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Dental school: Why so stressful?

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
7:00–8:00 p.m. CDT
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This webinar will focus on the hectic and demanding life of today’s dental student and will present the facts and common myths surrounding stress, burnout and isolation. The presenter will:

  • Explore how stress can be constructive (eustress) or destructive (distress), and discuss how both can be balanced while in dental school
  • Identify signs and symptoms of the insidious nature of emotional stress and burnout in the dental school environment.
  • Recommend constructive steps to seek help if you recognize you are dealing with stress, burnout, isolation, depression or substance abuse.

About the presenter: 

Bill Claytor  J. William “Bill” Claytor, Jr., DDS, FAGD, MAGD, PA, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and completed a two-year General Practice Residency in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been in solo private practice since 1982 in Shelby, N.C. He has been awarded the coveted Fellowship and Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry and has also obtained a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling in 2012 from Union College (KY).

Dr. Claytor is the volunteer coordinator and independent contractor for the North Carolina Caring Dental Professionals (NCCDP), a wellness organization that advocates and monitors N.C.-licensed dentists and dental hygienists suffering from chemical dependency and mental illness. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the North Carolina Dental Society, and currently is serving a three-year term (2015-2018) with the Dental Well-Being Advisory Committee (DWAC) of the American Dental Association. Dr. Claytor has presented lectures on addiction and burnout at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and East Carolina School of Dental Medicine to second-, third- and fourth- year dental students.

This webinar is a presentation of the ASDA Wellness Initiative in conjunction with Wellness Month 2016

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Substance Misuse in Dental School: Getting Help, Giving Help

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
7:30–8:30 p.m. CDT
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According to the ADA, 10 to 15 percent of dentists will have a drug and/or alcohol problem sometime in their lives. Most commonly, it involves alcohol, prescription drugs or opiates. This webinar will review the diagnostic criteria for substance misuse disorder and explore common problems that a dental student with a substance issue might face. Attendees will hear examples of what to say to a fellow student or dental colleague, as well as a friend or family member. The session will also include examples of community support and treatment options.

Attendees will hear from both a dental professional sharing his personal battle with addiction, as well as from a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction and recovery treatment.

About the presenter: 

Frank Greenagel  Frank Greenagel, MPAP, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC, ACSW, CJC, CCS, is a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction and recovery treatment. He is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work and an instructor at the Center of Alcohol Studies. Greenagel worked as the recovery counselor at both Rutgers New Brunswick and Newark for five years, where he oversaw recovery housing and coordinated student and alumni activities. Rutgers is considered by many to have the strongest recovery college program in the world. He has served on the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (GCADA) since 2011 and was the Chairman of the New Jersey Heroin & Other Opiates Task Force. Greenagel serves on the Board of Directors for Hazelden-Betty Ford NYC and, as an Army veteran himself, counsels soldiers that have experienced PTSD and substance abuse issues. He writes a blog at
Kyle Smith  Kyle Smith, DDS, is a 2014 graduate from the University of Minnesota. He practices general dentistry just outside of Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Smith has been sober since December of 2013 and is an active member in Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the Minnesota chapter of Dentists Concerned for Dentists.

This webinar is a presentation of the ASDA Wellness Initiative in conjunction with Wellness Month 2016

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Webinar Recordings


Staying Present: Mindfulness in Health Care

Watch it now (1:04:15) - June 21, 2016

Mindfulness means “Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn). The field of mindfulness-based interventions is currently exploding. Emerging mindfulness-based interventions for young adults are showing significant promise in helping them to cope with adversity and promote resilience and positive development. Mindfulness-based interventions are also showing promise for health care providers for self-care, management and prevention of burnout and secondary trauma, as well as optimal clinical and workplace communication. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Vo discussed the science and practice of mindfulness-based interventions; shared practical mindfulness exercises that health providers can use in their clinical practices and personal self-care strategies; and shared mindfulness resources for young adults, families and professionals.

