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2002 Annual Session Adopted Resolutions

Membership 

Resolution 101RC Evaluation of Local Chapter Structure and Election Procedures 

Resolution 102 Consolidation of Sustaining and Associate Membership Categories 

Resolution 103 Revision of Policy E-6 Diversity 

Resolutions 104A, Supporting Transition from ASDA to ADA Membership 104B and 104C 

Resolution 105 Evaluation of ASDA’s Postdoctoral Membership Category 

Resolution 107 Support for Give Kids A Smile Program 

Resolution 108 Access to Care for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities 

Resolution 109RC Support for Medisend 

Resolution 110 Internet Availability of Conference Presentations 

Resolution 111 Providing Digital Assistant Dental Information and Links on ASDAnet.org 

Resolution 112 Creation of an “Outstanding Predental Chapter” Award 

Resolution 113 Re-authorization of the Task Force on State Representation

Resolution 114 Study of ASDA Billing Procedures and Long-Term Membership Impact 

 

 
Education and Licensure 

Resolution 201 Policy Change to A-4 Assuring Dental Student Competence 
 
Resolution 202 Policy Change to A-5 Collection of Clinic Patient Accounts 

Resolution 203 Policy Change to A-7 Disclosure of Graduation Requirements 

Resolution 204RC Policy Change to A-11 Additional Year of Dental Education 

Resolution 205 Policy Change to F-2 Financial Aid Repayment 

Resolution 206RC Use of Electronic Material in Dental School Curricula 

Resolution 207RC Providing Tuition and Fees Information 

Resolution 208 Policy Change to A-3 Study Time for National Board Dental Examinations 

Resolution 209RC Evaluation of the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS) 

Governance and Professional Issues 

302RC Student Code of Ethics 

303 Re-authorization of the Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform 

305RC Realignment of ASDA Regions 8 and 9 

306  Change to Article IV, Section 2 of ASDA Constitution & Bylaws 

307 Establishment of a State Society Liaison Position at Local ASDA Chapters  
 

 


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Resolution Number: 101RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Evaluation of Local Chapter Structure and Election Procedures

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: 2001-02 Council on Membership

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 101RC as a substitute to resolution 101 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees unanimously supports the adoption of this resolution. Vice President Carolyn Taggart and Region 2 Trustee Amy Rappold were not present for the vote.

Background: Each ASDA predoctoral chapter implements its own structure of leadership and election process. Because each school’s structure is different, ASDA supports each chapter’s control of their individual election procedures.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA’s Council on Membership research each chapter’s local leadership structure and election process; and be it further
Resolved, that the research collected be compared to each chapter’s Constitution and Bylaws and that information be disseminated to their respective trustee.
 


Resolution Number: 102

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership 

Title: Consolidation of Sustaining and Associate Membership Categories

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: 2001-02 Council on Membership  

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. Vice President Carolyn Taggart and Region 2 Trustee Amy Rappold were not present for the vote.

Background: ASDA offers three categories of membership to dentists and professionals interested in or related to the field of dentistry—associate, international and sustaining. These three membership categories are defined below:

Associate—Open to any dentist or professional in a field related to dentistry who has a special interest in ASDA’s goals. Associate members are typically practicing dentists, dental auxiliary, faculty members, or foreign-trained dentists who are not enrolled in an advanced standing program in a U.S. dental school. Annual membership dues for 2003 are $50.
International—Open to any person who resides outside the United States and its possessions, who is interested in dentistry. Annual membership dues for 2003 are $75.
Sustaining—Open to past leaders of ASDA who support ASDA's goals and are living in the United States and its possessions. Annual membership dues are for 2003 are $50.

Resolution HOD 25-1999 created the sustaining membership category in order to allow past ASDA leaders to support the Association through dues money and maintain involvement within ASDA by receipt of publications. As of June 20, 2002, ASDA had 257 associate members, 20 international members, and 10 sustaining members. The sustaining membership dues category mirrors the associate category and encompasses similar membership benefits.

This resolution eliminates the sustaining membership dues category.
 
Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association Bylaws Part 1, Section 3 be amended as follows:
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Section 3.  Associate Membership

Associate Membership shall be made available to dental school faculty members; any former national, regional or local chapter leader of the association; former member and other persons at dental health or research facilities who have an interest in the Association's goals.

; and be it further

Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association Bylaws Part 1, Section 4 be amended as follows:
(bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)

 Section 4.  Other Membership Categories

The House of Delegates shall have the authority to establish additional membership categories not in conflict with the membership categories specified in these Bylaws.

  A. International Membership

 Any person who resides outside of the United States and its possessions who is interested in dentistry.

  B. Corporate Membership

 Any corporation or business entity associated with the profession of dentistry.

  C. Sustaining Membership

Any former national, regional, or local chapter leader of the association; former member, or other individual interested in supporting the goals of the association.
 


Resolution Number: 103

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Revision of Policy E-6 Diversity

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: 2001-02 Task Force on Diversity

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 adoption of this resolution. Vice President Carolyn Taggart and Region 2 Trustee Amy Rappold were not present for the vote.

Background: The Task Force on Diversity was authorized by the House of Delegates for leadership years 1999-2000 (HOD 301RC-2001) and 2000-2001 (HOD 81RC-2000). The task force recommends that ASDA adopt the following resolution to further define the organization’s diversity goals.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that American Student Dental Association policy E-6 (Sensitivity to Diversity) of the Current Statements of Policy and Position be amended to include a definition of diversity.
(bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)

 E-6 Sensitivity to Diversity (1993)
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that each dental school should assure that its faculty and administration are sensitive to the cultural diversity and changing demographics of today's dental students.

 Care must be taken to ensure that the dental school provides a safe and humane environment for all students and all members of the dental team, both physically and psychologically.  Sexist, discriminatory, or other similarly insensitive language and practices are totally unacceptable.

Faculty members should review their course content and styles to use inclusive language, to eliminate all potentially offensive language and graphics, and to present information in an objective manner which is sensitive to differences in gender, ethnicity, age, religion, politics, and physical abilities.

