Member Resources:
2003 Annual Session Adopted Resolutions

Membership 

Resolution 100 Outstanding Predental Chapter Award 

Resolution 102 Establishing ASDA/ADEA National Dental Student Lobby Day as an Annual Event 

Resolution 104 Predental Member Recruitment Contest 

Resolution 105 Task Force on Membership Benefits and Non-Dues Revenue 

Resolution 106 Transition of Graduating Seniors from ASDA to ADA Members 

Resolution 107 Postdoctoral Handbook Contest 

Resolution 108RC ASDA's Annual Audited Financial Statements Availability 

Resolution 110 Elimination of ASDA's Postodoctoral Membership Category 

Resolution 111 Policy Addition Regarding Physically Impaired Dental Students 

Education and Licensure 

Resolution 200 Licensure for Graduates of Foreign Dental Schools 

Resolution 201 Re-authorization of the Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform 

Resolution 202RC Impact of Corporate Partnerships in Dental Education Funding 

Resolution 203 Curriculum Media Choice 

Resolution 204RC Merit-Based Admissions for Dental Programs 

Governance and Professional Issues 

Resolution 300RC Presidential Executive Authority 

Resolution 303 ASDA Regional Restructuring 

Resolution 305 Members Education on Opportunities for Service in Underserved Communities 

Resolution 308 ASDA, ADA and AAOMS Support of H.R. 1228 and S. 952 

Resolution 309RC Establishing a Consultant on State Dental Society Issues 

Resolution 310 Invitation of Consultants to Board of Trustees Meetings 

Resolution 311 Establishing Separate Consultant Positions for Education and Licensure 


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Resolution Number: 100

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Outstanding Predental Chapter Award

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors:    Council on Membership

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: The 2002 House of Delegates passed HOD-112-2002, which asked the Consultant on Predental Membership Marking and Services to create criteria for an Ideal ASDA Predental Chapter. The resolution called for the first "Outstanding Predental Chapter" award to be presented at ASDA's 2003 Annual Session. However, once the criteria were finalized, the Council on Membership determined more time was needed to publicize the award and associated criteria. With one year advance notice, ASDA's central office staff and local dental school chapters will have adequate time to promote the award to predental chapters.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA's central office staff promote the "Outstanding Predental Chapter" award and associated criteria through ASDAnet.org and ASDA's publications. Specifically, an e-mail announcement to the leadership of the predental chapters should be sent within two weeks following the close of the 2003 annual session; and be it further
Resolved, that an "Outstanding Predental Chapter" award be presented to a predental chapter at ASDA's 2004 Annual Session.


 


Resolution Number: 102

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Establishing ASDA/ADEA National Dental Student Lobby Day as an Annual Event

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: Legislative Grassroots Network

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees unanimously supports the adoption of this resolution.

Background: Lobby Day has grown to be the second largest ASDA event. Currently, the Board of Trustees must annually approve Lobby Day. The intent of this resolution is for Lobby Day to be established as an official annual event.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA/ADEA National Dental Student Lobby Day be established as an official annual event of the American Student Dental Association.


 


Resolution Number: 104

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Predental Member Recruitment Contest

Financial Impact: Need approximately 30 new predental members for cost to be negligible; otherwise cost could be as much as $1,000.

Sponsors:    Council on Membership

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: Currently ASDA has a little more than 20 predental chapters, while on the dental school side it has 56 chapters. Predental student membership dues are $50 annually. If each dental school were to start one predental chapter at its school or at a local university, then ASDA's predental membership category could be increased by close to 200 members and generate thousands of dollars of dues revenue.

It only takes five predental students to start a new predental chapter. And all of the material on "How to Start a Predental Chapter" already has been prepared by the last two consultants on predental membership.

Previously, ASDA has offered dental school chapters $5 for each new predental member that was recruited. The Council on Membership would like the 2003 HOD to approve a contest whereby the dental school chapter that recruits the most new predental members between Sept. 1, 2003 and June 1, 2004 will be awarded travel and registration fees for one member from its chapter to ASDA's 2004 Annual Session.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the Council on Membership encourage all ASDA chapters to establish predental chapters during the 2003-04 school year; and be it further
Resolved, that materials on how to start a predental chapter be provided on a link from the homepage of ASDAnet.org by two weeks after the close of the 2003 Annual Session; and be it further
Resolved, that the ASDA chapter that recruits the most new predental members between Sept. 1, 2003 and June 1, 2004 will be awarded travel and registration fees for one member from its chapter to ASDA's 2004 Annual Session.


