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Choose to participate in one track or a variety of tracks based on your interests. Attendees do not need to stick to a single track – choose the sessions that are most appealing from across all tracks. Tracks appear in color next to each session title below.

Friday, November 17

10 – 10:50 a.m.
The Art of Networking   (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Ken Randall, Kentucky '12, 2011-12 vice president
Regardless of career path, building your professional network is the key to success. Whether you are interested in finding a mentor, getting a new job or create lasting change, the relationships you build today will lay the foundation for your future success. Learn the most effective ways of networking through lasting human connection. Your next big break could be just one handshake away!
Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize opportunities for networking. 
  • Understand how to professionally market yourself. 
  • Learn to create impactful connections and follow up effectively. 
  • Build a professional network for success.
How to Get into a Residency     (Career Planning)
Dr. Ben Youel, Illinois ’13, 2011-12 district 7 trustee
Dr. Brittany Dean, Washington ’12, 2011-12 vice president
Are you considering a residency program after dental school, to specialize or to advance your clinical skills before practicing on your own? Learn how to choose the right residency program for you, steps to organize your application and other variables to consider when deciding where to apply. Develop a personal plan for organizing your residency applications, whether to general or specialty programs.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the basic steps of the residency application process. 
  • Learn what to look for in an ideal residency program.
  • Discover best practices for organizing your applications.
Cultural Competency in Dentistry    (Personal Development and Wellness)
Dr. Brittany Seymour, Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine
The United States is a melting pot of cultures, and our dental practices are no different.  In school and in our careers, we experience cultural diversity each day.  Every culture has different beliefs and priorities about oral health, and it’s our job to understand.  To truly provide patient-centered care, we must first understand our patient’s wants and needs.  This breakout will teach how to work in synergy with our patients’ cultural beliefs to provide the best care possible.
Learning Objectives:
  • Consider cultural beliefs when treatment planning
  • Be more open and understanding of different cultures
  • Understand the effects of culture of a patient’s oral health
  • Overcome communication barriers
Managing Chapter Finances       (ASDA Chapter Management)
Ellen Ryan, ASDA director of finance and administration
Christine Chen, Washington ’19, district 10 trustee

Managing your chapter’s finances is a critical role that involves more than collecting money and writing checks.  What factors should be taken into consideration when creating a budget?  How can you minimize fraud?  Are we legally classified as a non-profit and exempt from paying taxes?  Attend this session to understand the answers to these questions and gather ideas to create a well-organized financial system.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the role of the treasurer and the issues they face.
  • Learn to use the budget process to plan your events.
  • Understand your chapter’s tax exempt status and the group exemption process.
  • Identify your successor who will ensure the results of your hard work will continue.

Admissions Panel    (Predental)
Getting into dental school has been your top priority, and now is the time to learn from the decision-makers on the do’s and don’ts. You will have the opportunity to ask your most burning questions during the Q&A session. If you want to know what admission committees are looking for in an applicant, join us for this session.
Learning Objectives:
  • Hear what makes for an outstanding dental school applicant.
  • Ask questions directly to dental school admission committees.
11:10 a.m. – noon
How to Love the Heck out of Dentistry    (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Dawn Wehking, MAGD
Along with the fulfillment of joining a profession dedicated to healing others and unmatched autonomy comes a great deal of stress and uncertainty. This session will teach you how to reframe your thoughts to embrace the challenge ahead.  We will discuss why it is important to 1) Get Good 2) Perfect your circle and 3) Enjoy the Struggle so that you can learn to Love the Heck Out of Dentistry. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the importance of dedicating yourself to lifelong learning.
  • Know how to surround yourself with the best dental team and friends.
  • Learn to embrace the challenges ahead in your careers.
Debt Management         (Career Planning)
Jason DiLorenzo, Founder of Doctors Without Quarters, speaking on behalf of SoFi

The cost of a four-year dental education is consistently rising at an incredible rate. A young graduate’s student debt load can definitely affect their possible career decisions. Learn about how student debt fits into the greater dental landscape, and what you can do to manage your debt and thrive as a new dentist.