 
The American Student Dental Association defines diversity as: differences and variations among and between individual characteristics, demographics and professional choices, including, but not limited to, race, religion, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

ASDA supports the recruitment of an applicant pool that represents the continually diverse population.

ASDA supports the promotion of access to care for underserved diverse populations through legislative advocacy at the state and national levels.

ASDA supports the development and enhancement of opportunities to create open communication regarding diversity among associations within organized dentistry.

ASDA supports the incorporation of diversity training and cultural competence as part of dental education.

ASDA supports the retention of diverse dental students and new dentists in organized dentistry.
 

 


Resolution Numbers: 104A, 104B, 104C

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Supporting Transition from ASDA to ADA Membership

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: Council on Membership

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of these resolutions with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees unanimously supports the adoption of resolutions 104A, 104B and 104C. Vice President Carolyn Taggart and Region 2 Trustee Amy Rappold were not present for the vote.

Background: Membership market share in the American Dental Association has decreased from 73.5 percent to 70.4 percent. ADA membership market share for new dentists, defined as the first 10 years after graduation from dental school, is about 63.5 percent. ASDA, however, has a market share of 84 percent.

Why are new dentists not converting to ADA membership after graduation? The ADA Committee on the New Dentist and Council on Membership have reported that recent dental school graduates may be dissuaded from joining the ADA because of the confusion that occurs during the transition from ASDA member to ADA member. To complicate matters further, every state differs in their membership process. It is of paramount importance to the future of organized dentistry that the process of attaining membership in the ADA be simplified.

The ADA has implemented several measures to assist with the recruitment and retention of ASDA members in organized dentistry. These measures include the New Dentist News; programs such as “Transitions,” the “Success Seminar,” and “Smart Start”; tracking of dental students after graduation; mailing of ADA Resources for new dentists; dental board and licensure information; and “How to Join” fliers. In addition, many state societies make efforts to reach out to dental students. For example, several states, such as Florida, employ the immediate transition to membership model for senior dental students.  This membership model has greatly simplified the transition process to ADA membership.

However, it has become evident that these measures taken by the ADA or its component societies can be more successful with the involvement of ASDA. Efforts to simplify the transition process for new dental school graduates must involve the combined efforts of ASDA and the ADA. In addition, examples such as the Florida model show the great value of ASDA chapters forging strong relationships with their respective state societies.

Therefore be it
 
104A RESOLUTION

104A.  Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association encourage the American Dental Association to prepare a plan to simplify the application process to join ADA upon graduation; and be it further
Resolved, that ASDA request that the ADA prepare resource materials for students and ASDA chapters and be it further
Resolved, that such materials could include, but not be limited to, information about the value of membership in the ADA and information about how to transition senior dental students to ADA membership upon graduation.

104B RESOLUTION

104B.  Resolved, that ASDA encourage state dental societies to consider implementing a senior transition program to ADA membership; and be it further
Resolved, that ASDA encourage state dental societies to consider existing programs such as the  Florida Dental Association plan when designing such a project.

104C RESOLUTION

104C.  Resolved, that ASDA request that the ADA develop a PowerPoint presentation to be delivered at the tri/quad-regional meetings and/or annual session explaining how to join ADA upon graduation.
 


Resolution Number: 105

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Evaluation of ASDA’s Postdoctoral Membership Category

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 response to HOD 103-2001, the Council on Membership evaluated ASDA’s Postdoctoral membership category. The Council investigated all aspects including market share, reports and benefits.

HOD 103-2001
Directed the Council on Membership to evaluate the effectiveness of the postdoctoral category and consider submitting a resolution to the 2002 House of Delegates recommending elimination or continuation of the category.

Below is summary of the background information from the resolution:

Currently, ASDA offers joint ASDA/ADA postdoctoral membership for $35 per year. 
ADA also offers a postdoctoral membership category—an ADA-only postdoctoral membership for $30 per year. Members who join directly with ADA are not members of ASDA.

Reasons for the elimination of the ASDA/ADA postdoctoral membership category:

1.  Each year, from 1996-1998 an ASDA Task Force on Postdoctoral Issues (TFPDI) met to research ways to better service postdoctoral members. The reports made it clear that ASDA does not have the resources to represent postdoctoral members as they should be represented.

2.  Under the current dues structure, the dues ($35 per year) for postdoctoral members just cover the cost of the publications and services provided to each member. The removal of this category would have virtually no financial impact.

3.  If postdoctoral members had only one choice for membership, it would be easier to retain and maintain their membership records and obtain their place within the structure of organized dentistry and the tripartite.

When reviewing the benefits, the Council learned ADA-only members do not have the same benefits as joint ASDA/ADA members, but it is questionable whether joint members use or need these benefits. The Council also believes ASDA should assist the ADA in retaining new dentists, and if postdoctoral members had only one choice for membership, it would be easier to retain and maintain their membership.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Council on Membership evaluate the utilization of benefits by postdoctoral members that are only available to joint ASDA/ADA members and not ADA-only postdoctoral members; and be it further
Resolved, that if the Council determines that the benefits only available to joint ASDA/ADA members are being significantly utilized, the Council request that the ADA make the benefits part of the ADA-only postdoctoral member category; and be it further
Resolved, that effective in membership year 2004, the postdoctoral membership dues be increased from $35 per year to $50 per year with, $5 in membership rebated to the ADA for the cost of ADA student membership dues; and be it further
Resolved, that the Council consider drafting resolutions to the 2003 House of Delegates to determine the elimination or continuation of the ASDA postdoctoral membership category.



 Resolution Number: 107

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership 

Title: Support for Give Kids A Smile Program

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  Nathan Russell, ADPAC Representative
       Board of Trustees

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. Vice President Carolyn Taggart and Region 2 Trustee Amy Rappold were not present for the vote.

Background: Whereas, ADA is committed to maintaining and improving dental societies at the local, state and national levels as the profession’s voice to the health care community, government, the media and the public; and

Whereas, the “Give Kids A Smile” project will help position dentists and organized dentistry at all levels, both within and outside the profession as leaders in the issue of access to oral health care.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the members of ASDA’s House of Delegates commit to devoting their best personal efforts to facilitating successful “Give Kids A Smile” events in their home districts and schools, including:

• Encouraging faculty and student colleagues to participate in “Give Kids A Smile”; and
• Helping to organize and participate in local “Give Kids A Smile” events.

