Leader Update
News for the leaders of the American Student Dental Association
January 2014

National Dental Student Lobby Day, April 7-8 in Washington, D.C. 

Registration for National Dental Student Lobby Day opens soon (chapter delegates will receive login instructions via e-mail). Get your chapter involved in advocacy and learn about what issues are important to ASDA and the profession. Meet with members of Congress and their staff to talk about what it means to be a dental student and what you'll be doing as a dentist. Download the Lobby Day 2014 agenda. Hear how past attendees benefited from attending:



Gold Crown Award applications due by Jan. 31

Gold Crown Award applications for chapter achievements and media are due Jan. 31. Criteria and submission instructions are available online at ASDAnet.org/awards/gc. Read through the instructions in its entirety and allow enough time to prepare your application. Chapters can find other useful tips to use when preparing your applications on the website. Winners will be recognized at the Gold Crown Awards Ceremony held on Feb. 28 during Annual Session.

Live webinar for predentals

As part of ASDA Predental Week (Feb. 16-22), a live webinar will be held on Feb. 19 7-8:30 p.m. CT for predental members. Chapters are encouraged to host an event for predentals during this webinar and then allow predentals to ask questions following the presentation. A panel of ASDA leaders and the dean of student affairs from Houston will share their experiences and advice on choosing a school, interviewing, selecting the right classes, extracurricular activities and more. There are limited spaces so encourage predentals to register early. More information is posted at ASDAnet.org/predentalweek.  

Chapter best practices from NLC

At NLC 2013, attendees split into groups to discuss chapter challenges and successes. Download this discussion summary for ideas on how to improve your ASDA chapter.  

$3,400 in chapter incentives awarded

The following chapters submitted their full membership remittance payment by Dec. 16 and earned $100:
  • Baylor
  • Columbia
  • Creighton
  • Detroit-Mercy
  • Florida
  • Harvard
  • Houston
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Loma Linda
  • Los Angeles
  • Louisiana
  • Meharry
  • Michigan
  • Midwestern-AZ
  • Minnesota 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri-Kansas City
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pacific
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rutgers
  • San Francisco
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Tufts
  • Virginia
  • Utah
  • Washington

Discounted NBDE reprints for your chapter 

ASDA sells reprints of past NBDE questions in our online store. Reprints are available for Part I and Part II, in addition to a pilot exam featuring a comprehensive format and multiple-choice items in the traditional Part I discipline. Dental schools and ASDA chapters can save up to 25% by purchasing sets in bulk for their students. Download the order form for pricing and shipping rates.

How-to video: Hosting an ADPAC drive

ASDA's Council on Advocacy created step-by-step instructions for hosting a successful ADPAC drive at your chapter. Watch this brief video for the basics, then follow up with ADPAC Student Director Emily Tschetter, Nebraska '14, if you have questions. You can also reach out to ADPAC directly though Natalie Hales, senior project assistant, ADPAC. 


Membership FAQs

When will I receive my membership card and number?
You can find your ASDA/ADA membership number in your profile by logging into your account on ASDAnet.org, clicking View My Account and then Manage Account. ASDA also mails out membership information, including your membership number, at the end of each month for all remittances processed during the month. ADA then mails the membership card to these members.


When will I start receiving publications?

Members start receiving their publications after their chapters' remittances were received and processed. Publications can also be accessed online. Be sure to update your address in your member profile if you aren't receiving your publications.


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  1. Go to ASDAnet.org 
  2. Login as a member
  3. Click "View My Account" and update your information 
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