Learning Objectives:
  • How can general debt strategies apply to student debt.
  • Review strategies on how to tackle student debt.
  • Find out how to analyze debt repayment products and select one that fits your financial plan.
  • Prioritizing focusing on financial management as a way to practice choice.
  • Describe what ASDA and organized dentistry is doing to address the student debt issue.
Identifying and Overcoming Addictive Behaviors in Yourself and Others    (Personal Development and Wellness)
Dr. Brett Kessler, past president, Colorado Dental Association
Addictive behaviors can affect nearly every aspect of your life — health, career, relationships. Identifying or admitting the problem is the first step in overcoming the addiction. But what are the next steps? In this session, learn how to identify behaviors that may be consuming you or a loved one in an unhealthy way, what can trigger addictive behavior and how to keep it in check.
Learning Objectives:
  • Discover how to identify unhealthy behaviors in yourself and others.
  • Learn ways to address addictive behavior.
  • Gain resources to help yourself, friends and family, or patients who may have an issue of addiction. 
Effective Resource Management    (ASDA Chapter Management)
Danielle Marciniak-Brambila, Roseman ’18, vice president
Whether leading your ASDA chapter or dental team, the tools of Crew Resource Management (CRM) used in naval aviation can help lead your team to success. This session focuses on the seven principles of CRM, which is used from naval aviation to NASA to diminish human error and improve teamwork. By implementing these principles, your chapter and future practice can run with more efficiency and success.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how to gauge the strengths of your team.
  • Be able to make executive decisions.
  • Adapt to unexpected changes in executing plans.
  • Delegate and coach your team members. 
What to Expect Your First Year of Dental School     (Predental)
John Luke Andrew, Colorado '18, district 9 trustee
Roopali Kulkarni, Pennsylvania '19, district 3 trustee
Justine Bednarski, Ohio State '18, district 6 trustee
When predental students think about their first year of dental school, the words daunting, excitement, difficulty, stressful and enjoyable are what often comes to mind. However, do these words accurately describe the first year of dental school? This session will include three dental students sharing their experiences and insight on the expectations as first-year dental students. The speakers will cover topics on life inside and outside of dental school. After the speakers share their experiences, a Q&A session will be held so bring your questions on what D1 year is really like. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Gain factual knowledge of what to expect in the first year of dental school. 
  • Understand and comprehend how the first year of dental school really functions based off three different dental student experiences. 
  • Learn how to best prepare for what’s to come once you begin your first year of dental school, which can lead to a more successful first year. 
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. 'Lunch and Learn' sponsored by MedPro

What’s Next? The Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth!
Dr. Jason Watts, owner of Watts Dental

Do I want to specialize? Do I need a GPR? DSO or private practice? School can be overwhelming, but deciding what to do for the rest of your life can prove more. Who can I trust to give me honest advice? Dr. Jason Watts is ready to help guide you on “What’s Next”. Be prepared to experience the whole tooth and nothing, but the tooth to help ensure your future!

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn what to focus on each year in dental school to prepare you for the future. 
  • Gain clarity on the decision making process and financial impact of specializing, DSO, associateships and more. 
  • After the presentation, students will better understand how to choose a career they will love and enjoy.

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
What Would You Do? Ethics in Dental School and Your Professional Life    (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Mike Meru, Southern California '09, 2008-09 president
Each day you are faced with situations that may have you asking, "What should I do?" As health care providers, we must always keep the patient as the primary focus of our decisions. Hear real-life examples of ethical dilemmas and decision-making from dentists, and participate in an open forum to address your own questions.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn to assess an ethical dilemma and choose the tools to make a good decision.
  • Explore the kinds of ethical issues that are facing dentists today. 
  • Understand a dentist’s legal standing in the face of an ethical dilemma. 
  • Analyze situational outcomes by hearing varying perspectives on controversial issues. 
Non-Traditional Post-Grad Options: Military, Academia and Community Health    (Career Planning)
Dr. David Dean
Dr. Tyler Rumple, Washington ’14, 2013-14 vice president
Dr. Andrew Welles, Marquette ’15, 2013-14 district 6-7 legislative coordinator
Are you considering a non-traditional postgraduate option? Whether you are interested in the military, academia or considering a career in community health, learn about these alternative career paths from past ASDA leaders. Identify the questions you should be asking about any job opportunity, how to evaluate a position and discover what’s right for you.
Learning Objectives:
  • Gain familiarity with the non-traditional career paths available after dental school.
  • Assess what option is best for you.
  • Analyze the variables to look at in making decisions about your post-grad future.
Creating a Personal Development Plan    (Personal Development and Wellness)
Dr. Kristopher Mendoza, Los Angeles '15, 2014-15 president
Whether or not you want to improve your personal or professional life, a personal development plan (PDP) will help you continually grow throughout your career. Learn about how to take planning to the next level with your own PDP, and be the best version of you possible! 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the importance of continuous personal development. 
  • Reflect on current strengths, weaknesses and core values.
  • Learn how to create a personal development plan (PDP).
  • Begin to construct your own PDP.
Running a Gold Crown Chapter    (ASDA Chapter Management)
Danielle Bauer, director of membership and marketing
Sarah Fodor, Marquette ’18, chair, Council on Membership
Is your chapter just getting started or do you need ideas to get to Gold Crown status? Learn what it takes to become the Ideal ASDA chapter, including how to organize your chapter and provide the most value for your members. Best practices will be shared from previous Gold Crown winners, as well as how to submit a winning application for ASDA’s Gold Crown Awards. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Gain a better understanding of the criteria that chapters are evaluated on for Gold Crown.
  • Learn the do’s and don’ts of submitting a good application.
  • Learn new ideas for chapter events and activities to engage members.
  • Improve communication tools, such as websites, newsletters and social media, to reach members.
Show Me the Money       (Predental)
Jason DiLorenzo, Founder of Doctors Without Quarters, speaking on behalf of SoFi
Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania '21
Andrew Horbaly, VCU '21
$261,149. That is the average debt for a 2016 dental school graduate. While several options exist to pay for dental school, navigating them can be a daunting adventure. Join the speakers in this session to uncover the mystery of how to pay for dental school. Most dental students end up financing their education through unsubsidized Stafford loans, Grad PLUS loans or private loans. However, there are other options, including full scholarships. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about different types of loans including private loans, federal Stafford loans, grad PLUS loans and institutional loans. 
  • Understand the pros and cons behind each type of loan, including interest, loan conditions and repayment options.
  • Use resources on the ASDA website to find private scholarships.
  • Understand loan repayment programs and scholarship options provided by the military and NHSC.
2:40 – 3:30 p.m.
Pedestrian to Patient
Sponsored by Aspen Dental
Dr. Brian Boston

