Book review: A Dentist’s Guide to the Law

This book answers 288 of the most commonly asked legal questions in dentistry. It is a unique style of formatting because it is written as a Q and A. Specifically, in using this resource, it is important to approach it as a reference regarding the legal framework surrounding a particular issue and how to approach it. It has a primary focus on federal law and does not necessarily state the law exactly as written, but rather frames the answer to the questions in a legal context.

Seven steps to a successful first year

Dentistry student with typodontThis is an open letter to the incoming first years. Congratulations! You made it through a tough application process and the fun is just about to begin. The next four years will be a whirlwind of new experiences and knowledge that will sculpt you into who you will be as a future practitioner. Here are seven steps to help you have a successful first year:

Let technology help you form healthy eating habits

weight loss appOn January 1st of this past year, like millions of others around the country, I made the cliché New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and trim a few pounds. Sounds familiar, right? But this time, things were a bit different. I had just finished my first quarter of dental school, and the dreaded freshman 15 that I had so successfully avoided in college hit me like a dormant ton of bricks out for retribution. All those free slices of pizza from lunch-and-learns definitely didn’t help my cause.

As if school isn’t enough of a challenge already, how can dental students strike the right balance between work, nutrition and exercise to lead healthy lifestyles while maintaining good grades? As I worked through my resolution, I found that these two goals, living healthy and doing well in school, go hand-in-hand in a surprising way.

Bringing free dental care to homeless teens

UW clinic thumbnail Would oral hygiene be a priority when you have to figure out where to sleep that night? What would happen if you had a toothache? University of Washington’s dental school is right in the middle of a notoriously large homeless youth population. During a one night count in January of this year 779 teens in King County were homeless or unstably housed, and it is estimated that up to 1,000 are homeless on any given night.

EC update: ADA representation and 3 new chapters

995552_546251458790015_632460805_nFor the Executive Committee, ASDA Annual Session is bittersweet. Annual Session is never short of amazing, and this year will be no different in Disneyland. However, this means an end to our term on the EC. Jiwon, Martin and I have had a great year and would like to thank you, the members, for electing us to represent you. Read on for a few ways that the EC represented you this year.