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2010 Adopted Resolutions Part 1

Resolution Number: 100-2010

Title: ASDA Member Dues Increase

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Sponsors: Executive Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): Supports all strategic plan goals

Financial Impact: Yes

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a yes vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: Per HOD 103-2004, ASDA National Dues are considered on an annual basis. The last dues increase was approved in 2007 and implemented in 2009. The organization will operate for three years without any additional dues increases. A five year financial analysis projects a potential operating deficit beginning in 2011. To assist in offsetting this deficit, we suggest a $3 increase that with House approval, will take place in 2012; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that national dues for active predoctoral members be increased to $75, and be it further
Resolved, that national dues for active predental members be increased to $58, and be it further
Resolved, that national dues for active associate members be increased to $58, and be it further
Resolved, that national dues for active international members be increased to $83, and be it further
Resolved, that national dues for active international student members be increased to $88, and be it further
Resolved, that these dues increases will take effect beginning with the 2012 budget.

Action: Placed on the Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


Resolution Number: 200RC-2010

Title L-4 National Board Dental Examinations

Reference Committee Assignment: Education & Licensure

Sponsors: Council on Licensure

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #1: Effective Advocacy for Students and Patients

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a yes vote

Reference Committee Comments: The Chair moves the substitution of 200RC-2010 for 200-2010, with a recommendation to adopt 200RC-2010 with a yes vote.

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA adopt the L-4 Policy on Dental Examinations to read as follows:

L-4 National Board Dental Examinations
In regards to National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE), the American Student Dental Association supports a secure examination process. In regards to an examination for advanced post graduate education in dentistry and International Dentist Programs (IDP), the American Student Dental Association supports a single exam that is secure and valid for quantitative scoring.

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


Resolution Number: 201-2010

Title: Investigation of Volunteer Opportunities for Dental Students

Reference Committee Assignment: Education & Licensure

 

 

Sponsors: Ken Randall, University of Kentucky
  Breck Gibbs, University of Kentucky
  Lucy Wachs Blandford, University of Kentucky
  Courtney Lundin, University of Kentucky
  Joel Manchego, Marquette University
  Nathan Krauss, University of Alabama—Birmingham
  Burton Coleman, University of Tennessee

 

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #1- Effective Advocacy for Students and Patients, #2- High Value ASDA Membership

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: Community service is an invaluable activity for the education and development of all individuals, particularly the budding professional. It provides a chance to improve access to care, while at the same time instilling caring values in student dentists that will remain with them for life.

Currently, there are a number of ASDA position statements relating to community service and access to care including B-3, B-4, B-7, and H-1, in addition to resolutions adopted by the House of Delegates since 2005 (100RC-2005, 207RC-2006, 300-2008, 301-2008). Also, “Supporting dentistry’s public service programs to educate and deliver care” is one of the points emphasized in ASDA’s current information on the value of membership. Judging by the volume of attention this issue has received over an extended period of time, it is certainly an important issue in dental education.

At this time, the spectrum of dental student participation in community service is unknown. The desire to increase participation seems to be nearly universal. This resolution seeks to accomplish two major goals through the development of a task force: 1) to determine the current environment surrounding community service in dental schools across the country 2) to develop a single resource for aiding students in furthering their participation in community service events, both within the United States and abroad; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the appropriate Council as determined by the 2010-11 Board of Trustees provide a report to the 2011 House of Delegates, and make available, information regarding educational dental outreach opportunities available to students including but not limited to: local and international dental outreach opportunities, templates to establish and maintain outreach programs at individual ASDA chapters, and currently established programs available to students not sponsored by individual dental schools.

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


Resolution Number: 202RC-2010

Title: Survey to Explore Solutions to the Common Issues Students Face with their Administrators

Reference Committee Assignment:

 

Sponsors:  David Vazquez Detroit Mercy
  Jerek Petrous Detroit Mercy
  Trent Lally Detroit Mercy
  Punit Shah Detroit Mercy
  Andrea Salazar University of Michigan

 

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #1: Provide Information for Effective Advocacy within Dental Schools for Students and Patients

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments:

Reference Committee Comments: Reference Committee recommends a yes vote.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA Trustees gather information on common issues students face at the various dental schools with the intent to share with student leaders across the country the current policy at each school and the successes and challenges each school has encountered when seeking to move these student issues forward with their administration and faculty.