The objective of this session is to cover the challenge of getting patients into your practice, providing the best patient experience from check in through check out; and how employee engagement is essential to all successful practices.  
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how best ways to attract new patients
  • Understand the importance of “first Impression” for a patient/ family
  • Methods to increase employee engagement 

Become the Go-To Dentist or get Ghosted
Sponsored by MedPro
Dr. David Rice, igniteDDS

MedPro Group, an ignite DDS supporter, wants you to succeed and build competency- both in the classroom and out! Join us in welcoming Dr. David Rice, founder of igniteDDS who will share the insight he seeks to bring to each and every dental school and new-to-practice dentist nationwide. #MedProDental #igniteDDS #togetherwerise

Learning Objectives:
  • Join us to learn what tomorrow’s most successful private practice looks like and how you can own it!
  • Every practice model has strengths 
Great Hacks for Better Eating on a Budget
Sponsored by Great West Financial
Sue Hoss, co-owner of Main Dish Media

As students, it can be difficult to establish and maintain a healthy (and delicious!) eating plan with busy school/life schedules, stay within budget. There is so much information (much of it contradictory) about food that it can be hard to understand what is best for you. Today we’ll try and debunk some food and nutrition myths and provide simple techniques for creating a healthy eating plan and kitchen lifestyle.

Learning Objectives:
  • After attending this session, attendees will be better equipped to make healthy food choices at school 
Continuing Education is Not Simply a Weekend Course! Heartland Dental and the Partnership with Dentsply
Sponsored by Heartland Dental
Bryan Kash, account manager for Dentsply

For many Dentist after graduation they all want to know how they can continue grow their Dental skills and also offer treatment to patients without potentially referring out to a specialist. This session will help new dentists learn about the partnership between Heartland Dental and Dentsply on how a Heartland Dental Supported Doctor receives Continuing Education through lecture, in office follow up and hands on learning.  

Learning Objectives:
  • How Heartland Dental Supported Doctors receive support through key partnerships with Dentsply with continued education. 
  • Receive Live Courses with Subject Matter Experts.
  • Cutting edge techniques (WaveOne Gold, GuttaCore, Palodent, SureFil SDR, SiroLaser, etc.)
3:45 – 4:35 p.m.
Finding a Great Mentor      (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Tim Calnon, Buffalo ’13, 2011-12 District 2 Trustee
Dr. Bill Calnon, President of the ADA Foundation

You’ve been told time and again to “find a great mentor,” but how does one start this process?  Not everyone finds a mentor by chance – sometimes it takes time and personal effort to find the right mentor(s) for you.  We will discuss how to identify strong dental and leadership mentors, ways to cultivate a successful relationship with these individuals, and the importance of mentorship throughout all phases of your dental career.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the importance of mentorship through all phases of your dental career
  • Tips on how to identify a great mentor and mentee
  • Suggestions on how to best cultivate a successful mentor –mentee relationship
  • Practice Negotiations and Contracts     (Career Planning)
    Charles Loretto, Cain Watters
    Buying a dental practice is often the biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime. It involves understanding financial and business principles, negotiating tactics and navigating contracts. This session will provide you with a foundation to help you make the right decision for your future. Participants will learn key vocabulary and concepts, potential pitfalls to avoid and basic negotiation strategies pertaining to dental associate agreements. The session will also compare and contrast the options of buying versus starting up a first practice. You will learn to objectively assess each potential opportunity in order to make the best choice for your situation. 
    Learning Objectives:
    • Discover how to do transition-planning for a practice. 
    • Learn best practices and mistakes to avoid for contract negotiations.
    • Learn the basics of practice valuation, to understand how much a practice is worth when buying or selling.
    Life Hacks and Habits to Energize and Improve your Day     (Personal Development and Wellness)
    Dr. Alan Mead, chairman, Michigan Dental Association Care and Well-Being Committee
    We have all experienced situations when there is not enough time in the day to accomplish a set of goals. Daily habits play an important role in simplifying our lives. In this session, discover life hacks that will increase your productivity in both your personal and professional life. Learn how to consciously choose actions and behaviors that will become habits.
    Learning Objectives: 
    • Learn the importance of habits in a daily routine and how to energize mornings.
    • Automate routine activities to free up your mind to concentrate on higher level activities.
    • Understand which actions and behaviors should become habits.
    • Learn life hacks to improve your personal life.
    • Learn life hacks to speed up clinical production and increase lab productivity.
    How to Grow your Chapter (and Yourself) through Social Media    (ASDA Chapter Management)
    Patrick Anghel, Detroit- Mercy
    Michelle Szewczyk, Detroit- Mercy
    The average person spends two hours a day on social media. Between studying, seeing patients and running our daily lives dental students manage to squeeze in those precious free minutes on social media sites. Find out how you can use social media as an opportunity to grow your ASDA chapter and reach the ever busy dental student. Come learn about how you can use social media to market your ASDA chapter and build your personal brand as well.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Promote events through social media campaigns
    • Actively engage dental students on a daily basis
    • Increase traffic to their chapter website
    • Improve chapter engagement
    • Grow their personal brand

