American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 August 2012
Andrew Smith  
In the Loupe 

Welcome Week    


By Andrew W. Smith, MPA

governance and advocacy manager



It's welcome week at colleges across the country. Every year around this time, I reflect with nostalgia the welcome weeks of my past-seeing friends again, gearing up for classes, enjoying the last sliver of summer before fall takes over.


I expected this sentimental mood when I toured University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Dentistry last week. As staff newcomers, Web Editor Andrew Maron and I visited UIC for our inaugural dental school tour. I only had a fistful of expectations for this trip, but the principle thought was "how much can they be doing the first week?"


This was quickly answered by ASDA Vice President Ben Youel and UIC Chapter President Dustin Goetz. As they ushered us throughout the college, we witnessed the attentive students in classrooms mixed with the activity of those working in labs, to say nothing of those treating their patients in clinic. As some students hustled from labs to clinic others scarfed down takeout while discussing coursework. Our guides needed to excuse themselves for a brief lecture from the dean. This day, much like any other day, was all business.


At the end of our tour, we settled into a classroom with several students and Dr. Pendleton, associate dean for student and diversity affairs. We discussed the process of getting through dental school and the issues that concern students. This candid exposure to ASDA membership resonated the most for me. I look forward to visiting other chapters but with the expectation that welcome week or not, ASDA members are always gearing up for the next endeavor.
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 here.

George Almaraz

Jorge Almaraz
Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
Class of 2013


Jorge is an ASDA International member who lives in El Paso, TX and commutes everyday to dental school in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Sam Low, DDS, MS, MEdMegan Jennings, B.A., J.D.
Director of Educational Services

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Words of wisdom: I think that one of the toughest and most valuable things a student can learn to do is to take responsibility for her own professional development. While you're in dental school, try to connect the challenges that you face as a student to your future as an independent professional.

"Release Your Inner Superhero" at NLC 
National Leadership Conference

The National Leadership Conference, Nov. 2-4 in Chicago, features sessions dedicated to building your leadership skills and making you a well-rounded dentist. You'll also spend time swapping stories and connecting with 300+ dental students. If you aren't yet registered, talk to your chapter delegates about signing up by 9/21.


For those attending, don't miss the opening general session, "Release Your Inner Superhero": Tap into your highest potential and work through the inevitable failure, fear, doubt and stress that show up in our work and life. This involves some introspection and understanding that most superheros don't do it for fame or fortune. Typically, it is a higher calling, one filled with meaning and mastery, passion and purpose.


For other event details, download the FREE mobile app. Search for "ASDA NLC" in iTunes or Droid market.
Start Using Your ASDA Benefits & Discounts

Are you using all of your member benefits and discounts? Details are listed on Here are just a few that could help you right now:

  • 10% off Kaplan courses and services
  • Free access to dental articles and clinical videos at
  • Free personalized debt assessment from GL Advisor
Apply for Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship by 9/10
Each year, one ASDA predoctoral member is selected by the board of trustees to receive $2,500, along with $500 for his or her chapter. Send in your application and other documents by Sept. 10, 2012.
Presenters Needed for the 2013 Poster Session
Submit an abstract for the 2013 Student Research Poster Session taking place at Annual Session on March 8 in Atlanta. If you are currently doing dental research or have done so in the past, you are encouraged to apply by Sept. 17. For research criteria and guidelines, visit
Discussion List for Advanced Standing Students
ASDA has created a discussion list for advanced standing and IDP members to join. Members can network with IDP students at other schools, ask questions of other students and ASDA staff and discuss issues of importance to advanced standing students. Sign up for this list or e-mail Danielle Bauer, director of membership, if you're interested.
Back to School Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Wenhui Sun, Connecticut '14, who sent us the winning shot in ASDA's "Back to School" photo contest. She and her classmates just completed a dentures course and this is the first set of dentures she's ever made! Wenhui was sent a $15 iTunes gift card and her photo, along with pictures from Oklahoma, Boston, Baylor and North Carolina, can be seen on ASDA's Facebook page.