Panelist:   Dzung X. Vo, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine, and a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Vo earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in adolescent medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In partnership with Dr. Jake Locke, Dr. Vo co-developed MARS-A (Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents), an eight-week mindfulness training program for adolescents with depressive symptoms, with or without other co-occurring chronic illness or chronic pain. Dr. Vo is the author of “The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time.” In his role as a medical educator, Dr. Vo is the director of the Adolescent Medicine Subspecialty Residency (Fellowship) Program at BC Children’s Hospital and also provides leadership in training of medical students and residents in adolescent health. Learn more about Dr. Vo’s work at

This webinar was a presentation of the ASDA Wellness Initiative

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Coping with Loss: Balancing Dental School and Bereavement

Watch it now (1:02:43) - Mar. 22, 2016

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences a person can face. Dealing with the emotional, physical and intellectual strain caused by the death of someone important to you only compounds the stress you already feel to manage the responsibilities of dental school. In this webinar, attendees will learn about the facets of grief that are unique to students and young adults, along with suggestions and resources to help cope with that grief. The session includes recommendations for those who want to learn how to support a friend or fellow student who is grieving a loss.

Panelists:   David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc, is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the co-founder of the National Students of AMF Support Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting college students grieving the illness or death of a loved one. Dr. Fajgenbaum co-founded the organization in 2006 in memory of his mother, Anne Marie Fajgenbaum (AMF). The organization is now a national movement that has supported 3,000+ students on 200+ campuses and raises national awareness about college student grief. David received his BS from Georgetown University, his MSc in Public Health from Oxford University, his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Heather Servaty-Seib, PhD, is a counseling psychologist and a professor on the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University. Dr. Servaty-Seib also maintains a small, grief-focused private practice. She is well-published in the areas of adolescent and young adult grief, social support and grief, and she is a past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Much of her recent scholarship has been focused in the area of student bereavement, with articles published in both The Counseling Psychologist and Death Studies. Dr. Servaty-Seib was heavily involved in implementing a bereavement leave policy for students at Purdue University, an effort which has set a precedent for other campuses.

This webinar was a presentation of the ASDA Wellness Initiative

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Make Lobby(ing) Your Hobby

Watch it now (1:01:51) - Mar. 16, 2016

By the end of this webinar, you will no longer feel unprepared to meet with your legislator. Learn the best practices for lobbying at the state and national level from ASDA’s 2015-16 Council on Advocacy.

Panelists:   Abby Halpern, Georgia '18, Legislative Coordinator (Districts 4-5)
Rebekkah Merrell, Pennsylvania '16, 2015-16 Board liaison to the Council on Advocacy
Jennifer Quist, LECOM '17, 2015-16 Board liaison to the Council on Advocacy

The ABCs of International Volunteer Projects

Watch it now (1:01:43) - Jan. 13, 2016

Current ASDA members are much more cognizant of the greater world around them than previous generations of dental students. This has recently been demonstrated by the Summer 2015 issue of Mouth that focused on dentistry abroad. While many schools offer international experiences, many more students are interested than can participate in these programs. This webinar provides an outline of international volunteer projects, gives some resources for finding projects both while in school and after graduation and shares one student's experiences with the Dominican Dental Mission Project.

Panelists:   Francis G. Serio, DMD, MS, MBA, founder and director of the Dominican Dental Mission Project
Sweety Shah, East Carolina '16


DAT Day and Beyond

Watch it now (1:25:24) - July 20, 2016
Your scores on the Dental Admission Test (DAT) will be critical in your quest to attend dental school. This two-part webinar provides insight on what to expect during the exam and how to manage stress before and during the test in order to optimize your performance. This webinar also provides guidance on next steps, including what to do with your scores and how to prepare for a re-take, if necessary.

Panelists:   Victor Lee, Columbia '17
Ahmed Elkoussa, Nova Southeastern '19

This webinar was a presentation of DAT Week

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Ready, Set, DAT!

Watch it now (1:24:51) - July 18, 2016
This webinar hosted in conjunction with DAT Week provided an overview on preparing for the Dental Admission Test (DAT) with advice on:

  • DAT study materials, resources and their cost
  • Recommended preparation timeline
  • Q&A with panelists
Panelists:   David Danesh, Harvard '20, 2014-15 Predental Consultant
Tara Prasad, New England '18
Jack Castleman, Ohio State '19

This webinar was a presentation of DAT Week

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Vital Information and Tips for Taking the DAT

Watch it now (1:23:52) - Apr. 21, 2016
The Dental Admission Test is an integral part of applying to dental school and can be a source of tremendous stress for predental students. This session is intended to provide valuable information so that students can feel as comfortable and prepared as possible before they sit for the test. The webinar covers general DAT information, tips for studying, common problems encountered by test takers, and the most frequently asked questions about the DAT.