 


Resolution Number: 105

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Task Force on Membership Benefits and Non-Dues Revenue

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors:    Council on Membership

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: This past year the Board of Trustees appointed an ad-hoc committee on membership that consisted of two ASDA leaders. The ad-hoc committee reviewed the current member benefits and determined that some of the benefits are little known to members and that it would be valuable if there were more benefits that members could use. Knowing what members want and giving them what they want would also help with recruitment of new members.

Recruiting new members is essential to ASDA's continued success. In order to recruit members, it is important to have incredible benefits, and in order to provide benefits, it is necessary to have both dues and non-dues revenue to pay for the benefits.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that a Task Force on Membership Benefits and Non-Dues Revenue be authorized for 2003-04 to meet during the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences; and be it further
Resolved, that the members of the 2003-04 task force be appointed by the Executive Committee and include no less than four members who are either consultants or members of the Board of Trustees and who are already funded to the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences; and be it further
Resolved, that this task force review current benefits for all membership categories, make recommendations on what needs to be publicized or eliminated as benefits, as well as brainstorm and implement new benefits; and be it further
Resolved, that this task force work to review current non-dues revenue areas such as the National Board reprints and the MBNA credit card, as well as explore new areas.


 


Resolution Number: 106

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Transition of Graduating Seniors from ASDA to ADA Members

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors:    Council on Membership

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: HOD 114-2002 Study of Billing Procedures and Long-Term Membership Impact asked the Council on Membership to research the difference between recruited versus optional or automatic schools in conversion to ADA members after graduation. The council reviewed the involvement of all chapters based on: the amount of involvement in Ideal ASDA Chapter activities (based on surveys that were collected in January 2003), a historical average of the number of national leaders from a particular chapter, conversion to ADA membership the first year out, and a historical perspective of schools that have submitted Ideal ASDA or newsletter award applications. Following are the specific conversion statistics from the ADA that show the percent market share of senior year students (Class of 2001; 2001 Student Membership) versus the first year out (Class of 2001; 2002 ADA Membership).

Type of Billing                   2002 Overall Student Market Share     Class of 2001:2001 Student Membership     Class of 2001:2002 ADA Membership
Recruited (22 schools)                      67.9%                                                              72.6%                                                                 56.5%
Automatic/Optional (32 schools)      95.2%                                                              93.5%                                                                52.4%


On a side note, the council looked at the financial impact if all schools were recruited chapters. Loss of the automatic/optional-billing category would reduce ASDA's membership revenue by 22 percent or close to $200,000.

In summary, there was no significant difference in the amount of involvement between the recruited and automatic/optional chapters during dental school, and there was only a 4 percent difference in the conversion rate to ADA members after graduation. What is most troubling from the research is that overall only 55 percent of ASDA members become ADA members after graduation, which leads one to ask: "What is being done to assist in the conversion?"

The 2002 HOD Resolution HOD 104A, B, C-2002 Supporting Transition from ASDA to ADA Membership, called for the ADA to assist ASDA with making a PowerPoint presentation that explains how to join the ADA after graduation and the value of membership. Also, the resolution asked ASDA to work with state dental societies on the transition process. The result of these resolutions was that the ADA agreed to put together a presentation, but nothing was done to involve state dental societies. In addition, the ADA informed ASDA of the following programs that are already in place to assist in transition:

  1. ADA Success Seminar/ADA New Dentist Transition Program: Junior and senior dental student program in which local new dentists and state/ADA staff discuss the issues surrounding graduation and how to maintain membership as a dentist. A "how to join" fact sheet is included in the packet of information. This program is offered to dental schools on a biannual year rotation.
  2. Transition mailing: A mailing to seniors at those schools that did not chose a New Dentist Transition Program. The mailing consists of the packet of information from the program, including the "how to join" sheet.
  3. Specific dental societies may choose to do their own version of a New Dentist Transition Program. The ADA provides a Recruitment and Retention Conference to assist states with their programs-to date, 15 states have participated in this conference.
  4. "Where are you going?" mailers that ask graduating seniors for their new contact information. Approximately half of the students respond to this mailer.
  5. Options mailer: Seniors responding to the "Where are you going?" postcard receive a personalized letter with membership information and application for their respective practice plans.
  6. "ADA Q&A" in ASDA News: Every spring an "ADA Q&A" (ADA Office of Student Affairs article in ASDA News) highlights the different membership categories and how to maintain membership.
  7. ADA.org: The membership section of ADA.org highlights the different membership categories with downloadable applications.
  8. On a side note: the ADA has a graduated fee schedule for new graduates: First year out 25 percent of total fees, second year out 50 percent, third year out 75 percent and fourth year out 100 percent of the regular fees.
     

