ASDA alumni on the benefits of attending NLC

Every year, ASDA’s National Leadership Conference brings together students who are eager to set their foundation as successful dental practitioners, health care leaders and future business owners. With educational programming on career planning, leadership fundamentals, personal development and wellness, chapter management and advocacy, students at every level of their dental school career are sure to leave the event with action items as well as long-term goals for success. ASDA alumni help plan the event through participation on the NLC Planning Committee. Here’s what 2018 alumni committee members are looking forward to most this year.

What dental school was like 40 years ago

Dentistry is an evolving field and new technology seems to be developing more rapidly each year. How have these innovations affected the dental school experience in the last half century? As a third-generation future dentist, I did some research by interviewing my father, Dr. Dennis Wong. I wanted to see how his experience at school was different from mine. My father attended dental school from 1975-1979 at University of California, San Francisco. He is exactly forty years ahead of me in his dental career. He has been a solo practitioner in the Bay Area since graduation.

True stories from an OMFS resident

The OMFS GirlDr. Stephanie Zastrow is a 2015 graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and a past ASDA leader. She is a first year oral and maxillofacial surgery resident at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. After matching, she started The OMFS Girl, a blog dedicated to both her experiences as a resident and her life in the South. One of her recent posts about her first night on call is reposted here…