Advanced Standing Committee | 1st ASDA Great Ideas Webinar

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ASDA hosted the first Great Ideas Webinar on Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m. CT. This free virtual idea exchange featured chapter leaders from Colorado, Los Angeles and Marquette sharing best practices and innovative ideas related to running their chapters. Topics included: Organizing a Summer Predental Academy presented by Kyle Larsen, Colorado ’17, President-elect and Christian Piers, Colorado ’16, President …

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Summer Legislative Awareness Week

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Summer Legislative Awareness week was held in order to sign up as many student ADPAC members as possible as well as offer a chance for students to register to vote for the upcoming November elections. Our committee stressed the importance of supporting ADPAC as well as making the effort to stay informed on important and relevant legislation in dentistry such as Prop 46.

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ASDA District 11 | Advocacy Academy

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UCLA ASDA had a strong showing at the first ever District 11 | Advocacy Academy meeting at Western University of Health Sciences. This meeting highlighted the importance of dental legislation & dental advocacy throughout the nation. We were lucky enough to have Dr. Robert Hanlon ( CDA Government Council ) & Arizona Congressman Paul Gozar speak on issues concerning advocacy & lobbying. We hope to further educate UCLA on these issues at upcoming events.

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Community Service & Outreach Committee | Bresee Foundation OHI

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The Bresee Foundation is an after school youth program for low-income children and families. We provided OHI to around 120 middle school students. In order to give the kids a hands-on experience, we set up different stations which included: dental hygiene and brushing tips, nutrition, arts and crafts to build a mouth model, and introduction to alginate impressions. The foundation was very excited at the prospect of having us come since they haven’t had OHI in years and they hope for us to come back next year!

Community Service & Outreach | AOJAH Health Fair

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The Community Service and Outreach Committee participated in a health fair put on by AOJAH (Alliance of Jamaican American Humanitarians) in downtown Los Angeles. A group of 11 dental students participated by providing topical fluoride applications, screenings, oral hygiene instruction, and passing out oral hygiene supplies. It was a great event and we look forward to working with AOJAH in the future.

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Summer Legislative Awareness Week

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Summer Legislative Awareness week was held in order to sign up as many student ADPAC members as possible as well as offer a chance for students to register to vote for the upcoming November elections. Our committee stressed the importance of supporting ADPAC as well as making the effort to stay informed on important and relevant legislation in dentistry such as Prop 46.

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ASDA District 11 | Advocacy Academy

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UCLA ASDA had a strong showing at the first ever District 11 | Advocacy Academy meeting at Western University of Health Sciences. This meeting highlighted the importance of dental legislation & dental advocacy throughout the nation. We were lucky enough to have Dr. Robert Hanlon ( CDA Government Council ) & Arizona Congressman Paul Gozar speak on issues concerning advocacy & lobbying. We hope to further educate UCLA on these issues at upcoming events.

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ASDA District 11 – Day 2

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Today marked the last day of the ASDA District 11 conference. A variety of students from California met up at the UCLA Neuroscience Research Auditorium in which we were welcomed with free acai berry smoothies, bagels, coffee, yogurt & other snacks to keep our hunger astray during the lectures that followed.

Click the photo to read more about the lectures and see some photos from our class photographer Elaine Lu!

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ASDA District 11 – Day 1

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The conference began with our very own Kris Mendoza, District 11 Trustee giving an intro followed by various distinguished speakers including Dr. Carol Summerhays, ADA Trustee District 13 followed by Dr. Lindsey Robinson, CDA President and Dr. James Stephens, CDA President Elect who highlighted some of the current issues facing dentistry and the future of the profession. Afterwards, a group of dental students from various dental schools went to help give the predents mock interviews and sessions in impression taking and it was quite the experience! A lecture by Medical Protective on malpractice insurance during lunch and a presentation with a great Q&A panel by Pacific Dental Services came next. Click Read More for a full summary.

