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Getting Through Dental School

ASDA's Guide for Predoctoral Students

Predoctoral members receive Getting Through Dental School: ASDA’s Guide for Predoctoral Students as a benefit of joining ASDA. This handbook includes helpful information on:

  • ASDA 101
    Get introduced to ASDA through the history of the organization and learn about the member benefits, national meetings, organized dentistry and awards available to members. 
  • Leadership opportunities
    ASDA introduces students to organized dentistry and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills on the local, district and national levels. ASDA national leaders have gone on to serve on ADA’s New Dentist Committee, state and local associations and as presenters at ASDA, AGD and ADA national meetings.
  • Money matters
    This section includes a guide on paying off your loans as well as tips for living on a budget while in dental school. 
  • Preparing for the National Board Dental Examination
    Get an overview of Part I and Part II of this test as well as tips and resources for studying for the NBDE.
  • Licensure Guide
    Dental licensure is a complex and controversial topic. Learn more about the process and what ASDA has done to facilitate change.
  • A Day in the life of a dental student
    Hear from students in every year of dental school. You’ll learn what motivates them, what challenges them and what they look forward to in their next year of dental school.
  • Resources for advanced standing students
    Advanced standing or international dental programs are for dentists trained outside of the U.S. who wish to be licensed here. More than 600 advanced standing students are admitted to dental school each year. ASDA offers resources specific to this group of students.
  • Postgraduation resources
    Your decisions don’t end when you’re handed a DMD or DDS degree. Where will you practice? Will you specialize? ASDA has resources to guide you through the career decisions you’ll need to make right after graduation.

Get a free copy of this handbook by becoming a predoctoral member. Click here to join. 




If you are a member, click the image above to download a digital copy of this handbook. 

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