American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 February 2012
ASDA communications editor Kimberly Schneider 
In the Loupe 

Hard Work Pays Off              

By Kim Schneider
ASDA communications editor


I recently received a national scholarship given by an association publisher. I was lucky to make a quick trip to Washington, D.C. along with ASDA's Executive Director Nancy Honeycutt to accept the scholarship.


While in the nation's capitol, we made a visit to the American Medical Student Association. You can guess that AMSA and ASDA aren't all that different. Of course, AMSA has a larger membership and far more chapters, but their struggles are very similar to challenges faced by ASDA.


One major difference in the organizations was the terms of a few AMSA leadership roles. The president of AMSA, as well as two fellows, take an entire year off of medical school to work in the association's central office. I couldn't help but be envious of the AMSA staff for having members on hand every day for feedback, input and ideas.


I sat down with the director of publications and editor of "The New Physician" to swap ideas for our printed publications. It's so much fun to look through another association's magazine and get ideas for ASDA News and Mouth. All in all, I think ASDA is doing a good job in the publications arena. But I did get a few ideas while in D.C., and you can expect the periodicals to only get better this year.

The trip ended with a very nice awards luncheon where Nancy and I mingled with D.C.'s association scene. I took copious notes on the setup and presentation of the ceremony with ASDA's Gold Crown Awards in mind.


This time next week, I'll be in Minneapolis, Minn., at ASDA's Annual Session. Hopefully you're one of the 400+ dental students that will join us for the week's events.


Lately, I've been working closely with Chapter Relations Manager Danielle Bauer to put the finishing touches on the Gold Crown Awards ceremony. Danielle and I were tasked with rebranding ASDA's awards program and this is the inaugural year for the Gold Crown Awards to be presented at a red carpet ceremony.


I'm proud of the scholarship I received this year and you should be proud of your accomplishments as well. Recognition is important. Winning any award isn't just a notch in your CV, it's a moment to stand back and reflect on your hard work. We know that your chapter newsletter and your ideal application are extra credit. You'll still graduate a dentist without being your chapter's social chair or Webmaster. But you've gone the extra step and made your time in dental school more than just a degree. That's what ASDA would like to award you for next week. I can't wait to see you there.

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.

Christopher Maguire-AdamsAldridge D. (Al) Wilder, Jr., DDS

Christopher Maguire-Adams
Temple '13

Personal possession you can't live without:
My 3 month old, Abigail!    

Aldridge D. (Al) Wilder, Jr., DDS 
UNC School of Dentistry, assistant dean for admissions and student affairs


How does ASDA benefit your students?
ASDA benefits our students by enabling and encouraging their participation in organized dentistry. Our students are the future of the dental profession and the ADA will play an essential role in that future.   

ADA Department of Testing Services Delays
The ADA's Department of Testing Services (DTS) has been in the midst of a major software infrastructure project that has affected virtually all of its examination support services. ADA DTS apologizes for the delays that have occurred in processing completed examinations and score report requests. They are working to deliver this information as expeditiously as possible. Staff are currently operating based on the following schedule:

ExaminationReports Shipped
National Board Dental Examination Part I2/27
National Board Dental Examination Part II2/27
National Board Dental Hygiene Examination3/1


DTS recognizes that the above schedule may create challenges for particular individuals. ADA staff are doing everything they can to help resolve these issues. If you are facing a pressing deadline that is inconsistent with the above schedule, then please contact them so your concerns can be addressed. They will respond to your request as quickly as possible. Visit for details or call 800-232-1694. You can e-mail questions to

New Exam for OMS Applicants
In order to provide OMS applicants an opportunity to measure their understanding of the basic sciences and provide an enhanced mechanism for OMS program to evaluate applicants for 2013-14 positions, AAOMS will offer the NBME Comprehensive Basic Sciences Examination (CBSE) starting Sept. 8, 2012.
  • The exam will be administered annually, one day a year, through Prometric test centers.
  • Examination fee is $175.
  • Registration for the exam will be open Feb. 20 - April 13, 2012. To register, visit
  • Dental students may apply following their second year and may complete the exam as often as desired and only the highest score will be considered.
  • If you have received pass/fail on Part I and you are applying this cycle, you will need to take the CBSE. If you have a numerical score, you do not need to take the exam; however, you can take the exam to improve your application.
  • The application process will be handled through the AAOMS with information on how to schedule your seat for the examination at a local Prometric testing center.
  • An electronic report will be sent from NBME one week after completing the examination.
  • OMS programs can verify applicants score with AAOMS.
  • CBSE scores will not be available to medical schools.
  • Sample exam content and details about the CBSE is available here.

Visit for more information or contact the AAOMS Advanced Education and Resident Affairs at 800-822-6637, ext. 431.

ADA Student Ethics Video Contest Winners
The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs announced the winning videos for the 2011 Student Ethics Video Contest. The winning video, "The Bridge Patient," was submitted by University of North Carolina School of Dentistry student Christopher Vo who receives a $2,000 grand prize. The video receiving honorable mention, "Back to Ethics," was submitted by the students Ewelina Ciula, Ali S. Sajadi, Katherine M. Hungate, Tadziu J. Kula III and Gabrielle M. Johnson from Indiana University School of Dentistry who will share the $1,000 prize money.

The winning video will be presented during the 2012 ADA Annual Session in San Francisco. You can view these videos as well as previous year's winners here.

ASDA Membership Survey Winners
Thank you to the 2,000+ ASDA members who completed the survey that was sent out in January. The data gathered will allow ASDA to continue to be responsive to members' needs. The following students were randomly selected to receive $25 Visa gift cards for their participation: Anna de Leon, Pacific '13; Amanda Coyle, Southern Illinois '13; Derek Hou, Harvard '14; Alex Kantor, Indiana '13; David J. McKellar, Predental, Arizona State Univ.; Julia-Ann Hu, Predental, Univ. of Florida; Brian Hohlen, Nebraska '14; Steven Solis, Baylor '15; Jennifer Chadd, Oklahoma '14; and Emily Hobart, Midwestern-Arizona '15.
ASDA Member Benefit of the Month: Bank of America Credit Cards
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Bank of America offers ASDA members sufficient credit lines 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. For details or to apply securely online, click on the links above.
Web Feature of the Month: Mobile App for 2012 Annual Session
If you're attending Annual Session next week, download the free mobile app. It includes a customizable schedule, session descriptions, exhibitor contact details and more. The mobile app is available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and any smartphone that has web-enabled browser capability. If you can't be there in person, the app is the next best thing! Download it to keep up-to-date on the Gold Crown Award winners, election results and other news coming out of the meeting.
Nominate Faculty for a Golden Apple Award
Do you know of a faculty member who has been an outstanding mentor to dental students or who have been instrumental in guiding students to seek careers in academic dentistry? The ADA Golden Apple Award for Inspiring Careers in Dental Education annually recognizes a faculty member who has been an outstanding mentor to students and/or junior faculty interested in academic careers. Nominations are due April 1. The recipient receives a Golden Apple trophy and will be a guest of the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure during the 2012 ADA Annual Session. Entries must include a letter of nomination; letters of support from students, faculty and administrators; and the candidate's CV. For entry forms or information, contact Nanci Yokom at Ext. 2703 or or Ron Polaniecki at
In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-ADA Dept. of Testing Delays
-New Exam for OMS Applicants
-ADA Student Ethics Video Winners
-Membership Survey Winners
-Benefit of the Month
-Annual Session Mobile App
-Nominate Faculty for a Golden Apple Award

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