Brainy expedition

The December challenge asks you to spend a day flexing your curiosity at a museum or gallery. Pick one day (or more!) this month and take a field trip.

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Annual Session 2019

Attending Annual Session is the perfect opportunity to bridge the gap between what occurs at the national level of ASDA and how that trickles down to affect your experiences at the local level. 
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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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Career Compass

Set a course for life after dental school. Whether you're headed for a residency or practice, you'll find a trove of resources to help you on your way. 
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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. Applications and supporting materials are due by Jan. 10, 2019.
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Gold Crown Awards
Review the guidelines and criteria for the 2019 Gold Crown Awards. Applications are due by Jan. 8, 2019.
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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 2018: Breakout Session Presentations
Presentations for most sessions from NLC 2018 are available to download. Take a look at what you missed and use these to offer professional development at your ASDA chapter. 
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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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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

Amber N. Spurlock

A leader is someone who advocates and guides others, but that’s hard to do if you have no concept of where they intend to be led. Even before communicating with others, you have to be able to hear and process what they are saying and their point of view.

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Helen Zagorodny
I want to be a dentist because I believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile they are confident in and I want to be the someone who can provide that.
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Regina DelaCruz
As a native Floridian, I am always amazed by the sight of mountains, yet I have a huge fear of heights. Living in California has given me opportunities to go hiking and bouldering for the first time — literal stepping stones to conquering my fear.
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Are you an Advocacy All-Star?
You may qualify to earn an ASDA Advocacy Certificate. The certificate program helps students strengthen and develop their advocacy knowledge. Check out the certificate’s webpage to see which advocacy initiatives qualify for points. If you achieve 8 points by Feb. 1, you’ll receive a certificate and lapel pin!
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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