Annual Session is the official meeting of ASDA’s House of Delegates. Attendees from every U.S. dental school gather to vote on association policy, elect officers and determine the association’s priorities for the coming year.

Beyond the business of the association, it’s an opportunity to network with your peers and gain leadership skills.  

All attendees are encouraged to participate in the following events:

  • House of Delegates Business Meetings –During the business meetings, the House of Delegates receives updates about the business of the association, elects officers, debates resolutions and votes on policy.
    Learn more about the House and its rules, as well as resolutions that will go before the House this year.
  • Chapter training - Choose from 15 available sessions! Details coming soon. 
  • Reference Committee Hearings – During these hearings, all attendees can voice their feedback about a resolution to be voted on by the House of Delegates. This is a great opportunity to make an impact on the association’s policies, initiatives and directives for the coming year.
    Interested in writing a resolution for the House of Delegate’s consideration? Learn more here.
  • District caucus meetings – Discuss resolutions, interview officer candidates and elect a district trustee with other members of your chapter and district. Learn more about the chapters in your district.
  • Dental Expo –Network with potential employers and vendors while discovering new resources on the expo floor.
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration –Enjoy a sit-down dinner and dancing on Saturday evening to wrap up your Annual Session experience.

COVID-19 Precautions
Protecting the health and safety of attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and staff is paramount which is why the ASDA Board of Trustees voted to implement the following. All parties in attendance at Annual Session must:

  • Agree to provide proof of fully vaccinated status (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours (3 days) of the meeting.
  • Agree to wear a face covering, inside the meeting space, with the exception of eating, drinking, presenting, religious beliefs or unless medically unable.
  • Agree not to attend if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, all attendees must follow federal, state and local guidelines relating to COVID-19 including, but not limited to, while traveling to Annual Session and throughout the event. ASDA will continue to monitor developments and guidelines. Everyone attending the event must sign an Assumption of the Risk, Waiver of Liability and Code of Conduct Agreement (to be provided upon registering.)

Here’s what past attendees are saying:

Annual Session is really important because it reminds us of why this organization was founded. Not only do we get to vote on policy and leaders, but it brings everyone together and makes you feel connected.

Annual Session was an amazing experience - I learned so much more about ASDA through this event, particularly by questioning the EC candidates during the Joint District Caucus and reviewing resolutions with the House of Delegates. I honestly believe all ASDA members should attend Annual Session at least once in their dental school careers!

Annual Session is an opportunity for attendees to peak behind the curtain and see what ASDA does for its members. It's a fantastic way to network and let your voice be heard to affect change that matters.