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Friday, November 16, 2018

10 – 10:50 a.m.
Debt Management (Career Planning) 
Jason DiLorenzo, Founder of Doctors Without Quarters
 
The cost of a four-year dental education is 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:
  • Understand how general debt strategies apply to student debt. 
  • Review strategies on how to tackle student debt.
  • Analyze debt repayment products and select one that fits your financial plan. 
  • Prioritize financial management as a way to practice choice. 
  • Understand what ASDA and organized dentistry are doing to address the student debt issue. 

The Art of Networking (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Christian Piers, Colorado ’16, 2015-16 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 creating 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.
Overcoming Obstacles to Leadership (Personal Development and Wellness
Dr. David Maloley, The Relentless Dentist  
 
For dental providers, the value of leadership is often overlooked for clinical skills. However, we are all required to lead others, whether in our offices or our communities. As leaders, we face common obstacles that prevent us from maximizing our leadership potential. Learn to tackle these common obstacles to leadership and improve your leadership skills.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify common obstacles to leadership that we all face.
  • Discover how to overcome our own personal obstacles to leadership.
  • Identify how you can improve you leadership skills and successfully lead others. 
How to Spread ASDA Fever to Your Administration (ASDA Chapter Management)
Kristen Yant, Harvard ’20
Alexandra Howell, Georgia ’19, 2018-19 vice president    
 
One of the challenges many chapter leaders face is how to effectively manage relationships with school administrators. Collaboration and communication are key when it comes to advocating for current issues affecting dental students. A great relationship with your administration provides productive support and leads to a stronger, more efficient chapter. Learn tips and tricks about developing these relationships in order to work towards your common goals.

Learning Objectives:
  • Communicate the value of involvement in ASDA and in organized dentistry to the administration.
  • Return to your chapter with ideas and resources to strengthen relationships.
  • Learn how to address problems that are prevalent among chapters.
Licensure 101 (Advocacy)
Austin Tyler, Colorado ’20, 2018-19 district 9 trustee
 
What do 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! Licensure exams get a lot of national attention as groups like ASDA, ADA and ADEA focus on reform. Attend this session to learn about the challenges facing students who take clinical licensure exams. You’ll 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. 
  • Be able to identify alternative forms of licensure.     
11:10 a.m. – noon
How to Get Into the Residency of Your Dreams (Career Planning)
Dr. Richard Bauer, Pittsburgh ‘07, 2006-07 vice president
Dr. Tiffany Hsu, San Francisco ’15, 2014-15 Council on Communications chair
 
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. 
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.
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.
Managing Chapter Finances (ASDA Chapter Management)
Ellen Ryan, ASDA director of finance and administration
Kathleen Gonzales, Buffalo ’19, 2018-19 Council on Membership chair
 
Managing your chapter’s finances is a critical role that involves more than collecting money and writing checks. How can you work with vendors and sponsors to maximize your fundraising efforts? Once you secure funding, how can you minimize fraud? Is your chapter 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 what your vendors and sponsors need from you to continue their financial support.
  • Understand your chapter’s tax exempt status and the group exemption process.
  • Identify a successor who will ensure the results of your hard work will continue.
How to Advocate at the Grassroots Level (Advocacy)
Dr. Shaun O’Neill, Iowa ‘17, 2016-17 district 8 trustee
 
Grassroots advocacy focuses on raising awareness about a particular issue. Rather than lobbying a member of Congress, advocating at the grassroots level focuses on lobbying the public. Hear from a past ASDA leader who was able to rally support from the student body, external organizations and members of the community around an advocacy issue. The story proves the power of grassroots advocacy as this support led to successful passage of instrumental licensure reform legislation. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Discover how to tailor your advocacy message to different groups 
  • Learn the best ways to build effective alliances 
  • Find opportunities to inspire grassroots advocacy in your classmates 
1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Post-grad Options: GPRs, Specialty Residencies, Private Practice (Career Planning)
Dr. Paula Cohen, Florida ’17, 2015-16 speaker of the house
Dr. Shaun O’Neill, Iowa ‘17, 2016-17 district 8 trustee 
Dr. Lauren Vitkus, Buffalo ’14, 2013-14 district 2 trustee
 
