American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 May 2011
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Register Now for the 2011 Regional Meetings
Take your involvement in ASDA ---- and organized dentistry ---- to new heights. Grow your leadership skills and personal connections along the way. ASDA Regional Meetings provide up-and-coming dental student leaders with the tools and knowledge to be successful year-round at the chapter level. For two and a half days, attendees meet others from their region to network, share chapter best practices and to connect with oral health care vendors and organizations.

Visit each meeting page for registration and travel details:
Earn Cash in Dental Student Ethics Video Contest
The Student Ethics Video Contest is underway. Students can create short videos that demonstrate one or more of the ideas described in the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. Get started on those video boards now ---- submissions are due July 31, 2011 to the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA).

The grand prize winner will receive $2,000 and 1st Honorable Mention receives $1,000 and both will be displayed at the 2011 ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas. The winning video will also be shown at the ASDA Annual Session 2012.

Keep in mind:
  • Videos should not be more than 4½ minutes in length
  • Interpretations can be in the form of drama, comedy, documentary, interview(s), public service announcement, music video or any combination
  • Use of trademarked or copyrighted material without documented permission is prohibited

For complete contest rules, entry forms and other information, contact Earl Sewell.

Chapter Resource of the Month: Chapter Communications Tips
This month's resource is a list of unique communications ideas gathered from our chapters on newsletter topics and authors, website content and design, social media and traditional means such as posters and PowerPoint slides.

To download this resource and many others click here.
Sharpen Leadership Skills at ADA New Dentist Conference in June
Register now for the ADA 25th New Dentist Conference, June 16-18, 2011 in Chicago! Join the ADA New Dentist Committee, new dentists and dental students for a weekend of networking, education and camaraderie, including a social event at the House of Blues® Chicago. A full day of Leadership CE is included with registration along with a breakout on generational communications, a networking lunch and small group interactions. Sharpen your skills and connect with new dentists. Student member rates (including the class of 2011) and graduate student rates are just $245.

Click here to find out more or contact the ADA New Dentist Committee at 800-621-8099, extension 2779 or at Click here to learn more about the Committee and resources for new dentists.
Send us your chapter photos!
Dental student treating a child
We are looking for photos of your chapter's spring events to feature on the ASDA website and in our blog, Mouthing off. Please send your photos with captions to Cheryl Graf, Communications Manager, at
New Chapter Leadership
This time of year, many chapters start electing their new officers for the year. Update the central office with this information so you receive important updates for your chapter. Please send the names and email addresses for your new leaders to Danielle Bauer, Chapter Relations Manager, at
2011 Membership Update
As of May 11, 2011, 17,612 predoctoral, 668 predental, 74 associate and 18 international members have joined for the 2011 membership year. For a list of your chapter's current members, please go to the website and click on "Membership Directory" under the Member Resources tab. Select your chapter's name and it will bring up an up-to-date list of members. You are able to download the members (including their names, email, graduation year, and ADA #) into an Excel spreadsheet.
2011 Membership: FAQs

I am graduating from dental school this month. What happens with my ASDA and ADA membership?
Since ASDA's membership runs on a calendar year, you are still a predoctoral member of ASDA until December 31, 2011. This means, you are still eligible for the full benefits of ASDA, including health insurance, free life and disability insurance, and our publications. Be sure to update your contact information with ASDA so you can continue to receive your benefits (see below for instructions on updating your address).

ADA membership also runs on a calendar year so your student membership is active until December 31. However, now is the time to start planning your conversion from student to active ADA membership. You have several options, depending on your next step after graduation: 1) graduate student membership if you are going into a graduate program or residency; 2) tripartite membership through your state dental society, if you will be in private practice as an associate, starting a practice, or faculty of a dental school; 3) federal dental service membership for those going into the armed forces, public health, V.A. or becoming a federal employee; and 4) provisional membership if you are a licensed graduate but haven't established a practice location. All categories have reduced rates, as low as $0. For details click here.

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?
Please contact
Quote of the Month
"The way to gain a good reputation is to work hard to be the way you want to appear."


This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
-Register for the 2011 Regional Meetings
-Earn Cash in Ethics Video Contest
-Chapter Resource of the Month
-ADA New Dentist Conference
-Send us your chapter photos!
-New Chapter Leadership
-2011 Membership Update
-2011 Membership FAQs
-Quote of the Month

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