What to Expect in Your First Year of Dental School
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.
How to Not Fail Miserably in Private Practice
- 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.
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.
Ergonomics — Set Yourself Up For a Lifetime of Healthy Practice
- 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.
(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.
Bringing a National Leadership Conference to Your School
- 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.
(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.
Your Role in Organized Dentistry
- 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.
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.
- 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.