American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 June 2012
Meghan in Europe 
In the Loupe 

Lessons Learned in Barcelona   


By Meghan Keelean, CMP,
ASDA program manager


One month ago I was in Barcelona, soaking up the sun and beautiful weather during my 12-day European vacation. While I have been to Europe before, it was my first trip to Spain. I could definitely get used to the Spanish way of life, including starting each day with café con leche (I learned whole milk makes coffee infinitely better) and a pastry. My favorite place I visited was Gaudí's La Sagrada Familia. The construction of this cathedral is fascinating.


Began in 1882, it is still under construction and is not expected to be completed until at least 2032. If you've been there, you understand why a church would take so long to build. The architecture is unlike anything I've ever seen. I was in awe of every aspect, from the detail of the façades, the sculptures, to the beautiful stained glass and the innovative columns Gaudí designed, inspired by trees. Every detail is so intricate. It's difficult to put into words the admiration I have for him after seeing his masterpiece, though still unfinished. Gaudí was able to develop plans for the completion of the project, which are still being followed today, 86 years after his death. One day I hope to go back to Barcelona to see it finished.


Beyond taking the time to appreciate someone's ingenuity and vision, there are pieces of my vacation I hope to hold on to:

  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch - most days I spent at least an hour having lunch outdoors, enjoying the surroundings and people watching. Usually, when I'm at work, I eat my lunch at my desk. There's a very nice park across the street from the ASDA office that I need to take advantage of during the nice weather and eat lunch outside.
  • Explore new neighborhoods - obviously everything in Spain was new to me. What I love about Chicago is all the neighborhoods and the distinct feeling each one has. Barcelona also has many neighborhoods with very unique aspects to each. I've lived in Chicago for seven years, and there are still areas of the city I need to explore. Summer seems like the perfect time to do that with all the street festivals and activities!
  • Leave work at work - during my vacation, I didn't check work e-mail at all. While I knew that would make my first day back in the office a bit of a challenge, I needed time away from my regular life to decompress. I felt renewed when I came back.

While I know it isn't possible for everyone to take two weeks off and go to Europe, I encourage everyone to take a long weekend now and then and explore a new area or city, and leave your work, your dental life behind for short while. It's the best thing I've done for myself in a long time and I had an amazing experience I will never forget.

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.


Catharine Moss
Georgia '15 


Most embarrassing song on your iPod: The theme song for Fraggle Rock...quite the throwback!




Juliette Niemi, MA
Director of Student Affairs
University of Detroit Mercy 


Words of wisdom for future dentists:

Seek support from those around you! Beginning with the start of your dental education, make certain to create a network of resources and support as you move forward with your career. Every interaction is an opportunity to grow as a practitioner, a professional and an engaged community member.

Save $50 on NLC Registration Through Tomorrow
National Leadership Conference

What's the National Leadership Conference? It's ASDA's new fall meeting that provides leadership training for all students in topics such as debt management, how health care reform affects you and CV writing (just to name a few).  


Talk to your chapter delegates today about attending - your chapter can save $50 per person when they register by Friday, June 29.

National Leadership Conference
National Leadership Conference Video


Extended CBSE Registration Announcement

In order to provide OMS applicants an opportunity to measure their understanding of the basic sciences and provide an enhanced mechanism for OMS programs to evaluate applicants for 2013-14 residency positions, AAOMS will offer the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) on Sept. 8, 2012.  


Due to the increased interest, the AAOMS has extended the registration deadline for the AAOMS NBME CBSE until July 27, 2012. If you are interested in sitting for the Sept. 8 examination,  click here and register today! After completion of the examination, applicants will be receive an electronic score report within one week from NBME. A copy of the score report will also be provided to the AAOMS. CBSE scores will not be available to medical schools. For additional informational, please visit or contact the AAOMS at 800-822-6637 ext. 4315 or via e-mail at

ASDA Supports Water Fluoridation
ASDA signed onto a letter to Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Koh asking to have the Surgeon General issue a statement in support of water fluoridation. More than 100 organizations support the request to educate the
public on the valuable role fluoridation plays in improving the oral health of our communities. 
ADPAC Video Contest: Winners Receive $2,000ADPAC

ADPAC invites ASDA members to create a video that explains what ADPAC is, why joining ADPAC is important or helps illustrate what ADPAC has done and will continue to do for your future profession.


Winning team receives $2,000. All submissions will be shown at the ADPAC booth during the 2012 ADA Annual Session in San Francisco, Calif. Videos should be up to three minutes long and may be in the form of an original drama, comedy, documentary, interview, public service announcement or music video. Submissions are due to ADPAC by Sept. 15, 2012. Click here for the rules. Download this flier for more contest details.  

Web Feature of the Month: ASDA on YouTube

Check out more than 40 videos on all things ASDA including event trailers and recaps, dental student interviews and tips.


Here's one of our favorites from ASDA's 2010 Western Regional Meeting where the national leaders who helped plan the meeting performed an ASDA-version of "A Whole New World."

An ASDA World 
"An ASDA World"
Scholarship for Post-grad Students

Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Founding Supporter of the Hispanic Dental Association, has joined with the Hispanic Dental Association Foundation in its quest for continuous improvement in the development of dental professionals, to present a scholarship program to students enrolled in a Post-Graduate Dentistry Related Program. Scholarships in amounts of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support students who seek to advance their scientific and applied clinical knowledge in the area of dentistry to further their commitment to aiding and supporting the Hispanic community. Completed applications are due July 2, 2012. For more information, click here.

ASDA Member Benefit: Debt Management Services

Receive a free personalized student debt assessment from GL Advisor which will highlight your potential savings and estimated payments based on your personal loan data and profile. After receiving a free assessment, you can sign up for GL Advisor's service at a discounted annual fee. For information, call 877-552-9907 or visit 

ADA Government and Public Affairs Update

If you'd like to stay up to date on lobbying efforts and how to affect change in dentistry, the ADA offers a benefit to student members in the form of an e-newsletter. The ADA's Government and Public Affairs Update is sent weekly to those who sign up here. Remember that you can join the numbers of those working for the profession now and have your voice represented on Capital Hill. 

Attend the 2012 ADA Annual Session for Free!

ASDA members can attend the 2012 ADA Annual Session in San Francisco, Oct. 18-21, for free and find valuable skills and ideas that will help you prepare for your career. 

  • Select from more than 280 continuing education courses, including courses designed for new dentists as part of the New Dentist CE track.
  • Attend the World Marketplace Exhibition and see, touch and compare the latest dental technology and services on the market.
  • Visit the ADA CE Hub and explore the 3-D Imaging Center, the CAD/CAM Stage, the Pride Institute Technology Expo and the Laser Pavilion, in addition to three professional competitions.
  • Connect with other dental students and new dentists in a casual setting at the New Dentist Reception on Friday, Oct. 19.  

Register today at To learn more about everything Annual Session has to offer, download a preliminary program here.  

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

 "Be kind to unkind people - they need it the most."

 -- Ashleigh Brilliant quotes (English Author and Cartoonist, b.1933

In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-Save $50 on NLC
-CBSE Registration
-ASDA & Water Fluoridation
-ADPAC Video Contest
-ASDA on YouTube
-Scholarship for Post-grad Students
-Benefit of the Month
-ADA Public Affairs Update
-ADA Annual Session
-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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