News for members of the American Student Dental Association
December 2013
6 simple ways... to run a productive meeting      
  1. Distribute an agenda. Let people know what you are going to accomplish (purpose of the meeting), who will be there and what you'll be discussing. You may choose to add time slots to the agenda to help you stay on track. Share this with attendees at least a week in advance and make it clear that you expect them to review it before the meeting. Check out this sample meeting agenda on pg. 69 in the "Chapter Handbook."       
  2. Start on time. And end on time. Don't get into the habit of running behind because people will expect you to do so every time you meet. If you really need a few extra minutes, ask the group if they are willing to stay longer (don't assume they're available to do so).       
  3. Stay on track. The person who calls the meeting should facilitate it. If participants move off-topic, it's your job to reel them in. If you find that one topic is taking much more time than you expected, you might need to table the conversation and schedule another meeting to address it fully.     
  4. Pass the mic. Some people may hesitate to speak up in front of a group. Try to make everyone feel comfortable enough to share his or her opinion. Make it a point to stop and ask, "What do you think about XYZ?" or "Tell me more about that."     
  5. Take notes. You don't need a minute-by-minute account of the meeting, just the major decisions or action items: what was decided, what should be done, by whom, by when. Distribute the notes (aka "minutes") no later than three days after the meeting and follow-up to help maintain a level of accountability.   
  6. Summarize. Wrap things up by stating what was accomplished and the next steps. Even if it's brief, a good summary is like the icing on the cake.
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.

Andrew Naeger
Houston '17, first year class delegate
Last good book you read: I am not much of a reader, but I frequently refer back to Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree."  


Dr. Merlyn "Dub" Vogt  

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Director of Admissions, Nebraska 


What made you pursue a career in dentistry? Last minute switch from medicine. I was working with dental students who played a huge role in convincing me that dentistry was the better choice. It turns out they were right!  

Annual Session keynote Jim Morris: "Never Give Up on a Dream"

ASDA is pleased to welcome Jim Morris as the opening keynote presenter at Annual Session, Feb. 26-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif. Download the full schedule for each day's events. Get registration, hotel and travel information here (sign up by Jan. 17).


Jim Morris' inspirational and transformational message about following your dreams and having a game plan for success is the story behind the Walt Disney film, "The Rookie," starring Dennis Quaid.


To motivate his rag tag high school baseball team, Jim, a 35-year-old schoolteacher, made a bet that he would try out for the big leagues if his team won a district championship. When Jim's team won, he followed through on his promise, going to a tryout where he threw 12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph. Three months later in front of family and his high school team, Jim achieved his dream of pitching in the big leagues by striking out the first hitter he faced.


Jim Morris inspires and motivates his audience with honesty and humor. He is candid about his early-life failures and he uses them to provide a roadmap for success in business, family and community.

Licensure 101 from ASDA

Did you know that getting licensed in your state doesn't guarantee ability to practice in another state? Get your "Licensure 101" at You can also watch this video from Past President Dr. Colleen Greene about the three basic requirements for getting your dental license:

What made you choose dentistry? [Giveaway] 

If you're like Neek LaMantia, San Francisco '16, electronic editor, you played "Crocodile Dentist" when you were young. ASDA's blog, Mouthing Off, is giving you a chance to win one of two travel versions of the game. Simply answer this question by Jan. 30 via the comments in the post: "When and how did you become interested in dentistry?" Also, subscribe to the blog for an extra entry.  

Applications for NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award due Jan. 16 

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers a summer research training opportunity in its intramural research labs for dental students. The NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award is designed to give dental students hands-on research experience and exposure to the latest advances in oral health research. Participation in the program may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting or co-authorship of scientific publications. NIDCR will accept online applications through Jan. 16, 2014.  

The ADA recognizes international volunteers  

In 2013 the American Dental Association recognized 26 dental students with the Certificate for International Volunteer Service. The ADA's Division of Global Affairs is currently accepting nominations for 2014. Dental schools nominate a student who has spent at least 14 days in a 24-month period performing dental services in a foreign country. Review program guidelines and complete the online registration form by April 1, 2014. Questions? Call 312-440-2726 contact  

ADA-sponsored no-cost student members life and disability insurance


There are three ways it pays to take advantage of ADA-sponsored student members insurance: debt protection, loan collateral and protecting your insurability. The ADA provides you with life and disability insurance at no cost as a benefit of your ADA student membership.


Your ADA-sponsored student insurance includes: 

  • $50,000 of Term Life insurance
  • $50,000 Accidental Death insurance
  • $2,000/month Disability Income Insurance
  • Up to $150,000 to repay student loans

After graduation, you can convert your ADA-sponsored student members insurance to coverage for practicing ADA member dentists simply by maintaining membership and paying low, member-only premiums.


Beginning in 2014, eligible ASDA and ADA student members automatically receive the no-cost ADA-sponsored Student Members Life and Disability Insurance as a member benefit. For more information, including eligibility, auto-enrollment details and the option to decline coverage, click here.


Visit ADA Members Insurance Plans, call 855-411-5197, or e-mail for more information.


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Erin Kato, member relations specialist | 312-440-2640
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