In conclusion, the Council on Membership recommends that ASDA follow up with the ADA regarding a PowerPoint presentation regarding the benefits of ADA membership and how to join the ADA after graduation that chapters can present to their members. Furthermore, it would be beneficial to survey schools and state societies on what they are specifically doing to aid in the transition.

The range of market share for the Class of 2001, their first year out in 2002, was from a low of 31.4 percent at Howard University to a high of 79.6 percent at the University of Oklahoma. Once ASDA identifies how schools such as Oklahoma achieve such a large conversion rate, then a recruitment/transition model could be created for all schools. (The dean at Oklahoma does an exit interview with every student, and the dean assists the Oklahoma State Dental Society in obtaining the contact information of every student.)

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA obtain transition and recruitment materials from the ADA. Subsequently, the Council on Membership will present the materials at the 2004 regional meetings and the materials will be made available on ASDAnet.org; and be it further
Resolved, the Council on Membership develop a survey for the seven dental schools that have a more than a 70 percent conversion rate, (UOP, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma) aimed at finding out what they are doing right.


 


Resolution Number: 107

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Postdoctoral Handbook Contest

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors:    Council on Membership

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: In the spring of 2002, ASDA's central office staff promoted a campaign that awarded schools $5 for each copy of ASDA's Guides to Postdoctoral Programs they sold. This greatly increased the number of sales of the handbook.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the promotion of reimbursing chapters $5 for each copy of ASDA's Guides to Postdoctoral Programs sold be re-instated as of Sept. 1, 2003 until June 1, 2004. A check for the total reimbursement amount will be sent to chapters after June 1, 2004.


 


Resolution Number: 108RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: ASDA's Annual Audited Financial Statements Availability

Financial Impact: TBD 
 
Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports the adoption of 108RC as a substitute to resolution 108 with a recommendation to vote yes.
Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: ASDA's annual audited financial statements currently are only available to the Board of Trustees. However, we believe any and all members should have the right to see where their dues are being budgeted and spent.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the Board of Trustees research the best way to make its annual audited financial statements available to its members at the 2004 annual session.


 


Resolution Number: 110

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Elimination of ASDA's Postdoctoral Membership Category

Financial Impact: Minimal

Sponsors:    

Jeff Fleigel (University of Florida), Chapter President/First Delegate
Joseph Grimaudo (University of Florida), Second Delegate
Brandon Alegre (University of Florida), Chapter Membership Coordinator
 Anthea Drew, D.M.D. (Florida '03), pediatric resident - South Carolina,
Consultant on Career Development
Stephanie Cosby, D.M.D. (Kentucky '03), pediatric resident - Kentucky,

Consultant on Legislation
 


Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: Since at least 1996, ASDA's postdoctoral membership category has been in review. During the past seven years, none of ASDA's major membership recruitment or retention campaigns has included the postdoctoral category, nor has any expanded or specialized benefits been available for these students. There has been a steady decline in this membership category during recent years; there were only 66 postdoctoral members for 2003.

The ADA already has a graduate student membership category established. Currently there are more than 1,200 graduate ADA members, which is almost 20 times ASDA's current postdoctoral membership of 66. There is no reason the two organizations should be in competition for these members. The ADA Committee on the New Dentist understands the needs of graduate students and is continuously looking for creative and valuable ways to service those needs and to recruit and retain these members.

Many residency programs across the country sponsor ADA membership for their residents. Currently, the ADA graduate membership dues are $30 per year. The ASDA postdoctoral dues are $50.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA eliminate its postdoctoral membership category; and be it further
Resolved, that ASDA encourage postdoctoral membership in the ADA's graduate student membership category.


 


Resolution Number: 111

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Policy Addition Regarding Physically Impaired Dental Students

Financial Impact: None
Sponsors:   Hilary Craddock, Mississippi, First Delegate
                      Courtney Myrick, Mississippi, Alternate First Delegate
 


Reference Committee Comments: While the Reference Committee recognizes the concerns of the authors, the committee feels this resolution is included in ASDA's diversity policy and detailed in HOD 103-2002. The committee does not support the adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote no.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: Having reviewed ASDA's policies on impaired dental students, it does not include a policy on physically handicapped students. There is currently a handicapped student enrolled at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. Minimal changes were required to accommodate this student's needs. This student is currently providing optimal dental care for patients. The delegates from the University of Mississippi recommend the following addition to ASDA's policy.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA adopt a policy that supports the pursuance of a career in dentistry by students with disabilities.