Preparation for 2013 ASDA Membership Year   
ASDA membership runs on a calendar year (Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013). You will receive some early benefits by renewing before the calendar year after the Sept. 10 opening. If you are at an auto bill school, your chapter leaders will submit your information to ASDA along with your dues. You will receive notification that your membership was successfully renewed. If you are at a recruited school, you can renew your membership through the ASDA website or your chapter leaders. Contact if you need chapter leader contact information.
Member Discount on Released NBDEs
Reprints of actual past exams are available for Part I and Part II. ASDA members can purchase reprints at a substantial discount at the online store.
Mouth Working your way through debt? 
Check out Paying for Dental School (with a glossary of terms) and read through the Summer 2012 issue of Mouth to make sure you're on the right track.
ASDA Member wins $1 million   

Temple dental student and ASDA member Joseph Facciolo, won $1 million by entering the Acme Summer Sizzlin' Sweepstakes. What will he do with his prize? "Any money, after taxes whatever it is, it's going to go toward an awesome cause, and that's education." 

ASDA Licensure Policy Update

At its July 21-22, 2012 meeting, the board of trustees voted to adopt an interim association policy related to licensure. Per the Bylaws, interim policy may be determined by the board of trustees between meetings of the House of Delegates and is subject to House approval at its next session. Keri Jamison, Louisville '13, chair of the Council of Education and Licensure, explained: "The council on education and licensure feels the need to reform the L1 policy to best reflect the ideas of ASDA members. [We] believe that ASDA needs to take a strong position on the current state of licensure and remove the weaknesses that our dated policy currently contains."  

ASDA Member Benefit: UnitedHealthcare 

The ASDA student insurance plan features new benefits for the 2012-13 policy year, as a result of health care reform. Highlights of the new ASDA Student Injury and Sickness plan:

  • Increased benefits, including an Out-of-Pocket Maximum and much larger Maximum Benefit Allowance
  • Access to UnitedHealthcare's nationwide network of 659,000+ Preferred Providers
  • Preventive Care Services are covered when treatment is received by a Preferred Provider with no deductible, copay or coinsurance
  • Discounts of 10 percent to 50 percent on dental, vision, fitness and wellness products and services, along with 24/7 telephone and online access to RNs and Clinicians for advice on health, personal, work or financial issues

Call 800-505-5450 or check out for a complete explanation of benefits, including exclusions and limitations, periods of coverage and costs. Online enrollment is easy and takes only minutes! Please note: The plan is not available in all states and only available to pre-doctoral members.   

ADA Professional Product Review Launches Digital Magazine

"Vinyl polysiloxane elastomeric impression materials may not be the most glamorous products in the clinician's armamentarium, but they are certainly in the bread-and-butter product category for many dentists," said Dr. David Sarrett, editor of the ADA Professional Product Review. Find out how nine popular brands fared in the recent ADA laboratory evaluation, which presents data on the physical properties of light-bodied and complementary heavy-bodied formulations. And, in the August issue, discover how amalgam separators compared when tested in the ADA laboratory. Read more in the Review's new digital magazine format at Contact the ADA Office of Student Affairs at 800-621-8099 ext. 7470 or 

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 
"The pleasant life: a life that successfully pursues the positive emotions about the present, past, and future.

The good life: using your signature strengths to obtain abundant gratification in the main realms of your life.

The meaningful life: using your signature strengths and virtues in the service of something much larger than you are."

Dr. Martin Seligman
In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-Release Your Inner Superhero
-ASDA Benefits & Discounts
-Scholarship Deadline 9/10
-Student Poster Session App
-Advanced Standing Students
-Photo Contest Winner
-2013 Membership Year
-NBDE Reprints
-Working through Student Debt
-ASDA Member Wins Big
-Licensure Update
-Benefit of the Month
-ADA Launches Digital Magazine

 August ASDA News

Summer Mouth

Upcoming Events

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

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