    Ethics Debate     (Predental)
    Dr. Mike Meru, Southern California ’09, 2008-09 president
    You are preparing to become a health care professional responsible for the well-being and livelihood of the patients you care for. You may be faced with difficult ethical decisions to which there is not always a right or wrong answer. Dental school interviews typically probe their applicants’ abilities to navigate these moral dilemmas and defend their responses. During this session, we will help you successfully prepare for both interview questions and the real world as you participate in an open forum debate over selected ethical scenarios.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand current ethical dilemmas discussed today by dentists and medical professionals.
    • Learn how to craft an appropriate response and defend your answer.
    • Take part in a simulated experience of dental school interview questions on ethics.

    Saturday, November 18

    9:15 – 10:05 a.m.
    Effective Communication and Motivational Techniques for Optimal Patient Care        (Leadership Fundamentals)
    Dr. Greg Sabino, Stony Brook '10, 2015-2016 Editor in Chief

    We all have a distinct and preferred way of communicating, connecting and building relationships with those we work with and treat. As healthcare professionals, it is our responsibility to educate and recommend the best course of treatment. Understanding what motivates patients to action is paramount to success. When you are aware of these motivating factors, you can better guide your patients to positive health outcomes. You will increase your ability to build credibility and educate effectively while guiding your patients to make the decision that is best for their oral health.  

    Learning Objectives:
    • Identify universal social and communicative cues that improve relationships with your patients
    • Explore the decision making process of patients and how to spur them to action
    • Learn tools to effectively motivate and persuade patients to make positive health choices
    A 'Hands- On’ Lesson in CV Writing       (Career Planning)
    Dr. Colleen Greene, Harvard ’13, 2012-13 president
    CVs are required to apply for an ASDA leadership position, job or post-graduate program. You need one that is professional and sets you apart. If you're looking for an extreme makeover or just a simple polish, it's time to take your CV to the next level. Bring a hard copy of your current CV for review.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand the basics of what should and shouldn’t be included in a CV and the importance of visual appeal.
    • Gain tips to make your CV stand out from the other applicants.
    • Learn what reviewers look for in a good CV and the things to avoid so you don’t end up in the rejection pile.
    • Use information provided to make changes to your CV during this session.
    Ergonomics – Set Yourself up for a Lifetime of Healthy Practice      (Personal Development and Wellness)
    Timothy J Caruso, MBA, MS, PT, Cert MDT, CEAS

    As a dentist, you want to make sure your patient is healthy. But dentists need to keep themselves healthy as well. And nothing is more critical to your success as a clinical than your spine, neck, and back.  In this session, you’ll learn how the repetitive motions of providing oral care can affect your health and career, and how ergonomics and targeted stretches and exercises can help. 

    Learning Objectives:
  • Learn an overview of the common injuries/disorders that can affect dentists and the associated risk factors.
  • Learn what ergonomics is and how it can help with your dentistry work.
  • Practice good posture and targeted stretches and exercises to help protect your body.
  • Attendees will be able to identify critical pain areas and develop a plan to contact resources to help. 
    Partnering With Your Administration   (ASDA Chapter Management)
    Danielle Marciniak-Brambila, Roseman ’18, vice president, and Dr. Jordan Telin, Buffalo ’17, 2016-17 vice president 
    What does a collaborative relationship between an ASDA chapter and its dental school looks like? Forming strong relationships with administrators allows ASDA leaders to influence their education and address the issues currently facing dental students. Topics will include vendor policies, permission to attend off-campus events, explaining the importance of ASDA, and more.

    Learning Objectives: 
    • Communicate the value of involvement in ASDA and organized dentistry.
    • Use tools provided by ASDA to support chapter efforts.
    • Set up regular meetings with dean and the administration to talk about ASDA, recent and upcoming activities, and the value of being involved.
    • Find a strong faculty advisor to advocate for the ASDA chapter with the administration.
    Writing for Success     (Predental)
    Stephen Rogers, Buffalo ’18, editor-in-chief
    Writers of all levels will gain insight and new techniques on how to write effectively. Whether it’s for your personal statement, ASDA’s blog or newsletter, or just to improve literacy skills, this session will promote and develop writing proficiency.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Identify strategies for clear and concise writing.
    • Analyze writing samples with new strategies.
    • Make your personal statement stand out with a well written display of your accomplishments.
    10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
    Tools and Technology: What Helped me Find Success as a New Dentist
    Sponsored by Pacific Dental