 


Resolution Number: 200

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Licensure for Graduates of Foreign Dental Schools

Financial Impact: None
Sponsors:   Richard Chan (University of California, Los Angeles), First Delegate
                      Ryan J. Monti, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles), Second Delegate

                      Courtney Alexander (University of Texas at San Antonio), First Delegate
                      Stephen White (University of Texas at San Antonio), Second Delegate
 


Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: California, Hawaii and Arkansas currently have or are considering licensure mechanisms for graduates of foreign dental schools. Supporters of these programs argue that these licensing mechanisms are essential to address the access to care crisis in these states (see companion resolution HOD 2003-305). ASDA currently has no formal policy regarding these licensure mechanisms.

ARKANSAS
Arkansas passed legislation in 2003 creating a two-year, extendable pilot program to license graduates of foreign dental schools within North America. These applicants are not required to complete any examination beyond those required by the Arkansas State Board for graduates of ADA-accredited domestic dental schools. Applicants who successfully complete the Southern Regional Testing Agency's clinical examination will be granted a one-year provisional license to become permanent on satisfactory completion of the first year of practice.

CALIFORNIA
The Restorative Techniques Examination Pathway
California allows graduates of foreign dental schools to take a comprehensive examination in Restorative Techniques (RT examination) with all work performed on a typodont. This examination has commonly been referred to as the "bench-test." To be eligible for the RT examination, a dentist must possess a diploma from a foreign dental school and have passed parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examination. The RT examination lasts eight hours, and a typical list of procedures would be:

  1. Rubber dam placement.
  2. Ideal MO preparation on a molar.
  3. Amalgam restoration of an ideal MO preparation on a molar (previously prepared).
  4. PFM preparation on a maxillary incisor.
  5. MOD onlay preparation on a premolar. Die preparation and full wax-up.
     

Upon successful completion of this examination, dentists are certified and allowed to sit for the California Dental Board Examination. In an effort to apply a uniform standard to all licensees, California proposed a radical change in the licensing of foreign dentists, stipulating that for licensure a foreign graduate must complete two years of training at an accredited dental school. Graduates of these two-year programs earn a fully accredited D.D.S. degree and are eligible to take the Board examination. Each of California's five schools has programs that are compliant with AB 1116:

The California legislature has now extended the sunset date for the RT examination to Dec. 31, 2008, with the provision that candidates must meet the eligibility criteria by specific dates.

The "30 dentists" program
As part of the effort to define solutions to the access to care crisis, California has created a Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists. A subcommittee of this task force introduced a bill creating a program to recruit graduates of a dental school in Mexico to practice in community clinics in underserved areas of California. The law took effect July 1, 2003, but the program must be privately funded and currently has not been implemented.

Under the provisions of the new law:

  1. Thirty graduates of the National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Faculty Dentistry will be selected for participation.
  2. These graduates will participate in an orientation program to ensure their English skills are sufficient to interact with other clinicians.
  3. They will be given a provisional license allowing them to practice under the supervision of a fully licensed dentist.

At no point are these graduates required to participate in any clinical training or to pass any examination administered by the Dental Board of California.

 

HAWAII
Hawaii currently allows graduates of foreign dental schools to apply for licensure under the same circumstances as domestic graduates. These applicants need only to prove that they have graduated from a dental school accredited by a body approved by their government. No further assessment of their level of training is made before they sit for the board examination.

SUMMARY
ASDA is sympathetic to the access to care crisis, but supports the development of creative solutions to the problem from within the dental community. The licensing mechanisms currently in effect create an educational double standard. One group of applicants must graduate from a rigorous four-year program accredited by the ADA. The other group comes from variable backgrounds and no provision is made for assessing the overall education of these applicants beyond their scores on the National Board Dental Examinations. While many of these applicants may have received educations similar to that of a domestic dental school, there is no way to assess the equivalency of their educational status. This lack of any assurance of educational equivalency violates the public trust that the dental profession ensures that all practicing dentists have met a minimum standard.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA is opposed to licensure by any mechanism of graduates from schools not accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation; and be it further
Resolved, that graduation from a dental program accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation, regardless of its geographic location, should be required for eligibility for initial licensure in any jurisdiction in the United States, given that all other jurisdictional requirements are also fulfilled.


 


Resolution Number: 201

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Re-authorization of the Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform

Financial Impact: $4,000

Sponsors:    2002-03 Council on Education and Licensure

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: In the past seven years, the Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform (TFDLR) has been able to influence change in the licensure process. Assigning this important responsibility to a task force, rather than relying on the limited time of other association officers, has been the key to much of ASDA's success.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that a Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform be authorized for 2003-04 and funded to meet during the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences and during a spring conference call; and be it further
Resolved, that the members of the 2003-04 Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform be appointed by the Executive Committee and include six members who are either consultants or members of the Board of Trustees, one Executive Committee member, one member-at-large and one (non-voting) staff liaison.