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Clinic Tutorial: Navigating GSD

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GSD can be a difficult system to understand without guidance. The 2nd years are beginning to enter clinic to perform their first prophies and assists which means they must have sufficient understanding about how GSD works and how to effectively use GSD. This can be a tricky task to accomplish at first, and students new to clinic often make mistakes due to their lack of experience working with the program. Thankfully, Alex with the assistance of the Communications and Media Committee have set up another tutorial series which covers how to:

1. Read the clinic schedule
2. Schedule and appointment
3. Get a start check
4. Cross-book an appointment
5. Cancel and appointment

To view the tutorial please click “Read more…” or navigate through the menu bar:
Media > Laboratory Tutorials > GSD.

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Leadership Development| Leadership Retreat

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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

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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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Educational Lecture Series | Perio Lunch and Learn with Dr. Jonathan Do

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The Educational Lecture Series Committee Hosted their first lunch and learn of the quarter on October 14th. About 90 students attended most of whom were D1 and D2. Dr. Jonathan Do gave a lecture to help the newer students understand the scope of practice in periodontics. Attendees were served Domino’s pizza to keep them sated as they listened to the wise words of Dr. Do.

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Veteran’s Services| An Overview of Dental Health

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UCLA ASDA teamed up with UCLA Alpha Omega to give a presentation to the elderly population regarding oral health. The presentation was given to approximately 150 LA City Retired Employees. LACERS Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System is a dedicated wellness program for LA City Retired Employees. We have over 17,000 Members all over California, but approximately 10,000 are located here in LA county. Heather Ramirez, a colleage of our Vice President Sami Shahhal, put together a first ever Dental Health Fair on Sept 17Th at Grace Simmons Lodge in Elysian Park from 10-1pm.

2nd Year Enrichment Committee | Teach Me How to Prophy

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The “Teach Me How to Prophy” lunch session was the Second Year Enrichment Committee’s first event of the year. One of the goals for our committee this year is to help the second year students with their integration in the UCLA School of Dentistry Clinic. The goal of this lunchtime tutorial was to expose the second year students to the GSD and procedural aspects of doing an adult prophylaxis.

Community Service & Outreach | Health and Resource Fair

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On September 27th, students from the dental school participate din the The Health and Resource Fair on behalf of the Beverly Boulevard Foursquare Church, which served community members in Montebello and surrounding areas. At the fair, the goal was to educate participants on chronic health conditions and promote available resources in the community. UCLA ASDA participated by providing oral health information, screenings, fluoride application, sealants, and giving away dental supplies such as tooth brushes and tooth paste. The event took place from about 9am to 3pm.

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Endo Tooth Selection

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The second years may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of jarred teeth that need to be sorted through in preparation for their endo course in the winter. Not sure how to choose the right tooth? Search no further, in this series Alex goes from start to finish on how to select the right endo teeth for you to succeed and how to keep yourself organized throughout the hectic process.

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Clinic Tutorial: Navigating GSD

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GSD can be a difficult system to understand without guidance. The 2nd years are beginning to enter clinic to perform their first prophies and assists which means they must have sufficient understanding about how GSD works and how to effectively use GSD. This can be a tricky task to accomplish at first, and students new to clinic often make mistakes due to their lack of experience working with the program. Thankfully, Alex with the assistance of the Communications and Media Committee have set up another tutorial series which covers how to:

1. Read the clinic schedule
2. Schedule and appointment
3. Get a start check
4. Cross-book an appointment
5. Cancel and appointment

To view the tutorial please click “Read more…” or navigate through the menu bar:
Media > Laboratory Tutorials > GSD.

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Laboratory Tutorial: Waxing a Class V

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Greetings first years! We understand that anatomy is probably the only thing on your mind right now, but rest assured we have you covered with waxing tips that will hopefully make things go a lot more smoothly during your very first quarter in lab. The Communications and Media Committee has put together a waxing tutorial that provides very useful information on how to effectively organize your tools, an instrument overview, and other helpful waxing/carving/polishing tips that will make waxing your Class V and future projects much easier. Disclaimer: this is in no way made to replace class, just a way to ease the anxiety of lab sessions by seeing it done once before you do it. We hope you find it useful! To watch the video, click “Read More…”

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

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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.