 


Resolution Number: 108

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Access to Care for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors: Marcie Berger, Florida, Second Delegate
      Eric Rossow, Iowa, Consultant for Community and Interprofessional Issues
      Anthea Drew, Florida, Region 5 Trustee
                  Tara Lawson, Nova, 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: (HOD 16-1998 called that an investigation be conducted to determine ways to increase awareness in dental schools of the needs of mentally and physically disabled patients, as well as incorporate this information into the school curriculum.)

This investigation should be revisited, as well as taken to a higher level.  Access to care for people with disabilities is a national problem. Trends to normalize and deinstitutionalize people with disabilities into the community will continue, but most of these people are still dependent on community-based facilities for care. These facilities are decreasing, but the need for care is not.  The American for Disabilities Act makes it illegal to charge more to treat a patient with a disability, even though it requires more time, procedures, staff, and equipment.  Informed consent and guardianship issues are additional barriers to general dentists treating these patients.

Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA increase awareness of this problem on a national and state level by ASDA sending a letter to the ADA detailing ASDA’s support of the need for increased access to care for people with disabilities; and be it further
Resolved, that the Consultant on Community and Interprofessional Issues continue the investigation to determine ways to increase awareness in dental schools of the needs of mentally and physically disabled patients and report next year at annual session how to incorporate this information into the school curriculum; and be it further
Resolved, that the Consultant on Community and Interprofessional Issues develop a letter for a national letter-writing campaign for local ASDA chapters to address the need for access to care for people with disabilities.
 



Resolution Number: 109RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Support of Medisend

Financial Impact: The Reference Committee revised financial impact from $500 to $250.

Sponsors:  Jeremy Chance Texas-Houston, Second Delegate
                   Jim Spradley Texas-Houston, First Delegate
        Jennifer McConathy, Texas-Houston, Region 9 Trustee

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 109RC as a substitute to resolution 109 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: Among ASDA members, concerns have arisen that we as an organization have not taken an active role in community outreach programs at a national level. Adopting a program such as Medisend will help to broaden our horizons and add a new level of environmental and public health awareness among members. Through our efforts we can make a difference.

In a time when the world sees America as a wasteful and greedy society, we have an opportunity to break this stigma and show our true compassion for all of mankind. As healthcare professionals we must take an active role in protecting our environment and those less fortunate than ourselves.  The Medisend program provides us with that vehicle. ASDA is a wonderful organization that has blessed us all with the ability to speak on a national level about the concerns facing our profession.  I believe one of these concerns is the overwhelming number of dental students who are engrossed with the idea of becoming rich.  In order to embrace the ideals set up by past generations of healthcare providers it is important that we see first hand as students that the gift we were given as dentists can provide a world of hope to those without any.

Medisend, a nonprofit tax exempt organization, was set up in the early ‘90s to collect medical equipment, instruments, and supplies no longer used in the United States and distribute them across the globe to people in need. Many recycling programs around the country collect cans and bottles. The collection of medical surplus has only been undertaken by large medical institutions.  Never before have students taken a lead role in a project of this nature. 

Our leaders in government have embraced the idea of collected aluminum and glass products, so much that, it has become ingrained in the American culture. The collection and distribution of medical surplus can directly improve the quality of life in many impoverished communities.  It is abundantly clear that the time for this program has arrived. I ask that we take up this torch and help to spread nationwide this idea of a responsible healthcare system. 

We have all taken a hippocratic oath “to do no harm,” but I say that it is when we take a humanitarian oath “to do good for those less fortunate,” that we will make a difference in the world. ASDA stands for the development of dental leaders in the political landscape of our country. Taking a stand together we will help to show the world that as a profession we can make an impact on world issues. I propose that we form a committee to look into the proliferation of the Medisend program through the student leader to their respective institutions.

History
• 1990, Martin Lazar, M.D. established a non-profit company, MediSend International.
• Since 1990, MediSend International has delivered more than 300 shipments of a total of 310 tons valued at more than $7.5 million to 65 countries on five continents, without incidents.
• 1999, UT-Houston has formed a partnership with MediSend International to support its mission of helping people outside our borders.
• April 2000, the Student InterCouncil (SIC) formed an MediSend Ad Hoc Committee.
• April 2001 President Willerson and the Executive Council approved MediSend
• October 2001 student initiative at the UT Dental Branch
-- Dental Branch MediSend Committee established
• MediSend officers elected
• Faculty Advisor appointed
• Research Advisor appointed
• Two graduate Advisors selected
• One MediSend representative was selected from each of the four dental classes
• One Medisend representative was selected from each of the two dental hygiene     
 classes
• Surplus collection sorting laboratory established.
-- OSHA regulations establishing proper infection control standards.
-- All personnel trained in infection control.
-- Barrier protection worn at all times.
• Collection bins
– Strategically located near first and second floor dispensaries.
– Total of six bins affixed with 10’’x11’’ MediSend logo.
– Housekeeping transfer materials from the bins to the storing laboratory
• Warehouse
– Official UT warehouse space was allocated for the storage of sorted materials.
– MediSend International coordinates pick-ups with MediSend Dental Bran committee.
• Types of material collected
– Expendable Supplies
• cotton, gauze, suction tips, etc.
• unused uncontaminated by blood or body fluids and out of sterile package
• any packaged medical/surgical equipment that is out of sterile date
– Equipment
• curing lights, cavitron, hand pieces, etc.
• Change a manufacture brand
• Upgrades
• trade-ins
• retiring physicians
• hospitals that close
– Instruments
• carvers, spatulas, explorers, probes, etc.
• surgical or diagnostic
• unused or used but can be re-sterilized
• trade-ins for new models
• discontinued product lines
• retiring physicians
• hospitals that close

Inaugural Shipment
• August 14:  First shipment to MediSend International
• Three pallets of medical and dental supplies
• Estimated value was approximately $22,800 

