Arizona dental students debate hot topics

Key issues: Joe Lyman, standing, of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health at A.T. Still University argues during a Sept. 9 mock debate on mid-level providers between his school and the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. At the right is fellow ASDOH student D.J. Lemeiux. To the left are Midwestern students Mustafa Salam, left, and Elieza Tang. Photos courtesy of Arizona Dental Association

Key issues: Joe Lyman, standing, of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health at A.T. Still University argues during a Sept. 9 mock debate on mid-level providers between his school and the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. At the right is fellow ASDOH student D.J. Lemeiux. To the left are Midwestern students Mustafa Salam, left, and Elieza Tang. Photos courtesy of Arizona Dental Association

Tough industry issues such as workforce and licensure aren’t just the concerns of seasoned professionals — they’re at the heart of dental students’ concerns as well.

About 200 dental students from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health at A.T. Still University and the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine came together at the Sept. 9 “Pontics and Politics” event to debate some key issues in dentistry, according to ADA News.

The debate coincided with the ADA 14th District Caucus meeting at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale. The three ADA president-elect candidates were also present to observe the event, along with 14th District ADA Trustee Dr. Dan Klemmedson.

The first of the two debates was “Mid-Level Providers Effect on Dentistry” and the second was “Live-Patient Licensure Exams.” Each debate featured two students on each side. ASDOH won the debate on midlevel providers and Midwestern won the debate on live patient exams.

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