There are so many options when choosing your professional path. How do you know which one is right for you? Hear from three practicing dentists who were once in your shoes. Panelists will share their experiences going into a general practice residency, a specialty residency and straight into practice, and discuss the pros/cons of each. Time will be reserved at the end for Q&A. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the differences between GPRs, specialty residencies and going directly into practice.
  • Gain knowledge of how each path can lead you to the career you want.
  • Determine which option is best for you and your career goals.
Sleuth: Crucial Tips in Solving Team Dysfunction (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Brad Guyton, MBA, MPH, Dean of the PDSU™ – Institute of Dentistry; Vice President of Clinician Development, Pacific Dental Services 
 
As future dentists, strong leadership skills are critical for building long-term relationships with both team members and patients. This course provides an overview of team dysfunction and strategies to help participants overcome each dysfunction. You’ll also learn how to navigate difficult conversations, including methods to prepare for them, keep them on track and generate positive outcomes.  

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the components of team dysfunction.
  • Develop key skills to overcome each dysfunction.
  • Identify methods to approaching difficult conversations with patients and team members.
The Pursuit of Process (Personal Development and Wellness
Dr. Kris Mendoza, Los Angeles ’15, 2014-15 president
 
As dental students and dental professionals, it is easy to get caught up in the perfectionist mindset instead of enjoying the journey. We are so focused on perfection that our personal health suffers, leading to problems in every other aspect of our lives.  Discover a new approach to living a more fulfilling life and having a more meaningful career. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the downfalls of a perfectionist mindset.
  • Discover the key differences between a perfection and process driven mindset.
  • Learn three key building blocks in order to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.
  • Discover a plan that works for you to achieve your very best. 
Town Hall for Chapter Leaders (ASDA Chapter Management)
Roopali Kulkarni, Pennsylvania ’19, 2018-19 president
Jeffrey Kerst, Louisiana ’19, 2018-19 vice president  
Alexandra Howell, Georgia ’19, 2018-19 vice president  
 
This is an Executive Committee-facilitated session for chapter presidents that allows for open dialogue between you and the leadership regarding your specific ASDA-related questions. You will be able to educate your chapter about the importance of ASDA membership and the value it brings to members.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand ASDA resources available to chapter leaders and how to access them.
  • Gain an overview of ongoing activities related to ASDA’s strategic goals and priorities.
  • Motivate other leaders to buy into the vision of ASDA.
  • Be part of the grassroots efforts to help fulfill ASDA’s goals and strategic plan.
How to Be Bipartisan in a Partisan World: The Importance of Being a Politically Savvy Dental Student in 2018 (Advocacy)
Dr. Lydia Lancaster, Ohio State ’16, 2015-16 district 6 trustee
 
Have you ever wondered how you can be involved in politics? Would you like to consider yourself a politically savvy (future) dentist? This talk takes a look into our partisan system, its history and how you can navigate the political jungle. Learn the steps to becoming a politically savvy dentist in a politically polarized era.  

Learning Objectives: 
  • Learn more about the history of partisan politics and how it’s become so polarized today. 
  • Find effective ways to speak with legislators on both sides of the aisle about dental issues. 
  • Gain useful tips to becoming a politically savvy dentist. 
2:40 – 3:30 p.m.
Dental Dreamer, Think Big! What Will Your Brand Be? (Career Planning)
Dr. Mona Patel, owner, Bayshore Dental