Resolved, that in an attempt to contain the scope of such an inquiry, the Board of Trustees approves a list of no more than ten student issues they find to be important to dental students in conjunction with the chapter report. For this first report, the issues identified for survey are:

  1. Assignment of patients for fair distribution of graduation requirements.
  2. Fair clinic scheduling at schools where the class size exceeds the number of clinic chairs.
  3. Continuity of procedures when treatment requires communication with multiple faculty members.
  4. Student representation in curriculum reform specifically when reform involves ethics curriculum and the use of technology
  5. The implementation and use of electronic health records and scheduling, and secure remote access to those records.
  6. Upholding ethics policies and providing data to students that communicate the volume and type of ethic violations and their outcomes.
  7. Support from administrators for students to obtain excused absences to attend events related to organized dentistry such as ASDA/ADEA meetings, and national and state lobby days.

Resolved, that when the data is compiled, a report be written and distributed electronically to the First Delegate and Second Delegate of each ASDA chapter and any other entity deemed appropriate by the Board of Trustees. The report will be distributed by email and posted on the ASDA website.

Action: The Chair moves the substitution of 202RC-2010 for 202-2010, with a recommendation to adopt 202RC-2010 with a yes vote.

House Action: Adopted by the House


Resolution Number: 203-2010

Reference Committee Assignment: Education & Licensure

Title: Addressing Access to Care through Promotion of Opportunities in Community Health

Sponsors: Kaori Ema    Illinois

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #1- Effective Advocacy for Students and Patients, #2- High Value ASDA Membership

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments:

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: The Access to Care issue is being addressed in many different ways, including at the grassroots level by community health clinics and FQHCs around the nation. There are many incredible people who run and work at these types of clinics, as well as those who volunteer their time to treat underserved patients while sustaining fruitful and rewarding careers. Hearing from the individuals who devote themselves to working in community health can also have an important impact on the way “community health” is viewed. Getting more dentists interested in actively helping treat underserved populations at the community level will help to fulfill the needs of those patients who need our care the most. Many dental students may not be aware of the ways in which community health can be integrated into their career and what that experience can mean for their professional development. Presenting our ASDA members with this information may not only open their minds to new career paths, but may also provide them with another perspective on the access to care issue. Information about careers in specialties, keys to success, legislative issues, and malpractice insurance is often presented at meetings such as Annual Session. Investigating ways to inform our members about their potential role in community health can enrich our services to members while addressing access to care. I propose that ASDA investigate ways to implement this resolution, which include but are not limited to posting resources on asdanet.org, collaborating with other organizations such as the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and discussing opportunities in community health at national meetings; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Council on Education investigate ways to inform ASDA members about opportunities for involvement in Public/Community Health.

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar


Resolution Number: 300-2010

Title: Amendment to Bylaws Part IX, Section 2: Refines Ratification Requirements

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Governance Refinement Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #3: High Level Organizational Responsiveness & Effectiveness

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: The current voting process is unnecessarily cumbersome when dealing with most amendments. Secret ballot is always an option if the House of Delegates decides a particular amendment warrants it; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Bylaws Part IX, Section 2 be amended to read as follows:

Section 2. Upon ratification by two-thirds of the Delegates, amendments become effective immediately.

Action: Placed on Priority Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Priority Calendar

 


Resolution Number: 301-2010

Title: C-4 Accreditation of Dental Programs

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #1: Effective Advocacy for Students and Patients

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: While ASDA’s C-1 and C-2 policies highlight opposition to midlevel providers performing irreversible procedures, they also highlight the dentist as being solely responsible for diagnosis. The accreditation process for programs currently established for midlevel providers will dictate the core competency and curriculum of these providers. It is vitally important that dentistry maintain supervision over this educational process for the safety of the public and the preservation of quality dental work in the United States. ASDA recognizes the need to take a stance in favor of CODA accreditation for these programs, even though we are opposed to their existence; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that while ASDA maintains its opposition to midlevel providers performing irreversible procedures and working outside of the supervision of a dentist as per C-1 and C-2 policies, ASDA recognizes that accreditation of established midlevel providers should be overseen by CODA, and be it further

Resolved, that ASDA adopt a new C-4 policy that reads as follows:

C-4 Accreditation of Dental Programs
ASDA supports Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) evaluation for accreditation of all programs that train dental providers to perform irreversible procedures. 

