American Student Dental Association

e-newsletter for members of the American Student Dental Association 
 September 2012

Danielle Bauer


In the Loupe 

New Beginnings     


By Danielle Bauer, CAE, 

director of membership 


Fall in Chicago signifies change and a new start. Accompanied by the changing weather and the leaves on the trees, students of all ages experience a new start to their school year. And here at ASDA, we started our newest chapter at Lake Erie College of Dental Medicine.


In my role, I am fortunate to be able to visit our struggling and newest chapters. During these visits, I sit down with the deans and administrators whose support is key to a successful chapter. I meet the hard-working leaders who are dedicated to making their chapter strong. I also get to speak with the rank-and-file member whose opinion is so important to our association.

LECOM School of Dental Medicine

In addition I have the rare experience of seeing many different dental schools. In my four years at ASDA, I have toured 20 dental schools. That is probably more than many of you visited when interviewing to get into school. Each one is unique and has its own draw for students. Puerto Rico is set on a beautiful island, just minutes from the beach. North Carolina and Pennsylvania are on very traditional campuses and have a collegiate feel. New schools, such as Roseman and Lake Erie, look more like high-tech office complexes with their glass-front modern buildings and state-of-the-art equipment.


Last week, I visited our newest chapter at Lake Erie College of Dental Medicine (LECOM) with our President Colleen Greene. Set in Bradenton, Fla., just outside of Sarasota, this school opened its doors to students in July. As we arrived to the modern facility, we saw new recruits being interviewed already for next year's class. We met with Dean Hirsch and were impressed with his plans for a new type of dental school that condenses four years of training into three years. Students spend their fourth year in one of two off-site clinics practicing dentistry. Students will relocate for one year to a site in Florida or Pennsylvania to work full-time in the school-run clinic. His goal is for students to receive training they would normally receive in a post-graduate program in their fourth year so when they graduate, they are ready to practice.


After meeting with the dean, we presented to 100 first-year students on the importance of belonging to ASDA. It was a pleasure to present in an auditorium that has the newest technology available. We were able to take a tour of the school, but much of the building is still under construction. They anticipate the clinics, which include 10 pods each set up to look like a dental office, to be completed in March 2013. After hearing students at many schools talk about the challenges of finding chairs for procedures, I was impressed that at LECOM, each student will have their own "office."


The most rewarding part of the entire visit was the opportunity that Colleen and I had to meet with 12 enthusiastic students who want to start the ASDA chapter at LECOM. We shared our knowledge and experience and talked about ideas to help them get started. I was so impressed that these students in their first few months at a new school, where there is so much unknown, have already committed to getting their ASDA chapter up and running. I anticipate great things from this chapter!
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

Mike Costa
North Carolina '14 


Unique hobby or interest: I get paid $0/hr to assist my wife by holding a reflector during her photography sessions & weddings...typically lasting 8-10 hours per day.   

Sam Low, DDS, MS, MEdMarjorie Bell, MBA
Faculty, PBL Facilitator, Chair of the Admissions Committee
LECOM School of Dental Medicine

How does ASDA benefit your students?
As a new school, I think the networking with other chapters and other dental students is important and will help guide them. Internally, ASDA will serve as support and provide camaraderie to the class.
Get involved in national ASDA

Apply for an ASDA leadership position this fall and become intimately involved in the inner workings of a national organization. Engagement is the best way to ensure you get the most from your membership. Take part in creating ASDA policy and see how an organization grows and sustains its culture. An ASDA national opportunity will help develop skills that will be with you throughout your career. Begin thinking about which leadership roles would be a good fit for you and look for applications to be available a little later this fall. For the first time, ASDA will be adding roles for predental members to fill.

Apply for ADA Foundation grants by Nov. 26 
The Bud Tarrson Dental School Community Leadership Award will award a dental school in honor of the student outreach program with the best demonstration of serving vulnerable communities. The Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award will be given to the student program that assists underserved populations in internationally, outside of the United States. For more information on the dental community leaders that inspired the awards, click here. To access applications and award guidelines, visit
Registration for the 2013 ASDA membership year    

If you are at a recruited chapter and need to renew your membership, click here. Remember: if you've paid your chapter for 2013, your chapter leader will renew for you. If you are at an auto bill school and dues are automatically submitted to ASDA, your chapter will also renew for you.


ASDA membership runs on a calendar year (Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013). You will receive some early benefits by renewing before Jan 1. Contact if you need to find membership status or chapter leader contact information.

September ASDA News hightlights ADA's economic study of midlevel providers

The ADA released a report that shares the findings of a comprehensive study conducted on the economic viability of midlevel providers. Forty-five different economic scenarios were tested involving three models of midlevel providers. ASDA News summarizes the findings in September's lead story: "ADA study questions economic sustainability of midlevel providers." Other stories in the issue include a predental's decision to change careers and go back to school, a recent grad's first-hand perspective working in a corporate dental office and retirement planning for students (yes, you should already be thinking about it). Read all the articles in September ASDA News by clicking here.

ASDA benefit of the month  

GL Advisor offers financial advisory services to dental students and recent graduates that have accumulated a significant amount of student loan debt, but have neither the time nor the tools to manage it effectively.

As part of GL Advisor's service, clients receive:

  • A personalized financial plan
  • An assigned financial advisor
  • Loan form and document management
  • Preparation of federal and state tax returns
  • Professional investment advice*
  • Insurance evaluation support*

To get started, ASDA members can sign up for a free personalized student debt assessment and a complimentary one-on-one consultation. ASDA members can then retain GL Advisor's services at a discounted fee for the first 12 months of service. For more information please call 877-552-9907 or visit


*Investment services are provided by GL Investment Services, LLC and insurance services are provided by Graduate Leverage Insurance Services, LLC.
ADA advocates for dental health and wellness 

There are many reasons dentists put their bodies into an awkward posture. Usually it's bending over to get a better view of the task at hand, but often it's twisting to reach instruments or supplies. Maybe that explains why a study by the Journal of the American Dental Association found more than 70 percent of dental students reported neck, shoulder or lower back pain by their third year of dental school.


Take a moment to protect your most valuable investment - yourself! Check out for information on ergonomics, substance abuse, and other factors that could impact your wellness as a person and the well-being of your future.

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.

Update your ASDA contact info

Don't forget to update your address with ASDA so you continue to receive your benefits, such as our monthly publications. There are three ways to update your contact information, including e-mail address, with ASDA:

  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 
"How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. "
Benjamin Franklin
In This Issue
-Member & Faculty Spotlight
-Become Involved with ASDA
-ADA Foundation Applications Due
-2013 Membership Year
-Study of Midlevel Providers
-Benefit of the Month
-Advocacy for Dental Health & Wellness
-Advanced Standing Students

September ASDA News

Fall Mouth

Upcoming Events

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

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