How to use social media to network at ASDA meetings

GCA networkingAnnual Session 2016 in Dallas, Texas was an incredible success. Nearly 600 dental students from every dental school in the U.S. attended. Meetings like this can be a great opportunity to meet new people and practice your networking skills. Social media outlets are can be used to connect you with other dental student attendees.

Instagram for dental practice advertising and branding

instaInstagram is an engaging way to capture moments and instantly share them through social media. Most people have a personal Instagram account to display their daily activities and likes. However, the social media platform is quickly becoming a branding and advertising tool for dental offices. The photo-sharing application can help dentists educate and entertain their patients, even when they are not in the office.

5 TED talks worth spreading

ted talkCommunication has evolved from the Pony Express to thumb-tapping iMessages sent in seconds. Technology has opened doors for media to be shared almost instantly and exponentially to worldwide consumers. With millions of apps and social networks available, one application and platform I utilize daily is the TED app. TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design,” was created in 1984 by Richard Saul Wurman, an architect and graphic designer. He organized a conference where designers and members in the technology community could meet and share their ideas and expertise in their field. After gaining traction through the years, TED has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon with conferences that host thousands of people to share “ideas worth spreading.”

Just as someone reads the paper every morning, I start off my day watching a TED talk on my TED app. What’s great about the app is you can choose from a variety of categories and also how much time you have to listen–whether it’s 5 minutes or 20 minutes. The app will then propagate talks based on your preferences and off you go! Read on for Jay’s top 5 TED talks…

Instagram: Connecting dentists worldwide

UCLA Ideal ASDAMost of you reading this blog know the impact that social media has on our lives. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (in particular) have changed the way people are able to see the world. It has become a platform to expose ideas, promote businesses and give us a glimpse into people’s lives. It has even connected our dental student cultures, changing the way we view other schools and altered the way we communicate from hundreds of miles away.

The spread of dental knowledge and ideas is now unstoppable thanks to the Internet. Dentists and dental students alike can easily share tips, techniques, events and ideas. Having trouble getting the perfect contact on your class II composite? Need inspiration for a good theme for the upcoming ASDA social? Turning to Instagram is now a fun and unique option for answers.

Use social media to get social

social mediaSocial media may be one of the quickest and easiest ways to reach an audience. Although word of mouth is one of the best forms of marketing, a social media presence can bring a boost to your private practice. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are our generation’s chosen platforms for advertising. There are many ways to use social media to our advantage once we get out of dental school and into the real world.

Lessons to be learned from Canadian dental school scandal

FacebookRecent scandal has unfortunately emerged out of a Canadian dental school, Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thirteen fourth-year male students were part of an online Facebook group entitled “Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen.” Within the private group, misogynistic posts were allegedly made describing female classmates, “hate sex,” and the use of chloroform, among other degrading, misogynistic comments. Screenshots of the posts were brought to administrators’ attention on Dec. 8, 2014, and on Jan. 5, 2015 the 13 involved students were suspended from clinic. On Jan. 9, the university also announced that an external third-party task force would investigate the situation. The university, along with the female students affected, has decided to pursue a restorative justice process, which is more victim-centered and will give the affected students a say in working toward a resolution. What can we learn from this situation?

Breaking the culture of dental disease

smileA smile matters a lot, perhaps more than you think. In a recent TEDx talk, Dr. Steven Lin, reports that “smiling has been shown to decrease blood pressure, boost your immune system, and release mood-lifting endorphins.” Thus, when someone is unable to smile, due to either dental disease or tooth loss, their self-esteem and overall well-being are negatively affected. Why then does society often separate oral health from general health? After all, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. Dr. Lin proposes that by changing the way we think and talk about oral health, we can break society’s culture of dental disease.