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.

Annual Session

ASDA Annual Session 2018 in Anaheim, February 21–24ASDA’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 (known by past attendees as "the best week ever") and the meeting during which association policy is voted on. Attendees hear from prominent speakers both within and outside dentistry addressing hot topics and sharing inspirational lessons. The week's events also include a dental expo where attendees meet vendors and make valuable contacts; the Gold Crown Awards Ceremony where we recognize the achievements of our chapters and our members; and elections of new national leaders. The meeting culminates with a celebration at the themed gala. This meeting is the high point of ASDA's year!

ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day

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.

April 8-10, 2018
Washington, D.C. 

National Leadership Conference

NLC logo_colorIn 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. The 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. For the first time in 2016, NLC included an entire track of sessions dedicated to predentals. 

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November 16-18, 2018
Chicago, Ill.