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


 

Resolution Number: 302-2010

Title: E-7 Revised ASDA Student Code of Ethics

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Council on Professional Issues

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #1: Effective Advocacy for Students and Patients

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: The ASDA Code of Ethics is the moral foundation upon which ASDA is built, and each member of our organization agrees to uphold the standards within the code. At the 2009 Annual Session, the House of Delegates passed Resolution 305-2009 asking the ASDA Council on Professional Issues to review and update our Code of Ethics. The Council also incorporated the revised language passed in Resolution 301-2009; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA adopt an updated E-7 policy of the ASDA Code of Ethics to read as follows:

PREAMBLE 

The right of a dentist to professional status rests in the knowledge, skill, and experience with which she/he serves her/his patients and society. Every dentist should strive to continuously improve his/her knowledge of ethics in order to help achieve higher levels of patient care. These foundational ethical values will serve as a guideline throughout the dentist’s career, from pre-doctoral student to fully credentialed professional.
The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) recognizes the importance of high ethical standards in the dental school setting. Therefore, the Association believes students should conduct themselves in a manner reflecting integrity and fairness in both the didactic and clinical learning environments. The code outlined below relates most directly to the dental school environment. To gain a more expansive understanding of ethics in practice, please see the ADA Code of Ethics.
The following is the ASDA Code of Ethics:
  1. Dental Student conduct
    1. All dental students are obligated to maintain high standards of moral and ethical behavior and to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. This applies to the classroom, clinic, laboratory, and other institutional facilities; externships, community service, or meetings of professional organizations. 
    2. Ethical and professional behavior by dental students is characterized by honesty, fairness, and integrity in all professional circumstances; respect for the rights, differences, and property of others; concern for the welfare of patients, competence in the delivery of care, and preservation of confidentiality in all situations where this is warranted. 
    3. All dental students are obligated to report unethical activity and violations of the honor code to the appropriate body at the school. 

     

  2. Patient Autonomy (“self-governance”)
    1. Informed Consent and Refusal
      1. Students should conduct a thorough discussion with every patient. This must be repeated whenever there are substantive changes or additions to the treatment plan. Discussion should include:
        1. Diagnoses 
        2. Treatment Plan 
        3. Prognosis 
        4. Risks/Benefits 
        5. Alternatives
          —The discussion should be in understandable terms and enable a reasonable patient in the patient’s position to make an informed decision regarding care, except in emergencies, when risks are unknown, commonly known or the patient waves the right to disclosure.
           
         
      2. Students should inform the patient of the consequences of not accepting treatment. The patient has a right to an informed refusal which should be honored by the student. 
      3. The student should make sure to allow time to answer any and all questions the patient may have to the best of their ability 
       
    2. Patient Confidentiality
      1. Should follow HIPAA Guidelines. 
       

     

  3. Nonmaleficence (“do no harm”) and Beneficence (“do good”)
    1. The student should conduct him/herself with veracity (truthfulness). He/she should always act in a manner that promotes the welfare of patients and avoids harm to the patient. 
    2. Treatment plans should be determined according to patient needs as opposed to unmet requirements of the student. 
    3. No procedures should be started without instructor authorization, and all procedures should be evaluated by the instructor upon completion. 
    4. Referrals to residents, specialists, or staff members should be made when the complexity of the case exceeds the student’s ability to meet the standard of care. The referring student should inform the patient who will be responsible for dental maintenance and the reason for referral. 
    5. Students should exercise discretion in treating family members due to problems associated with medical history disclosure, confidentiality, objectivity, and professionalism. 
    6. Students are encouraged to participate in community outreach programs in order to improve the dental health of the public. 
    7. Students should advocate access to care for patients who are unable to receive care due to physical or mental disability or financial hardship. 

     

  4. Justice (“fairness”)
    1. Ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or infectious disease status should not influence whether or not a patient is accepted by a student to receive care. Furthermore, all patients should be treated with the same level of compassion, kindness and respect. 
    2. Students must not discriminate against patients in high-risk behavior groups. 
    3. The student should not cheat, plagiarize, forge, or falsify official records, patient charts, or examinations. 
    4. The student should not participate in activities involving theft and/or vandalism of school or student property. 
    5. Sexual harassment between colleagues, between health care provider and patient, and between students and faculty or residents is unacceptable and must be reported. 
    6. Students must report suspected abuse/neglect of patients to an appropriate instructor. 
    7. Students should exercise respect when working with human cadavers. 
    8. Controlled substances
      1. Students have the responsibility of protecting the integrity of the profession by reporting any suspicions of unethical behavior. 
      2. Students must never perform dental procedures while in an impaired condition, regardless of the source of the impairment. 
       