Future Plans
• Expansion to remaining schools of UTHSC-Houston
– School of Public Health
– Medical School
– School of Nursing
– School of Health Information Sciences
– Graduate School of Biomedical Science
• Expansion to other institutions within the Texas Medical Centers
– Memorial Hermann Hospital , St Luke’s, Texas children’s Hospital, MD Anderson CRC
• Promote Dental Branch MediSend pilot program at ASDA Annual Meeting
– Provide a template for initiation of the program
– Network with dental professionals at ASDA annual meeting

MediSend Matters
• First and only university based MediSend Program
• Unprecedented student initiative
• Health professional’s responsibility and duty to humanity and the environment

This was a brief summary of where the Medisend Program stands. With the endorsement of ASDA, there is no limit to the number of volunteers who could help spread the message of compassion to the world’s underprivileged.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association support a campaign to spread the message of Medisend to all ASDA Chapters; and be it further
Resolved, that the consultant on Community and Interprofessional Issues develop a PowerPoint presentation that includes structured guidelines of how students can set up a local Medisend committee within their ASDA chapter in order to achieve participation and understanding of the program; and be it further
Resolved, that the presentation be given at either the tri-/quad-regional and/or annual conferences; and be it further
Resolved, that all first delegates receive by way of e-mail a detailed package providing the steps taken in an outline format of “How to set up an ASDA Medisend Committee,” in their chapter; and be it further
Resolved, that hard copies of the Medisend start-up kit be available at the central office upon request.
 



Resolution Number: 110

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Internet Availability of Conference Presentations

Financial Impact: Minimal

Sponsor: Matt McInnes, Loma Linda, 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: After tri-/quad-regional and annual conferences, representatives are expected to report to their respective dental school administration on the various meetings and issues being discussed. Because most of the presentations are presented in PowerPoint format, creating our own presentations for administrators would be easier and more efficient if the PowerPoint files were available at the end of each conference.  

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that all PowerPoint presentations given during each conference be available at the discretion of the presenter on ASDAnet.org within one week of conference completion.
 


Resolution Number: 111

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Providing Personal Digital Assistant Dental Information and Links on ASDAnet.org

Financial Impact: TBD

Sponsors: Bryan Cropper, Louisville, Second Delegate
                  Cameron Quayle, Virginia, First Delegate
                  Dawn Maevtz, Minnesota, Membership 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: The ASDAnet.org Web site provides many useful benefits to dental students and those who aspire to enter dental school. At present ASDA’s Web site does not have a dedicated section for the use of PDAs in dentistry. Many students own PDAs or would like to own one, especially if the usefulness in the dental profession was explained.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that a Web page be added to the ASDAnet.org Web site to contain information on the use of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) in dentistry as well as links to other useful sites on the subject; and be it further
Resolved, that the Council on Membership research useful dental Web sites and recommend such to have links placed on ASDAnet.org.
 


Resolution Number: 112

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Creation of an “Outstanding Predental Chapter” Award

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: Evelyne Vu-Tien, 2001-02 Consultant on Predental Membership and Marketing Services

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

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: ASDA’s predental membership is annually increasing. Its membership serves as an integral link to ASDA’s predoctoral membership. In order to properly recognize exceptional predental chapters, there should be the creation of an “Outstanding Predental Chapter” Award. Currently, there are more than 21 nationally recognized ASDA predental chapters. Some of these predental leaders will be attending the 2003 annual session. The award would foster a sense of community as well as encourage predental chapters to become more involved on a national level.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that an “Outstanding Predental Chapter” Award be created; and be it further
Resolved, that the Consultant on Predental Membership and Marketing Services develop the criteria for the “Outstanding Predental Chapter”; and be it further
Resolved, that the Ideal ASDA Chapter Committee be responsible for judging and selecting one predental chapter for the award; and be it further
Resolved, that the Consultant on Predental Membership and Marketing Services be responsible for disseminating the information of an “Outstanding Predental Chapter” Award to all predental leaders; and be it further
Resolved, that the first “Outstanding Predental Chapter” Award be presented at the 2003 Annual Session.
 



Resolution Number: 113

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Re-authorization of the Task Force on State Representation

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors: 2001-02 Task Force on State Representation

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 American Student Dental Association continuously has worked to instill an awareness of and appreciation for the importance of organized dentistry in dental students. One of the eight fundamental objectives of the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws states “to introduce, promote and encourage student participation in organized dentistry, and to position association membership as the beginning of a lifelong involvement with organized dentistry.” ASDA has a long history of supporting and encouraging student involvement in state and local dental societies.  Association archives show documentation of this commitment dating back to 1975.

By integrating student voices into state associations, the states will help to identify more effective means of attracting and retaining new dentists. Student involvement can serve as a voice to graduating students to help attract more young dentists to the state. Students represent nearly 10 percent of practicing dentists, and their representation would be helpful in shaping future policies at the state and local level.

Many dental organizations are experiencing a decline in new dentist membership market share.  ASDA and state dental societies can work together to strengthen organized dentistry as a whole.

The following resolutions on this topic have been adopted by the ASDA House of Delegates since 1992:

HOD 101-2001
Directed a Task Force to be formed which would research and set goals to increase student representation in targeted states either through the creation of student state component societies or by establishing and/or increasing the number of student votes in the targeted states’ House of Delegates.

HOD 108RC-1996
Directed actions to encourage states with dental schools to support and promote increased student representation within state society committees and the House of Delegates.  Directed the maintenance of a database of events undertaken by chapters in pursuit of such increased representation as a reference for other ASDA chapters, along with a summary of the status of student representation in constituent dental societies and strategies used by chapters to obtain or improve student status or representation within these organizations.

HOD 133-1995
Directed delegates to lobby their state dental society to request voting representation in the House of Delegates in states where students do not have such a vote.  It also directed all chapters to lobby appropriate school administration personnel to ensure that the official student representative to the state society is a member of the local ASDA leadership structure.

HOD 134RCA-1995
Directed delegates to act as or appoint another chapter officer to serve as chapter liaison to the state dental association.

