ASDA holds meetings throughout the year to educate members on issues facing the dental profession and provide opportunities to meet students from dental schools across the country. We encourage you to attend meetings to learn more about ASDA and maximize the benefits of your membership. Click here for a schedule of ASDA meetings.
ASDA’s Annual Session brings together student leaders from all 62 US dental schools. Highlights of this meeting include an exhibit fair to meet vendors and make valuable contacts; prominent speakers within dentistry addressing hot topics; awards recognizing the achievements of our chapters and our members; the business meeting of the House of Delegates; and elections of our national leaders. The meeting culminates with a celebration at the themed dinner dance. Celebrate the achievements of ASDA chapters and members at the Gold Crown Awards ceremony and witness the elections of national leaders. This meeting is the high point of the ASDA year!
National Dental Student Lobby Day
During National Dental Student Lobby Day, students converge at the nation’s capital to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill. This unique experience gives you the opportunity to meet with your legislators and advocate for your profession. This event is co-hosted by ASDA and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). ASDA members, leaders and staff have lobbied in the past for regulation regarding:
- Amalgam use
- Dental education
- Disaster response
- Health care reform
- Student Debt
When you’re not at Lobby Day, you can make a difference in legislation affecting dentistry. Click here to find out how.
ASDA National Leadership Conference
Dental students receive in-depth training in general and specific areas of dentistry — including dental ethics, treatment options and patient care. Upon graduation, they leave with the technical skills needed to be good dentists. However, the “life skills” they need to be successful business owners, team leaders and people managers may not always be developed. The National Leadership Conference will provide leadership training to dental students across all years. Attendees can create customized schedules based on their personal knowledge, experience and interests, in order to benefit them as dental students and future practitioners, as well as leaders in organized dentistry. Whether you are just starting out at as an ASDA member or have experience holding a position at the chapter or national level, this event will help develop your leadership skills.
- Experience training in people management, public speaking and presenting, personal finance, practice negotiations, mentoring others and more
- Build leadership skills that will be beneficial throughout your career
- Increase your understanding of key issues in dentistry
- Build relationships with exhibitors and other students