 


Resolution Number: 202RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Impact of Corporate Partnerships in Dental Education Funding

Financial Impact: TBD

Sponsors:    Delegates of Colorado School of Dentistry

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 202RC as a substitute to resolution 202 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: The University of Colorado School of Dentistry has a vested interest in exploring the impact of corporate partnership (such as that which has been entered into by UCHSC with Orthodontic Education Centers [OEC]) on dental education funding. We need to explore the possibility of curriculum influence and limitation of the residents' professional opportunities. The American Dental Association is discussing this year whether or not to support such partnerships, and it will be necessary for ASDA to eventually take a stance on this situation.

We believe that two years would be adequate time to gather information and form an official position with ASDA based on the experience of recent graduates from such programs.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA assign the Council on Education and Licensure to study and monitor the impact of corporate partnerships on dental education curriculum and admissions processes; and be it further
Resolved, that the Council on Education and Licensure provide a report and recommendation to the 2005 House of Delegates.


 


Resolution Number: 203

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Curriculum Media Choice

Financial Impact: Negligible
Sponsors:   Courtney Alexander, First Delegate UT San Antonio
                      Stephen White, Second Delegate UT San Antonio
                      John Kacher, Contributing Editor for Mouth, UT San Antonio
 


Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: Last year ASDA conducted a survey concerning the DVD curricula. Results showed mixed responses pertaining to the quality and utility of current e-curricula. Many students expressed dissatisfaction with the cost and mandatory nature of the current DVD curriculum. Schools incorporating e-curriculum models require students to purchase the DVD software as contingent upon their enrollment status. The survey also revealed that many students did not find the DVD product conducive to their individual learning styles.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA supports the individual student's choice in purchasing either DVD or traditional textbooks in conjunction with predetermined curriculum at each dental school; and be it further
Resolved, that the ASDA Committee on Dental Education and Licensure send a letter to the dean of each dental school informing them of ASDA's stance on this issue.


 


Resolution Number: 204RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Merit-Based Admissions for Dental Programs

Financial Impact: TBD
Sponsors:    Sayeed Attar, D.D.S. (Minnesota), President
                       Heather Heaton, D.M.D. (South Carolina), Region 4 Trustee
                       Jon Nickelsen, D.D.S. (Illinois), Region 7 Trustee
                       Joshua Ries (Tufts), Region 1 Trustee
                       Ian Paisley, D.D.S. (Pacific), Consultant on Dental Education and Licensure

                       Ryan Monti, Ph.D. (California-Los Angeles), Second Delegate
 


Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 204RC as a substitute to resolution 204 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustee Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: An advanced specialty education program in orthodontics at Jacksonville University recently received initial accreditation from the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Orthodontic Education Centers (OEC) supports 11 of the first 14 residents accepted into this program. In exchange for tuition and living expenses, those receiving support from OEC commit to serve in an OEC-owned and operated site following their residencies.

Supporters of the program point to the shortage of specialists in general dentistry, particularly orthodontists. They believe that programs like this one and one in development at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry will provide access to residencies for students who could not otherwise bear the cost. Additionally, because the Jacksonville University program will provide care to underserved and low-income patients, the program is advocated as a solution to the access to care problem in the Jacksonville area.

ASDA is sensitive to the access to care crisis in many communities in the United States. Furthermore, ASDA strongly supports solutions that will reduce the cost of education and increase the number of training options available to dental graduates. However, these goals should not be achieved at the expense of the integrity of the admissions process.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA supports a merit-based admission process for all dental education programs; and be it further
Resolved, that ASDA opposes any admission process that is based on willingness to enter into a contractual agreement.


 


Resolution Number: 300RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Presidential Executive Authority

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:    Council on Governance and Professional Issues

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 300RC as a substitute to 300 with a recommendation to vote yes. The Reference Committee's view is that the president is the spokesperson and policy advocate of the association. However, in daily matters, presidential executive authority is a more efficient means of conducting business.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of this resolution.

Background: ASDA's Constitution and Bylaws does not thoroughly define the duties and expectations of the Executive Committee. Currently, the powers granted to the president are to serve as spokesperson for the association and chair of the Board of Trustees. Furthermore, the president only has voting privileges on the board or Executive Committee in the case of a tie. However, the duties are only outlined as those imposed by law and association tradition with the chair of the board of any association or corporation. An association's governance should suit its needs.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association Bylaws Part V, Section I, C be amended as follows:
C.  Powers 

The President of the Association shall be the official spokesperson for the organization, as well as serving as chariman chair of the Board of Trustees. The President shall have executive authority on the Executive Committee and executive authority on day-to-day matters. The President will shall have voting privileges on the Board of Trustees only in the case of a tie vote.
 

