American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 October 2011
ASDA executive director Nancy Honeycutt
In the Loupe 

How can ASDA impact you?      


By Nancy Honeycutt,
ASDA executive director


I have served as ASDA's executive director for eight years. I've been impressed with the level of commitment and dedication of the leaders with whom I have been privileged to work. They have helped develop ASDA into the strong organization that it is today and have continued in leadership roles upon graduation from dental school. ASDA alumni have been appointed to the ADA New Dentist Committee; serve on the Board of the American College of Dentists; speak at ADA Annual Session; and have received awards including the ADA New Dentist Leadership Award and the American College of Dentists/American Association of Dental Editors Journalism Award.  


I recently attended the new dentist reception at the ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas. I re-connected with many students I've worked with over the years. They shared with me the impact that ASDA leadership has had on their lives. The stories shared varied and included learning how to run a meeting; how to deal with conflict; how to work with people; presentation skills; the list goes on and on. I was overwhelmed by the power that this organization has on the lives of its members.


ASDA leadership is a great way for you to get involved in organized dentistry and be trained in skills that will assist you in your professional life. We are seeking dedicated members who want to make a difference and are interested in the issues that will shape their future. These individuals will help ASDA build upon its past achievements and help advance the interests of members in the future.


Several opportunities are available. What's your passion? A council chair, trustee or maybe an externship. For a complete listing of the positions that are available, click here. You must be able to commit to attend the ASDA meetings required for the positions for which you apply, so make sure you also check out the meetings calendar. All applications must be received by Jan. 4, 2012.


ASDA is a remarkable group driven by the passion and energy of its members and staff. I truly understand "ASDA fever" and continue to work to spread it throughout the organization. This job continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am proud to be a part of your team and look forward to working with the 2012 leadership group.

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.

Mai-Ly DouongDarryl D. Pendleton

Mai-Ly Douong
Arizona '12

Last good book you read:
"Tuesdays with Morrie" ---- lots of good lessons for life. 

Darryl D. Pendleton
University of Illinois-Chicago, Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs 


What made you pursue a career in dentistry:
It was the exposure to the profession through dentist mentors, the opportunity to attend dental association/society meetings as a predental student and the opportunity to participate in an internship at the ADA that convinced me that a career in dentistry was for me.


Puerto Rico Wins Chapter Photo Contest
Congratulations to ASDA's chapter at Puerto Rico for winning the orientation photo contest. This group clearly has ASDA fever because the D1s are reading ASDA's "Getting Through Dental School" handbook and the latest issue of Mouth. The chapter also used ASDA's Value of Membership PowerPoint presentation at its event. Way to go!

Puerto Rico ASDA chapter
Central Regional Meeting Recap
Last weekend, 100 dental students from the south and Midwest met in Raleigh for the Central Regional Meeting. Dr. Chris Salierno, 2004-05 ASDA president, was the featured keynote speaker sharing tips for surviving and thriving in dental school and beyond. He told attendees to "learn and be great" but encouraged them to not let stress and the pressure to do well affect performance. He shared ideas for presenting treatment plans to patients and told attendees to "treat your patients like they are your mom and dad."

Dr. Greg Chadwick, interim dean, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, spoke about how ECU will incorporate new technology in to its classes and clinics. The chapter's new delegates, Alisha Huria and Credle Harris, attended their first ASDA meeting and were welcomed to the region.


The trustees closed out the meeting with the hot topics session about midlevel providers. Students learned about four models ---- CDHC, DHAT, dental therapist and ADHP, their scope of practice and where they practice. Many asked questions of national leaders Aruna Rao and Katie Divine, both students at the University of Minnesota, about taking classes and working in clinic with dental therapy students.

Apply for the AACD APEX Scholarship
Several dental students will be given an opportunity to "learn outside the lines" through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry's (AACD) APEX Scholarship Program, which helps dental students attend the AACD's Annual Scientific Session at no charge.

The AACD Annual Scientific Session will take place May 2-5, 2012 in National Harbor, Maryland, which is located just a few minutes from Washington, D.C. 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 for the annual scientific session ($1,000 value)
  • One year of AACD membership ($20 undergraduate)
The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2012. For more information, click here.
Web Feature of the Month: Predental Resources
ASDA created a new section on the website for predental members with information on getting into dental school. Some of the resources include DAT preparation, interview tips and a timeline for applying to school. Access these resources here.  
ASDA Member Benefit of the Month: FREE Life and Disability Insurance
ADA Insurance Plans from Great - West Life
If you haven't already activated your ADA-sponsored life and disability insurance, do it today! You'll join thousands of fellow ADA student members who are taking advantage of this opportunity to gain debt protection and ready-made collateral for future practice loans.

By just signing up, a student member can get $50,000 of life insurance coverage, and $2,000 of monthly disability coverage plus up to $150,000 of student loan repayment protection. And while you're a student, it's all available at no cost to you!   


5 things to know about this valuable member benefit:

  1. Premiums are paid by the ADA members insurance plans while you're in school/ residency. Think of it as the ADA's investment in you as the future of the profession and organized dentistry.
  2. Coverage automatically renews each academic year. Upperclassmen do not need to re-enroll.
  3. After graduation, your coverage will automatically convert to the ADA plans for practicing dentists. You'll have access to higher limits, more options and discounted premiums.
  4. You can keep this insurance throughout your career, as long as you maintain ADA membership, even if you develop health problems later.
  5. The insurance is underwritten by Great-West Life, the same company that has provided group insurance to ADA members and their families since 1934.

Life and disability insurance are among many member benefits that give you important options and future flexibility----and make membership even more worthwhile.  Activate your free coverage today and then plan to build on this foundation as your personal and professional needs expand.


For information about insurance costs, coverage, limitations, and terms for keeping coverage in force, call 888-463-4545, e-mail , or go to This material does not constitute legal, tax, or financial advice. Please seek professional input as appropriate to your situation.

ADA Student Member Special: 60% off State and County Demographic Report
Want to narrow down your practice location choices? For any county in the U.S., this American Dental Association Health Policy Resource Center report provides the number of dentists by primary occupation, specialty, age and gender along with census data on the county's total population, population break-down by age, household income statistics, projections of many statistics to 2014 and much more! Now until Dec. 31, 2011, you can order this report for just $30, which is $45 off the regular member-price of $75 per report. There is no limit on the number of reports you can order-so if you're considering a few different practice areas, now is a good time to study the options. Click here to see a sample report. Order by calling 800-947-4746 today and be sure to mention offer code 11182S to receive the discount.
In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-Puerto Rico Wins Photo Contest
-Central Regional Meeting
-AACD APEX Scholarhip
-Predental Resources
-Benefit of the Month
-ADA Student Member Special

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