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Register for 2015 ADEA Dental Student Virtual Fair

Dental students interested in learning about what comes after graduation, and how to juggle residency applications, writing a resume, leadership and different types of dental careers, should register for the 2015 ADEA Student Virtual Fair.

The free, live, online event will be held 4-10 p.m. EST on April 2. To register, click here.

The 2015 ADEA Dental Student Virtual Fair is designed to give dental students free access to information and connect them with professionals from ADEA, dental specialties and dental companies who can answer their questions in real time.

In addition, two ADA New Dentist Committee representatives — Drs. Kendra Zappia and Jon Pascarella — will be participating in a panel presentation from 7-7:30 p.m. The ADA will also have a booth for attendees to visit.

All dental students are welcome to attend the event. Recent graduates interested in learning about different career options are also welcome to attend.

Students will be able to:

  • Log in to the event from any Internet connected device.
  • Speak directly with dental specialty program directors and association professionals, military recruiters and corporate sponsor exhibitors in live text chat rooms.
  • View presentations about financial aid, interviewing for residencies, ADEA PASS and much more.
  • Download and save resources from dental professionals to access after the live event.
  • Learn about the ADEA PASS application process.
  • Listen to a keynote presentation from the ADEA Chair of the Board, Dr. Lily Garcia.

For more information, including the exhibitor list and presentation lineup, click here.

ASDA elects 2015-16 executive committee, House speaker

Boston — The American Student Dental Association House of Delegates elected its 2015-16 national president, vice presidents and speaker of the House of Delegates at its Feb. 21 annual session.

ASDA Christian Piers, of University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, was elected president. Mr. Piers previously served as ASDA’s 2014-15 editor-in-chief and ex-officio member of ASDA’s Board of Trustees and also as Colorado ASDA chapter president. He is an ASDA liaison to the American Dental Association Council on Communications.

ASDA’s 2015-16 vice presidents are Adrien Lewis, of University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, and Niveditha Rajagopalan, of Midwestern University, College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.

Ms. Lewis had served as president of the Baylor University Predental Club. She helped launch the first National Predental Week as associate and then chair of ASDA’s Council on Membership.

Ms. Rajagopalan served as ASDA’s 2014-15 speaker of the House of Delegates. She is also the ASDA liaison to the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs.

Paula Cohen, of University of Florida College of Dentistry, was elected speaker of the House of Delegates. Ms. Cohen is the ASDA District 5 legislative chair and serves as her chapter’s vice president-elect, Professionalism Committee chair and legislative and advocacy liaison.

Former ADA president receives ASDA’s 2015 Paragon Award

Dr. Calnon accepts this year's Paragon Award Feb. 20 in Boston.

Dr. Calnon (left) accepts this year’s Paragon Award from ASDA past president Kristopher Mendoza Feb. 20 in Boston. Photo by Caught in the Moment

The American Student Dental Association named Dr. William Calnon, the 2011-12 ADA president, as this year’s recipient of the Paragon Award, the highest and most notable award given by ASDA.

Dr. Calnon received the award, which recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the advancement of the rights, interests and welfare of dental students, at ASDA’s annual session Feb. 20 in Boston.

“Dr. Calnon has been an excellent mentor for dental students both in New York and across the country throughout his career in organized dentistry,” said Greg Shank, ASDA District 2 trustee.

Dr. Calnon, of Rochester, New York, has served as past president of the New York State Dental Association, the 7th District Dental Society and Monroe County Dental Society. He served four years on the ADA Board of Trustees before becoming ADA president. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He serves as the current president of the Eastman Dental Center Foundation.

“Over the last few years, I have witnessed a tremendous increase in involvement of more and more dental students in the issues facing the profession,” said Dr. Calnon. “I am receiving this wonderful award, but you have been giving me my rewards for years. I take great pleasure in watching student leaders impact audiences, whether it be at the ADA House of Delegates, a reference committee or a state legislature.”

ADA offers resources for new dentists, dental students

Recognizing that dental students and new dentists have different needs, the ADA offers a plethora of services, resources and benefits to help them succeed in their professional and personal lives.

