American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
January 2011
ASDA Meetings Manager Linda Cooper
In the Loupe
 Looking Ahead to the 2011 Annual     Session ----- and Warmer Weather

 By Linda Cooper, Meetings Manager



This week in Chicago, it is January-wintry cold. Early this morning by the office, it was 1 degree (yes, on the thermometer ----- without wind chill). These temperatures certainly have all of us on ASDA's staff dreaming of sunshine and much warmer temperatures in Anaheim, California in just over a month. As ASDA's Meetings Manager, I am staff liaison to the Council on Sessions. The primary charge of this Council of your peers is to develop the content for Annual Session. 2011 is my fourth Annual Session at ASDA. Every year, there have been new innovations contributed by Sessions. Some of these innovations include Orientation to Annual Session for first-timers, keynote speakers from outside dentistry, more networking opportunities, and this year a Mobile App where all information on Annual Session will be available in your hand.

Why a mobile app? Several ASDA leaders used ADA's mobile app this past October in Orlando. You will have the meetings agenda, speaker's information, a map of the meeting space, exhibitor information, and will receive any changes regarding the meeting immediately. This will be available for Droid, Blackberry and iPhone users as well as for any phone with web access. Watch for the announcement of its release. Even if you're not attending Annual Session, you can keep up with events.

ASDA's national meetings provide you with the opportunity to meet dental students from around the country. Annual Session provides you with insight into the inner workings of your association, and provides you up-to-date on current events that will affect your career in dentistry. This year's Friday afternoon "Hot Topics Super Session" will give you an insight into how Minnesota and California passed groundbreaking legislation for two very different models of non-patient based licensure. Learn from those at the forefront in each state.

Yes, we are meeting at the Disneyland Hotel, just steps from the DisneylandŽ Resort Theme Park. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience Disney's original theme park. Friday evening the park is open late and ASDA has arranged for all attendees to be able to purchase specially priced tickets using the link below. You must purchase these tickets before you arrive in Anaheim. The ticket store closes at 9:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, March 1. To purchase tickets, visit

I look forward to meeting you in Anaheim.

A Change in Culture: Issues in Dental Licensure
By Arash Abolfazlian, ASDA Chair for the Council on Licensure

ASDA's Council on Licensure has been working diligently to change the culture towards dental licensure that has been marked by stagnancy. In an attempt to shift the mood of the dental culture towards non-patient based dental licensing examinations, the Council has been busy contacting and collaborating with state dental associations. The goal of our efforts is to ultimately create resolutions within these state dental associations that support non-patient based dental licensing examinations. The project is just beginning, and thus far, we have already influenced change in the Missouri Dental Association (they recently adopted a resolution in support of non-patient based dental licensing examinations).

In related news, a bill was passed in California that recognizes licensure by portfolio. The bill, AB 1524, was championed by many California dentists. Dr. Allen Felsenfeld, one of the key individuals responsible for this change, noted that the regulations of the bill are still being written, and that the opportunity for licensure by portfolio will likely be a viable option starting with the classes of 2012. Dr. Felsenfeld also noted that the three key groups involved in bringing about this change were the California dental schools, the state dental board, and the state dental association.

For more information on ASDA's efforts with licensure, visit
2011 Annual Session ---- March 2-6
Highlights of Annual Session:
  • Opening ceremonies followed by the Welcome Session with special surprise guest appearances
  • Leadership Excellence: Disney Institute keynote speaker
  • Exhibit Fair ---- don't miss the passport game with amazing prizes contributed by exhibitors
  • Ten breakout sessions
  • Special Saturday morning sessions:
    • Advocacy in Action
    • Taking the Initiative: Creating Collaborative Partnerships with Your Administration and Lunch & Learns Within Pharm-Free Policies
    • Student Professionalism and Ethics Club (SPEC) ---- What the SPEC?
    • Organize Your Career with Organized Dentistry: A Predental Guide to Annual Session and ASDA
  • Election of the 2011-2012 Executive Committee, Speaker of the House, and Board of Trustees
  • President's Dinner Dance: 80's Rockstar!  

Grab your awesome jean jacket, throw on those neon-laced LA gears, and head back with us to a totally tubular 80's party! The Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom will take a time warp as we transport you back to the days of the Trapper Keeper, Rubick's Cube, tall hair, and leg warmers. Our President is expecting to see many mullets!


Don't freak out, we are at Disneyland so if you prefer to come as your favorite Disney character, that's cool ---- put that or any other twist to your outfit. Creativity is strongly encouraged, just be prepared to rock out to the greatest hits of the 80's and dance the night away. Come prepared for fun with your new best friends to celebrate the end of The Best Week Ever!


