American Student Dental Association

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

Andrew Maron


In the Loupe 

It's not the end of the world,  

it's the start of 2013      


By Andrew Maron, website editor  

Since the world did not end on Dec. 21, in a few short days the ball will drop and 2013 will begin. Like most Americans I will strive to be a better me in 2013. I could procrastinate less, eat healthier, floss every day, etc., but I have gone down those roads before and every year my resolutions falter before Valentines Day.


Thanks to a few ASDA national leaders, I realized that I was going about the resolution process wrong. My goals have been vague which made it hard to measure their success. In the past, my resolution would have been to exercise more and I would exercise a bit, but never feel like I accomplished much. In 2013, I will set a clear, defined goal to ride my stationary bike for three hours every week and play basketball three times a month. This way I will know if I met the number of hours/sessions I am on track for my resolution.


This year I encourage you take a page out of the association's book  and set clear, defined resolutions. Resolutions don't have to be just for your health. You can make a resolution to be more financially responsible, spend more time working on your hobbies or focus more in the clinic. Just remember to be clear and to set a measurable goal.


No matter what part of your life or chapter you want to improve, you will find that a clear attainable goal will help. It's not the end of the world if you don't meet or exceed your resolutions. You can use it as a learning experience.
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.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson
Las Vegas '14 


Unique hobby or interest: Attempting to dominate in the dental school foosball circuit.     

Mark Ochs, DMD, MDJoseph M. Calabrese, DMD, FACD
ASDA faculty advisor, assistant dean of students, assistant professor
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

What made you pursue a career in dentistry:

I was motivated towards a career in dentistry as an eight-year-old boy by our family dentist, my dad's childhood friend. We are all still close today and occasionally gather together with our families.

Annual Session keynote - "No Excuses"

Gold Crown Awards ASDA is pleased to welcome Kyle Maynard as the keynote presenter at Annual Session, March 6-9, 2013 in Atlanta. For details visit Predoctoral members: ask your chapter leaders about attending. Predentals: register as an individual at any time.


No matter how challenging life may seem, everyone has the ability to overcome obstacles and succeed. Kyle Maynard will show you how. He was born with a congenital condition that left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees. He didn't let this stop him from pursuing wrestling, weightlifting and later climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Part of Maynard's mission is to show others they're capable of achieving greatness in their lives as well, to persevere even when there are setbacks. In this inspiring presentation, Maynard uses examples from his own extraordinary life to illustrate how his "No Excuses" philosophy can help anyone overcome their perceived limitations to exceed their potential and do the impossible.
Kyle Maynard Speaking Intro
"No Excuses" - Hear Kyle Maynard's compelling story. 
Download the free Annual Session mobile app
Annual Session Mobile App Download the Annual Session mobile app from iTunes or the droid market before you get to Atlanta - search for "ASDA 2013." Create your personalized schedule for use onsite and access hotel floor plans so you know where you're headed.
National leaders wanted - apply by Jan. 4
Volunteering as an ASDA national leader develops your personal skills and allows you to build relationships with students and dentists across the country. There are more than 30 roles for all interests. New in 2013: predental consultant and advisory panel. Apply by Jan. 4, 2013. Go to for details.
Apply for NIDCR summer dental student award by Jan. 17

To expose future dentists to careers in research, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers a summer training opportunity. Selected dental students are assigned to mentors who conduct research in the students' areas of interest in NIDCR's intramural research labs. Program participation may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting or co-authorship of scientific publications. To find out more contact Dr. Deborah Philp at .

ASDA benefit of the month  
Kaplan Test Prep  
ASDA members receive exclusive offers on T-Mobile wireless mobile service and equipment. Shop now for ASDA handset deals and take advantage of the additional discounts offered to you as a member:  
  • Click here to save more than $600/year with your ASDA discount
  • 10% off all lines and all qualifying monthly recurring charges
  • Waived activation fee(s) ($35 savings)
  • Variety of free and discounted phones/smartphones/tablets
  • Free shipping with new lines of service
  • Not available in retail stores 
New customers: Shop online or call 1-866-464-8662, select option 1 and use promo code11789TMOFAV along with your ASDA membership number. Terms and conditions apply including two-year contract requirement.


Are you an Existing T-Mobile Customer and not receiving your ASDA Member Advantage Discount? Enroll today through the ASDA online ordering portal.

"Guides to Postdoctoral Programs" - buy one, get two free

Last chance to purchase ASDA's "Guides to Postdoctoral Programs"! If you purchase one postdoc guide before Dec. 31, ASDA will send you the other two volumes for free. Offer valid while supplies last. Each guide's program profiles include facts about application deadlines, stipends, starting dates, faculty, patient mix, how the resident's time is spent and much more.

  • Vol 1: General Practice Residencies and Advanced Education in General Dentistry programs
  • Vol 2: Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics
  •  Vol 3: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
ADA recognizes international volunteers

The American Dental Association's Division of Global Affairs is currently accepting nominations for the Certificate for International Volunteer Service. Dental schools can nominate a student who has spent at least 14 days in a 24-month period performing dental services in a foreign country. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2013. Candidates for the certificate will need to document their service in an international location with a program sponsored by a dental school or recognized nonprofit organization for a minimum of 14 days, either in one period or in several visits, in any 24-month period. The complete program guidelines can be found here and the online registration form is located here. Questions? Call 312-440-2726 or contact .

Quote of the month 
"For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice."
-- T.S. Eliot

In This Issue
- Member & Faculty Spotlight
- Annual Session Keynote
- Annual Session Mobile App
- National Leaders Wanted
- NIDCR Dental Student Award
- Postdoc Guides, Buy 1 Get 2 Free
- ADA Recognizing Volunteers

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March 6-9, 2013
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Atlanta, Ga.

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