“As dentist, we are professionals, and the ADA is our professional organization,” said Dr. Chris Hasty, vice-chair of the ADA New Dentist Committee. “I see the ADA as the lighthouse of dentistry, guiding our profession to a safe and ethical future, and steering us away from the dangers of outside entities.  As new dentists, we have our whole career ahead of us, and the ADA is here to help and see us prosper.”

Dental students and new dentists receive benefits all other members get, including travel benefits, health and wellness information, continuing education programs and access to care initiatives. However, certain ADA products and services are tailored to their needs.

Financial planning

CalculatorAdjusted for inflation, the average dental school debt for the class of 2000 was $118,515. For the class of 2013, it was $215,145, according to the annual ADEA Survey of Dental School Seniors. Now add in the cost of starting a practice, and it can get overwhelming.

The ADA provides dental students and new dentists with resources to help them stay on track for a bright financial future.

Provided by Wells Fargo Practice Finance, and developed with dentists in mind, the Center for Professional Success provides business planning calculators, including a debt load calculator, which can help new dentists and dental students determine how much they can responsibly afford to borrow for personal and business use. Other calculators available are the loan payment calculator, which estimates monthly loan payment. The loan term calculator helps dentists see how much faster they can pay off an existing loan by adding an additional fixed amount to their monthly payments.

For students seeking financial assistance, the ADA Foundation has a scholarship program for those pursuing careers in dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting and dental laboratory technology. The number of ADA Foundation scholarships awarded is dependent upon available annual funds. To learn more about the ADA Foundation scholarships, visit adafoundation.org/en/how-to-apply/education. The ADA also provides information on various federally funded scholarships.

In addition, the ADA provides information on dental student loan repayment programs and resources, including federal and state programs, that offer student loan repayment assistance, often in exchange for services in a health care shortage area. To learn more, visit ADA.org/student or request more information from studentaffairs@ada.org.

Understanding licensure

Understanding LicensureDental licensure marks the transition between dental school and dental practice. The ADA provides a free guide called Understanding Licensure, a resource to help guide dental students through the licensure experience.

The guide takes new dentists through the application process, preparing for the clinical exam, notification and appeals, licensure by credentials, etc.

To view the Understanding Licensure guide, click here.

Finding a job

The ADA CareerCenter is the official online job board of the ADA, a resource for searching dental career opportunities or recruiting dental professionals.

The resource allows professionals to search or post job opportunities for dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists and other qualified professionals who specialize in dentistry. Visit the ADA CareerCenter.

Staying up-to-date

The ADA can also help new dentists and dental students stay current on the latest dentistry news as well as scientific findings and studies.

The Journal of the American Dental Association and the ADA News are free to members. These publications are available on ADA.org/publications, along with the ADA Dental Product Guide, the ADA Catalog and ADA E-Communications, which include the ADA Morning Huddle, a daily bulletin of the latest news complied exclusively for ADA members.

New Dentist NewsIn addition, new dentists and dental students receive the ADA New Dentist News, a quarterly publication distributed as an insert in the ADA News as a member resource. To read the latest ADA New Dentist News, click here.

In 2013, the ADA New Dentist Committee launched New Dentist Now, a blog where new dentists can keep up with their colleagues, stay fresh on issues in dentistry and find out about events.

For scientific findings and studies, new dentist and dental student members can access full-text articles online with instant access to over 280 journals through the ADA Library & Archives website. About 95 percent are strictly dental journals. The other 5 percent have medical-dental crossover. This includes in-house access to the New England Journal of Medicine articles going all the way back to 1812. To access the ADA Library & Archives online, click here.

Leadership and Advocacy

Comprising 17 members representing each of the ADA’s regional districts, the New Dentist Committee is a national committee of the ADA Board of Trustees. Its mission: To serve as the voice of the new dentist within the ADA. The committee advises the Board on member benefits and the member experience from a new dentist perspective, as well as, on policy affecting new dentists, among other things. Committee members also provide insight on the issues and needs of new dentists through their liaison roles on the other 11 ADA agencies.

