For 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. Below are a few ways that the EC represented you this year.
Welcoming three new chapters
This year, ASDA welcomes three new chapters: University of Utah, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and University of New England. A team of ASDA central office staff, one member of the EC and the chapter’s district trustee visited each school to promote the ASDA’s benefits and to spread ASDA fever. I’m pleased to announce that all three schools will all be auto-enrolled in ASDA and are working on establishing their chapters.
I visited Utah and Roseman students. It was inspiring to see the passion at these new chapters and I eagerly await their continued involvement in ASDA! I met so many bright leaders with great futures in organized dentistry.
ADA Annual Session
In November, the EC represented you on ASDA’s delegation at the ADA House of Delegates. All ASDA members also belong to the ADA and a portion of your ASDA dues pays your ADA dues. In response to a resolution to increase the ADA student dues, ASDA’s delegation worked diligently to visit each ADA District and advocate for keeping our ADA student dues at current rates and maintain the right to have a say in future dues increases. Our efforts were a success and ADA student dues were not raised this year.
The ADA House also approved funding to study dental student debt and to search for solutions to the rising cost of financing dental education. This is a result of the recommendations of the ADA Task Force on Dental Education Economics and Student Debt, on which VP Martin Smallidge is an active member. Additionally, the EC collaborated with other groups in organized dentistry, such as the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
ADA committee representation
ASDA has the privilege to represent students on each ADA council and commission. Your EC continues to represent our 20,000 student voices on the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (Jiwon), the Council on Dental Practice (Martin), and the Council on Dental Education & Licensure (Tyler). Even though the councils are full of members twice our age with 20-40 years of practice experience, each council turns to us, the student representatives, to make sure the ADA hears the concerns of students.
Thank you for a great year and we look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!
Your Executive Committee