News for members of the American Student Dental Association
February 2013
In the Loupe  

Linda Cooper



A look inside


By Linda Cooper, CAE, CMP   

meetings manager   




Next week, nearly 480 ASDA members from 61 U.S. dental schools will be heading to Atlanta for Annual Session. This marks the fourth consecutive year of record-breaking attendance and my sixth Annual Session on staff at ASDA. It's gratifying and exciting to have such a positive response from our members.


Annual Session is the official meeting of The House of Delegates. The House is ASDA's governing body and includes two voting delegates from each chapter who come together to elect national leaders and impact association policy.


Outside of House meetings, attendees get to network and experience educational sessions. Staff and the Council on Sessions keep the event fresh by adding new events each year. In the time I've been with ASDA we've added the first-time attendee orientation session, invited motivational keynote speakers from outside the dental world, instituted the Gold Crown Awards Ceremony and launched a free mobile app which has everything you need to know about the meeting.


Even if you are not attending, it's important to know what your peers are doing at Annual Session on your behalf. They will represent your chapter's interests at the meeting. Attendees are encouraged to share what they learn in Atlanta with their chapter.


I have been an association meetings professional for many years and the excitement of seeing all my work come together never ceases. ASDA fever is contagious not only to members, but your staff, too!

Member and faculty/administration spotlight 
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.

Kandice Klepper
Virginia '15
Unique hobby: I really enjoy painting and sketching, but charcoal and watercolor are my favorite mediums.

Douglas Damm, DDS

Professor of oral & maxillofacial pathology
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Words of wisdom: Life-long learning is a necessity, not just a catch phrase for educators.


Registration open for Lobby Day   

National Dental Student Lobby Day is April 15-16 in Washington, D.C. We hope you can join 300+ ASDA members to represent dental students on Capitol Hill. If you'd like to attend, talk to your chapter leaders. Visit for details.

NHSC Loan Repayment Program apps due Apr. 16         

The 2013 National Health Service Corps is open to primary care providers looking to pay off student loans while serving in communities affected by barriers to care. Read about application requirements, estimate your load repayment and find positions at NHSC-Approved sites. Applications are due Apr. 16.

ASDA members receive discounted malpractice insurance        
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, x. 3536, or visit

*Product availability varies upon business and regulatory approval 

Nominations sought for 2013 ADA Certificate for International Volunteer Service
The ADA Division of Global Affairs is accepting nominations for the 2013 Certificate for International Volunteer Service. Nomination materials must be submitted by April 1 in order to recognize dental students who have participated in international volunteer programs. The certificate is awarded to active, life, student or retired ADA members who have served abroad for a minimum of 14 days in a given 24-month period. Complete the online application form and see award guidelines. For more information, call the ADA Division of Global Affairs at 1-312-440-2726 or e-mail
Nominate faculty for a Golden Apple by April 1       

The ADA's Golden Apple Awards (GAA) program is an opportunity to recognize its leaders, members and staff. The "Inspiring Careers in Dental Education" award is given annually to one faculty member who is an outstanding mentor whose work interests dental students and/or junior faculty in academic careers. The recipient receives the GAA trophy and support from the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure to attend the ADA's 2013 Annual Session. Read the nomination details then submit entries to Esperanza Gonzalez at

APHA Oral Health abstract deadline extended to Feb. 12  
The American Public Health Association (APHA) Oral Health Section calls for abstracts for individual paper presentations and poster sessions for its 2013 Annual Meeting to be held from Nov. 2-6, 2013 in Boston. The theme of this meeting is Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World.
Upcoming Events
March 6-9, 2013
Annual Session
Atlanta, Ga.
April 15-16, 2013
National Dental Student Lobby Day
Washington, D.C.
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