    Dr. Nicole Smith, PDS®-supported owner dentist and a PDS Institute® faculty member
    In the transition from dental student to practicing dentist, building confidence is vital for ramping speed and growing clinical skills as a new associate. Hear what common mistakes new dentists make their first year out of school and how to avoid them. Learn about the tools and technology available and how it can help you become a better dentist.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand the common mistakes made by new dentists and what you can do differently.
    • Understand the benefits of CAD/CAM dentistry. 
    • Learn how CAD/CAM dentistry can help your treatment planning and patient outcomes.
    Laser Assisted Dentistry: One More Tool!
    Sponsored by AGD
    Dr. Bruce Cassis, chairperson for the AGD Membership Council
    This fast paced presentation will show the benefits of lasers in dentistry.  The technology lends itself to minimally invasive, efficient and low impact dentistry – all qualities patients appreciate and demand.  Will you be ready?

    Learning Objectives:
    • What are dental lasers? 
    • How do dental lasers work in dentistry?
    • How will dental lasers benefit patients and our businesses?
    After attending this session, attendees will understand what dental lasers are and how they fit into the dental community.  Additionally, attendees will learn how they can improve the patient’s satisfaction and improve their practice outcomes.
    The Key to Great Leadership
    Sponsored by Koolsmiles/Benevis
    Nichole Thompson, VP of HR at Benevis Corporation

    Being a leader in your dental office requires more than just a dental degree.  During this session, you will gain personal insight through the DISC personality profile and then use that knowledge to successfully lead and influence others.  The first 100 students to attend will receive a free DISC assessment!

    Learning Objectives:
    • Become more self-knowledgeable, well-rounded and effective leaders
    • Improve working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of team members
    • Facilitate better teamwork and teach productive conflict
    • Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members
    Giving Back Through Give Kids a Smile
    Dr. William Calnon, President, ADA Foundation (moderator)
    Dr. Kelly Cundy, member of the ADA Foundation, GKAS National Committee & Second year Pediatric Dental Resident, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
    Dr. Adam Saltz, MPH, GKAS Institute Ambassador & Periodontics Resident, UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry

    Many dental students want to make a difference in people’s lives, especially when it comes to helping kids in need. One way to do that is to volunteer with Give Kids A Smile®, the nation’s largest children’s charitable health program. Learn how you can give back to your community through Give Kids A Smile, as a volunteer or program coordinator.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Attendees will understand the huge impact that dental students have made to the GKAS program and how they too can join the movement! 
    • Attendees will be inspired to pay it forward and improve access to oral healthcare through GKAS.
    • Attendees will take away key elements of planning an interdisciplinary GKAS event.
    • Attendees will learn ways to overcome the challenges of planning a student-run GKAS program.
    • Attendees will learn how to become an effective GKAS volunteer, program coordinator or ambassador in their community.
    • Attendees will learn leadership skills that can be applied throughout their professional career.
    11:40 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 'Lunch and Learn' sponsored by Crest Oral-B
    How a toothpaste is like a smart phone…the multiple benefits of Stannous Fluoride above and below the gum line
    Scott Hobart, national director of dental education and scientific exchange for Crest & Oral  B

    For many dental professionals, there is a common belief that all fluoride toothpastes are the same.  During my session, the audience will learn there are significant differences in patient benefits between stannous and other fluorides.  Specifically, I will be presenting new research on the positive effectives of Stannous Fluoride below the gum line.   Students with this knowledge will be better prepared to recommend the right products and home care instructions.     

    Learning Objectives:
    • All students should be able to list the multiple benefits of Stannous Fluoride Toothpaste
    • All students will be aware of the severity of subgingival toxins and how the right toothpaste can alleviate this condition for their patients.  

    1 – 1:50 p.m.
    How to Not Fail Miserably in Private Practice    (Leadership Fundamentals)
    Dr. Chris Salierno, Stony Brook '05, 2004-05 president
    We have been trained to be outstanding clinicians, not savvy business owners. Many of us are afraid of, or simply ignore, the business end of our profession. We’re unsure of how to read a profit and loss statement or motivate our staff. Leading a successful practice doesn’t have to remain a mystery. This presentation will discuss the most common mistakes that can slowly and silently ruin our offices. You will leave armed with tools for best practices and practical tips.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand how to read and understand financial statements.
    • Learn best practices for controlling overhead costs.
    • Learn how to manage and inspire your team.
    • Deliver more effective case presentations that allow for greater patient acceptance. 
    • Discover cost-effective ways to market and grow your practice. 
    Building Your Personal Brand    (Career Planning)
    Dr. Ryan Dulde, Marquette ’11, 2010-11 speaker of the house 
    Learn about the power of brands and why developing your personal brand now will help you in school and as you prepare to enter a residency or practice. In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to define and communicate your brand effectively and be your own PR director.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand what a personal brand is. 
    • Articulate what your personal brand is. 
    • Know how to present your personal brand during the residency application or interview process.
    Managing and Dealing With Dental Guilt    (Personal Development and Wellness)
    Dr. Nipa Thakkar, Temple ’12, 2011-12 district 3 trustee 
    Dental school forces us to foster a relentless drive for perfection. What do you do when perfection may not be possible or simply has not yet been attained? In a world when every outcome is not perfect, how do you continue sleeping at night? How do you know when clinically acceptable is close enough?
    Learning Objectives:
    • Answer the question: What is my responsibility to the patient?
    • Know what things to look for to ensure acceptable outcomes.  
    • Gain strategies to rectify situations that may not have ideal results.
    • Discover how to maintain a healthy balance between carelessness and debilitating guilt about less-than-perfect outcomes.
    Chapter Partnership with State and Local Dental Associations   (ASDA Chapter Management)
    Dr. Christain Piers, Colorado '16, 2015-16 president
    Sara Perrone, Buffalo '18, Council on Professional Issues Chair
    Eddie Ramirez, Oregon '18 
    ASDA chapters across the country have successfully advanced the rights and interest of our nation's denal students through their involvement with State and Local Dental Associations. Learn the benefits of a partnership with your local and state dental associations to increase chapter engagement while also advocating for ASDA's mission.

