ASDA holds meetings throughout the year to educate members on issues facing the dental profession and provide opportunities to meet students from different dental schools. We encourage you to attend meetings to learn more about ASDA and maximize the benefits of your membership. View a schedule of ASDA meetings.
ASDA’s Annual Session brings together hundreds of student leaders from all 66 U.S. dental schools. It is the official meeting of ASDA's House of Delegates and the meeting during which association policy is voted on.
Due to the State of Illinois and City of Chicago prohibitions on large gatherings, ASDA is no longer able to proceed with an in-person Annual Session. ASDA will hold a virtual Annual Session, which will focus on association governance.
During ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day, students visit Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of themselves and their patients. This unique experience gives ASDA members the opportunity to meet with lawmakers and staff to discuss the issues that will impact the education and training of dental students and future dentists.
ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day attendees receive a full day of training on the issues and policies that are up for discussion with lawmakers and their staffs. For the first time in 2017, ASDA members and ADA member dentists joined forces and lobbied as a unified front in Washington. In addition to conducting congressional meetings, attendees networked with and learned from experienced practitioners throughout the meeting.
In school, dental students receive in-depth training in general and specific areas of dentistry — including treatment options and patient care. Upon graduation, they leave with the technical skills needed to be good dentists. However, the life skills they need to be successful business owners, team leaders and people managers may not always be developed.
ASDA's National Leadership Conference (NLC) provides leadership training to dental students across all years. Attendees can create customized schedules based on their personal knowledge, experience and interests, in order to benefit them as dental students and future practitioners, as well as leaders in organized dentistry. The event also includes a dental expo, where attendees meet with vendors and learn about services, products and emerging technologies in the field.
We know that so many things have changed because of COVID-19, but leadership training and development opportunities are more important now than ever. ASDA’s Virtual Leadership Conference (VLC) will ensure you have the skills and network you need to navigate life after dental school, especially during these uncertain times. This newly developed conference brings you the best content from past ASDA conferences along with new, innovative content that provides personal and professional development opportunities and ensures you have the skills you need to excel in your dental school career and beyond. Along with access to over 25 sessions in various tracks, VLC includes peer-to-peer and sponsor networking opportunities and various wellness and social activities.
November 13-15, 2020