The New Dentist Network engages new dentists, develops leaders and contributes to and influences resources that add member value. It has over 800 contacts and is comprised of new dentist committees and volunteers, ASDA leaders and society staff at all levels of the ADA.

In addition, the New Dentist Committee oversees and actively participates in the Success Dental Student Programs conducted in dental schools around the country. The Success Dental Student Programs provide the next generation of dentists with ethical and practice management information and valuable ADA resources for the transition from dental school to dental practice.

“As a new dentist it is important to be a member of the ADA because we are the future of Dentistry,” said Dr. Michael LeBlanc, New Dentist Committee chair. “In order to help set policy we must have a voice. No better place than the ADA to help set policy and the success of dentistry now and in the future.”

To get involved or for more information, call your state or local dental society, or contact the ADA New Dentist Committee office at newdentist@ada.org or 1-312-440-2386.

With student debt, more young adults live with their parents

After graduating from dental school, did you move back in with your parents?

dental student infographicAccording to a Wall Street Journal article, more young adults are living at home with their parents because of high student debt, along with joblessness and rising housing costs.

A $10,000 increase in student debt per graduate in a U.S. state is associated with an additional 2.9 percentage point rise in the rate of 25-year-olds living with parents, the article says, based on an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Adjusted for inflation, the average dental school debt for the class of 2000 was $118,515. For the class of 2014, the average debt was $247,227, according to the American Dental Education Association.

The WSJ article said the New York Fed study is the latest to show that young Americans are now much more likely to delay leaving home, or to “boomerang” back, as young people weighed down by student debt may try to save money by staying home.

To read the full WSJ article, click here.

ASDA annual session in Boston

The American Student Dental Association held its Annual Session in Boston Feb. 18-21. More than 600 students attended the meeting to help advance the profession of dentistry and be more “ASDA Awesome.”

Highlights at the event include the business meeting of the House of Delegates, elections of ASDA national leaders, the Dental Expo, prominent speakers within dentistry addressing hot topics, and awards recognizing the achievements of ASDA chapters and members. The meeting concludes with a celebratory gala.

Students, new dentists and ADA leaders interacted throughout the meeting.

Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, ADA president-elect, poses with a University of the Pacific dental student at ASDA's annual session in Boston.

Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, ADA president-elect, poses with a University of the Pacific dental student at ASDA’s annual session in Boston.

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Drs. Dan Hammer (left) and Andrew Read-Fuller, new dentists and past ASDA leaders, engage students at the ASDA meeting.

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(From left) James J. Williamson, New Hampshire Dental Society executive director; Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, ADA first vice president; Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, ADA president-elect; Dr. Anthony Giamberardino, Massachusetts Dental Society president pose for a photo at ASDA’s annual session in Boston.

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Dr. Timothy Oh, New Dentist Committee District 1 representative and Maine Dental Association president, poses for a photo with student leaders from the University of New England College of Dental Medicine: (From left) Dzhuliya Servetnik, Ava Lindery and Katie Hunt.

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Dr. Jeffrery Cole, ADA Trustee of the Fourth District, (second from left), meets with dental students during ASDA’s annual session.

 

Know any students who qualify? ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center seeks young investigators for Summer Scholars Fellowship Program

Gaithersburg, Md. — The ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center is seeking young investigators for its 2015 Summer Scholars Fellowship Program.

ADA FoundationThe application deadline is Feb. 13.

Since its inception in 1940, the Summer Scholars program has been a way for students to apply classroom and lab experience to real world scenarios. The program has given talented students, both undergraduates and dental school students, the chance to participate in basic research at the VRC as well as gain hands-on experience in the clinical theater. Students work side-by-side with mentors while becoming part of the research process.

The ADA Foundation operates the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center laboratory facility on the grounds of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal government research campus. Its origins date back to 1928. The ADA initially operated the laboratory facility, formerly known as the Paffenbarger Research Center, and later jointly operated it with the ADA Foundation. The lab conducts unique research in cutting-edge fields of biomaterial and tissue engineering technologies.

