How is your school getting involved with Predental Week?

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UTSD students who recently caught ASDA Fever!
Students at UTSD that recently caught ASDA Fever!

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD) ASDA chapter is very excited about the first annual ASDA Predental Week (Feb 17-22)! We would like to share some of the events we have planned to encourage your dental schools to get involved with the predental students and organizations located in your area.

Participate in the live webinar
Our team of Houston ASDA officers consist of four predental co-chairs who will be traveling to the University of Houston and Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) on Feb. 19, the evening of ASDA’ Live Webinar “The Dental School Experience”.  They will be holding a meeting to encourage and educate predentals about the benefits of joining ASDA.  They will also broadcoast the live webinar on a large screen projector so all predental students can participate together. One co-chair at each broadcast has registered to participate in the webinar so they can submit questions to the panel on behalf of the entire group.  The webinar will include a panel of dental students, ASDA staff and a dental school dean of academic affairs and admissions.  This webinar should be a fun, interactive opportunity for predentals to ask their pressing questions about dental school and ASDA!

Advertise your local predental day
Also during Predental Week, our predental co-chairs will be advertising about our upcoming ASDA Predental Day at UTSD being held on Saturday March 8, 2014. Our co-chairs have invited predental students and organizations from all over Texas to travel to our school and participate in a full day of fun events and workshops geared towards predentals. UTSD ASDA Predental Day events include: a tour of our new dental school, interview and personal statement workshops, a tooth-waxing course, and an operative course called “Drill and Fill”. During this seminar, predentals will learn the basics of using a handpiece and drilling a preparation on ivorine teeth.  We hope to educate predentals not only about our UTSD family but also let them dip their toes into some of the courses dental students are involved in every day. Of course, another component of the day is to explain the benefits of ASDA predental membership. We will have presentations geared towards organized dentistry and ASDA early in the day. The more dental related activities predentals can be exposed to only helps them in their decision to pursue a career in dentistry and build their dental school application.

Houston is excited to spread ASDA fever during the first annual National Predental Week and hope your school does too! How is your school getting involved?! Let us know in the comments below!

You can learn more about Predental Week here and register for the live webinar here!

~Adrien Lewis, Houston ’16, associate, Council on Membership

Adrien Lewis

Adrien Lewis graduated from Baylor University in 2012 and is currently a fourth-year dental student at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Adrien was a 2015-16 ASDA vice president, delegate to the 2015 ADA House of Delegates, former chair of ASDA's Council on Sessions, member of the NLC Planning Committee, and consultant to ADA Council on Membership and ADEA Taskforce on Clinical Licensure. She previously served as chair of ASDA's Council on Membership. Locally, Adrien is Community Service Chair for the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity and serves on the Greater Houston Dental Society Legislative Action Committee.

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