News for members of the American Student Dental Association
August 2013
6 simple ways... to do something nice for someone    

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Why not take a minute to make someone else feel good? In turn, you're kindness may even put you in a better mood.

  1. Be someone who listens. Sometimes, a friend, family member or even a complete stranger just needs someone to talk to. Listen and refrain from passing judgment.
  2. Send a thank you note. A hand-written card can make someone feel really special. When in a crunch, an e-mail can do the trick. Bottom line: just do something to show appreciation.
  3. Bring treats to share. Whether it's bagels or homemade chocolate chip cookies, people will appreciate your generosity. Bonus points when you drop off treats anonymously.
  4. Call a friend out of the blue. Life can get busy. A phone call from a friend or family member (especially when texting and e-mail has taken over) is extra special.
  5. Surprise a faculty member. They are dedicated to helping you succeed but aren't always acknowledged.
  6. Donate used clothing. Rather than tossing your old clothes, donate them to a shelter or local organization. Your community can benefit from your gently worn (and loved) items.

For more ideas, check out the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Member and faculty spotlight 
Meet this month's student and faculty member to learn their unique hobbies, reasons for pursuing dentistry and more. For their full profiles, click here.

Anthony Schiro
Michigan '15

Favorite ASDA benefit: All of the great students and faculty you have the opportunity of meeting.


Joel Berg 

Dean and Professor, University of Washington School of Dentistry


What made you pursue a career in dentistry?  

I enjoy the interaction of the science, communications, business and the art of dentistry.


Business training and personal leadership development at NLC 

Dentists need to be well-rounded professionals who can manage people, motivate a team and understand how to run a business. You can't always pick up these skills though dental school - that's where ASDA's National Leadership Conference (Nov. 15-17 in Chicago) comes in. All ASDA members are invited. Please talk to your chapter leaders if you want to attend (predentals can register online at any time).



Why should you attend?

  • National ASDA events can educate you about dental issues and managing a practice; introduce you to dental students from across the country; and build your confidence in working with different personality types.
  • The keynote presentation, "The Disruptive Age: Thriving in an Era of Constant Change," is sure to open your mind and rethink old habits.
  • You can get direct feedback about your CV from ASDA alumni and staff.
  • You can interact with 60+ dental companies and organizations at the NLC exhibit fair (and maybe even win some cool prizes while you are there).

For more information: view the schedule or watch these NLC videos on ASDA's YouTube channel. For full session descriptions, to build a custom schedule and to see who else is attending, download the free NLC mobile app.

Loan calculator for dental students 

The Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Association have created the Dental Loan Organizer and Calculator (DLOC) to assist borrowers in organizing and tracking their dental school loans. Nearly 113,000 loans are currently being tracked through this resource. Try it for yourself.

ADEA academic scholarship applications due Nov. 1

Applications are being accepted for the ADEA/Crest Oral-B Laboratories Scholarships for Predoctoral Dental Students Pursuing Academic Careers. Apply through the ADEA online application tool. Students who have demonstrated academic excellence in preventive dentistry can apply for the 2014 ADEA Preventive Dentistry Scholarships.


Read more about other scholarship and fellowship opportunities from ADEA.

"Dental school, what have you done to me?"

Joe Vaughn, Alabama '15, wrote a clever Mouthing Off blog post reflecting on who he's become after three years of working with teeth, tongues, interesting patients and eager classmates. Read how dental school has changed him (and probably you, too).

ASDA benefit of the month: Kaplan Test Prep 



Throughout their 75-year history, Kaplan has helped students by providing customized educational programs. Kaplan has pioneered new territory in online and on-site preparation with DAT & NDBE courses now available to students around the world. Kaplan provides a personalized approach to preparation to help students reach their goals.

ASDA members save 10% on Kaplan courses and services. Click here to access the members-only promo code.

New blog from ADA: "New Dentist Now"  

Whether you are curious about what it's like to do a GPR, want to know more about working as an associate or just want to know more about life as a new dentist, the ADA blog New Dentist Now is the place to go. Brought to you by the New Dentist Committee of the American Dental Association, New Dentist Now features resources for new dentists and dental students as well as news and insight on the dental profession and beyond. 


Questions? Contact ADA Office of Student Affairs at or 312-440-7470.

Upcoming Events
Nov. 15-17, 2013
National Leadership Conference
Chicago, IL
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Erin Kato, member relations specialist | 312-440-2640
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