Apple, Amazon and Uber all represent different values, but all are crystal clear in what their brand represents. Learn how to leverage technology and digital workflow to deliver a “memorable patient experience” when a patient sits in your chair. In today’s competitive dental market, it is critical for new dentists to know their brand and understand that every clinical engagement provides them with an opportunity to communicate this brand to patients.  
 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the significance of having a defined brand strategy for your dental practice.
  • Formulate what your brand could be, “what is possible” in today’s competitive dental world.
  • Explore the presenter’s process to create her own brand strategy and the impact that it has had on the success of her practice.
Leadership Skills for Practice Success  (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Brad Guyton, MBA, MPH, dean of the PDSU™ – Institute of Dentistry; vice president of clinician development, Pacific Dental Services

What has made some of the top-performing companies so successful? Learn the top attributes of great leaders and why strong leadership is the key to success. This course provides an overview of the principal strategies for leadership development and how to utilize these skills to build a successful practice.

Learning Objectives 
  • Identify the top attributes of great leaders.
  • Define why leadership is the key to success.
  • Develop key skills to grow as a leader in the dental practice.
Occlusion 911 – Please State the Nature of Your Emergency (Personal Development and Wellness)
Dr. Michael J. Melkers, MAGD, visiting faculty at Riga Stradins University and The Pankey Institute

For one practitioner looking back, the thing that was missing from clinical dental school education was failure. It is the same for all of you. Students are not around long enough to see the structural breakdown of their restorations due to parafunctional stresses and compromised occlusal schemes. In this dynamic presentation, Dr. Melkers will take attendees through a journey of failures, success and applications in real-world practice.
 
Learning Objectives:
  • Occlusion you can use… that doesn’t need to confuse you.
  • Learn why your restorations are breaking and what can you do about it.
  • Identify the red flags of future failure.
Everything You Will Never Learn in Dental School (ASDA Chapter Management)
Dr. David R. Rice, founder, igniteDDS
Dr. Jason Watts, Nova ‘15, 2014-15 vice president 

Think about what you're learning in dental school. Now think about everything else you’ll need to know that you’re missing. This session is not for the faint of heart. Whether you plan on being an employee in a DSO, an associate in a private practice, purchasing or starting a practice from scratch, this session is for the real leaders who want the real deal on exactly what to expect after graduation. 
 

Learning Objectives:

  • Know what you need to be doing right now as a dental student to best prepare for your success.
  • Understand the top strategies for your success immediately upon graduation.
  • See the top pitfalls of today's new dentist, so you can avoid them.
Open Up: Dentists Share Personal Experiences (Advocacy)
Dr. Donovan Caves 
Dr. Josephine Pallotto
Dr. Nipa Thakkar, Temple ’12, 2011-12 district 3 trustee

What is life really like as a dentist today? In this interactive session, a panel of ADA member dentists will share their experiences in transitioning from dental student to practicing dentist and how they evolved to where they are today. They will offer different perspectives on career paths, practice ownership, dental benefits, leadership of the dental team, student loan debt and more! Bring your questions. You don’t want to miss the chance to ask these dentists anything on your mind. 
 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand what to expect as a practicing dentist in various career stages.
  • Learn about the first few steps you can take after graduation.
  • Learn how the ADA and organized dentistry can help with your transition.
3:45 – 4:35 p.m.
Practice Purchase Fundamentals (Career Planning)
Charles Loretto, Partner, Cain Watters & Associates 
 
Buying a dental practice can be the biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime. This session will provide you with information 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. 
  • Explore best practices and mistakes to avoid in contract negotiations.
  • Learn the basics of practice valuation, to understand how much a practice is worth when buying or selling. 
Don’t Just Survive, Thrive: Tips on Preparing for Private Practice Leadership (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Rich Carlile, Virginia ’11, 2010-11 district 4 trustee
 
Dental school rarely teaches students leadership fundamentals or how to manage dental teams.  Unfortunately, learning occurs by on-the-job trial and error, often creating timid leaders trying to survive to the end of the day. During this session we will talk about simple, actionable items that can be implemented in your busy dental school life to prepare you to thrive as a leader of your dental practice.  