    Learning Objectives: 
    • Identify benefits of building a relationship with local & state dental associations
    • Learn what an ideal partnership with these groups mar be and how to get started
    • Hear firsthand experience of promoting the collective dental student voice wuth these groups from past & current ASDA leaders

    Hands-on Tooth Impressions & Chalk Carving Workshop     (Predental)
    Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania '21, 2016-17 predental consultant, and Jeffrey Kerst, Louisiana ‘19, district 5 trustee
    Manual dexterity is an important skill that a dental professional must have in order to be successful within the field. A dentist should possess very fine motor control and excellent hand-eye coordination along with precision and fine attention to detail when performing dental procedures. This session will include a “hands-on” workshop with two distinct activities for attendees to engage and develop their manual dexterity skills. Attendees will first be able to experience taking alginate impressions. This activity will educate them on the setting time of dental materials and demonstrate the speed, patience and confidence that is required. Moreover, as the attendees wait for their impressions to dry, they will have the opportunity to participate in a chalk-carving exercise where they will utilize a dental lab knife to carve chalk into pieces of dice. This will serve as a great introduction for attendees on working with extremely small scale materials and to the different types of activities they will encounter and perform throughout their first year as dental students.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Improve manual dexterity, fine motor control, hand-eye coordination and other skills in preparation for dental school.
    • Learn a valuable lesson on correctly producing a dental impression.
    • Learn the different techniques required to properly carve chalk with a dental lab knife. 
    • Determine if you derive satisfaction from the different kinds of small-scale activities that will consume a great amount of time as future dental students and dental professionals. 
    • Get inspired to engage in deliberate activities on their own free time through which they can develop their manual dexterity skills

    2:10 – 3 p.m.
    Creating Magic With Your Dental Team    (Leadership Fundamentals)
    Dr. Alex Otto, Virginia '13, 2012-13 vice president
    As a dental student, resident or new dentist, you will quickly learn that your dental auxiliary team can be your greatest asset — or toughest challenge. Learning to lead this team is one of the most important aspects of your job as a dentist.  Based on the leadership fundamentals in Lee Cockerell’s book “Creating Magic,” the session will offer proven methods of leadership success and how these relate to leading a dental team.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Learn fundamental leadership principles and how they apply to leading a dental team.
    • Explore challenging real-life scenarios that you may face as a new dentist.
    • Apply leadership principles to ASDA chapter leadership, dental school and residency team settings and to the practice of dentistry.
    Licensure 101    (Career Planning)
    Dr. Christian Piers, Colorado ’16, 2015-16 president  
    What does a year of residency, a portfolio of completed procedures, a station-based exam and a live, clinical testing scenario on human subjects have in common? They can all get you a dental license (depending on where you live). Licensure exams have been getting a lot of national attention recently as groups like ASDA, ADEA and the ADA focus on reform. Join in this session to learn about the challenges facing students who take clinical licensure exams. You’ll also learn about the various alternative paths to licensure and what ASDA is doing to move towards a fair, ethical, universally accepted licensure exam.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand ASDA’s licensure policy and where we stand. 
    • Explore recent developments in licensure reform. 
    • Identify alternative forms of licensure.
    Establishing Credibility for New Practitioners    (Personal Development and Wellness)
    Dr. Adam Shisler, Texas-Houston '12, 2011-12 president
    You are a millennial in the workplace. That means there are people who have already decided what your strengths and weaknesses are. This session will focus on addressing certain aspects of your personality and how to attain, enhance and maintain credibility as a new practitioner. 

