American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 February 2011
ASDA Sales and Marketing Manager Barton Lewin
In the Loupe

 How ASDA Can Help You Become A Pro

 By Barton Lewin,
 ASDA Sales and Marketing Manager




February is one of my favorite months... except for the Chicago weather. There are three major events that occur in February, which I never miss: the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards, and the NBA All-Star game. Each event brings together the cream of the crop of their respective fields. Few things are as enjoyable as watching the elite display their skills.   


In the near future, you will be entering your chosen profession. It's ASDA's role to help you become a leader in your field. By offering leadership training, membership services, and access to education, ASDA wants to help you become a winner in the field of dentistry.


Our student leaders work tirelessly with staff to provide information and services that best serves ASDA members and the public. We want to help make you a success, and if there are things you think we should be doing, we want to hear from you. Thank you for your continued support!  

Update your Contact Information Before Taking Board Exams
Changing your name? Taking Boards soon? You must officially notify the ADA Department of Testing Services in advance so that your identification matches your DENTPIN record. Students should fax or mail a letter that provides their new and old names, along with the DENTPIN and ADA numbers and a copy of a photo ID or other legal documentation. To change an address, first update your online DENTPIN profile, then e-mail to notify Testing Services that the change has been made. Contact Testing Services at 800-232-1694 or at for more information.


Plan for National Dental Student Lobby Day
Be sure to make your hotel reservations by tomorrow, Friday, February 25. Information is available here. Contact your members of Congress to make your appointments, and put them on the Appointments page so other schools can coordinate visits and everyone knows who is covered. Attend Lobby Day to:
  • Lobby for issues like National Institutes of Health funding and the Dental Emergency Responders Act
  • Hear firsthand what it's like to work on Capitol Hill
  • Network with dental students from around the country
  • Get your photo taken at the Capitol 
Web Feature of the Month: ASDA's Mobile App Keeps You Informed
ASDA Meetings App
Stay in the know about 2011-2012 Executive Committee and Speaker of the House voting results, IDEAL Chapter Award winners and more by downloading the ASDA 2011 Annual Session Mobile App to your smartphone. If you're headed to the event, this is the easiest way to build a customized schedule. For all users (at Annual Session or at home), you'll have instant access to exhibitor contact info, event photos, and you'll automatically receive alerts on important announcements onsite. Downloading the app will make you feel like you're a part of the action! Click here for more information.


UIC Students Honored with 2010 ADAF Tarrson Award
The ADA Foundation created the E. Bud Tarrson Access to Oral Health Care Award in 2003 to honor philanthropist Bud Tarrson, former chief executive officer and owner of the John O. Butler Company. Each year, the award recognizes one exemplary volunteer community service project developed by dental students. This year, the University of Illinois-Chicago ASDA chapter was presented the award for their work at Goldie's Place, a center to help homeless adults become self-sufficient by providing life skills, education and support. Students are not required to volunteer, but 25% of UIC's fourth year dental students volunteer their time. Since December 2008, the students have provided $60,256 worth of services, including cleanings, restorations, root canal therapy, extractions, crowns and dentures.

For more information about the Tarrson Award or other ADA Foundation programs, visit


News from the Joint Commission on the National Boards
The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) publishes a newsletter twice a year to provide information on Joint Commission actions and other information of interest. The recent issue (Volume 3, Number 2) is posted on the Joint Commission website. This edition covers news on the 2011 Examination Guides, tips for getting a DENTPIN™, decreasing test anxiety, ordering NBDE Part I score reports on-line, NBDHE standard setting, new items types on National Board examinations, and updates from the CIE and other "need to know" information.
ASDA Member Benefit of the Month: Debt Management Services







GL Advisor is a unique service designed to help dental students and recent graduates manage their student debt burden to improve their overall financial well-being.

After analyzing a client's financial portfolio, GL Advisor will provide:

  • An Integrated Financial Plan designed to lower the cost of debt and improve your financial situation
  • Access to a personal advisor who can provide experienced support and answer questions
  • Federal and state tax preparation services tailored to individuals with student loan debt
Sign up to receive a free personalized assessment that will outline your student loan history and highlight savings opportunities. After receiving a free assessment, ASDA members can sign up for GL Advisor's services at a discounted annual fee. For additional information, please call 877-552-9907 or visit

GL Advisor does not offer all services to residents of Nevada, New Hampshire, Idaho, Nebraska, and North Dakota at this time. Also note, only available to predoctoral members.


International Volunteers: Get ADA Recognition!
Have you or someone in your chapter volunteered internationally? You could get ADA recognition for your efforts! The ADA Division of Global Affairs is accepting nominations for the 2011 Certificate for International Volunteer Service. Nomination materials are due by April 1, 2011. The certificate is awarded to active, life, student or retired ADA members who have served abroad for a minimum of 14 days in a given 24-month period. Access the application forms and award guidelines on (use the dental student form). For more information, contact the ADA Division of Global Affairs 312-440-2726 at or
In This Issue
-Update Your Contact Information Before Taking Board Exams
-Plan for Lobby Day
-Web Feature of the Month: ASDA's Mobile App
-UIC Students Honored with 2010 ADAF Tarrson Award
-News from the Joint Commission on the National Boards
-Benefit of the Month: Debt Management Services
-International Volunteers: Get ADA Recognition!

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