Like most organizations, the ASDA chapter here at Pacific takes a step back periodically to reevaluate what its goals are and what it should be focusing on. This year ASDA settled on a theme that is a constant undercurrent in everything that happens at Pacific – improving the dental school experience for each dental student.
ASDA has been organizing community outreach events as well as acting as advocates in national meetings. It has been guiding and mentoring the talented and energetic first-year class with First-Year First Aid and Helping Hands. Additionally, it has been keeping the student body abreast of NBDE information and has released issues of “The Condenser” to keep the students updated on what is happening with ASDA.
“The Articulating Paper” is also a part of ASDA’s goal to keep students connected with pertinent information. Lunch and Learns are commonplace at Pacific with many of them put on by ASDA. ASDA representatives look forward to hearing from students about speakers, vendors or topics that they would like to hear about in an ASDA Lunch and Learn. ASDA also works hard to disseminate information about the legislative issues that are facing the profession right now and how they will affect students when they graduate. DDS’12 Veena Vaidyanathan has been a coordinator and is doing valuable things as far as organizing voices so they can make a difference while lobbying in Washington, D.C.
The IDS classes have had great involvement in the way of advocacy and mentorship, and a very entertaining Bridge Builders event is anticipated later in the year. ASDA has sponsored fun social events and has reached out to predental students at several undergrad programs to encourage and serve them as well.
Mentioning these activities does not do justice to all the behind-the-scenes work that goes on with so many ASDA officers. In addition to the large Pacific Dugoni workload and other extracurricular interests, they give freely the greatest resource in dental school: precious time. Next time you see an ASDA leader, make sure to tell them they are appreciated!
Posted by Mike Rice
Class of 2012
ASDA Chapter President