for 5 ways to manage stress and a giveaway.

How to succeed in life (and at Annual Session 2014)

AS14_logoIf you’ve visited ASDA’s website recently, you may have noticed that we’ve been counting down to today for quite a while. That’s because it’s the first day of Annual Session 2014, also known as “the best week ever.” But what makes this meeting so special? Is it the networking, the keynote speaker and other educational sessions, the exhibit fair or the President’s Gala? The answer is D. All of the above.

Annual session is a great environment to reconnect with what you enjoy most about the profession. Whether you made it to Annual Session 2014 or not, read on for how to make the most of a professional meeting.

EC update: ADA representation and 3 new chapters

995552_546251458790015_632460805_nFor the Executive Committee, ASDA Annual Session is bittersweet. Annual Session is never short of amazing, and this year will be no different in Disneyland. However, this means an end to our term on the EC. Jiwon, Martin and I have had a great year and would like to thank you, the members, for electing us to represent you. Read on for a few ways that the EC represented you this year.

Gold Crown Awards best article nominees

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The Gold Crown Awards include several categories and more than 45 awards. One section of awards is completely dedicated to media. These awards recognize chapter newsletters, websites and social media but they also recognize the articles members contribute to ASDA’s national publications as well. ASDA News and Mouth are rare among association publications. Many associations hire professionals to write their news and magazine but ASDA finds value in representing the dental student voice by soliciting volunteers to write nearly all of the content in ASDA News and Mouth (and this blog!). Read on to see the nominees for best news and feature article of the year.