     

  5. All members of the American Student Dental Association must comply with the ASDA Code of Ethics 

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar

House Action: Adopted by the House

 


 

Resolution Number: 303-2010

Title: Amendment to Constitution Article V, Section 2: Refines ‘Membership’

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Governance Refinement Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #3: High Level Organizational Responsiveness & Effectiveness

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: When an association has both a constitution and bylaws, the constitution is considered the higher document, should be more difficult to amend and, therefore, should contain the most essential provisions relating to the organization of the association. Additional details should then be left to the bylaws. This proposed amendment limits the section on membership to only the most essential category: predoctoral members. The proposed amendment leaves intact the provisions that allow the Bylaws to establish additional members. As the Bylaws currently stand, this amendment would not alter the membership of the Association but only reduce unnecessary verbiage in the Constitution which will reduce the risk of future conflict or confusion; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Constitution Article V, Section 2 be amended to read as follows:

The membership of this Association shall consist of dental students enrolled in a predoctoral program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and other persons or organizations whose qualifications and classifications shall be established in the Bylaws.

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


 

Resolution Number: 304-2010

Title: Amendment to Constitution Article V, Section 3: Refines ‘Chapters’

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Governance Refinement Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #3: High Level Organizational Responsiveness & Effectiveness

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote. Adoption of this resolution would not preclude the possibility of an ASDA chapter at an individual school from functioning as the school’s student government.

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: Many dental schools have a student government association that is a distinct and independent entity from their ASDA chapter. This amendment would remove the current requirement that ASDA chapters “function as a form of local student government” in schools where student government is an independent entity. ASDA chapters that currently function or wish to function as a local student government would still be permitted to do so; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Constitution Article V, Section 3 be amended to read as follows:

Each dental school shall be eligible for a charter as a predoctoral Chapter of this Association as defined in the Bylaws. Predoctoral Chapters are separate legal entities. The Association is not responsible for debts or obligations of predoctoral Chapters and predoctoral Chapters are not responsible for the debts or obligations incurred by the Association. Predoctoral Chapter membership shall consist of the active members of each dental school. The purpose of a predoctoral Chapter shall be:

  1. To promote the objectives of the Association and membership therein among local dental students.
  2. To educate, inform and involve local members in the activities of the Association at all levels.
  3. To provide local members with representation by two Delegates to the Association’s House of Delegates.

Action: Placed on Consent Calender.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


 

Resolution Number: 305-2010

Title: Amendment to Constitution Article VI, Section 2B: Deletes Presidential Voting Privileges in Case of Tie Vote

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Governance Refinement Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #3: High Level Organizational Responsiveness & Effectiveness

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: Constitution Article VI, Section 2B as currently worded conflicts with ASDA Bylaws Part V, Section 1C. Consolidating references to when the president may vote to one location will reduce confusion and the risk of conflicts. The Bylaws are the more appropriate place for such rules; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Constitution Article VI, Section 2B be amended to read as follows:

The responsibility for the administration and management of all Association programs and activities shall be vested in a Board of Trustees consisting of eighteen (18) individuals whose role is specified in the Bylaws.

  1. Eleven (11) District Trustees, elected by the Delegates from their Districts, with full voting privileges.
  2. The President of the Association, elected by the House of Delegates, who shall serve as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees andwhose voting privileges shall be defined by the Bylaws
  3. Two (2) Vice Presidents, elected by the House of Delegates, shall serve as members of the Board of Trustees with full voting privileges.
  4. Four ex officio Board Members. Immediate Past President; Speaker of the House of Delegates; and two officers appointed by the Board of Trustees, the Association Editor and the Executive Director. These ex officio board members shall not be entitled to voting privileges.

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


 

Resolution Number: 306-2010

Title: Amendment to Constitution Article VI, Section 2D: Substitutes ‘Editor-in-Chief’ for ‘Association Editor’

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Governance Refinement Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #3: High Level Organizational Responsiveness & Effectiveness

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: Since the original drafting of the Constitution, the preferred terminology of the Association has evolved from “Association Editor” to “Editor-in-Chief.” This amendment updates the Constitution to reflect current accepted terminology; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Constitution Article VI, Section 2D be amended to read as follows:

The responsibility for the administration and management of all Association programs and activities shall be vested in a Board of Trustees consisting of eighteen (18) individuals whose role is specified in the Bylaws.

