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Optimizing your dental school experience

Former ASDA Vice President, Dr. Ben Youel, shares how he elevated his dental school experience through optimizing his organization, information and networking. Watch the video after the break to see how you can make the best of your four years. What are some ways you are optimizing your dental school experience?

Advocating with ASDA: To National Dental Student Lobby Day and beyond!

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 8.37.02 AMApril 7-8th, 2014 marks the dates on which delegations of dental students will converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of our organization’s 20,000 members as a part of ASDA’s National Dental Student Lobby Day. This two-day legislative event provides dental students with an amazing opportunity to meet face-to-face with our federal legislators tasked with the power to make decisions on our Country’s behalf…

Practicing dental extractions for the first time

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 1.58.39 PMAn extraction is a procedure that some dentists may completely avoid and others may entirely prefer to do in house. Whatever the case may be, the exposure and experience practicing prior to facing real cases is invaluable.

Two weeks ago, we were given the chance to practice extractions on pig jaws and learned to suture on pig feet. This sounds morbid and alarming to some but very few programs can provide such an incredible opportunity.

As we entered lab like any other day that morning we kept the procedure in our mind as it was projected on individual screens at each desk. We were taught that a good extraction follows five primary steps. All extractions may not require all five steps but it is important to consider them when making an educated clinical plan. Read on for the five steps.

Receiving complete dentures at age 26

young with denturesKristi is not your typical “denture patient.” As a stay-at-home mother of four in Jacksonville, Florida, Kristi received her first set of upper and lower complete dentures at the young age of 26. Her story is unusual, not just because of her age, but that throughout her entire journey of full mouth extractions, placement of immediate dentures, and now with her new implants, Kristi has chronicled all of her struggles, accomplishments, and numerous dental visits on her blog and Youtube channel. Her videos and posts have provided a voice and string of hope for current and future denture-wearers.

“Hearing” the deaf at Arizona’s Mission of Mercy

ASDOH ASDA at AZMOMSure life is random, but in its chaos, it has often shown me that it is prepping us for something else. Such a building block was revealed to me when I volunteered at Arizona’s Mission of Mercy (AzMOM).

This past December, ASDOH ASDA volunteered at AzMOM, Arizona’s largest dental charity event. Although I was registered to volunteer as an x-ray technician, fate had another plan. And, the reality of what it really means to be underserved made itself ever more present to me. Read on to learn more about Mykel’s experience.

Writing your CV: show, don’t tell

CV typewriterNearly 100 percent of first-, second-, and sometimes third-draft resumes I see contain the exact same problem – telling about a responsibility instead of showing results. And, this critical error is the number one thing that leaves many candidates off of the need-to-interview roster. Read on for examples of how to show rather than tell on your CV.

How to present yourself

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 8.56.11 AMThis month’s Mingle Monday comes to you from the 2014-15 Editorial Board. The brand new Ed Board met for the first time at Annual Session 2014 and wanted to share some tips on how to present yourself. Watch the video for dos and don’ts when making a first impression at a networking event. Do you have any tips for how to meet people in a networking situation?