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the purpose of strong leadership in a private practice setting.
  • Understand how wellness, mentorship, grit and gratitude affect your ability to lead.
  • Identify simple, actionable items that can be incorporated into a busy dental school schedule to help you prepare to thrive as a leader in your practice.
Perfectionism/Overcoming Self-comparison (Personal Development and Wellness
Dr. Michele Montero, clinical psychologist and sport psychology consultant, Alchemy Performance Consulting  
 
Dentistry, like many other high-functioning and high-stress professions, demands excellence and precision. Satisfaction and validation often come from social praise, productivity and accomplishments. Under the prolonged stress and demands of the profession, the body and mind become fatigued. Coping can occur in both healthy and unhealthy ways. A desire for perfectionism may manifest as a means to being in control. However, perfectionism often results in decreased productivity, frustration and burnout. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the definition of perfectionism.
  • Develop and understanding of how perfectionism influences the profession of dentistry.
  • Identify perfectionistic behavior, thoughts and feelings.
  • Identify ways to challenge perfectionistic behavior, thoughts and feelings. 
  • Identify alternative coping skills.
How to Become an IDEAL Chapter (ASDA Chapter Management)
Tyler Robers, Marquette ’19, 2018-19 district 7 trustee
Dr. Tanya Sue Maestas, Texas-Houston ’18, immediate past president
 
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.
Trends in Medicaid and Medicare (Advocacy)
Cassie Yarbrough, lead public policy analyst, American Dental Association Health Policy Institute 
 
It’s difficult to figure out how dentistry fits into the health care system. It becomes more complicated when looking at federal programs like Medicaid and Medicare. It is important to know about the trends in these programs to understand how they affect your profession and the patients you serve. The session will provide an overview of Medicaid expansion and its effect on patients, as well as explore the impact of adding a dental benefit to Medicare.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand how dentists currently work with Medicaid and Medicare patients. 
  • Learn about recent trends in both programs.
  • Find ways to explain this complex issue to your colleagues and patients.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

9:40 – 10:30 a.m.
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.
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.
Hands-on Tooth Impressions and Chalk-Carving Workshop (Predental)
Kai Huang, Alabama ’20, 2018-19 district 5 trustee
 
Manual dexterity is a necessary skill to master to become a successful dental professional. In this session, attendees will participate in a hands-on workshop with two distinct activities designed to develop manual dexterity skills. Alginate impressions will introduce attendees to the speed, patience and confidence required for an effective impression. Participants will also use a dental lab knife to carve chalk into pieces of dice. This is a great introduction for attendees to work on extremely small-scale materials and experience the types of activities they will perform as first-year dental students.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Improve manual dexterity, fine motor control, hand-eye coordination and other skills in preparation for dental school.
  • Identify how to correctly produce a dental impression.
  • Correctly practice techniques required to properly carve chalk with a dental lab knife.
  • Recognize the kinds of small-scale activities needed as future dental students.
Top 10 Tips for Recruiting and Engaging Members (ASDA Chapter Management)
Dr. Kyle Larsen, Colorado ’17, 2015-16 district 9 trustee   
 
Whether you’re an auto-billed or recruitment chapter, you need to ensure your members are active and engaged. How do you attract students to ASDA and once you get them, how do you keep them excited about ASDA? Learn strategies on how to deliver your message to prospective members and how to create an environment within your chapter that keeps members energized about ASDA.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how to simplify and present your message to appeal to prospective members. 
  • Discover how to keep current members engaged. 
  • Explore ways to keep your leadership eager and involved.
The Opioid Epidemic (Advocacy
Dr. Omar Abubaker, professor and chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
 
