Keynote Presentation
Thursday, March 5
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Norton, CThe Power to Stand

Chris Norton

Everyone faces change and challenges, but no one should be defined by them. Chris suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing college football and was told he would never walk again. He defeated all odds and walked across the stage of his college graduation which has been viewed over 300 million times across the world.

Chris calls us to focus on response, instead of situation to be defined by attitude rather than circumstance. He shares a compelling story filled with laughs, tears and life changing moments that give audiences hope and a new perspective. He demonstrates how attitude, effort and purpose can navigate the most challenging obstacles.

About the Session

We all deal with change, no matter how big or how small, no matter who you are or where you come from. Life and work can change quickly and knock us down, but what’s important is whether or not we will stand back up. This keynote dives into the essence of what it takes to have the power to stand, how to persevere through the most challenging obstacles and how to navigate change in life or work.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the influence of one’s attitude, effort and purpose when navigating challenging obstacles.
  2. Identify strategies to help them prioritize their response to a difficult situation more than the circumstances of the situation.  

AGD subject code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 1

Educational Breakouts

Friday, March 6

3:15- 4:15 p.m. | "Overarching" Chapter Idea Exchanges

Advocacy: How to Present an Issue to a Legislator
Kate McPherson

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how to appeal to the legislator’s perspective.
  2. Communicate their personal connection to the issue.
  3. Tailor their message to each legislator.
  4. Create a plan to speak with local legislators.

AGD Subject Code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 1

Community Service
Sydney Shapiro

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Implement new ideas for community service events.
  2. Understand how to overcome specific challenges other students have faced.
  3. Network with other community service counterparts.
  4. Access and utilize the community service resources ASDA offers.

AGD Subject Code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 1

Fundraising & Activities: Planning Events for Your Chapter
Makayla Gresham

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Create attainable financial goals for events.
  2. Implement cost-saving changes to their events.
  3. Understand common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  4. Learn about creative offsite events that could be implemented at the chapter.

AGD Subject Code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 1

Health & Wellness: How to Form Partnerships to Enhance Your Chapter’s Health & Wellness Initiatives

Roopali Kulkarni, DMD, MPH


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Communicate the vision and goals of the initiative to potential supporters.
  2. Tailor successes from other chapters to meet their chapter’s needs.
  3. Utilize best practices to assess organizations as potential partners.

AGD Subject Code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 1

Leadership: How to Work with Your Administration

Julia Cheung

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Communicate the value of ASDA.
  2. Begin building a rapport with administration.
  3. Create and share attainable goals for their chapter.
  4. Find ways to collaborate with other student groups on campus.
  5. Identify ways for your chapter to partner with the administration.

AGD Subject Code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 1

Saturday, March 7

9 – 9:30 a.m. | “Educational Gateway” Breakout Sessions

These 30-minute sessions offer an introduction to a variety of topics for students just beginning their ASDA journey or about to graduate and enter the profession.

Advocacy 101
Kate McPherson


Advocacy can seem like an intimidating concept and having misconceptions about advocacy can certainly perpetuate that feeling. In order to debunk your misconceptions and make advocacy approachable, you first need to understand the fundamentals. In this session, we’ll define key terminology and navigate critical processes that will help you feel better prepared to advocate for yourself, your patients and your profession.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply basic civics principles, and define and distinguish between key terms such as advocacy vs. lobbying and regulatory vs. legislative bodies.
  2. Summarize how ASDA identifies which advocacy issues to address and prioritize.
  3. Take the initial steps to get involved in advocacy initiatives.

AGD subject code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.5

ASDA Fever 101
Kai Huang, Craig McKenzie & Brandon Rensch

So now that you’ve caught ASDA Fever, what are you going to do with it? If you’re asking yourself what you can do to become more involved in ASDA and how you create lasting impact, this session is for you. We’ll explore the various roles available with ASDA, what each of those roles entail and what a pathway to leadership might look like from local to national ASDA. You’ll hear from current national leaders about how and why they decided to pursue a leadership position and what their experience has looked like during their terms.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Outline how they can become more involved in ASDA at the chapter, district and national levels.
  2. Describe ASDA leadership positions and their respective roles and responsibilities.
  3. Discuss how leaders balance ASDA, school and personal responsibilities.

AGD subject code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.5

Insurance 101
Chris Bulnes, DMD


The sooner you understand dental benefits and insurance, the better off you’ll be as a new dentist. It’s important to start looking at insurance from the lens of a dental provider in order to understand how your patient’s dental plan can impact your treatment planning options. In this session, we’ll review key terminology including general definitions and what they mean for you as a dentist. We’ll also discuss the basics of insurance coding and how that applies to reimbursement.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define key terminology such as PPO, HMO, deductible, claim and pre-authorization.
  2. Outline the basic implications these terms have on providers and their practices.
  3. Describe basic coding and reimbursement policies and the resources available to them for further study.

