My journalism degree actually prepared me for dental school

You may be thinking, “How could skills with a pen translate to skills with a perio probe?” It may sound tongue-in-cheek, but journalism had me convincing people to open their mouths years before dentistry. Hear me out. The central focus for both dentistry and writing is people. There is no story without a person, nor is there a procedure without a patient. Yes, that can be said for anything from business to baseball, but what dentistry and writing share is unique.

What is your chapter doing for the community? Let ASDA help!

Alabama ASDA back to school fair As you may know, ASDA chapters across the nation have been doing amazing work to improve the oral health of individuals within their communities. Did you know that ASDA has a national grant opportunity to support these initiatives? Dentistry in the Community Chapter Grant applications are being accepted until January 9, 2017. Up to five grants of $500 each will be awarded for 2017.

Below is a snapshot of the incredible work done by the 2016 chapter grantees.* Congratulations to these chapters and to everyone who participated! Your efforts in improving oral health literacy and oral hygiene practices will have a lasting impact for years to come.

Does a “chief complaint” change patient care?

Dentist and Patient Examining X-rayA new class is settling into clinic and treatment planning seems to be happening in every other chair. An intake interview is happening next to me and I hear, “Um… What’s your chief complaint?” I cringe. I see the patient’s head tilt slightly. His brows furrow revealing confusion. I take a guess at what he’s thinking, “What in the world is this kid asking me?!”

How you can better serve the LGBT community

gay coupleThe lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities now make up nearly 4% of the adult population in the U.S. (Gallup 2015). As healthcare providers, it is our duty to provide culturally competent care to patients with diverse values, beliefs and behaviors, and to tailor delivery to meet patients’ social and cultural needs (National Center for Cultural Competence). Gender identity and sexual orientation – just like race, ethnicity and religion – affect the way our patients perceive their health and utilize healthcare services.

For far too long, the LGBT populations have experienced discrimination and inequalities in health care. Read on to learn how you can be a part of the change.