Discover the origin of the current opioid epidemic and the extent of harm to U.S. families in numbers and human suffering. Discuss the role of dentists in the genesis of this epidemic. Finally, learn how dentists and the dental profession can be part of the solution, not only in combating the opioid epidemic but also in tackling addiction in general. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Gather pertinent information on this pressing health crisis.
  • Learn how to address opioid abuse as a dental practitioner.
11 – 11:50 a.m.
What to Expect in Your First Year of Dental School (Predental)
David Danesh, Harvard ’20, 2018-19 editor-in-chief
Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania ’21, 2018-19 district 3 trustee
Austin Tyler, Colorado ’20, 2018-19 district 9 trustee
 
When predentals look ahead to their first year of dental school, the following words come to mind:  daunting, exciting, difficult, stressful and enjoyable. But do these words accurately describe that first year? This session features three current dental students who will share their experiences and insights as first-year students on life both in and out of school. They will also conduct a Q&A session, so come prepared with questions. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Gain factual knowledge of what to expect in the first year of dental school. 
  • Understand how the first year of dental school functions based off three different student experiences. 
  • Learn how to best prepare for what’s to come and how to have a successful first year. 
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.
  • Cite best practices for controlling overhead costs.
  • Know 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.
Ergonomics — Set Yourself Up For a Lifetime of Healthy Practice (Personal Development and Wellness)
Dr. Desirée Walker, owner, Lumber River Dental 
 
Two out of three dental professionals experience occupational pain. This pain is usually attributed to musculoskeletal disease (MSD) and can force dentists into early retirement. Poor ergonomics and a lack of targeted stretches and exercises are the main cause of this pain. Dentists need to keep themselves healthy so they can enjoy a long and fulfilling career. 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:
  • Review common injuries/disorders that can affect dentists and the associated risk factors.
  • Learn targeted stretches and exercises that will help protect your body.
  • Understand how good posture/ergonomics helps prevent occupational pain and musculoskeletal disease.
  • Identify resources that can help you develop a recovery plan in the event you do experience occupational pain.
Bringing a National Leadership Conference to Your School (ASDA Chapter Management)
Lissette Ruiz-Ibarra, Colorado ’19 
Lynn Doan, Colorado ’20, chapter legislative liaison, chapter vice president
 
Not everyone gets the opportunity to attend a national conference. For that reason, we hosted a local Professional Development and Leadership conference, otherwise known as “PDL”. It was a huge success, and we want to share how you can do it at your school as well. Learn the essential steps and tools to organize a conference from the ground up and how it will increase membership value to your chapter. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Know the key steps to organizing a successful leadership conference at your school, including business plan, budgeting, sponsorships, itinerary planning and marketing materials.
  • Identify the essential tools to keep track of your tasks, team and reporting in order to stay organized along the way. 
  • Recognize the benefits of hosting a conference and how that will significantly increase membership value to your ASDA chapter.
Your Role in Organized Dentistry (Advocacy)
Dr. Ben Youel, Illinois ’13, 2011-12 district 7 trustee 
 
For many dental students, ASDA is their first experience in organized dentistry. Learn about all of the opportunities and benefits of becoming involved in your profession. Understand how your voice can be heard by becoming involved. Find out how your early involvement in ASDA, and your local and state dental associations, can ensure your future success. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand how ASDA fits into the larger picture of organized dentistry and works with other associations like ADA, AGD, etc.
  • Be inspired to get involved. 
  • Learn about various leadership opportunities in organized dentistry after school.
1:10 – 2 p.m.
Discover More about Life at Aspen Dental (Career Planning)
Dr. Niveditha Rajagopalan, Midwestern '16, 2015-16 vice president
Dr. Alex Mitchell, Temple '18, 2017-18 vice president
Dr. Kayla Roe, Virginia '18, 2016-17 district 4 trustee

Join Dr. Niveditha Rajagopalan, Dr. Alex Mitchell & Dr. Kayla Roe for an exclusive session on what life at Aspen Dental is all about. You’ll learn more about career paths with Aspen Dental and how the DSO model benefits dentists, and have an opportunity to ask questions of these dentists – who are also former national ASDA leaders.