 

 


Resolution Number: 303

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: ASDA Regional Restructuring

Financial Impact: TBD

Sponsor: Task Force on Redistricting

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 303RC as a substitute to resolution 302 with a recommendation to vote yes. The Reference Committee resolution would distribute the responsibility of developing two new chapters to separate trustees instead of one trustee faced with responsibility of building two new chapters.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees unanimously supports adoption of this resolution.

Background: The University of Las Vegas Nevada School of Dentistry opened in 2002 and by September 2003 the Arizona School of Health Sciences School of Dentistry will open. The addition of two new schools has amplified ASDA's mal-distribution of its regional infrastructure. Currently, we have one region with four schools and another region with seven schools. This inequality in representation has allowed some schools to be underrepresented on the Board of Trustees, and in addition, has significantly increased the workload of the trustees.

ASDA's 2002 House of Delegates created a task force to study the regional structure and report back to the 2003 House of Delegates.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA's Constitution and Bylaws Article V, Section 4 be amended as follows:

ARTICLE V o SECTION 4
Predoctoral chapters of this association shall be grouped into Eleven (11) geographical Regions, based upon geographical distribution of dental schools within the United States and Puerto Rico, as outlined in the Bylaws.

; and be it further

Resolved, that ASDA's Constitution and Bylaws Article VI, Section 2 be amended as follows:

ARTICLE VI o SECTION 2
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) members. A. Eleven (11) Regional Trustees, elected by the Delegates from their Regions, with full voting privileges.

; and be it further

Resolved, that ASDA's Constitution and Bylaws Article VI, Section 4 be amended as follows:

ARTICLE VI o SECTION 4
The elected officers of the Association shall be the eleven (11) Regional Trustees, the President, and two (2) Vice Presidents. Their qualifications, election, term of office, powers, responsibilities and meetings shall be specified.

; and be it further

Resolved, that ASDA's Constitution and Bylaws Part III be amended as follows:

PART III o REGIONS

Region I
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Region II
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery
New York University College of Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo
School of Dental Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook

Region III
Howard University College of Dentistry
Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Temple University School of Dentistry

Region IV
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
Meharry Medical College
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
College of Dental Medicine Medical University of South Carolina
Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry

Region V
University of Alabama School of Dentistry
University of Florida College of Dentistry
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
School of Dentistry University of Mississippi
University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry

Region VI
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry
Ohio State University College of Dentistry
West Virginia University School of Dentistry

Region VII
University of Illinois at the Medical Center
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
Indiana University School of Dentistry
Marquette University School of Dentistry
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Region VIII
College of Dentistry the University of Iowa
School of Dentistry University of Missouri-Kansas City
Creighton University Boyne School of Dental Science
University of Nebraska College of Dentistry
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Region IX
University of Colorado School of Dentistry
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
The Texas A&M University System - Baylor College of Dentistry
University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch

Region X
{Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health}
Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry
University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Dentistry
University of Washington School of Dentistry

Region XI
University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry
University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
School of Dentistry Loma Linda University
School of Dentistry University of the Pacific
University of Southern California School of Dentistry

; and be it further

Resolved, that Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health be assigned to Region X after charter approval; and be it further
Resolved, that all other necessary documents be updated to reflect the restructuring.

 


Resolution Number: 305

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Members Education on Opportunities for Service in Underserved Communities

Financial Impact: TBD
Sponsors:    Richard Chan (University of California, Los Angeles), First Delegate
                       Ryan J. Monti, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles), Second Delegate
 


Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports the adoption of resolution 305 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: Access to dental care among residents of low-income and rural communities is a crisis facing many states. The severity of this crisis has prompted some states to adopt legislation (see companion resolution HOD 2003-201), against the advice of state dental societies, that creates programs intended to increase the availability of clinicians. These programs often involve provisional or permanent licensure of dentists who are not graduates of accredited dental schools.
Further, many programs have been created to provide loan forgiveness to dentists who practice in underserved communities. However, space in these programs often goes unclaimed, indicating either that such a financial inducement is not sufficient to recruit new graduates or that students are not adequately educated about the advantages of these programs.

While input from new dentists has been considered in the creation of these programs, data about dental student attitudes toward service in underserved communities have not been made widely available. The Legislative Grassroots Network has conducted a preliminary survey of approximately 800 dental students on this topic.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA make the results of the Legislative Grassroots Network survey on dental student attitudes toward service in underserved communities available to chapters for use in guiding the policies of their state dental societies and legislatures; and be it further
Resolved, that the Executive Committee or Board of Trustees appoint an appropriate authority to develop materials detailing the advantages of loan forgiveness and other alternative repayment programs for distribution to dental students.