HOD 149RC-1994
Encouraged chapters to approach their local and state dental societies about jointly sponsoring a speaker, or an ADA seminar program (the ADA provides its seminars at cost to constituent and component societies) as a combined educational program. 

HOD 145RC-1994
Directed the monitoring of chapter progress in implementing relationship-building programs with local dental societies, as well as development of effective communication channels between chapters and dental societies.

HOD 143RC-1994
Directed the review of constituent and component dental society dues structures to identify any that do not offer a reduced dues program for recent graduates, and contacting any such societies to request that they reconsider their policy.

HOD 5A-1992
Directed the association to work with state dental societies to encourage increased student attendance at their meetings. 

The Ideal Chapter criteria includes provisions for chapter involvement in organized dentistry as follows:  

  • All members know how to join ADA after graduation
  • 100 percent of members convert to ADA membership in the year after graduation
  • Chapter is involved with state and/or local dental society
  • Chapter has voting representation in the state dental society House of Delegates
  • Chapter contributes to state and/or local dental society publications.

The following policies were adopted by the ASDA House of Delegates in 1983 and 1979 and are  located in the Current Statements of Position or Policy:
 
G-1 Dental Student Representation in State and Local Dental Societies (1983)
The American Student Dental Association supports local chapters seeking a vote in their respective state dental associations and their respective local dental societies.

G-3 State Dental Associations (1979)
The American Student Dental Association encourages state dental associations to invite selected dental students to participate in the councils, committees, and conferences of the state dental associations, and that such students be active ASDA members selected by the dean and local ASDA chapters of the dental schools of that state.

 
If students are to embrace the importance of organized dentistry, then the institutions themselves must hold value and demonstrate fairness and concern for all constituencies, and must respect the position of students as the future of the profession. With fulfillment of these principles in mind, the ASDA is seeking representation for student members at the state dental society level. 

To focus the efforts of ASDA leaders requires research and planning. The 2001-02 Task Force was able to complete much of this research and planning however, there is still much work to be done. The re-authorization of the Task Force will help to increase student representation and thus strengthen the organization.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that a Task Force on State Representation be authorized for 2002-03 to meet during the Fall and Winter Leadership conferences; and be it further
Resolved, that the members of the 2002-03 Task Force be appointed by the Executive Committee and include no less than six members who are either consultants or members of the Board of Trustees who are already funded for the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences; and be it further
Resolved, that this Task Force work to increase student representation in targeted states either through the creation of student state component societies or by establishing and/or increasing the number of student votes in the targeted states’ House of Delegates; and be it further
Resolved, that this Task Force report its findings to the 2003 ASDA House of Delegates.
 


Resolution Number: 114

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Study of ASDA Billing Procedures and Long-Term Membership Impact

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors: Nathan Russell, ADPAC Representative
                  Christopher Herzog, Washington
                  Eric Kvinsland, Washington, Second Delegate
                  Eric Nordstrom, Washington, First Delegate
                  Alan Curtis, UCLA, Legislation Liaison
                  Amy Gimlen, UCLA, First Delegate 
                 
Reference Committee Comments: While the Reference Committee recognizes the concerns of the authors, the committee feels the resolved clauses are not feasible and any conclusions drawn cannot be correlated to long-term membership impact. After considerable discussion, the committee does not support the adoption with a recommendation to vote no.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: It is important that each year, every ASDA chapter be responsible for recruitment and retention of its members. Billing procedures in which students automatically enrolled in ASDA do not promote long-term devotion to organized dentistry. Although automatic billing provides monetary reward for ASDA chapters, it devalues the membership in organized dentistry and gives unrealistic representation of proactive student opinion. Automatic billing fosters complacency and lassitude in student leaders, as both educators and advocates. The ineffectiveness of automatic billing in creating a sense of obligation and importance is reflected in the disparity between ASDA and ADA enrollment percentages. Annual membership recruitment requires leaders to educate their members and stay informed on current issues related to organized dentistry. Recruitment means that members value their affiliation—Automatic billing can foster resentment and decreased participation in organized dentistry long term. The goal of ASDA should be that students desire to be members—not that we simply desire their membership.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Council on Membership conduct an investigation comparing the effectiveness and strength of billed versus recruited/optional chapters for the past five years, in the areas of:
a) Membership rollover into the ADA between one and 10 years after graduation;
b) Number of ADA leaders (not including ASDA leaders);
c) Member satisfaction and awareness;
d) National chapter participation;
and be it further
Resolved, that the Council on Membership report on the financial impact posed by the elimination of automatic billing; and be it further;
Resolved, that the Council on Membership meet one weekend during the year to compile results and write a report to be posted on www.ASDAnet.org before Jan. 31, 2003, and a report to be given at the 2003 House of Delegates.
 


Resolution Number: 201

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Policy Change to A-4 Assuring Dental Student Competence

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: 2001-02 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 unanimously supports adoption of this resolution.

Background: The Council on Education and Licensure reviewed ASDA policy A-4 and recommends the following changes.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Current Statements of Policy and Position, policy A-4 be amended as follows (bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that all dental schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation graduate only students who have achieved competency in all required areas. In cases of unsatisfactory student performance, dental schools should provide positive intervention. In cases where students fail to demonstrate competence after reasonable attempts at remediation, dismissal or other opportunities within the dental profession should be considered pursued.
 


Resolution Number: 202

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Policy Change to A-5 Collection of Clinic Patient Accounts

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: 2001-02 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 unanimously supports the adoption of this resolution.

Background:  The Council on Education and Licensure reviewed ASDA policy A-5 and recommends the following changes:

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Current Statements of Policy and Position, policy A-5 be amended as follows (bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that responsibility for collection of dental school patient accounts rests ultimately with the dental school and not with individual students.  Students should not receive a grade, an evaluation or receipt of credit for the clinical experience based procedures should not be dependent upon the payment status of the patient’s account.
 


Resolution Number: 203

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Policy Change to A-7 Disclosure of Graduation Requirements

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: 2001-02 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 unanimously supports adoption of this resolution.