Learning Objectives
  • Gain an introduction to DSOs. 
  • Learn to navigate the D4 journey with networking and interview tips. 
  • Understand the challenges facing the “New Dentist.”
  • Hear varying experiences as an Aspen Dental dentist.
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: The Value of Emotional Intelligence in Your Leadership Style (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Brad Guyton, MBA, MPH, dean of the PDSU™ – Institute of Dentistry; vice president of clinician development, Pacific Dental Services
 
For future dentists, emotional intelligence is critical to building long-term relationships with both team members and patients. This course provides an overview of emotional intelligence and how it can help you make better decisions, develop better relationships and achieve more success as a dentist and leader. You’ll also learn how to identify different behavioral styles and adjust communication to better connect with each one.

Learning Objectives:
  • Use emotional intelligence to make better decisions and develop stronger relationships.
  • Identify the key attributes of each behavioral style.
  • Describe the best ways to adjust communication to better connect with each behavioral style.
A DIY Guide to Effective Community Outreach (Personal Development and Wellness)
Becky Horst, RDH, BA, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals 
Debbie Fleming, RDH, MS, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals
 
You can make a difference, because everyone deserves a future they can smile about. If you are wondering how and where to start your outreach event, we will share best practices to running an effective event and review resources available to improve whole mouth health.

Learning Objectives:
  • Descript the prevalence of oral disease as it relates to socioeconomic status, cultural beliefs and access to care.
  • Discuss the importance of community outreach in oral health education.
  • Create an outreach event from identifying the target population, the venue, oral health goals and the mechanism to achieve those goals.
  • Identify resources to assist in outreach events.
Why Choose a DSO (ASDA Chapter Management)
Dr. Alse Klemma

Attend this session to learn more about DSOs, how they are structured and the questions to consider as you go out into the working world. Hear from Dr. Asle Klemma, who affiliated his private practice with Heartland Dental more than 20 years into his career. 

Learning objectives
  • Gain a clear understanding of what a DSO is. 
  • Learn how DSOs provide non-clinical support to doctors. 
  • Know the right questions to ask as you explore career options. 
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Explore the Scope and How to Enter OMS (Advocacy)
TBD

This workshop will explore the education, training, scope of practice and the lifestyle of an OMS resident. Learn the benefits of specializing in OMS, helpful tools on how to apply, externship opportunities available and emerging technologies in OMS. Learn about the utilization of the NBME CBSE for dental students interested in OMS. Don’t miss this exciting program!   
 
Learning objectives
  • Describe the overall scope of practice for oral and maxillofacial surgery. 
  • Recognize the benefits of being a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. 
  • Discuss the details for applying to oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs. 
  • Understand externship opportunities and benefits when applying to postdoctoral residency programs.
2:10 – 3 p.m.
Interviewing: Tips, Tricks and Standing Out From the Competition (Predental)
Dr. Colleen Greene, Harvard ’13, 2012-13 president 
Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania ’21, 2018-19 district 3 trustee
 
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: 
  • Gain 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 different types of interviews.
  • Review common interview questions and the “correct” way to answer.
Tips From the Podium:  How to Be a Great Speaker (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:
  • Assess the type of situation in which a speech will be given and understand how to write appropriate remarks. 
  • Use preparation as a means to combat stage fright. 
  • Know what makes a speech effective and what makes a speech ineffective.
  • Use body language to convey confidence while speaking.
  • Participate in a voluntary and fun exercise designed to give members a chance to speak in front a small group.
The Art of Dental Mentorship (Personal Development and Wellness)
Dr. Daryn Lu, Oklahoma ’15, 2014-15 vice president
 
You’ve been told 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 for you. In this session, we will learn 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: 
  • Explore the importance of mentorship through all phases of your dental career.
  • Identify a great mentor and mentee.
  • Cultivate a successful mentor-mentee relationship.
Break the Mold – How to Bring Innovation to the Chapter (ASDA Chapter Management)
Alexandra Howell, Georgia ’19, 2018-19 vice president  
 