AGD subject code: 550 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.5

Leadership Fundamentals 101
Andrew Larkin, DMD, MPH

Regardless of your role in ASDA, dental school or your post-graduate pathway, you need to be able to work effectively with your peers and colleagues. To get the best out of yourself and your team, you need to know what type of leadership style works best for you. In this session, we’ll discuss several common leadership styles in order to identify which you embody most. Then we’ll dive into how those in different leadership categories tend to work together and how to alter your dominant style when needed.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between leadership styles and identify with which they typically identify.
  2. Discuss the benefits and challenges to each leadership type.
  3. Utilize tools and techniques to discern how to effectively work with others of the same or different leadership style.

AGD subject code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.5

Mindfulness 101

Roopali Kulkarni, DMD, MPH

Take time out of your busy schedule to focus on you and your health. Responsibilities and commitments can be overwhelming, but it’s important that they not overshadow your personal wellness. In this session, you’ll discover how mindfulness can have a dramatic effect on both your physical and mental health. We’ll discuss various techniques you can utilize, and how you can work mindfulness into your regular routine.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Reflect on what it means to be mindful.
  2. Explain the effects of mindfulness on stress and overall health.
  3. Employ exercises and techniques outlined from the speaker in their daily routines.

AGD subject code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.5

10 – 10:50 a.m. | “Take Charge of Your Growth” Breakout Sessions

These 50-minute sessions are designed for attendees to be active participants in their education and professional growth. Each session in this breakout time will include a presentation and interactive activity.

Big Data Trends

Randall Markarian, DMD, MS

With changes in insurance and dental benefits comes changes for the oral health industry as a whole. What does this mean for dentists? There may be shifts in the number and type of procedures performed by dentists and implications to insurance coding trends and reimbursement. In this session, we’ll explore this changing landscape and discuss the emerging trends in the industry and your practice.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Determine how procedures performed by dentists relate to trends in dentists’ payment based on practice location and type.
  2. Discuss how current trends and changes in insurance policies impact reimbursement.
  3. Analyze consumer trends on selecting a dental provider based on common benefit programs.

AGD subject code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.75

Debt Management

Allen Schiff


Student debt is a financial burden that can have significant impact on your financial health if not dealt with correctly. There are many strategies available, but each student needs to select the option that is best for them financially and for their career path. Come prepared to discuss what you can do to address student debt.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how debt impacts long-term financial health.
  2. Evaluate strategies and programs utilized to pay off student debt.
  3. Explain common financial mistakes that can prolong debt repayment and how you can avoid them.

AGD subject code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.75

Integration of Medicine & Dentistry
Eric Stoopler, DMD, FDSRCS, FDSRCPS


There is a growing need for interprofessional education and communication between dental professionals and physicians. During this session, attendees will work with each other and a subject-matter expert to  explore the interprofessional relationship between  dental and medical providers, and assess the key areas in which that relationship is evolving. Discover how these changes impact you, your practice, and your approach to patient care.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the relationship between oral and systemic health.
  2. Identify ways to facilitate communication and collaboration between dental and medical providers.
  3. Analyze a multidisciplinary approach among dental and medical providers to improve clinical outcomes.

AGD subject code: 770 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.75

Nutrition in Dentistry
Benjamin Truong, DMD, RDN

As a dental student, your schedule can be unpredictable, causing irregular eating habits. You may find yourself eating snacks in place of meals, eating out or ordering in often or skipping meals altogether. Healthy habits are crucial to maintain your physical and mental wellness, and perform your best in school, clinicals, etc. In this session, we’ll outline how you can use meal planning and prepping as a means to improve your overall well-being. We’ll also discuss simple recipes you can add to your weekly routine without the stress of cooking a time-consuming meal.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:  

  1. Evaluate external factors influencing their nutrition.
  2. Compare diet and nutrition plans to determine the best option for their needs.
  3. Discuss meal planning options and routines.
  4. Apply recipes shared by speaker in meal planning options.

AGD subject code: 150 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.75

Steps to Build a Practice
Gabriel Holdwick, DDS

Many new dentists wanting to get into private practice are faced with the decision to either buy into an existing practice or purchase their own after graduation. With this interactive session, students will explore the opportunities and challenges of both to help them make an informed decision. Learn about the pathways to these practice options and their financial implications, and discuss best practices to help you create a successful practice whichever pathway you choose.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare the pathways to ownership for a solo and partnership practice.
  2. Evaluate the immediate and potential long-term financial implications of purchasing or buying into a practice.
  3. Identify resources to assist with financial planning.

AGD subject code: 550 | Lecture CE Credits: 0.75

Earn CE Credit

By attending Annual Session, you can earn up to 3.25 CE credits towards an AGD Fellowship or Mastership Award.

Complete an evaluation for each session you attend, add its verification code to your PACE form, and submit the form to ASDA by the end of the meeting to earn credits. ASDA will submit CE credits directly to AGD as an attendee benefit!

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