Warm-up your voice and creative juices. There will be a Karaoke/talent contest! Details to come from your District Trustee.

Questions? Contact Meghan Keelean, CMP, Meeting Planner, at 312-440-2845 or via e-mail at

AACD Offers Dental Students the Chance to Attend Scientific Session for Free
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is offering several scholarships to dental students so they can attend the AACD's Annual Scientific Session in May at no charge (a $1,645 value).

The AACD will host the session May 18-21 in Boston. The event, themed, "The Rise of Collaboration," will offer lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities for cosmetic dental professionals.

The AACD APEX Student Scholarship includes:
  • Registration fees to the annual scientific session ($125 undergraduate)
  • Round-trip coach-class airfare (up to a $500 value)
  • Four nights hotel accommodations (May 17 - May 21) for the annual scientific session ($1,000 value)
  • One year of AACD membership ($20 undergraduate)
The deadline for applications is March 1. Applications will be accepted and reviewed by an AACD assigned review committee for consideration. For more information visit:
NHSC Application Cycle Now Open
The National Health Service Corps loan repayment application cycle is now open. The exciting changes being implemented this year include:
  • Increase in Financial Support: The Corps loan repayment program now begins with an initial award of up to $60,000 for two years of service. You may receive up to $170,000 in loan repayment for completing a five-year service commitment and, with continued service, may be able to pay off all eligible student loans.
  • More Flexible Options to Complete Your Service: The loan repayment program now offers three options for fulfilling your service obligation ---- a two-year full-time contract, a four-year half-time contract, and a two-year half-time contract.
  • Increased Credit for Teaching: The service obligation for clinical practice hours has been updated to include a 20 percent credit for teaching and a 50 percent credit for teaching at a Teaching Health Center.
Please go to for more information or to begin the application process.
ASDA Member Benefit of the Month: GEICO Insurance
GEICOGEICO Auto Insurance offers car insurance for ASDA members and a special member discount, which could save you an additional 8% off of GEICO's rates. GEICO has 24-hour service online or by phone, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Company. Click here or call 1-800-368-2734 for a free, no-obligation rate quote today.

GEICO also offers homeowners, renters and condominium insurance for ASDA members through non-affiliated insurance companies and secured through Insurance Counselors, Inc., the GEICO Property Agency, doing business as GEICO Insurance Agency in CA, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OK, SD, & UT. Call GEICO's Property Insurance Center at 1-800-841-3005, Mon.-Fri. - 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat. - 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sun. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., or visit for a quote.

Please note, not available for international members.
Web Feature of the Month: New Mobile App for this Year's Annual Session
ASDA Meetings App
ASDA is excited to announce our interactive smartphone application for this year's 2011 Annual Session.

The mobile app is available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and any smartphone that has web-enabled browser capability. The mobile app puts the all meeting information right into the palm of your hand, and offers many useful year-round features. App users can:



  • Review sessions and add them to your customized calendar
  • Search for exhibitors and find them on the floor map
  • Download exhibitor brochures
  • Stay in-the-know with show alerts
  • Link with friends and share event photos
  • Find visitor information for Anaheim
The ASDA 2011 Annual Session Mobile App will launch in February and users will be able to download it for free through the iTunes library or by downloading it using a mobile browser. Once the app is live, downloading instructions will be available on our website.
Make a Difference in Dentistry
Want to make a difference in your profession? Attend National Dental Student Lobby Day and make your voice heard by your members of Congress. We'll lobby issues important to dental education and the profession, and make sure your legislators know what's important to you. Register by Wednesday, February 23 and make your hotel reservations by Friday, February 25. Information is available here. Contact Meghan Keelean, Meeting Planner, at or 312-440-2845 with questions.
Planning Your Future Dental Practice?
The ADA can help. The free resource Starting Your Dental Practice provides practical tips for new dentists on how to choose a practice, appointment management, marketing, finances, staffing and more. An electronic version of the publication was sent to deans and selected faculty at each dental school for distribution to fourth-year students. Didn't get it? Contact Andrew Reynolds, in the ADA Office of Student Affairs at or at 800-621-8099 ext. 2808 to request a copy.
In This Issue
-A Change in Culture: Issues in Dental Licensure
-2011 Annual Session ---- March 2-6
-AACD Offers Dental Students the Chance to Attend Scientific Session for Free
-NHSC Application Cycle Now Open
-Benefit of the Month: GEICO Insurance
-Web Feature of the Month: New Mobile App for Annual Session
-Make a Difference in Dentistry
-Planning Your Future Dental Practice?

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