American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 August 2011
ASDA Office Manager Angie Wines
In the Loupe 

Don't Stop Believin'  


By Angie Wines, ASDA office manager            


Last summer, I decided to head out alone on a 22-mile kayaking excursion on Lake Erie. My tour started just south of Detroit ---- cue Journey's "born and raised in South Detroit" lyrics here. The weather was less than ideal at 90 degrees and with 15-22 mph winds, but I was on a mission. And so off I went.


Selma (my Kayak) and I had spent a lot of time together that summer, but this trip was the pinnacle of our adventures. Five miles in, I came across a fisherman at a marina who looked at me like a lost pirate and said, "You're going where? In that?" I shrugged, turned up my music and paddled down the river. All was well until I reached mile 10 and surveyed the weather. With the wind approaching 20 mph and my pale skin crisping in the unforgiving sun, I suddenly thought that maybe I'd taken on more than I could handle.


But I am anything but a quitter. With the waves pounding my paddle, my hands starting to callus and my vision blurring, I continued on. Eventually I found myself back at the same marina speaking with the same doubting fisherman. Shocked that I'd made it so far, he insisted on giving me a ride back. I declined. This had become a test of will and I wasn't going to give up.     


Of course, I second guessed that decision the minute I started paddling into the wind, which had picked up even more. I started to doubt myself and my abilities. But I continued on, against both the wind and my doubts, determined that I could do it. When Selma and I eventually returned to where we had started 22 miles earlier, I took a deep breath and smiled. I had trusted myself. And I had succeeded.   


You have taken on your own voyage in dentistry. We all face occasional doubt and changes that challenge our endurance ---- whether it's choppy seas on a kayak or a gross anatomy final. Your success is dependant not only on the path you choose, but your determination and will to see it through. So keep your eyes on the horizon and before you know it, your ship, too, will reach port.

Member and Faculty Spotlight: Under the White Coat

Meet this month's student and faculty members to learn their unique hobbies, reasons for pursuing dentistry and more. For their full profile, click below.

Sunny PahoujaDr. Margaret B. Wilson

Sunny Pahouja, DDS
Ohio State University '11

Unique hobby or interest:
Love trading stocks. If my patients don't show up, I am usually found on my Ameritrade account. 

Margaret B. Wilson, DDS, MBA
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, East Carolina School of Dentistry 


Words of wisdom for future dentists:
Remain true to the aspirations you described in your AADSAS essay. "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
----Winston Churchill


Accreditation Standards for U.S. Dental Therapy Programs
The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) voted to set accreditation standards for U.S. dental therapy education programs based on a request from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, which is the first U.S. dental school to offer this program.

According to CODA, dental therapy education programs will not be eligible for accreditation by the commission until the standards are finalized and implemented, which will take a minimum of two years. There will be opportunities for public comment on the accreditation standards as CODA develops them. In a recent ADA news article, ADA states, "The ADA remains very clear in its position that only a dentist, by virtue of education, training and clinical experience, should diagnose oral disease and perform surgical/irreversible procedures."


For more information on this decision, click here.

Update on Graduate and Professional Student Loans
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated the impact on the deficit of the Budget Control Act of 2011, as proposed in the Senate on July 25, 2011. This act includes the elimination of the in-school interest subsidy for graduate and professional students and redirects the dollars saved to the Pell grant program. It also would raise the annual and cumulative loan limits for unsubsidized loans to permit students to borrow additional funds in the unsubsidized loan program.

For more details on this proposal, click here

ASDA Student Research Poster Session
Student Research Poster SessionASDA's first ever Student Research Poster Session will be held at Annual Session 2012 in Minneapolis. Predoctoral members who are currently doing research or have done research in the past, are encouraged to apply by Nov. 1, 2011. Thirty student research posters will be selected, displayed and critiqued by a panel of judges. Click here for more info.
Get to Know Current and Future Leaders in Organized Dentistry
Highlights of ASDA's Regional Meetings include:

Chapter Idea Exchange

At each meeting, talk to and learn from other attendees about chapter activities, fundraising, advocacy, recruiting and engaging members and more. Everyone has the chance to go to at least two different table topics.


Exhibit Fair

Meet and network with more than 30 dental companies and organizations, and take those connections back to your chapter to use throughout the year. Visit all the tables for a chance to win some great prizes.


Strategic Approach to Debt Management

GL Advisor will provide insight into debt management strategies for dental students. You will learn about the impact of recent market and regulatory changes and how a strategic approach can help you significantly reduce the cost of your debt.


Sessions lead by ASDA national leaders:

  • Building a Strong Membership
  • Encouraging Advocacy at the Chapter Level
  • Communications 101 ---- National and Chapter Resources
  • Leadership: A State of Mind

The dates and locations of each meeting are below:

  • Eastern Regional, Sept. 23-25, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Central Regional, Oct. 21-23, Raleigh, N.C. 
    Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 9
  • Western Regional, Nov. 4-6, San Antonio, Texas 
    Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 30

For a complete agenda for your regional meeting, check out ASDA's website.

Attend SPEA's First Annual Session for Free
After years of assistance and support from ASDA and the American College of Dentists (ACD), the Student Professionalism and Ethics Club (SPEC) will officially become a national organization this fall when they hold their inaugural annual session Oct. 9-10 in Las Vegas. The meeting will coincide with the ACD and ADA annual sessions, and at that time the name of the organization will change to the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA).

Registration to attend is free (covered by the ACD), though advanced registration is required. For more information, or to put your name down to register, please contact Mike Meru or click here.

ADA Can Help You Prepare for Licensure
You're a dental student----inevitably you've spent long days in lecture and sleepless nights studying, filled countless numbers of real and fake teeth, completed research and likely volunteered your time all so that you can be the best dentist possible. What's next? Earning that license so you can start your practice life!

The licensure process can be daunting, to say the least, and the ADA Office of Student Affairs helps to clarify the process with the publication "Understanding Licensure: The Dental Examination Process for the New Graduate." It contains valuable information, such as in-depth descriptions of the licensure requirements, the different types of exams, how to select a patient for the clinical exam and the options available for students after the exam. Copies of the publication are in route to third and fourth-year student members and you can find additional resources in the licensure area of

Get Your Discounted Postdoctoral Specialty Guides
The 2009 editions of ASDA's Guides to Postdoctoral Programs Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are currently discounted more than 30% off the original price! The guides contain comparative information about general practice residencies, advanced education in general dentistry and eight specialties: dental public health, endodontics, oral pathology, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics. Visit the Online Store to place your order now!
ASDA Member Benefit of the Month: No Annual Fee Credit Card
Bank of America Credit Card - American ExpressBank of America Credit Card - MasterCard

Bank of America offers ASDA members sufficient credit lines and no annual fee for its MasterCard and American Express personal credit card program. Use the WorldPointsSM rewards program to earn 1 point for every $1 spent on net-retail purchases and redeem for cash, travel or merchandise.

"The Bank of America MasterCard has been a really big help for me over the last year. With the 0% interest rate for 12 months, it has been a nice cushion to help me get through the past few semesters ---- especially at the end of the semester when you are waiting to get another loan payment and during the summer term when we aren't given any additional loan payment."

Alexandra Barton, Virginia Commonwealth University '13  


For details or to apply securely online, click on the links above.


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In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-Accreditation for U.S. Dental Therapy
-Update on Student Loans
-ASDA Poster Session
-ASDA Regional Meetings
-Attend SPEA Annual Session for Free
-ADA Can Help You Prepare for Licensure
-Discounted Postdoctoral Guides
-Benefit of the Month

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