ASDA at the Dugoni School of Dentistry: Enriching Students’ Experience

By Daniel Hammer, ASDA chapter president and Class of 2011

This school year, the leaders of the Dugoni School’s chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) have been working to ensure that each ASDA member here gains true value from his or her membership. To that end, ASDA has been implementing numerous programs for its members to provide mentorship and tutoring throughout the year.

For example, Helping Hands is a new program that provides free tutoring every other Tuesday to the first-year students for their lab classes. The volunteer tutors are eager to help, and in true Dugoni fashion, the number of volunteer tutors often outweighs the number of those students seeking help. Furthermore, traditional peer mentor programs such as First Year First Aid, clinic transition meetings and ADPAC monthly lunch and learns demonstrate the tangible value of an ASDA membership throughout the year.

Another focus of ASDA this year is to create connections between the classes through social activities. We ended the last school year with a bay cruise to celebrate the numerous accomplishments of all classes. More recently, we hosted nearly 100 students at a Giants vs. Rockies tailgate party and baseball game.

As always, we welcome suggestions or questions. Please feel free to contact any ASDA leader – we look forward to hearing from you!

American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. More than 87% of all dental students nationwide join the association.