Presenter:Nicholas B. Hussong, BA, Manager, Test Administration, American Dental Association

This webinar was brought to you by the American Dental Association

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Hot Topics: Midlevel providers and licensure

Watch it now (1:32:52) - Feb. 24, 2016
This webinar introduces these two complex issues and provides understanding that will aid you for interviews.

For midlevel providers, the panelists defined what a midlevel provider is, provided an overview of which states approve of midlevels and what states are considering this model and shared ASDA's stance and advocacy efforts on this issue.

For licensure the panelists explained the steps it takes to become licensed, discussed the issues with licensure and shared ASDA's policy and efforts for reform.

Panelists:   Dave Lane, Boston '16, Legislative Coordinator (Districts 1-3)
Christopher Klekamp, Colorado '16, Legislative Coordinator (Districts 8-9)
Christian Piers, Colorado '16, ASDA president

Scholarships 101: Federal programs for aspiring dental students

Watch it now (1:24:56) - Feb. 23, 2016
This webinar will help you have a greater understanding of the scholarship programs available to dental students and aid you in becoming a better applicant. You will gain valuable insight as to what the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and U.S. military's Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) are looking for in a recipient. During this webinar, panelists covered benefits of the scholarship program, obligations of recipients, evaluation process, types of practices and more.

Panelists:   Hillary Key, DMD, Captain and general dentist, United States Air Force
Kyle Larsen, Colorado '17, District 9 Trustee, NHSC Scholar
Michelle Engel, Columbia '19, HPSP Scholar

Leadership Path: From Predental to Dentist

Watch it now (1:24:33) - Nov. 19, 2015
In your future career as a dentist, you will be faced with making difficult decisions, delegating roles and managing your team responsibly. These skills can be acquired through volunteering in a predental leadership role. Leadership opportunities are available within your predental club, your school and community, and ASDA. However, before you commit yourself, learn from those who have already embarked on this journey.

Panelists:   Martin Smallidge, DMD, 2013-14 ASDA vice president
Daryn Lu, DDS, 2014-15 ASDA vice president
Kayla Roe, Virginia '18, 2013-14 predental consultant and 2015-16 Council on Membership associate

Choosing the Right Dental School

Watch it now (1:27:52) - Feb. 12, 2015
One of the most important decisions that you will have to make is what dental school to attend. Panelists will share their experiences and advice on choosing the right dental school and what factors to consider when making that choice. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of any of the panelists.

Panelists:   Riki Gottlieb, DMD, MS, Director of Admissions, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
Yeri Guak, Midwestern-Arizona ’16, Associate, Council on Membership
Adrien Lewis, Houston ’16, Chair, Council on Membership
Kayla Roe, Virginia ’18, 2013-14 Predental Consultant
Facilitator:  Danielle Bauer, CAE, ASDA director of membership

Non-traditional Paths to Dental School

Watch it now (1:24:39) - Feb. 10, 2015
Hear dental students share their experiences and advice on non-traditional paths to dental school. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists at the end.

Travis Barr, Colorado ‘16
During his junior year of college at University of Northern Colorado, Travis decided to pursue dental school. His first time applying was right out of college and he didn’t get an interview. It wasn’t until his sixth time applying, with various jobs, education and starting a family in between, that he was accepted to the University of Colorado.

Anthony Besse, Ohio ‘16
Anthony completed his undergraduate degree at Saint Louis University and applied to dental school right out of college. After learning that he wasn’t accepted, he decided to pursue a Master’s in public health, based on advice from an admissions committee. Upon completion of his MPH, he applied and was accepted to The Ohio State University.

Greg Luk, Houston ‘16
Greg spent nine years in the military working as a combat medic across Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Halfway through his Asian studies degree at the University of Texas at Austin, he decided to pursue a career in dentistry. He had entered college with a goal of returning to government service, but decided he wanted a career that didn’t involve being overseas for months away from family and friends. At 28, he began dental school at the UT Health Science Center at Houston.


Predental Club Idea Exchange

Watch it now (58:23) - Jan. 7, 2015
This virtual idea exchange featured predental leaders sharing best practices and innovative ideas related to running their predental clubs:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Predental Society discussed the four community service committees they created this year. They then shared their process for developing committees, picking committee leaders, how often the committees meet, how often they hold events, problems they have encountered and how they have solved those problems.

