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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Build your network

It’s important to start making connections while you’re in dental school, that's why the Wellness Challenge for this month encourages you to build your network. #BeWellASDA

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Career Week

ASDA will hold its first Career Week on August 27-31 to provide resources and help you prepare for graduation and transition to the first step in your career.
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Summer of ASDA

Whether you're traveling far or staying close to home, share your summer adventures with #SummerofASDA

ASDA is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. Learn about us

New & Noteworthy

Career Week Webinar: Charting Your Path
Join five amazing ASDA alumni who will share their experiences across all facets of dentistry. Hear how they made their decisions and how ASDA played a role in those opportunities.
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To Specialize or Not? (webinar)
Leaders from several organizations share why they chose their specialty and answer your questions about how to decide if specializing is for you. 
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Wellness Month 2018
We are just weeks away from this year's Wellness Month. How will your chapter participate? 
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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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excel wins award
ASDA’s website redesign was honored with a bronze award at the 38th Annual EXCEL Awards, presented by Association Media & Publishing. 
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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

Elaine Boosalis
In leading Iowa’s ASDA chapter, I hope to employ effective and open lines of communication throughout the 2018-19 academic year to make our chapter as successful as possible. 
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Sara Ha
I think I’ll make a good dentist because I love to meet and talk with new people! A lot of people are really afraid of the dentist, but being personable and caring can make all the difference for a nervous patient. 
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Michele M. Collins
I understand that the years as a student are supposed to be the most free in terms of time, but everything seems to always be scheduled around classes and tests. I can’t wait for the day I can choose one of those Groupon getaway packages and randomly fly across seas and explore new territory. 
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ASDA members address opioids
In 2018, ASDA members developed policy encouraging dental schools to provide education on evidence-based prescribing and resources to address opioids with patients. See what other actions dental students are taking to fight the opioid epidemic.   
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Embracing diversity
The August issue of Contour explores some of the differences that make our world such a unique place to live in. Learn how some cultural traditions and dental habits can affect your role as a dentist, see how one school's club is supporting its LGBTQ+ community and get the basics on potential challenges in treating geriatric patients.
Latest issue: August 2018