Background: The Council on Education and Licensure reviewed ASDA policy A-7 and recommends the following changes.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Current Statements of Policy and Position, policy A-7 be amended as follows (bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools are responsible for informing their students of all graduation requirements upon enrollment, and for providing related guidelines including initial licensure information and explanations of these requirements.

 


Resolution Number: 204RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Policy Change to A-11 Additional Year of Dental Education

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: 2001-02 Council on Education and Licensure

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

Background: The Council on Education and Licensure reviewed ASDA policy A-11 and recommends the following changes.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Current Statements of Policy and Position, policy A-11 be amended as follows:
(bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)

The American Student Dental Association strongly supports high quality dental education, and favors voluntary postgraduate training and the creation of additional postgraduate opportunities. The American Student Dental Association is opposed to a mandatory one-year post-graduate program or the addition of an additional year to the present dental curriculum. The American Student Dental Association supports students having the option to complete a ADA accredited postgraduate residency program in lieu of a clinical licensure exam for the purpose of initial licensure.
 


Resolution Number: 205

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Policy Change to F-2 Financial Aid Repayment

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: 2001-02 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 unanimously supports adoption of this resolution.

Background: The Council on Education and Licensure reviewed ASDA policy F-2 and recommends the following changes.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Current Statements of Policy and Position, policy F-2 be amended as follows:
(bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)

The American Student Dental Association advocates that all current and former dental students repay their educational loans in a responsible and timely fashion. It urges the administrative officers of dental schools to intensify their efforts to collect outstanding and overdue loans in order to meet standards that may be imposed as criteria to receive new loans. The association urges dental schools to provide more sufficient financial aid counseling to dental students.
 


Resolution Number: 206RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Use of Electronic Material in Dental School Curricula

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: John Kacher, Texas-San Antonio, Mouth Contributing Editor

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 206RC as a substitute to resolution 206 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of the first resolving clause; unanimously does not support adoption of the second resolving clause; and supports adoption of the third resolving clause.

Background: The coordinated use of electronic material in dental school curricula began in the year 2000 with five dental schools. A private company provided electronic content to the students in these schools via information stored on a DVD. Students who use this “computer curriculum” have little part in determining the manner in which the material is delivered. Furthermore, the format of the information on the DVD is particular to the company that provides the information. The agreement of this company with dental schools binds students to purchase the software and content as a matter on enrollment in the dental school. Because of the monopolistic nature of this private company, there exists no feedback loop to ensure quality of the software or fair pricing of the DVD. 

For the use of this resolution, the author defines non-proprietary as ‘formats of electronic data that are established by a recognized committee.’  For example, the .jpeg image standard was created by an international group of respected computer scientists; thus .jpeg image files can be read by many different e-mail programs and web browsers.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that American Student Dental Association supports the use of non-proprietary electronic formats for computer material used in curricula at accredited dental schools where such material is in use; and be it further
Resolved, that ASDA supports competition between providers of electronic educational information and hardware, and the active role of students in determining the nature of delivery of electronic media.
 


Resolution Number: 207RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Providing Tuition and Fees Information

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  Rich Fisher, Louisville, First Delegate
 Bryan Cropper, Louisville, Second Delegate
 Neil Dean, Missouri, Legislative Liaison
 Matt Strohmeyer, Missouri, Second Delegate
 Joshua Ericksen, Pacific, Tri-regional Legislative Coordinator

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 207RC as a substitute to resolution 207 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: According to ASDA policy A-6, dental schools should provide prospective students with adequate levels of current and accurate data” pertinent to the completion of the dental degree. This should include information on tuition and fees and recent increases of such for each school. Current policy does not specify that tuition and fees information be provided by the schools.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Current Statements of Policy and Position, policy A-6 be amended as follows:
(bold indicated added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)

It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that dental schools should provide prospective students with adequate levels of current and accurate data pertaining to the likelihood of successful and timely completion of the dental degree, both prior to and throughout the application process.

Such information should include, but not be limited to, current and past graduation rates, patient pool size, student pass/fail rates on the National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II, historical lists of annual tuition and fee data, including and other related information of concern to prospective students, since such information is critical to making an informed and educated decision about attending a dental school.

; and be it further

Resolved, that such information be provided by each U.S. dental school for publication in ASDA News, annually, the ASDA Web site and the Association’s Annual Reports.
 


Resolution Number: 208

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure 

Title:  Policy Change to A-3 Study Time for National Board Dental Examinations

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: Aaron Molen, Loma Linda, Alternate 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: The following amendment to ASDA policy A-3 will place needed focus on National Board Dental Examination Part II (NBDE2), in addition to National Board Dental Examination Part I (NBDE1). This will encourage dental schools to allow adequate study time for the often under-emphasized NBDE2, in addition to study time for NBDE1. The author intends to offer this policy revision as an editorial change.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Current Statements of Policy and Positions, policy A-3 be amended as follows: (bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text).

The American Student Dental Association encourages the administrators of all U.S. accredited dental schools to provide students an adequate amount of time off from school to prepare for the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Examination Part I (NBDE1) and National Board Dental Examination Part II (NBDE2) that includes, but is not limited to, an exam-free window before and after the boards.

 


Resolution Number: 209RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Evaluation of the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)

Financial Impact: $4K for one meeting with six members; or no financial impact if utilizing existing task forces and/or committees.

Sponsor: James Gibson, Loma Linda, Delegate 

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 209RC as a substitute to resolution 209 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: In 1988, ASDA HOD 17A supported the current (1988) Postdoctoral Application Support Service. In 1991, ASDA HOD 38A called for student evaluation of the PASS program including suggestions for improvements to be passed on to PASS administrators. In 1992, ASDA HOD 68 the Consultant on Hospitals was to evaluate PASS’s performance, and found that it had improved. In 1993, ASDA HOD 104A called for an elimination of additional forms and application fees. In 1999, ASDA HOD 62 directed that the Board of Trustees write to the program directors of all post-doctoral programs to encourage them to participate in a centralized application service. In 2000, ASDA HOD 45 RC directed that ASDA investigate and encourage all post-doctoral dental programs to participate in a centralized application service, such as PASS, or in individual post-doctoral application services. 

