Did you know there is an ADA committee devoted specifically to the new dentist? A committee that serves as the voice of the new dentist within the ADA, facilitates professional and practice success for the new dentist, and fosters the next generation of leadership within organized dentistry? That’s right; the ADA New Dentist Committee does all these things and more. This committee may be one of the most critical tools for a dental student as they transition from student to professional.
There are topics in this profession that need we need to openly discuss. One of the greatest resources we have as dental students is to be surrounded by individuals who are passionate about dentistry. However, how often are we utilizing this resource to share opinions about the “hot topics” in dentistry? I believe round table discussions should be used frequently amongst faculty and students.
Every chapter struggles to some degree in spreading the word about an event. Reaching predental students can be especially challenging since they don’t usually have a direct connection to your school or ASDA chapter. Here at Colorado ASDA, we are no different. Despite our recent outreach to the predental clubs in the area, we were still only reaching a fraction of the potential students with our e-mail advertisements. With the first week of our newly organized Summer Pre-Dental Academy quickly approaching, this was not an issue that we could afford to overlook. So we decided to do something about it.
Thank You. Danke. Merci. Gracias. Simple words, powerful words and a powerful concept. It is amazing how far a simple thing like saying thanks will get you. Have you ever found that you feel better when someone tells you thank you or expresses their gratitude for your work? I certainly have. It is an uplifting experience. Showing gratitude in any interaction leaves a positive impression on those with whom you have associated. As you participate and serve others you may not do so for recognition or reward, but you still feel a swell of good emotions when someone reaches out and notices you’re work and effort…
First impressions are everything. Your business card is the small token of you that someone will carry with them. Whether attending a lobby day, ASDA conference or simply an appointment with a new patient, a business card is a simple way to market yourself.
Advice from our very own ASDA Vice-President Jason Watts: “Business cards are extensions of the person you are. A good card will leave a lasting impression.” Let’s leave a lasting impression and figure out just how to create a great business card.
You might be thinking… What should be on my business card? Read on to find out!
Last summer, I read an article on Forbes.com titled “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get.” While the title may make you bristle, it’s a good read with some great advice. Here’s one point that stood out and reminded me of my work with dental students: “Your reputation is priceless, don’t damage it – over time, your reputation is the most valuable currency you have in business. It’s the invisible key that either opens or closes doors of professional opportunity. Especially in an age where everything is forever recorded and accessible, your reputation has to be guarded like the most sacred treasure. It’s the one item that, once lost, you can never get back.”
You may recognize this image. It’s the emblem of dentistry. Ever wonder if there’s more to this image than meets the eye? There certainly is! Read on to find out what the leaves, berries and snake all mean.