Community Service & Outreach | Health and Resource Fair

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On September 27th, students from the dental school participate din the The Health and Resource Fair on behalf of the Beverly Boulevard Foursquare Church, which served community members in Montebello and surrounding areas. At the fair, the goal was to educate participants on chronic health conditions and promote available resources in the community. UCLA ASDA participated by providing oral health information, screenings, fluoride application, sealants, and giving away dental supplies such as tooth brushes and tooth paste. The event took place from about 9am to 3pm.

Community Service & Outreach | Teaching OHI to Single Mothers and their Children

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A group of 10 UCLA students visited PATH Gramercy and taught single mothers OHI for themselves and their children. Each of the volunteers presented a powerpoint about OHI for the first five years of life for children. The volunteers were paired one-on-one with the mothers. The children (5 and under) were brought out for the last 10 minutes to meet and demonstrate the things the volunteers had just presented. Volunteers further used the CAMBRA method with the mothers in order to set goals for the families in order to treat and prevent caries at the earliest stages.

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Community Service & Outreach Committee | Bresee Foundation OHI

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The Bresee Foundation is an after school youth program for low-income children and families. We provided OHI to around 120 middle school students. In order to give the kids a hands-on experience, we set up different stations which included: dental hygiene and brushing tips, nutrition, arts and crafts to build a mouth model, and introduction to alginate impressions. The foundation was very excited at the prospect of having us come since they haven’t had OHI in years and they hope for us to come back next year!

Community Service & Outreach | AOJAH Health Fair

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The Community Service and Outreach Committee participated in a health fair put on by AOJAH (Alliance of Jamaican American Humanitarians) in downtown Los Angeles. A group of 11 dental students participated by providing topical fluoride applications, screenings, oral hygiene instruction, and passing out oral hygiene supplies. It was a great event and we look forward to working with AOJAH in the future.

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Educational Lecture Series | Perio Lunch and Learn with Dr. Jonathan Do

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The Educational Lecture Series Committee Hosted their first lunch and learn of the quarter on October 14th. About 90 students attended most of whom were D1 and D2. Dr. Jonathan Do gave a lecture to help the newer students understand the scope of practice in periodontics. Attendees were served Domino’s pizza to keep them sated as they listened to the wise words of Dr. Do.

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Educational Lecture Series | Marketing Your Practice On A Budget

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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.

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Malpractice 101

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On January 17th, UCLA School of Dentistry was visited by Mike Peters from MedPro who gave a very informative lecture entitled “Malpractice 101″. We were very lucky to have this speaker who often presents at the various District conferences as well as Annual Session come and give his presentation to an eager lunch crowd of UCLA dental students.

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Ethics Committee & SPEA | The Code Of Silence

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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.

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R.V. Tucker Study Club #67 Info Meeting

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UCLA ASDA paired up with the R.V. Tucker Study Club #67 here at UCLA to create a video series for all students who were unable to attend the Saturday session. Dr. Stevenson was kind enough to allow us to record him as he demonstrated to the club how to properly design and prepare a #19 MO Gold Inlay.

Be sure to check out his demonstration and if you’re looking to improve your own skills attend the next R.V. Tucker Study Club Session on Saturday, August 17th at 9am in the 4th Floor Lab!

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Pindexing Tutorial Added!

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The second years are beginning the tedious gold project and ASDA is working hard to make sure the project goes as smoothly as possible. A big thanks to the ASDA Communications and Media Committee for taking the time to record a tutorial by experienced 3rd and 4th years on how to set up your pindex.

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ASDA Annual Session 2013

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The 2013 ASDA Annual Session took place March 6-9 in Atlanta, Georgia with 22 UCLA students in attendance, the most of any dental school. UCLA ASDA won the following awards: Most Outstanding Activities – 1st place, Predental Recruitment Incentive – 2nd place, Student Research Poster Session – Ali Vahdati, UCLA ’14 won 2nd place with “Biphasic Calcium Phosphate Ceramic vs. Bovine Bone: Self Controlled Histomorphometric Rabbit Calvarium Study of Bone Regeneration.” Great job, UCLA ASDA!

