ASDA Bracket Challenge

The ASDA Bracket Challenge is a predental recruitment tournament for all eligible ASDA predoctoral chapters. The tournament will go from March 12 to April 22, with the winning chapter being crowned the National ASDA Champion. 
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Home cooking is best

Your challenge for April is to eat home-cooked meals for 10 days in a row. With planning, this is an easy way to eat healthy, have fun in the kitchen and save some money.  
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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

ASDA has created a list of podcasts that are relevant to today’s dental students, with topics that focus on dentistry, business/finance and wellness.
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ASDA webinars offer members an additional opportunity for professional development, at their convenience. Members can attend webinars live when they happen or view a recording later.
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ASDA Bookshelf and CE Library
Browse ASDA's library of books recommended by members and alumni to expand your knowledge of leadership and financial and practice management.
Selecting a Post-Graduate Program
Learn from past residents about the criteria used to select a program and identify the factors most important to you. Research the programs by specialty and state. 
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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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Dental implant surgery is, of course, surgery and is best done by a trained surgeon. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMSs) have the specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, skin, muscles and nerves involved to ensure the best results. Learn why OMSs should place implants at

Member Spotlight

Marie Kwok
I was inspired to become a dentist largely by a genetics class that I took during my senior year of high school. In that class, I was a student of one of the most influential educators that I’ve met in my life. He was a retired dentist, and his passion for dentistry and biology drove me to want to find something that I could love as much, and it turned out to be dentistry.
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Elodi Healy
Of all the reasons I could list on why I think dentistry is a good fit for me, the one that has continued to carry me through dental school is being able to make a valuable difference in someone’s life. Believe me, I know it’s cliché. But as someone who went through 10+ years of orthodontic treatment, I can personally attest to the transformative power of dentistry. 
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Binglan Xue

I love working with my hands and would love to devote whatever amount of efforts to enhance my proficiency in performing different types of treatments. The excitement of receiving beautiful smiles from patients will be my long-lasting driving force to become a good dentist with compassion and respect for patients. 

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Ask your legislator to support student loan deferment
Don’t let the momentum of 2018 ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day stop here. Contact your representatives, and encourage them to co-sponsor the Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculation Act today.
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Pharmacology in dentistry
This issue of Contour explores pharmacology in dentistry. Find articles about identifying patients with drug-seeking behaviors and the Trump administration's response to the opioid crisis. Catch our review on Gary Taubes's book, "The Case Against Sugar," as well as one student's path to specializing in the treatment of orofacial pain.
Latest Issue: April 2018