    Learning Objectives:
    • Review consumer research on what drives people to make health decisions.
    • Develop communication tactics that improve professional persona in a clinical setting.
    • Improve emotional intelligence in order to cater to patients, staff and fellow practitioners.
    Running an Advocacy Event    (ASDA Chapter Management)
    Dr. James Wanamaker,  Buffalo '16, 2015-16 chair, Council on Advocacy, and Stephanie Follett, ASDA senior manager, advocacy and policy
    For many chapters, building interest in advocacy can be challenging. Learn how a single event can grow your chapter’s legislative participation. Find out what steps to take to plan a record-setting advocacy event from start to finish. Discover new sources of funding for your event using outside sponsors, local and state dental associations. 
    Learning Objectives:
    • Learn how to plan an advocacy event.
    • Discover new ways to build interest in advocacy.
    • Learn how to fund an advocacy event.
    Interviewing – Tips, Tricks and Standing Out from the Competition      (Predental)
    Dr. Colleen Greene, Harvard ’13, 2012-13 president
    Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania ’21, 2016-17 predental consultant
    The interview is the last piece of the puzzle for getting into dental school. Interviews can be scary, but fear not! The session will provide an in-depth view of all the necessary pieces—dress, poise and common questions.   
    Learning Objectives:
    • Learn advice from dental students who have been through the process on how to prepare for your interview.
    • Learn interview protocol—how to dress and act
    • Understand the different types of interviews
    • Review the common interview questions and the “correct” way to answer
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Chapter Idea Exchanges

    Ryan McCormick, Oregon ’19, Council on Communications Chair
    Kasia Chalko, ASDA Marketing Manager

    Leadership and Organization 
    Dr. Sohaib Soliman, Washington ’17, Immediate past president
    Dr. Adam Shisler, Texas-Houston ’12, 2011-12 president

    Jonathan Vogel, Texas-Houston ’19, Council on Advocacy Chair
    Stephanie Follett, ASDA senior manager, advocacy and policy

    Sarah Fodor, Marquette ’18, Council on Membership Chair
    Danielle Bauer, ASDA director of membership and marketing

    Joy Nisnisan, University of Houston ‘16
    Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania ‘21
    Carson Smith, predental consultant
    Brian Jones, ASDA membership development manager

    Sunday, November 19

    8:20 – 9:10 a.m.
    Leading With Your Strengths     (Leadership Fundamentals)
    Dr. David Lindsey
    Our culture often focuses on our individual weaknesses. For years, we were told the best way to improve ourselves is by focusing on our weaknesses. The problem is that we have more room for growth within our strengths. If we focus on our strengths, we can truly maximize our potential. Learn how to become a better leader and person by identifying and focusing on your strengths. 
    Learning Objectives: 
    • Learn the importance of leading with your strengths.
    • Discover different types of strengths.  
    • Identify your strengths.
    • Apply your strengths to become a better leader.
    Mastering Your Associate Interview     (Career Planning)
    Dr. James Wanamaker, Buffalo '16, 2015-16 chair, Council on Advocacy
    As you start looking for your first associate  job out of dental school, are you ready for the interview process? Learn what questions you should ask your potential employer and prepare for the questions they will ask you. You will discover how body language and nonverbal cues drastically influence your interview. Can you identify the red flags in a practice? Find out how to vet a potential practice though the interview process so you can make the right decision before you sign.  

    Learning Objectives:
    • Learn what questions your prospective employer may ask you and be prepared with your responses
    • Develop a list of questions to ask in your interviews. 
    • Attendees will learn the best ways to prepare for their interviews.
    Suicide: Recognizing the Signs and How to Help    (Personal Development and Wellness)
    Emily Voelkel, PhD
    There is a good chance that you have been or will be affected by someone who has committed or considered the thought of suicide. Many survivors of suicide attempts say that what prevented them from successfully taking their life was a single person asking them not to. This session will discuss how to broach the subject of suicide with a patient or loved one so that you have the tools to be the one that saves a life.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Learn signs/behavior of someone who is considering suicide.
    • Discuss how to approach the subject of suicide with someone you fear may consider hurting themselves, and also learn what not to say.
    • Discover resources to share with a person considering self-harm and whom to alert. 
    Developing a Chapter Mobile Application   (ASDA Chapter Management)
    Lynna Van, Oklahoma
    Uzma Hajiyani, Oklahoma
    As online activity continues to shift to on-the-go, mobile devices, having a website is no longer enough. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't need to take an entire team of designers and developers, nor cost you your entire ASDA savings. In this session, we will equip you with the necessary tools and information on how to create an affordable, responsive mobile app for your chapter.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Learn the benefits of a chapter mobile app
    • Gain a better understanding of the cost, time, and work involved with developing a chapter mobile app.
    DAT What You Need to Know     (Predental)
    Joy Nisnisan, University of Houston '16
    Andrew Horbaly, VCU '21 
    The DAT can be overwhelming with the various preparations, study materials and study schedules out there. Where do you start? This session will show you the steps needed to register for your exam, break down of each section, recommended study materials and how to personalize your study schedule. It will also cover sample questions, strategies and resources ASDA provides for your DAT journey.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand how to register for the exam.
    • Understand the various sections on the DAT.
    • Identify quality study materials for the DAT.
    • Create an effective study schedule. 
    • Understand the format and types of questions on the DAT through practice questions for each section. 
    • Understand the six PAT sections, types of problems, and strategies.  
    The DAT: Refining Your Strategy     (Predental)
    You’ve taken the DAT and did not obtain the score you expected. You’re working on changing your plans and study schedule, but how should you approach the exam this time around to make a difference in your performance? Whether your weakness is timing, information retention or understanding material, this session focuses on strategies to help you improve on each section of the DAT. 
    Learning Objectives
    • Identify how to modify your past study schedule. 
    • Identify quality study materials for weak sections on the DAT.
    • Understand strategies for conquering various sections of the DAT (science, PAT, reading and quantitative reasoning) by going through practice questions. 
    • Learn how to apply strategies within the time frame given for each section.
    • Identify better study methods and habits. 
    9:30 – 10:20 a.m.
    Public Speaking Training     (Leadership Fundamentals)
    Dr. Chris Salierno, Stony Brook ’05, 2004-05 president
    Many of us fear public speaking more than anything else, yet there are few skills as essential to success as a leader. This session will cover things to consider when writing small speeches (such as those given prior to elections), tips in successful preparation and delivery, and how to truly make your speaking an extension of yourself.
    Learning Objectives 
    • Learn a few tips for writing speeches or remarks, with emphasis of assessing the type of situation in which the speech will be given.
    • Use preparation as a means to combat stage-fright.
    • Understand what makes a speech effective, and what makes it ineffective.
    • Understand body language, and how to convey confidence while speaking.
    • Take part in a completely voluntary and fun exercise designed to give members a chance to speak in front a small group.

