Wellness Representative-Pamela Vainer
D1 Representative-Sunny Paik
We are very fortunate to have added a new wellness position to our board this year in an effort to help students realize that there is more to dental school than studying for exams and working in the pre-clinic. We hope to hold many wellness events throughout the year including yoga and meditation sessions, health fairs, stress management, etc.
Click this link to visit the ASDA wellness page!
Please take a look at the farewell message below from National ASDA’s immediate past president Christian Piers:
As I was reading over farewell speeches given by ASDA presidents over the past ten years, I came across the one delivered by Jiwon Lee, and I was reminded again what an intelligent, insightful, talented leader she was. Jiwon was ASDA’s immediate past president when we lost her to suicide just a couple months after she gave that speech to open ASDA’s 44th Annual Session.
That loss is still difficult for those of us who knew and worked with Jiwon, but one of ASDA’s most important accomplishments this year – the one that makes me most proud to be a part of this association-has been the continued rollout of the Wellness Initiative that we launched in response to her passing.
- Monthly wellness challenges like “going dark for 24 hours”
- The testimonials you heard at NLC about addiction and overcoming obstacles in dental school
- The upcoming wellness webinars that will kick off this month
- And the fact that the AADEJ selected the Wellness Issue of Mouth for the Larry Meskin Award for Excellence in Dental Student publications – and furthermore, that content from that issue will be re-published this month in the Journal of the California Dental Association.