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There is no such thing as a free lunch

doorway ASDA blogOne of the most well-known ideas in the business world is: “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” What this really means is that when you decide to do something, there is always something that you could have done instead, but chose not to. The “thing you could have done” is a lost opportunity. You gave up something to do or get something else. This idea is known as “opportunity cost.” Read on to find out how opportunity cost can effect your financial future.

Indiana University ASDA chapter “adopts a family” for the holidays

cartWhile other D2s, preparing for boards, would not even consider leaving their halls without their dental decks, members of the Indiana University School of Dentistry’s ASDA chapter have taken time out to deck the halls of a local family in need. Working in conjunction with the Marion County Department of Child Services, IU ASDA’s Community Service Coordinator, Sonia Dhingra spearheaded an effort to provide assistance for members of the community who, without the efforts of numerous organizations throughout the greater Indianapolis area, would have gone without this holiday season.

9 things to bring on an interview

9-interview-itemsInterviews can be a stressful experience. Here are a few suggestions for things to bring along to make sure you interview day goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Book: Interview days often involve a lot of traveling and waiting. After arriving at the dental school, you shouldn’t be on your phone, and you can only read through the information packet so many times. Having a good book will not only give you something to do before your interview day starts, but it can also be a great conversation starter for your interviewer. However, once the day begins, it is also a good idea to be social and get to know the other interviewees.

Read on for 8 more items to bring with you!

Network with informational interviews

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 3.55.34 PMToday’s Mingle Monday features Josh Lord from the Michigan Dental Association. Josh spoke this past fall at ASDA’s National Leadership Conference. He talked to dental students about how networking can be an instrument to further your career. One of Josh’s recommendations is to go on informational interviews to get in front of the people who can help advance your career. Watch this video for more on informational interviews and how to conduct one.

How President Clinton gave me perspective on dental school

Clinton_kedyA few months ago, I had the chance to attend the ADA’s Annual Session in the exciting city of New Orleans! Like ASDA’s Annual Session, this was an opportunity to attend CE classes, explore the enormous vendor exhibition and network with dental professionals from across the country. Exploring the city after hours was a chance to sample the fantastic food, listen to some great music and experience Halloween on Bourbon Street. But for me, the standout experience of the trip was seeing President Bill Clinton speak! Read on for Kedy’s takeaways from Clinton’s keynote address.

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.

The ethics of teledentistry

Virtual Dental Home ConceptPictured here is the model for a virtual dental home concept at the University of Pacific School of Dentistry. Using cloud technology, the university is able to manage a program that delivers care to virtual dental homes for traditionally underserved populations. You can read more about this program in the winter issue of Mouth, available online now.

Is teledentistry and the virtual dental home the future of dentistry? While only time will tell, this model serves as an attempt to address dentistry’s barriers to care issue. But before we can look into its efficacy, we are faced with the question: Is this model ethical?