    Women in Dentistry: How to Manage the Challenges of Career and Family     (Career Planning)
    Dr. Brooke Elmore, Texas-San Antonio ’07, 2006-07 president
    Dr. Alex Otto, Virginia ’13, 2012-13 vice president
    Dr. Niv Rajagopalan, Midwestern-Illinois ’16, 2015-16 vice president 

    Finding balance between career and family can be challenging.   The strategies shared in this session can help you align your priorities and find satisfaction in both your work and home life, without having to sacrifice your sense of self.  Hear from women dentists who are managing career challenges and achieving a successful work/life balance. 

    Learning Objectives 
    • Explore ways to achieve work/life balance through real-life examples. 
    • Plan a strategy for assessing priorities for career and home life. 

    Creating a Vision All the Way Through to an Actionable Plan     (ASDA Chapter Management)
    Dr. Dan Hammer, Pacific ’11, 2010-11 district 11 trustee

    Someone has an idea, it’s a great idea, but due to poor planning and follow- through the idea doesn’t come to fruition. How do we resist this trend, set a vision to a plan and get these ideas to come to life? 
    Learning Objectives 
    • Gain clear direction and definition on vision statements for groups and organizations. 
    • Identify what details are necessary for a complete Aaction Pplan. 
    • Discuss the challenges of peer accountability.  

    Social Wellness and Relationships    (Personal Development and Wellness)
    Dr. Michelle Montero, Clinical Psychologist and Sports Psychology Consultant, Alchemy Performance Consulting
    Focusing on the stress of the next exam, practical, or application can make it feel like there is never enough time in the day to dedicate ourselves to a life outside of dental school. This session will talk about the importance of maintaining balance with your social wellbeing and personal relationships during this phase so that the important people and passions in your life can remain a priority. This session will include tips for managing the time and energy that you dedicate to your outside interests fiends, and loved ones.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Stress importance of dedicating quality time to your loved ones and to pursuing your passions outside of dentistry
    • Techniques to manage your availability to the important people in your life while focusing on your studies and progression as a student
    • How to set boundaries when needed

    Improving Your Predental Chapter or Club      (Predental) 
    Joy Nisnisan, University of Houston '16
    Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania '21
    Andrew Horbaly, VCU '21

    Interested in improving your leadership skills, strengthening your predental club or forming an ASDA predental chapter? This session focuses on establishing the club/chapter structure, managing finances, training/transitioning future officers and improving membership recruitment and retention. You’ll discover how your predental club can become an ASDA chapter, and what it takes to be a leader, while learning about predental leadership positions ASDA can offer!

    Learning Objectives 
    • Learn what it takes to manage a predental club/chapter.
    • Understand how to create and build a strong club/chapter with the proper foundation.
    • Identify how you can become a better chapter leader.
    • Understand how to train and transition officers.
    • Identify ways to retain members.
    • Learn how to become an ASDA chapter.
    • Learn about potential ASDA predental leadership positions.
    Overcoming Obstacles to Leadership      (Predental)
    Dr. Kris Mendoza, Los Angeles ’15, 2014-15 president
    Dentists are leaders in their practice, community and organized dentistry, exhibiting professionalism in all aspects of their life. All of us have the potential to become great leaders, but how do we get there? This session focuses on the characteristics and habits that can help improve your confidence and ability to communicate. Learn how to utilize your skills, talents and passions to ignite your inner leader!
    Learning Objectives 
    • Learn what it takes to become a leader.
    • Identify traits of great and poor leaders.
    • Understand how to use your talents, skills and passions in a personal leadership style. 
    • Learn how to communicate effectively. 
    • Learn how to build confidence.
    • Learn about potential ASDA predental leadership positions.