  1. Eleven (11) District Trustees, elected by the Delegates from their Districts, with full voting privileges.
  2. The President of the Association, elected by the House of Delegates, who shall serve as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and who may only exercise voting privileges in case of a tie vote.
  3. Two (2) Vice Presidents, elected by the House of Delegates, shall serve as members of the Board of Trustees with full voting privileges.
  4. Four ex officio Board Members. Immediate Past President; Speaker of the House of Delegates; and two officers appointed by the Board of Trustees, the Editor-in-Chief and the Executive Director. These ex officio board members shall not be entitled to voting privileges.

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


 

Resolution Number: 307-2010

Title: Amendment to Constitution Article VI, Section 5: Updates Using Preferred Terminology of ‘Editor-in-Chief’ and ‘Council Chairs’

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Governance Refinement Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #3: High Level Organizational Responsiveness & Effectiveness

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: Since the original drafting of the Constitution, the preferred terminology of the Association has evolved from “Association Editor” to “Editor-in-Chief” and from “committee chair” to “council chair.” This amendment updates the Constitution to reflect current accepted terminology; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Constitution Article VI, Section 5 be amended to read as follows:

The Board of Trustees may appoint an Executive Director, who shall serve as Secretary for the Association, an Editor-in-Chief, council chairs, as well as any other officers designated by the House of Delegates, who shall be considered officers of this Association without the right to vote.

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


 

Resolution Number: 308-2010

Title: Amendment to Constitution Article VI, Section 5: Adds ‘Contributing Editors and Externs’

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Governance Refinement Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #3: High Level Organizational Responsiveness & Effectiveness

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: This amendment updates the Constitution to explicitly authorize the appointment of contributing editors and externs by the Board of Trustees and eliminates confusion as to where that appointment authority resides; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Constitution Article VI, Section 5 be amended by insertion to read as follows:

The Board of Trustees may appoint an Executive Director, who shall serve as Secretary for the Association, an Association Editor, contributing editors, committe chairs, externs, as well as any other officers designated by the House of Delegates, who shall be considered officers of this Association without the right to vote.

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


 

Resolution Number: 309-2010

Title: Amendment to Constitution Article VII, Section 2: Meeting Dates for Board of Trustees

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Governance Refinement Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #3: High Level Organizational Responsiveness & Effectiveness

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: This amendment provides flexibility to the Board of Trustees by allowing them to call additional meetings if deemed necessary; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Constitution Article VII, Section 2 be amended to read as follows:

The full Board of Trustees will meet no fewer than five (5) formal times per year, including immediately following the Annual Session at the beginning of their term and immediately before the Annual Session at the end of their term. Cancellation of any meeting requires a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Trustees.

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House on the Consent Calendar

 


 

Resolution Number: 310-2010

Title: Amendment to Bylaws Part I, Section 3: Refines ‘Associate Membership’

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance & Professional Issues

Sponsors: Governance Refinement Committee

Address Strategic Plan Goal(s): #3: High Level Organizational Responsiveness & Effectiveness

Financial Impact: None

Board of Trustees Comments: Board recommends a YES vote

Reference Committee Comments:

Background: Some state dental associations require that any student member of their association also be a member of the American Student Dental Association. Many states also require that all active members be licensed dentists. New York and Delaware do not confer dental licenses to new graduates until the completion of a residency program of not less than one academic year’s duration. Several other states offer this as an optional path towards licensure. Dental school graduates in these situations are unlicensed and therefore ineligible for active membership in the ADA and their state dental association. Residents are currently eligible for associate membership; the proposed amendment specifically enumerates this option in order to remove any uncertainty with respect to their eligibility; therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Bylaws Part I, Section 3 be amended by substituting the following:

Section 3. Associate Membership 

Associate membership shall be made available to dental school faculty members; dental school graduates engaged full time in advanced training courses of not less than one academic year’s duration in a residency program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association; any former member or leader of the Association; foreign-trained dentists not enrolled in an advanced standing program in a US dental school; and dentists or other professionals in a field related to dentistry who have an interest in the Association’s goals. 

Action: Placed on Consent Calendar.

House Action: Adopted by the House

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