American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 May 2012
In the Loupe 

Go Innovate Yourself  


By Cheryl Graf,
communications manager


Last week I was in Washington, D.C., for a membership, marketing and communications conference. I participated in two days of educational sessions when boom! I experienced my first run-in with an IgniteŽ presentation.
April2012Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of five minutes. The goal is to "enlighten the audience, but make it quick." Topics are completely random (check out this talk about Cup Noodle from a different event). Ignite events are typically held at bars or restaurants. My association, ASAE, experimented by adding it to a professional setting and it was a packed room.
I heard speakers talk about their new year's resolutions, lessons learned as a photojournalist, the Disney experience and how to lead when you're #2. One of the Ignite presentations in particular stuck with me: "Go Innovate Yourself: Principles Inspired by Steve Jobs," presented by John Chen from the National Association for Law Placement. Although he shared his tips entirely through a choreographed rap, I'll take the more traditional approach. Here's a list that you should keep handy if you're thinking about innovating yourself, your chapter and eventually, your practice:

  1. Do what you love. It's impossible to be innovative when you aren't thrilled about what you're doing with your life. When you are excited, you produce your best work.
  2. Put a dent in the universe. You need a vision to create the ultimate innovative solution. Without one, you have no road map to where you're going or why.
  3. Kick-start your brain. The more diverse your experiences, the easier it becomes to create innovative solutions. Try swapping tasks or roles with a teammate to see things from another angle and to connect things that don't seem to fit together.
  4. Sell dreams, not products. Offer solutions that people can't find anywhere else. Create a fun/meaningful/memorable experience.
  5. Say no to 1,000 things. Don't expect to solve everything. If something doesn't work, acknowledge it and move on to the next idea. It's better to offer a few great ideas than lots of bad ones.
  6. Master the message. Be a great storyteller and get people excited about your idea or solution! Also, have your "elevator pitch" ready for unexpected opportunities. 

I really enjoyed listening to John's presentation and the others who shared the stage. Having only five minutes to make a point (and get some laughs) made it easy for presenters to share bite-sized tips that I could take back to the office to apply to my daily life. I bookmarked the Ignite website and plan to continue to watch people from around the world enlighten me. If you're curious about Ignite and being inspired by the creativity and innovation of others, I invite you to do the same.

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.

Dustin GoetzSam Low, DDS, MS, MEd

Dustin Goetz 
Illinois '14   


Unique hobby or interest:
I live on a horse ranch where we breed hypoallergenic horses.

Moira Allen    

Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry     


Unique hobby or interest:  Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I was a competitive (champion) ballroom dancer. Today I still use those skills when I choreograph and teach a wedding dance to any student who is about to get married and needs help with their "first dance." 

ASDA Members Win at NOHC Poster Session
Milwaukee was host to the National Oral Health Conference which showcased active ASDA members in a poster session. Noor Khaki of Oregon shared the first place predoctoral award for merit in community dentistry with two fellow second years. ASDA President Coleen Greene, Harvard '13, was honored with the second place spot. Jennifer Logigian, Arizona '13, rounded out the top spots for third place. The conference is a joint meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. The award was given by the AAPHD and winners were onsite to present their posters and receive their awards for their winning abstracts. Congratulations to the presenters on their well-deserved recognition.
Leadership Training for All Members 
National Leadership Conference


Whether you are just starting out at as an ASDA member or have experience holding a position at the chapter or national level, the National Leadership Conference (Nov. 2-4 in Chicago) will help develop your leadership skills.

Save $50 when you register by June 29. Talk to your chapter delegates about attending.

ASDA & NSRG Student Research Survey

ASDA and the National Student Research Group (NSRG) of the American Association for Dental Research invite you to participate in a brief survey that will shed light on how gender, school attended, interest in specializing and research experience influence students' attitudes towards science and research.


Survey results will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and could make a significant impact on curriculum planning in years to come. Each participant who completes the survey will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a Kindle Fire.  Click here to complete the survey by 12 p.m. EST on June 9. 

Dental Officers' Rank Downgraded

The Senate is deciding whether to pass a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2013 (S. 2467) which proposes a reduction in the rank of chief dental and nurse officers. The budget measure, thought to answer the call to reduce federal spending, would affect U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force chief dental officers, making them one-star brigadiers as opposed to the current rank of two-star major general.  

The ADA joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Dental Education Association, American Nurses Association and American Organization of Nurse Executives to oppose the measure citing a risk to quality of care. They also believe that the fiscal move minimizes the importance of the dental professional and therefore, believe the military stands to have difficulty recruiting to fill those positions.

Because of pressure from the ADA and other professional organizations the House version of the provision was removed from the defense authorization. The Senate is called upon to do the same. To learn more and sign on to the action alert, click here.

ASDA Member Benefit: Medical Protective

ASDA members will receive an exclusive discount* on their malpractice insurance with Medical Protective, the nation's oldest and largest dental malpractice insurance company.
A Medical Protective malpractice insurance policy offers:  

  • Choice of occurrence and claims made coverage
  • Pure consent to settle - no claim will be settled without the dentist's consent (product availability varies upon business and regulatory approval)
  • Experience of a Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway company that has specialized in malpractice insurance since 1899

For more information, please contact the Medical Protective dental student team at 800-463-3776 ext. 3536, or visit *Product availability varies upon business and regulatory approval. 

Web Feature of the Month: ASDA Publications

Digital issues of ASDA News and Mouth are available on Search by issue and then by keywords within the publication (e.g. licensure, midlevel provider, NBDE). You can even e-mail yourself (or classmates) individual articles! 

ADA Reduced Dues for Recent Graduates

Through the Reduced Dues Program, the ADA portion of your dues is $0 your first year after dental school! Most state and local societies offer similar reductions. After dental school, your ADA dues are:

  • Year 1 - $0
  • Year 2 - 25% of full active dues
  • Year 3 - 50% of full active dues
  • Year 4 - 75% of full active dues
  • Year 5 and thereafter - 100% of full active dues

Continuing your education? Join the ADA directly for just $30 per year as a graduate student member. The Reduced Dues Program goes "on hold" until you enter practice. Learn more and apply today at 

How do I change my address with ASDA?

If you are moving or changing addresses temporarily, don't forget to update your address with ASDA so you continue to receive your benefits, such as our monthly publications. Here's how: 

  1. Go online to, login as a member using your last name as your user name and ADA number as your password, and click on Update Your Address under the Quick Links
  2. E-mail
  3. Call 800-621-8099, ext. 2795
Quote of the Month 
"A life without love is like a year without summer."
-- Swedish Proverb

In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-ASDA Members at NOHC
-National Leadership Conference
-Student Research Survey
-Dental Officers' Rank Downgraded
-Benefit of the Month
-ASDA Digital Publications
-ADA Reduced Dues
-Change your address with ASDA

 May ASDA News
Spring Mouth

Upcoming Events

Nov. 2-4, 2012
National Leadership Conference
Chicago, Ill.

March 6-9, 2013
Annual Session
Atlanta, Ga.
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