For more information, contact program coordinator Gretchen Duppins at gretchen.duppins@nist.gov. Visit adafoundation.org to learn more about the VRC.

Participating in 2015 GKAS? Share your photos

The 2015 Give Kids A Smile Day is Feb. 6, and program coordinators nationwide should have their digital cameras ready to capture the highlights of the event.

The ADA News welcomes digital photo submissions from GKAS program participants — including candid pictures of children, dentists and team members interacting and clinical photos (patients in the chair, dental team in gloves, masks and protective eyewear). Be sure to include identification of those pictured and facts about your event.

Send high-resolution photos for consideration for use in the ADA News in print and online to adanews@ada.org as soon as possible following your event.

GKAS photosProgram coordinators can also post photos on the new ADA GKAS Facebook page (http://facebook.com/GiveKidsASmile). Clinical photos submitted for the site should also show dental professionals using universal precautions.

With GKAS Day just a couple of weeks away, a total of 1,324 GKAS events have registered, and estimate they will treat nearly 320,000 children on or around Feb. 6. Nearly 8,000 dentists and almost 25,000 other dental team members and lay volunteers will be providing care to kids in need through GKAS programs.

Programs are encouraged to register if they haven’t done so yet — either before or after their events, and all program coordinators/dentist participants are asked to report their actual program totals following their events.

Log on to givekidsasmile.ada.org. GKAS corporate sponsors continue to generously support the program. Henry Schein Dental will provide professional dental kits containing gloves, patient bibs and bib holders, masks, plastic cups, tongue depressors, gauze pads, prophy angles and past, fluoride varnish and chair sleeves. Colgate Palmolive Co. has donated toothbrushes and toothpaste. DEXIS Digital X-ray Systems will donate the use of their X-ray units and the expertise of their staff to U.S. dental schools requesting assistance, state associations and large group practices during GKAS.

IHS dental externship applications due Feb. 28

For dental students wondering whether a career with the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health or a position at a specific IHS or Tribal site is right for you, an IHS externship can give you the experience to help make your decision.

IHSThe IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH) is currently accepting applications for 2015 Dental Externships. If you are seeking a life-changing cultural and pre-professional experience, we encourage you to apply. The application cycle is open from Jan. 2 to Feb. 28.

According to IHS.gov, externs will have the opportunities to work in the state-of-the-art facilities, in a career position with excellent pay and benefits, Loan Repayment Program, job stability, potential for advancement and mentoring by experienced staff, and the opportunity to provide much-needed care to appreciative patients.

For more information on IHS dental externships and how to apply, click here.

Know anyone who has volunteered internationally?

Do you know a dentist who has generously given their time, talents and skills by volunteering internationally?

Int'l Volunteer Svc LogoApplications are due April for the Certificate for International Volunteer Service, a program that recognizes ADA members who have volunteered in developing countries to improve the oral health and overall health of individuals.

Criteria for applying for and receiving the certificate include:

  • Be an active, life, student or retired member of the American Dental Association.
  • Have served in an international location with a program sponsored by a dental school or recognized nonprofit organization for a minimum of 14 days, either in one period or in several visits, in any 24-month period.
  • Have provided clinical dental service and/or taught local dental personnel or assisted in training initiatives to improve the local oral healthcare infrastructure.
  • Supply evidence of the dates of the service with a comprehensive, detailed breakdown of activities and the value of the contribution by means of a letter or testimonial from the director of the program or other appropriate official (for student members working in a dental school program this requirement shall be the responsibility of the dean or director of the outreach program).
  • Be nominated by a component or constituent society, federal dental service or dental school.
  • Be verified in writing to be a member in good standing by the component society, if such exists, or by the constituent society, commanding officer or dean of the dental school as appropriate.

Nominations are reviewed by the ADA Board of Trustees at the June meeting. Recipients will be announced within 30 days of the meeting and the certificates will be distributed to the recipient, or to the nominating component or constituent societies upon request. A certificate may be awarded to the same individual more than once.

For more information on the Certificate for International Volunteer Service or to submit a nomination, click here.