Advocacy Month

November is Advocacy Month. We will focus on the importance of advocacy and how you can Find out. Reach out. Speak out. this midterm season. 
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National Leadership Conference 2018

The skills you’ll need to be a successful business owner, team leader and people manager are usually not included in the dental school curriculum. The National Leadership Conference bridges the gap to ensure that you’re a well-rounded leader in the profession of dentistry.
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Thirty days of gratitude

For November's challenge, we want you to write down one thing that you’re grateful for each day. 

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Getting Into Dental School

Predental members receive Getting Into Dental School: ASDA’s Guide for Predental Students as a benefit of joining ASDA. 
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ASDA is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. Learn about us

New & Noteworthy

Dentistry in the Community Grant
Applications for the Dentistry in the Community Grant are now open. Read through the criteria and get started on your application before it's too late!
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National Leadership Positions
Applications for the 2019-20 leadership cycle are open. Read through the position descriptions and learn how to become a leader at the national level.
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NLC Breakout Sessions
The educational sessions at NLC are divided among five tracks, choose one, or mix and match. Browse through the schedule and plan your weekend!
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National calendar
Keep up with ASDA events on this useful calendar. Chapter and district leaders can add their own events as well.
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Mouthing Off

ASDA's award-winning blog publishes stories for anyone with an interest in a career in dentistry or the dental profession. Read, subscribe or contribute your story for publication. 

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Learn more about why the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons strongly recommends that third molars are evaluated annually from the time a patient is a young adult. Visit  

Member Spotlight

Jenna McGrath
I think I will make a great dentist because I am empathetic and easy to talk to. I feel this is important to make my patients feel as comfortable as possible.
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Carly V. Cotten
Don’t let one bad grade/day/week beat you down. You’re going to go through some rough patches, but I can promise you that you’re not the only one it will happen to. It’s not the end of the world when you fail a test or practical — that’s what practice is for. 
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Kristi Truong
I find the aspect of using my manual skills to create or to fix something rewarding. It makes me want to be a dentist because I enjoy the creative and aesthetic aspects of the profession.
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Who doesn’t love a good pun?
Make sure you submit a political cartoon featuring your favorite advocacy-related pun for Advocacy Month. Cartoons must be submitted by Nov. 16. A winner and two runners-up will be featured in ASDA publications and receive a prize. 
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Honing in on Advocacy
The November/December issue of Contour hones in on how you can learn more about advocacy and easy ways to get involved. This issue also covers oral health barriers among refugees and the importance of building a community-based approach to oral health literacy.
Latest Issue: November 2018