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Pre-Dental Outreach Committee|UCSD Shadow Day

Pre-Dental Outreach Committee|UCSD Shadow Day

November 16th, 2014

Committee | Pre-Dental Outreach

UCSD’s Pre-dental society joined members of UCLA ASDA’s Pre-Dental Outreach Committee to kick off the first Shadow Day of the 2014-15 academic year. To start, the pre-dents got to sit in on a first year class to learn about the morphology and occlusion in Dental Anatomy class. Following this, they were joined with several D1’s to enjoy a casual lunch at the UCLA dental school cafeteria, where they were able socialize as well as get any of their questions about the UCLA School of Dentistry answered. After lunch, they were taken on a tour around the campus and got to visit several areas including the pre-clinical simulation lab, the patient clinic lobby, the dental clinics where our 3rd and 4th year students see their patients, and the several post-graduate residencies and specialty sections. The afternoon came to an exciting peak as pre-dents were extended the opportunity to have a casual, yet informative Q&A session with Dr. Carol Bibb, Dean of Academic Affairs, where they got to hear her take on UCLA’s curriculum, applying to dental schools, interviewing, and more. Finally, the day came to a wrap as our committee lecturers presented 2017 class statistics and the ASDA co-chairs presented on the myriad of benefits of available to pre-dental members of ASDA. This event really proved to be an exciting start to a very eventful upcoming academic year for ASDA!

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Leadership Development| Leadership Retreat

Leadership Development| Leadership Retreat

November 6th, 2014

Committee | Leadership Development

At this retreat, the two committee chairs, Erik Balinghasay & Greg Asatrian, gave short presentations followed and hosted leadership and team building exercises modeled after the tenets of effective leadership. Forty first years were in attendance (more were interested but limited due to space limitations) and encouraged to participate. California Fresh Pasta and Diddy Reise cookies were provided. A leadership mixer was scheduled to follow at Main Street in Santa Monica. The Retreat was mandatory for all UCLA ASDA Committee Chairs. The Mixer waas optional, but highly recommended.

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Community Service & Outreach Committee| Kids Enjoying Exercise Now (KEEN) LA

Community Service & Outreach Committee| Kids Enjoying Exercise Now (KEEN) LA

November 6th, 2014

Committee | Community Service & Outreach

KEEN Los Angeles is part of a national, volunteer-led, nonprofit organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. On October 21, students from UCLA School of Dentistry and Loyola Marymount University volunteered at KEEN LA, participating with other volunteers by interacting one-to-one with the children and young adults for about 2 hours, including those with developmental and physical disabilities.

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Legislative | Meeting with State Senator Ted Lieu

Legislative | Meeting with State Senator Ted Lieu

October 20th, 2014

Cabinet | Legislative

UCLA's CDA Representative Matt Stevens and our Legislative Liaison Ryan Evans had a meeting with Ted Lieu, who is a candidate for the House of Representatives in californias 33d district. He was previously a state assemblyman and senator. They discussed the debt dental students face and ways of limiting it.

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Upcoming Events

Nov
22
Sat
8:00 am Lennox Health Fair
Lennox Health Fair
Nov 22 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Lennox Health Fair Sponsored by the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at the David Geffen School of Medicine. We will be providing Oral Health Education, Oral Screening, Topical Fluoride, Dental Sealants. More information and sign-ups on Angel.
8:00 am MEND Thanksgiving
MEND Thanksgiving
Nov 22 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hosted by ASDA and part of ASBs 12 Days of Giving. Come join ASDA’s MEND committee for the thanksgiving clinic day where we will be treating patients and giving the donated food from the DSD food drive!

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