American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 July 2011
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Earn Your Chapter $500
The ASDA/Crest Oral-B Community Dentistry Awards will be presented to ASDA chapters for their excellence in designing and implementing oral health programs with groups that lack access to oral health education and dental care. Certificates of recognition will be given to participating chapters and awards will be presented to first, second and third place winners at ASDA's Annual Session Feb. 29 - March 4, 2012, in Minneapolis. In addition, each District that has 100% of their chapters participating in this program will receive $500 towards District activities.

Chapters will receive $100 in grant money to purchase supplies for their events. In order to earn the grant money, they must hold two outreach events before Dec. 31, 2011. Chapters must submit an intent form by Aug. 1 as well as a report of their program by Jan. 31.

The intent form is available on ASDA's website. If you have any questions, contact Danielle Bauer, chapter relations manager.
Learn from Leaders in Organized Dentistry
Engage with current and future leaders in organized dentistry at ASDA's Regional Meetings this fall. Featured sessions include:

Eastern Regional, Sept. 23-25 in Buffalo, N.Y.
"The Power of Organized Dentistry"
Dr. William Calnon, president elect, American Dental Association
Learn the benefits of being involved in your local, state and national dental association and why it is important to you now and in the future.


"Good Leadership = Caring"
Dr. Roger Triftshauser, immediate past chair, ADPAC
Dr. Triftshauser managed a successful orthodontist practice for 41 years and has held leadership positions in his local and state dental societies and local and county government. See how you, too, can do it all starting with ASDA. He is a dynamic speaker with a wealth of experience and enjoys working with dental students. 


Register members from your chapter by 8/17 to attend Eastern Regional.    


Central Regional, Oct. 21-23, Raleigh, N.C.
"Dental School Survival Guide"
Dr. Chris Salierno, 2004-05 ASDA president
Leave with tips to make it through dental school including: passing part 1 and part 2 boards, organizational methods, dealing with your first patients and hazards of cheating in dental school. You'll also experience first hand why getting involved with ASDA is one of the most important aspects of school. 


Western Regional, Nov. 4-6, San Antonio, Texas
"Vision of Leadership"
Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, dean, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health  

Chapter Resource: First Year Orientation Presentations
ASDA has created several presentations that chapters can use during first year orientation events. Presentation topics include the value of ASDA membership, member benefits, the history of ASDA, ADPAC drives and more.

Download this resource and many others here
Include ADA in Your ASDA Chapter Meetings
Planning for your first ASDA chapter meeting of the new school year? Don't forget to talk about the benefits of ADA membership. Student members receive Journal of the American Dental Association, ADA News, Professional Product Review as well as access to all of their benefits in the Member Center on, plus more. Want a new dentist or local dentist member to speak at your chapter event? Contact your state or local dental society or New Dentist Committee representative. And be sure to spread the word about the student resources on Questions? Contact us, ADA.
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 e-mail addresses for your new leaders to Danielle Bauer, chapter relations manager.
Membership Update
As of July 12, 2011, 17,710 predoctoral, 755 predental, 94 associate and 27 international members have joined for the 2011 membership year. If you would like a list of your chapter's current members, please go to the website and click on "Membership Directory" under the Member Resources tab. You can 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 just graduated from dental school. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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
"Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is dangerous."


This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
-Earn Your Chapter $500
-Learn from Leaders in Organized Dentistry
-Chapter Resource of the Month
-ADA & Your Chapter Meetings
-New Chapter Leadership
-Membership Update
-Membership: FAQs

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