The ethical and professional behavior of dental students is just as important as the curriculum taught in
Dental students are entrusted privileges and rights when providing care for patients. Proper stewardship is vital to
maintaining these rights.
The ASDA House of Delegates has passed several resolutions focused on ethics, including updating the Code
of Ethics, most recently in 2020.
ASDA's White Paper on
Ethics and Professionalism in Dental Education provides overview of the state of ethics in dental
education. The paper was reviewed in 2012 and continues to be a valuable resource offering solutions. The white
paper has been shared with the ADA, state and specialty societies, student dental groups and dental school deans.
Ethical Dental Outreach
Providing dental care to underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad is a key element in addressing barriers to
care. Dental students have many
opportunities to participate in these programs
B-8 policy regarding dental outreach programs..
What ASDA members are saying