Within our ASDA chapters, the rapid turnover of leadership sometimes hinders our ability to enact sustainable improvement and change. No matter what position you hold (or hope to hold) in your ASDA chapter, this session will help you brainstorm ways to take your chapter to the next level. Learn how to accurately gauge your chapter’s strengths and weaknesses in order to explore new opportunities to serve your members.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify the areas where your ASDA chapter has potential for growth.
  • Investigate new ways to develop engagement and interest in your chapter.
  • Consider possible challenges and discuss how to overcome them.
Hot Topics: Advocacy Issues and Initiatives (Advocacy)
Mike Graham, senior vice president of government and public affairs, American Dental Association
 
Knowledge is power. As a future health care provider, it is important to understand how legislative issues affect you and the care you provide to your patients. Learn more about two of ASDA’s biggest priorities: student debt and midlevel providers. Plus, hear how legislators view these issues at the state and federal levels. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand ASDA’s position on student debt and midlevel providers.
  • Gain insight on how lawmakers view these issues.  
  • Find the best way to advocate for these issues when returning back to school. 
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Sprint Towards Dental School: The Last Six Months (Predental)
Dr. Helen Yang, Harvard ’16, 2014-15 district 1 trustee
 
Think of the road to dental school as a marathon, and the six months leading up to the application is your sprint to the finish line. This session will help prospective applicants get ready for the upcoming admissions cycle and understand the components of a winning application. Learn strategies to obtain powerful letters of recommendation, showcase extracurricular activities, prepare for interviews and research schools, so you can emerge victorious.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand all aspects of a successful dental school application.
  • Create a comprehensive application timeline and strategy.
  • Build a list of dental schools right for you.
  • Cultivate strong relationships for strong letters of recommendation.
  • Develop extracurriculars to highlight personal strengths.
Chapter Idea Exchange: Leadership and Organization (Leadership Fundamentals)
Roopali Kulkarni, Pennsylvania ’19, 2018-19 president
 
Chapter Idea Exchange: Communications (Personal Development and Wellness)
Stephanie Zbin, Marquette ’19, 2018-19 Council on Communications chair 
 
Chapter Idea Exchange: Membership (ASDA Chapter Management)
Kathleen Gonzales, Buffalo ’19, 2018-19 Council on Membership chair
 
Chapter Idea Exchange: Advocacy (Advocacy)
Lauren Yap, Temple ’19, 2018-19 Council on Advocacy chair

Sunday, November 18, 2018

8:10 – 9 a.m.
Women in Dentistry: How to Manage the Challenges of Career and Family (Career Planning)
Dr. Ehlie Bruno, Buffalo ’12, 2010-11 eastern regional legislative coordinator
Dr. Chrissy Hammer, Midwestern-Arizona ’13, 2011-12 district 10 trustee
Dr. Adrien Theriot, Texas-Houston ‘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 Your Own Culture: Lessons in Building the Most Productive Work Environment (Leadership Fundamentals)
Dr. Alex Otto, Virginia ’13, 2012-13 vice president
 
Former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner said it perfectly; "Culture isn't just one aspect of the game. It is the game." Google, Facebook, Disney — all companies that come to mind when you think about successful organizational cultures. But how does “culture” relate to dentistry? In this session, we will discuss the importance of creating your own culture to help you build the most successful team and work environment in order to attract and retain both employees and patients.

Learning Objectives:
  • Investigate the importance of creating a positive culture in your practice.
  • Consider the effect that the dentist leader has on creating culture.
  • Appreciate that building trust and practicing ethically are critical.
  • Analyze examples of dental practices with positive and unique cultures.
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 where every outcome is not perfect, how do you continue sleeping at night? How do you know when clinically acceptable is close enough?

