News & Recent Events
February 4th, 2014
Today, Precious Robinson, Counseling Manager of the UCLA Graduate Student Services at the UCLA Career Center, lead a highly interactive Meyer Briggs self assessment workshop with the UCLA ASDA Chairs. The MBTI is based on 4 dichotomies: extraversion/introversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving. Some objectives for taking the exam were to: increase self-awareness and confirm self-perception, discover normal differences in people, and appreciate and learn to capitalize on our own strengths and those of others. The types we receive are innate, influenced, observed, not type-casted, and are a preference—not a skill. The group participated in several exercises that allowed us to self-report our types before receiving the types that were designated to us by our indicators.
Understanding one's personality traits is a definite way for our ASDA leaders to be able to utilize their strengths towards their own professional growth and development. General Characteristics: E: energized by the external world, I: energized by the internal world, S: working with specifics and facts, N: see possibilities and patterns, T: decide using impersonal analysis and logic, F: decide using personal values or beliefs, J: prefer a planned, orderly life, P: prefer a flexible spontaneous life. Which categories do you mostly associate with? To learn more regarding the Myers-Briggs Assessment, please visit www.cpp.com.
February 3rd, 2014
In a joint lunch lecture organized by the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) and the UCLA ASDA Ethics Committee, the school welcomed police officer Bill Baker who came to discuss ethics and professional conduct. He began by comparing the commonalities between law enforcement and malpractice. As future practitioners, we will encounter situations in which we may need to report a colleague who is engaging in “dental misadventures.” Our decision to keep knowledge of these activities to ourselves is what is referred to as the Code of Silence. Most dentists are discouraged from doing anything for several reasons: discomfort with confrontation, fear of legislation, and reluctance to put another dentist’s reputation on the line. As future practitioners we will certainly encounter similar instances, and we must know what our options are for responding properly in order to protect our profession, our patients, and ourselves. To overcome this Code of Silence we must maintain high standards of moral and ethical behavior now as student dentists and into our future careers as fully credentialed professionals. Please view the ASDA Code of Ethics http://www.uclaasda.org/asda-code-of-ethics/ for a more expansive overview of Dental Student conduct and click "Read More" to view the entire event summary.
February 1st, 2014
This year, UCLA ASDA saw a record-breaking number of vendors attend the fair: 69 vendors were represented (11 platinum sponsors and 58 gold sponsors). Additionally, a combined total of $37,975 was raised from vendors’ support and outside donations, making this the highest amount of money raised at a vendor fair by any ASDA chapter in the nation! This would not have been possible without our sponsors and/or donations to the vendor fair. The raffle at the end of the vendor fair was a huge success because of their generous donations. A big thank you goes out to all who attended!
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January 31st, 2014
Dr. Meru, a very engaging speaker from the ASDA Leadership Conference came to speak for a special joint lecture with UCLA ASDA and the Dental Practice Management Club about marketing our future dental practices on a $1000 budget. Marketing plays a very important role in today's very competitive health service industry. Dr. Meru elaborated on different strategies for making logos, appropriate use of social networking, building websites, and SEO in order to help build our future practices.