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Monthly Archives: November 2014



Perspective from a Pre-dental Student

No matter how much outside research I read about ASDA’s National Leadership Conference (NLC), I still had my doubts. Will this conference help me as a pre-dental student? Will I walk away from it feeling more energized about dentistry? I read that there were personal development opportunities available (but then again, that’s what my Bridezilla sister told me about being her Maid…



ASDA and Advocacy—Highlights From ASDA’s National Leadership Conference

This past October, I attended the ASDA National Leadership Conference.  Having recently been elected the ASDA Alternate Delegate for my class, I was sincerely excited and curious about this conference.  I knew I would be surrounded by others who shared my same enthusiasm about ASDA and my commitment to enhancing our dental school experience and future profession. Given my legal…



Marketing at the National Leadership Conference

Attending ASDA’s National Leadership Conference for the second time, I knew what to expect – a great learning experience, a chance to make new friendships & connections, and most importantly, renewing my excitement about dentistry. In dental school, we’re often thrown into books and typodont work, making it challenging to see the future as a dentist. The speakers at the conference…



Making the Right Connections

There is one question that will, undoubtedly, be asked at least once by every dental student in Colorado: “What is ASDA?” The quickest and most unsatisfying answer will most certainly follow: “ASDA is whatever you want it to be.” While visiting Chicago for ASDA’s National Leadership Conference I stumbled upon the same realization. ASDA is an extraordinarily powerful group of…



Learning to Focus on the Future Goal

I had the opportunity to attend ASDA’s National Leadership Conference over Halloween weekend and I found the experience so rewarding. Through the course of my dental school career I lost sight of the ultimate goal. I was constantly focusing on always getting great grades and I struggled through every dental class. This conference reminded me that no matter how draining…



Where Dentistry and Law Intersect

When you hear the word “law” what first comes to mind?  A statue of justice blind and holding scales?  That time you went to court to serve on a jury? Marathoning Law and Order SVU with your favorite crime busting cop team?  Have you ever thought about how law might affect dentistry?  On November 5th Colorado ASDA learned just how the…



An Intro to Licensure Reform

  If you want to practice dentistry, you need to have a license. And if you want to have a license, you should read this post.   You need to complete three requirements (educational, written, and clinical) to get a dental license. You can fulfill the educational component by graduating from a dental school accredited by CODA (the Commission on…