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‘The best can always be better’

Ms. Lancaster

Ms. Lancaster

Congratulations to Lydia Lancaster, a class of 2016 student at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, for being the recipient of the 2014 Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship by the American Student Dental Association Board of Trustees.

Ms. Lancaster, an ADA student member, will receive a $2,500 scholarship and funding to attend ASDA’s Oct. 31-Nov. 2 National Leadership Conference in Chicago.

The scholarship is given in memory of Ryan Turner, who was an ASDA national leader and fourth-year dental student at the University of Michigan when he died in 2007. The scholarship honors those who demonstrate the same leadership qualities and characteristics Mr. Turner exhibited through his service to the ASDA.ASDA

“During my time in ASDA, ‘The best can always be better’ has become my motto,” said Ms. Lancaster. “Leadership is about the example that he or she sets. I hope that my work encourages current and future leaders to always strive to improve dentistry. ASDA is now part of who I am. It gives me great pride to be actively part of this organization.”

Ms. Lancaster currently serves as vice president of Ohio State’s ASDA chapter and District 6 legislative liaison. She is also a student consultant for the Ohio Dental Association Council on Access to Care & Public Service and liaison to the ASDA Columbus Dental Society.

UMKC dental students relieve burden for local ER

According to a great piece from Action for Dental Health, which showcases local and state activity to increase access to dental care, students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City dental clinic and local community health centers are helping to relieve the burden a local hospital faces in treating people with severe dental pain.

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Emergency rooms across the country are visited frequently by patients seeking treatment for dental pain, and most hospitals are underequipped and not sufficiently staffed to provide comprehensive dental care.

The number of dental visits to hospital emergency rooms doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2010, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. That upward trend of people visiting emergency rooms for treatment of dental pain taxes hospitals’ resources, with some patients visiting multiple times.

For the full story, click here.

UIC dental students seek ‘Success’ at ADA Headquarters

SuccessMore than 50 University of Illinois-Chicago first-year dental students visited the ADA Headquarters Monday, Aug. 18 for a Success Dental Student Program and a building tour.

The students received an overview on career opportunities, stress management and financial management from Dr. Tom Sullivan, ADA Success speaker. In addition, the Illinois State Dental Society provided an overview on the value of getting involved in organized dentistry.

Also that same day, third- and fourth-year students received an ADA Success program presentation from Dr. Eric Childs, New Dentist Committee member, at the UIC College of Dentistry.

The Success Dental Student Programs provide the next generation dentists with ethical and practice management information and valuable ADA resources for the transition from dental school to dental practice. For more information on the programs, click here.

Have you volunteered outside the United States?

Int'l Volunteer Svc LogoSo many dentists give generously of their time and talents with international volunteer dental organizations. In 2013 the ADA recognized 59 dentists and 26 dental students with the Certificate for International Volunteer Service.

The ADA is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 Certificate for International Volunteer Service — the deadline is April 1, 2014. Eligible candidates must have volunteered at least 14 days within a 24 month period. Find the complete guidelines and nomination forms at ADA.org.

And if you are looking to volunteer overseas, visit the ADA International Volunteer website. Find information about selecting a program and location, preparing for your trip and what to expect upon your return home. You can search over 100 organizations by site location, program type, religious affiliation, and other considerations.

North Carolina Dental Students Making a Difference in Malawi

ADA Foundation logoYesterday we posted about the ADA Foundation Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award which recognizes dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S.

The ADA Foundation also recognizes one dental school student program each year for demonstrating excellence in providing services to underserved populations outside of the U.S. through the Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award. Established in 2012, the Zwemer Award provides $5,000 to one dental school on behalf of the students’ winning outreach program.

The winner of the 2013 ADAF Zwemer Award is the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry for its Malawi Dental Project.

Why Malawi? As the project’s blog notes, the country of almost 14 million people has fewer than 15 dentists.

Congratulations to these hardworking dental students for making a difference!

Dental Students Making a Difference Close to Home

open mouthThe ADA Foundation has announced the winners of the 2013  Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award. This annual award highlights significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S. The winning programs receive $5,000 to continue their outstanding work in serving the underserved.

The 2013 Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Awards go to:

The ADA Foundation increased the number of awards from one to six after a gift from ADA Business Resources Inc. (ADABEI).

Students at accredited dental schools across the U.S. submitted nomination materials in the fall of 2013. The applications are reviewed and scored, and the winners are selected, by ADA Foundation volunteer leadership with the final decision authority resting with the ADA Foundation Board.

Congratulations to these hardworking dental students for making a difference!