Learning Objectives:
  • Explore the question: What is my responsibility to the patient?
  • Understand what things to look for to ensure acceptable outcomes.  
  • Learn 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.
Increasing the Value of an ASDA Membership: Our Pretzel Year (ASDA Chapter Management
Michael Andes, Ohio ‘20
Stephanie Sforza, Ohio ’20, chapter treasurer 
 
Having engaged members within your organization is a goal every chapter strives for, and our “Pretzel Year” describes the journey that Ohio State ASDA took in accomplishing that endeavor. By first offering tangible benefits to excite both current and potential members, we were able to attract students so that they became familiar with the ASDA community and wanted to take advantage of all the intangible benefits that ASDA has to offer.   

Learning Objectives: 
  • Learn effective and inexpensive recruitment methods.
  • Identify best practices for developing active members within their organization.
  • Gain tactics for helping members take full advantage of their ASDA benefits.
Developing Strong Relationships With Your State Dental Association (Advocacy)
Anisha Pandya, Boston ’20, 2018-19 legislative coordinator, districts 1-3
Kate McPherson, North Carolina ’20, chapter legislative liaison  
 
Relationships with state dental associations can help maximize advocacy efforts on key issues like licensure reform, student debt and midlevel providers. However, as a busy dental student and leader, it can be difficult to know the best way to start or strengthen the relationship with your dental association. Hear from an ASDA leader that capitalized on a strong relationship and from a leader that was able to rebuild a relationship with their state dental association. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Discover the different ways you can work with your state dental association to further advocacy efforts. 
  • Learn effective methods to communicate with your state dental association. 
  • Find the right opportunity to collaborate with your state dental association when you return to school. 
9:10 – 10 a.m.
Non-traditional Pathways in Dentistry: Academia, Public Health, Military (Career Planning)
Dr. David Dean, graduate program director & assistant professor, Department of Oral Medicine, UW School of Dentistry
Dr. Brittany Seymour, assistant professor, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Global and Community Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine 
Dr. Adam Bennett, PGY-1 resident, AEGD, Fort Bragg, NC, U.S. Army Dental Corps
 
There are so many options when choosing your professional path. How do you know which one is right for you? Hear from three practicing dentists who were once in your shoes. Panelists will share their experiences going into a general practice residency, a specialty residency and straight into practice, and discuss the pros/cons of each. Time will be reserved at the end for Q&A. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the differences between GPRs, specialty residencies and going directly into practice.
  • Gain knowledge of how each path can lead you to the career you want.
  • Determine which option is best for you and your career goals.
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.
  • Cite best practices for controlling overhead costs.
  • Know 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 Brand (Personal Development and Wellness)
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. 
Thirty-Two Problems, But a Tooth Ain’t One: How to Develop a National Community Service Event (ASDA Chapter Management
Jordan Pierre, Meharry ’20, chapter social media chair

Access to proper oral health care is a hardship commonly seen across many communities. Learn how Meharry ASDA was able to establish a recurring communitywide service event in response to the issue. Discover how to collaborate with local public health service organizations and outreach programs and various campus-specific organizations. Lastly, find out how to use multiple media platforms to extend a once-local event to the national public.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Develop a national community service event.
  • Explore the logistics of collaborating with local organizations and school administration.
  • Learn how to fundraise for such a grand event.
How to Make the Right Connections (Advocacy)
Mike Brzica, vice president, Federal Affairs for the Association for Accessible Medicines
 
Effective advocacy efforts start with relationship-building. You need to understand how to make the right connections with lawmakers and staff before you ever need to lobby them on an issue. This establishes trust with the lawmaker and their office and will lead to credibility when you meet with them in the future. This session will focus on how to create and sustain political connections that will further your advocacy efforts now and in the future. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand how to make the right political connections at the local, state and national levels. 
  • Learn how to create strategic and authentic relationships with lawmakers.
  • Find opportunities to network with legislative and regulatory staff. 
  • Build a professional network for success.