Last year, the fees for PASS were as follows: $145 for the first five programs, then $30 for each additional program past five. This year, the fees are $175 for the first program and $45 for each additional program. On the old fee schedule, if a student were to apply to five programs it would cost $145. This year, to apply to five programs, the cost is $355. This represents a 245 percent increase in fees in one year. PASS justifies the increase by stating that they raised fees “to compete with the market.” Currently, PASS is the only centralized application service in dentistry.  PASS announced its electronic application service would be available in May 2002 but it was not available until July 2002. PASS also guaranteed a 2-3 week processing time for each application, but applicants who submitted electronic applications in early July 2002 waited 8-9 weeks for their applications to be processed and returned to them for verification of information. Students applying to programs with early deadlines were thus penalized although they submitted their applications early enough to be able to make corrections, if necessary, with the understanding that their applications would be processed in 2-3 weeks. Changes made to the verification forms require 2-3 weeks for processing, thus delaying a complete and correct application to the program.  This alone could hinder an applicant’s chances of acceptance. PASS is involved in a “price fixing” scheme now that they control the market for centralized application services to post doctoral programs in dentistry, and should be investigated and reprimanded for their actions to this point.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the consultant on career development be assigned to evaluate the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) in its current state and investigate the PASS fee structure; and be it further
Resolved, that the consultant publish results of their findings in ASDA News, write a letter to PASS administrators and supply information to other appropriate entities to inform them of possible changes that should be made to improve the system.

 


Resolution Number: 302RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Student Code of Ethics

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: Board of Trustees

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 302RC as a substitute to 302A and 302B with a recommendation to vote yes.

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

Background: ASDA does not currently have a code of ethics. The ADA code of ethics addresses some issues that do not pertain to students, while it fails to address other issues that pertain to students. The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA) strongly supports the implementation of a student code. The 2000-01 and 2001-02 consultants on ethics have prepared a draft copy of a student code of ethics. The code has been reviewed by (CEBJA) and the ASDA Council on Governance and Professional Issues. 

According to the last resolving clause of HOD 306-2001, the Board of Trustees should consider submitting a resolution to the 2002 ASDA House of Delegates requesting approval of the final draft of the dental student code of ethics as association policy with all appropriate governance documents updated thereafter. 

The author requests that the House of Delegates revise its current policy on Ethics and adopt an ASDA Official Code of Ethics.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the Current Statements of Policy and Position, policy E-3 be removed; and be it further
Resolved, that the Association adopt the following as the official ASDA Code of Ethics:

The American Student Dental Association 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.

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 services; meetings of professional organizations; as well as social events and personal encounters with other individuals.
 
Ethical and professional behavior by dental students is characterized by honesty, fairness, and integrity in all 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.

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to forgery; intentionally deceptive alteration of documents; unauthorized possession of another's property; plagiarism; cheating on examinations by seeking, giving or receiving aid; abusive acts or the use of abusive language; possession or use of illicit drugs or weapons; sexually abusive language or behavior; recalcitrant or drunken behavior; and the infliction or threat of harm to others.

The following is the American Student Dental Association Code of Ethics:

I. Patient Autonomy (“self-governance”)
A. Informed Consent and Refusal
1. Students should conduct a thorough “PARQ” discussion with every patient.  This must be repeated whenever there are substantive changes or additions to the treatment plan.
a. Diagnoses and recommended Procedures should be explained
b. Alternatives, if available, should be offered
c. Risks associated with the procedure should be explained
d. The patient should be asked if he/she has Questions
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.
B. Patient Confidentiality
1. Patient medical history, diagnoses, and procedures should be shared only on a “need to know” basis.  Information must be exchanged between student and instructor.  However, information should not be exchanged between students unless those students are involved with providing care to that patient.
2. Case presentations should not reveal the patient’s name.  The patient must authorize the use of photographs that reveal the patient’s identity.
3. Charts should be kept in a secure location and should never be taken outside of the building.

II. Nonmaleficence (“do no harm) and Beneficence (“do good”)
A. The student should conduct him/herself with veracity.  He/she should always act in a manner that promotes the welfare of patients and avoids harm to the patient.
B. Treatment plans should be determined according to patient needs as opposed to unmet requirements of the student.
C. No procedures should be started without instructor authorization, and all procedures should be evaluated by the instructor upon completion.
D. 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.
E. Students should exercise discretion in treating family members due to problems associated with medical history disclosure, confidentiality, objectivity, and professionalism.
F. Students are encouraged to participate in community outreach programs in order to improve the dental health of the public.
G. Students should advocate access to care for patients who are unable to receive care due to physical or mental disability or financial hardship.

III. Justice (“fairness”)
A.  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.
B.  Students must not discriminate against patients in high-risk behavior groups.
C.  The student should not cheat, plagiarize, forge, or falsify official records, patient charts, or examinations.
D.  The student should not participate in activities involving theft and/or vandalism of school or student property.
E. Sexual harassment between colleagues, between health care provider and patient, and between students and faculty or residents is unacceptable and must be reported.
F.  Students must report suspected abuse/neglect of patients to an appropriate instructor.
G.  Students should exercise respect when working with human cadavers.
H.  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.
 


Resolution Number: 303

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

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

Financial Impact: $4K

Sponsor: 2001-02 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 unanimously supports the adoption of this resolution. Vice President Carolyn Taggart and Region 2 Trustee Amy Rappold were not present for the vote.

Background: In the last six 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 2002-03 and funded to meet during the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences and the April Board of Trustee’s Meeting; and be it further
Resolved, that the members of the 2002-03 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 and one member-at-large.
 


Resolution Number: 305RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Realignment of ASDA Regions 8 and 9

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors: David Li, Region 10 Trustee
                  Jennifer McConathy, Region 9 Trustee
                  Marcus Tanabe, Region 8 Trustee

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

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees unanimously supports adoption of this resolution. Vice President Carolyn Taggart and Region 2 Trustee Amy Rappold were not present for the vote.