 


Resolution Number: 308

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: ASDA, ADA and AAOMS Support of H.R. 1228 and S. 952

Financial Impact: None
Sponsors:   Ruben Cohen, D.D.S., ASDA-ADEA Student Commissioner
                     
                      Rashmi Ambewadikar, First Delegate, New York University
                      Legislative Grassroots Network
 


Reference Committee Comments: TBD

Board of Trustees Comments: TBD

Background: Historically, hospital residents have been overworked for many years. Many resident physicians work up to 120 hours a week, including 36-hour shifts for several weeks at a time. The excessive hours of hospital residents are common among oral surgery and GPR residents. Research has shown most residents attribute their most serious mistakes to exhaustion.

H.R. 1228 and S. 952 have been introduced to the U.S. House and Senate to reduce the work hours and increase the supervision of resident-physicians to ensure the safety of patients and resident-physicians themselves. These bills will limit the number of resident work hours to 80 per week with 24-hour maximum shift lengths.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA joins the "Resident Physician Work Hour Coalition Partners" in support of H.R. 1228 and S. 952; and be it further
Resolved, that ASDA presents a similar resolution to the ADA House of Delegates encouraging the ADA to support these two bills; and be it further
Resolved, that ASDA encourage the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to support these two bills as well.


 


Resolution Number: 309RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Establishing a Consultant on State Dental Society Issues

Financial Impact: TBD

Sponsor: Task Force on State Representation

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 309RC as a substitute to resolution 309 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: ASDA's Task Force on State Representation has researched contact information, extent of student involvement and other facts regarding individual state societies. Every year students at local and state levels are making strides in increasing student involvement. However, with the termination of the Task Force on State Representation, no system or person is in place to provide continuity or update the State Society Guide developed by the task force.

It is the recommendation of the task force that the House create a Consultant on State Dental Society Issues position to be appointed at the end of the 2003 House of Delegates. The task force has developed a position description outlining specific goals and duties. It is the hope of the task force that the states with no dental school will each have a student representative.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that a Consultant on State Dental Society Issues position be created; and be it further
Resolved, that the Consultant on State Dental Society Issues position description be implemented as follows:

Description of Duties: The Consultant on State Dental Society Issues is responsible for fostering relationships with state and local dental societies. The consultant reports directly to the Board of Trustees. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Educate and assist local state society liaisons in promoting the ADA Success program, a practice management seminar for junior and senior dental students.
  2. Educate and assist local state society liaisons in promoting the ADA Smart Start Program, a financial educational seminar for entering freshman.
  3. Educate and assist local state society liaisons in promoting the ADA Transitions program, a "How to become a member of the ADA" and practice opportunities seminar for senior dental students.
  4. Serves as a resource for issues pertaining to state societies and as a resource for local state society liaisons.
  5. Works to insure ASDA student voting representation in ADA state societies.
  6. Update any changes or additional information to the State Society Guide.
     

Within this area of responsibility, the consultant is expected to identify projects to meet the needs and interests of dental students and to develop and propose association policy, or policy revision, as needed.

The Consultant on State Dental Society Issues is expected to research and/or complete any project or House of Delegates resolution assigned to him/her by the Board of Trustees.

The consultant submits a final report that should describe the activities and accomplishments of the term, as well as suggest goals and priorities for the incoming consultant.

; and be it further

Resolved, that the Board of Trustees review the Consultant on State Dental Society Issues position after one year.


 


Resolution Number: 310

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Invitation of Consultants to Board of Trustees Meetings

Financial Impact: Minimal
Sponsors:   Eric Rossow, Consultant on Community and Interprofessional Issues
                      
                      Ian Paisley, Consultant on Dental Education and Licensure
                      Scott Froum, Consultant on Dental Education and Licensure
                      Stephanie Cosby, Consultant on Legislation
                      Anthea Drew, Consultant on Career Development
                      Becky Steinbach, Consultant on National Dental Exams
                      Arpan Nandra, Consultant on National Dental Exams
 


Reference Committee Comments: Not Reviewed

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: In 2003, the Board of Trustees cut the number of consultant positions from 14 to five. These five consultants have large responsibilities and are a wealth of information. They are selected by the board to be experts in the areas in which they consult. Besides written reports, these consultants are rarely utilized by the Board of Trustees.

As stated in the Operating Policies and Procedures of the Board of Trustees (page two, per EC21-1997), "Guests may attend designated portions of meetings of the Board of Trustees upon invitation of the President."