The University of Central Florida Predental Club shared their experience in building their volunteer efforts over the last three years. They have numerous partnerships with dental organizations and the Florida Department of Health to provide their members valuable hands on experience.

The Virginia Tech University Predental Club presented on the educational component of their club. They hold bi-weekly educational workshops for members on topics to prepare for dental school, such as timelines, resumes, the DAT and interviews. They also participate in community service outreach events, including oral health presentations at local elementary schools and supply fundraisers for nursing homes.

The Ohio State University Predental Club shared their experience attending the Chicago Dental Society’s Mid-winter Meeting. They provided tips on how they raised funds and organized for the trip.


Financing Your Dental Education

Watch it now (48:33) - Sept. 23, 2014
You may have made the decision to pursue a dental education, but you now need to know what that dream will cost you. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions on how to pay for dental school, what you can do to prepare and how ASDA can help. During this webinar, an experienced financial advisor covered:

  • Basic vocabulary terms (loans, borrowing, interest, etc.)
  • What the average amount dental students borrow
  • What type of loan to apply for
  • What is included in student loans (tuition living expenses, etc.)
  • The process of applying for a loan
  • If government loans are available
  • If establishing credit translates to a better loan.

Then ASDA President Kris Mendoza shared what ASDA is doing to protect members from rising debt and the resources available to help them manage their debt.


Preparing for the DAT

Watch it now (57:40) - May 20, 2014
This hour-long webinar hosted in conjunction with Student Doctor Network reviewed preparing for the DAT with advice on:

  • Scheduling the DAT (when, where and how)
  • Overview of the four DAT sections
  • Study tips from two dental students who recently went through the process of applying to dental school
  • DAT study materials and resources
  • Tips for test day
  • Q&A with panelists

The Dental School Experience

Watch it now (1:31:35) - Feb. 19, 2014
Watch this webinar recording from ASDA's National Predental Week and hear the panelists share their experiences and advice on:

  • Choosing a school
  • Interviewing
  • Selecting the right classes
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Q&A with panelists

International Dental Students & Dentists

Dental school and practice in the U.S. for International Dentists

Watch it now (1:28:38) - Dec. 11, 2014

Are you an international dentist interested in applying to a U.S. dental school and practicing in the U.S.? Watch this video to hear international dentists who graduated from a U.S. dental school share their experiences attending an advanced standing or international dental program and finding a job. An immigration lawyer also presented the U.S. practice options and requirements.

Chapter Training

Great Ideas Webinar Series

Membership Recruitment and Engagement
This virtual idea exchange held on Sept. 9 featured chapter leaders from Los Angeles and Virginia sharing unique and successful ideas related to recruiting new members and engaging current ones.

Fundraising, Sponsorship & Vendor Fairs
This virtual idea exchange held on Nov. 20 featured chapter leaders from Florida, Houston, Los Angeles and Marquette sharing unique and successful ideas related to fundraisers, vendor fairs and obtaining sponsors.

Running a Chapter
This virtual idea exchange held on Aug. 28 featured chapter leaders from Colorado, Los Angeles and Marquette sharing best practices and innovative ideas related to running their chapters.

Select a topic below to watch the presentation:


New Leader Training

ASDA developed training videos to help prepare new chapter presidents, treasurers and legislative liaisons for their roles. Current leaders share the goals and priorities, best practices and resources for their position. We encourage new leaders to watch the videos before starting their term. You can also find additional resources in our leadership toolbox.

Chapter President- Watch this video
Presidents, also known as delegates, serve the dual role of representing constituents in ASDA’s national policy-making body, the House of Delegates, and managing their local chapter. They also serve a pivotal role in the two-way flow of information between the national association and local chapter.

Legislative Liaison - Watch this video
Legislative liaisons (LL) serve to inform members of local, state and national legislative issues of interest to dental students and the profession. They organize grassroots initiatives, such as ADPAC membership drives, and educate members on ASDA advocacy initiatives.

Treasurer - Watch this video
Treasurers oversee the financial management of the chapter, including development of an annual budget, processing payments and reimbursements, monitoring expenses and completing paperwork for taxes and year end reconciliation.


Chapter Portal Training

New Chapter Portal Online Management Tool - Watch this video
ASDA staff demonstrated the new online chapter portal. It allows chapters to manage their members’ data, view and download membership rosters, update chapter officers and send e-communications to members.

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