Background: In the next two years, two new dental schools will open, the University of Las Vegas-Nevada School of Dentistry in Nevada and the Arizona School of Health Sciences School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Arizona. ASDA chapters will be opened at these schools, according to the Association’s Constitution, Article V, Section 3. These chapters will need to be assigned to a region.

Article V, Section 4 of ASDA’s Constitution states: Predoctoral Chapters of this Association shall be grouped into ten (10) geographical Regions, based upon geographical distribution of dental schools with the United States and Puerto Rico, as outlined in the Bylaws.

In attempting to keep an equal number of schools and students in each region, the two new schools could be added in Regions 8 or 9. As of June 20, 2002, Region 8 has 1,142 students, Region 9 has 1,174 students and Region 10 has 2,579 students. Region 10 contains seven schools where Regions 8 and 9 only include five. In order to maintain equal and manageable responsibility of the Trustees, we must realign the regions.

Proposed Regional Changes:
(bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)
Region 8  Region 9
Colorado  Arizona 
Creighton  Baylor 
Iowa    Colorado
Minnesota  Las Vegas
Missouri   Oklahoma
Nebraska  Texas-Houston 
Texas-San Antonio
 
305 (NOT ADOPTED)  **  305 (NOT ADOPTED)  **  305 (NOT ADOPTED)
LISTED HERE FOR REFERENCE ONLY:
305.  Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association’s Bylaws, Part III Regions be amended to add University of Las Vegas-Nevada School of Dentistry and Arizona School of Health Sciences School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Region IX; and be it further
Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association’s Bylaws, Part III Regions be amended to move University of Colorado School of Dentistry from Region IX to Region VIII.

Therefore be it
305RC RESOLUTION

305RC.  Resolved, that, because a more permanent plan is needed and evaluation is required, proposed Resolution 305 be referred to a task force of three members of the Board of Trustees, representing each of the tri/quad regions to present a possible redistricting plan at the April Board meeting and present a formal resolution to the 2003 House of Delegates.
Resolution Number: 306

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Change to Article IV, Section 2 of ASDA’s Constitution and Bylaws

Financial Impact: None

Sponsor: 2001-02 Council on Governance and Professional Issues

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. Vice President Carolyn Taggart and Region 2 Trustee Amy Rappold were not present for the vote.

Background: The 2001 House of Delegates adopted HOD 307-2001 mandating an investigation of Article IV, Section 2 of the ASDA Constitution and Bylaws. The full text of HOD 307-2001 is included below.

The Council on Governance and Professional Issues evaluated the ASDA Constitution & Bylaws as it pertains to the Association’s ability to lobby and influence legislation as a 501(c)6 organization under the Internal Revenue Code and provides the following information to the House of Delegates:

As a 501(c)6 organization, ASDA may engage in any amount of lobbying, that is, the support of or opposition to legislation. ASDA may engage in political activity to a certain extent, however, may not make contributions to any federal candidate. Corporations, such as ASDA, may make contributions to candidates in some states, but not all states. It is important to check the state law on campaign contributions before any corporation makes a donation to a political candidate.

501(c)6 organizations that make political contributions are subject to an exise tax under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code generally equal to 35 percent of the amount of the political contribution. For this reason, most 501(c)6 organizations do not make political contributions, but instead let their members make political contributions. Some organizations set up political action committees, which are separate legal entities that can collect and turn over political contributions.

The Association’s legal counsel suggests that the following language is not applicable to ASDA as a 501(c)6 and may be stricken: ‘no substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be used for carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.’

ASDA’s counsel also recommends that the following language is not mandatory but should be left in the Constitution and Bylaws as a reminder that the organization may not engage in activity which would subject the organization to exise tax: ‘may not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.’

  Full Text of HOD 307-2001
Title: Evaluation of Article IV, Section 2 of ASDA’s Constitution and Bylaws
Sponsors:  Nathan Russell (Washington), ADPAC Representative and Sayeed Attar (Minnesota), Consultant on Legislation
Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: The Constitution and Bylaws of ASDA provides guidance to us as an organization with respect to certain types of activities involving political advocacy and the advancement of our goals in organized dentistry.  Article IV, Section One establishes some of the parameters by which we can act.  As ASDA continues to expand its grassroots network and work more in the legislative areas, we need to make certain that we do so under the framework of our constitution.  This may affect certain activities such as our participation in Lobby Day, “meet and greets” with our elected officials, and other various legislative activities both nationally and locally.  ASDA as an organization needs to examine the rules that govern us and our activities and either amend them or change the course and direction we take politically. 

Article IV, Section Two states: “No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be used for carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.”  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION
Resolved, that the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and the appropriate committee on Governance and Professional Issues evaluate and propose an appropriate change to Article IV, Section 2 of the ASDA’s Constitution and Bylaws and any other applicable governing documents; and be it further
Resolved, that an appropriate change be filed in accordance with Part IX of our organization’s Bylaws to be presented to the 2002 House of Delegates.

Therefore be it resolved

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that the ASDA Constitution and Bylaws be amended as follows:
(bold indicates added text; strikeout indicates deleted text)

ARTICLE IV • STIPULATIONS
2. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be used for carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall The Association may not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
 


Resolution Number: 307

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Establishment of a State Society Liaison Position at Local ASDA Chapters

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  Anthea Drew, Florida, Region 5 Trustee
  Jeremy Fry, North Carolina, Region 4 Trustee

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

Board of Trustees Comments: Not Reviewed

Background: During the past few years, ASDA leaders from chapters all over the country have been working hard to increase the levels of involvements between students and their respective state societies. Efforts have been successful in establishing student component societies, voting student delegates in states’ House of Delegates, student members on various committees, etc.  With such interactions on the rise, it is important to establish a liaison between every local ASDA chapter and the state society. 

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION

Resolved, that ASDA encourage each local chapter to establish a state dental society liaison; and be it further
Resolved, that the state dental society liaison’s duties include, but not be limited to, maintaining an open communication between the ASDA chapter and state society; advocating for student involvement on the state level; educating chapter members on the state issues and promoting continued involvement in organized dentistry.

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