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the ASDA President invite the existing consultants to participate as required at the Board of Trustees Meetings held in association with conferences in which consultants already attend (BOT meetings held at Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences and the two during annual session) to avoid increased cost to the association.


 


Resolution Number: 311

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Establishing Separate Consultant Positions for Education and Licensure

Financial Impact: $2,000 (0.13% of Annual ASDA Spending as of 2002, prior to dues increase)
Sponsors:   Ian Paisley, DDS, 2002-2003 Consultant on Education and Licensure
                      Scott Froum (School of Dental Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook), 2003-2004 Consultant on Education and Licensure
                      Stephanie Cosby, DMD, 2002-2003 Consultant on Legislation
                      Becky Steinbach, (University of Colorado School of Dentistry), 2002-2003 Consultant on Dental Exams
                      Eric Rossow (College of Dentistry the University of Iowa), 2002-2003 Consultant on Community and Interprofessional Issues
                      Adam Pitts (University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry), Region 9 Trustee
                      David Newell (University of Washington School of Dentistry), Region 10 Trustee
                      Richard Chan (University of California, Los Angeles), First Delegate
                      Ryan J. Monti, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles), Second Delegate
                      Ben Walder (University of California, Los Angeles), Alternate Delegate
 


Reference Committee Comments: Not Reviewed

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: Traditionally ASDA's Executive Committee has appointed a consultant on education and licensure each year. The position matched the ADA's and ASDA's respective Council on Education and Licensure, and the consultant usually was an appointed member of each of these councils. This year there was major restructuring of the ASDA consultant positions in an effort to become more "fluid" in the ability to appoint consultants to topics of current concern.

Licensure is obviously one of ASDA's most important issues and will continue to be for a long time. However, more recently, dental education has come to the forefront as a major concern for dentistry. Current ADA President Howard T. Jones declared a "dental education crisis" and has funded two ADA Dental Education Summits to address the multitude of problems that dental education faces today.

Historically, the consultant position for education and licensure has had to place a distinct focus on the licensure issues, and as there is so much information for which to be responsible, this left education issues in the background. However, with licensure remaining a major concern of the membership and dental education emerging as a current major area of interest in dentistry, it is time to test the "fluidity" of our association and make a proactive change.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the traditional position of consultant on education and licensure be changed to create separate consultant positions in the areas education and licensure; and be it further
Resolved, that the Board of Trustees review the separation of the consultant on education and licensure position after one year.

Description of duties for consultant on education: The consultant on education is responsible for working with the major groups in organized dentistry to promote improvement of dental education in the United States. At the same time, the consultant will serve as ASDA's expert on issues relating to dental education. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Keep abreast of resolutions concerning dental education in the ADA and ADEA House of Delegates
  2. Work in partnership with the ADA and ADEA to design and carry out programs to improve dental education
  3. Research and attempt to find innovative solutions to current problems, such as faculty recruitment and retention, student indebtedness, student diversity and government funding of dental schools
  4. Monitor the administration, construction and scoring of the National Board Dental Examinations, Part I and Part II
  5. Serve as a resource for issues relating to student participation in dental research
  6. Communicate ways in which students may become involved in dental research projects and obtain grants and scholarships for student research
  7. Serve on ASDA's Council on Education and Licensure
  8. Must attend fall and winter ASDA Leadership Conferences
  9. Must attend Annual Session at end of term
  10. Inform the ASDA Board of Trustees of activities
  11. The consultant on dental education is expected to research and/or complete any project or House of Delegates resolution assigned to him/her by the Board of Trustees
  12. The consultant submits a final report that should describe the activities and accomplishments of the term, as well as suggest goals and priorities for the incoming consultant
     

Description of duties for consultant on licensure: The consultant on licensure serves the association by monitoring and proposing changes in dental licensure. They will be the association's primary source of current information in the area of licensure. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Inform the association, including the Board of Trustees and delegates, of current issues and changes in dental licensure
  2. Serve as ASDA's liaison to the ADA Council on Education and Licensure
  3. Serve on ASDA's Council on Education and Licensure and any associated task forces
  4. Educate members about the licensure process
  5. Maintain collaborative relationships with licensure communities of interest and actively pursue opportunities to move ASDA's licensure agenda forward
  6. Must attend fall and winter ASDA Leadership Conferences
  7. Must attend Annual Session at end of term
  8. The consultant on dental licensure is expected to research and/or complete any project or House of Delegates resolution assigned to him/her by the Board of Trustees
  9. The consultant submits a final report that should describe the activities and accomplishments of the term, as well as suggest goals and priorities for the incoming consultant
     

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