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How To Survive First Year

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The first few quarters of UCLA dental are arguably some of the most difficult, but getting through them is often made easier by seeking the advice of upperclassmen who have survived to tell the tale. Thus, Committee Chairs Kelly and Tasneem hosted a “How To Survive First Year” Q&A session during lunch last Thursday. There was a large number of first year students in attendance and they came with an abundance of great questions. Special thanks goes out to second years Max, Greg, and Nikki who spent their lunch times to share their advice on the panel. Thank you all for coming, and we hope you found the advice useful. To download the powerpoint presented please click “Read More…”

The First Year Enrichment Committee would also like to remind the first years to attend the UCLA ASDA Introductory Meeting during lunch on October 11 in room 23-105. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about each committee and start getting involved. To get a head start please visit Committee Chairs for a brief overview about what each committee has to offer. Hope to see you there!

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Fundraising | Vendor Fair 2015

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This year’s annual Vendor Fair took place in Ackerman Grand Ballroom at the UCLA Undergraduate campus. The purpose of the vendor fair is to not only raise money for our UCLA ASDA chapter, but to also bring together professors, clinicians, residents, and students (both dental and pre-dental) to see all of the exciting and innovative advancements in the field of …

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Fundraising | Vendor Fair 2014

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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!

Continue reading to view photos from the event.

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Endo Tooth Selection

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The second years may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of jarred teeth that need to be sorted through in preparation for their endo course in the winter. Not sure how to choose the right tooth? Search no further, in this series Alex goes from start to finish on how to select the right endo teeth for you to succeed and how to keep yourself organized throughout the hectic process.

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Laboratory Tutorial: Waxing a Class V

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Greetings first years! We understand that anatomy is probably the only thing on your mind right now, but rest assured we have you covered with waxing tips that will hopefully make things go a lot more smoothly during your very first quarter in lab. The Communications and Media Committee has put together a waxing tutorial that provides very useful information on how to effectively organize your tools, an instrument overview, and other helpful waxing/carving/polishing tips that will make waxing your Class V and future projects much easier. Disclaimer: this is in no way made to replace class, just a way to ease the anxiety of lab sessions by seeing it done once before you do it. We hope you find it useful! To watch the video, click “Read More…”

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R.V. Tucker Study Club #67 Info Meeting

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UCLA ASDA paired up with the R.V. Tucker Study Club #67 here at UCLA to create a video series for all students who were unable to attend the Saturday session. Dr. Stevenson was kind enough to allow us to record him as he demonstrated to the club how to properly design and prepare a #19 MO Gold Inlay.

Be sure to check out his demonstration and if you’re looking to improve your own skills attend the next R.V. Tucker Study Club Session on Saturday, August 17th at 9am in the 4th Floor Lab!

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Pindexing Tutorial Added!

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The second years are beginning the tedious gold project and ASDA is working hard to make sure the project goes as smoothly as possible. A big thanks to the ASDA Communications and Media Committee for taking the time to record a tutorial by experienced 3rd and 4th years on how to set up your pindex.

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Leadership Development| Leadership Retreat

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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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Leadership Development | First Year Info Session

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During welcome week, the UCLA ASDA Cabinet and the Leadership Development Committee welcomed the incoming class by holding an ASDA info session. With the lecture hall filled to capacity, first years were introduced to the current events in ASDA on both the state and national level, our goals here at UCLA, and the various ways they could get involved. The …

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Leadership Development | Meyer-Briggs Assessment

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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.

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Delegating Tasks: Building A Team

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Today, the Leadership Committee held a workshop to help prepare the UCLA ASDA Committee Chairs as they soon begin the process of electing their committee members. Chairs met with one another to discuss leadership strategies and how to best build a team that will help them accomplish the goals they set for this year.

Don’t forget that the “Intro to ASDA” meeting will be held this Friday from 12-1pm in 23-105 (lunch provided). This is a great opportunity to learn more about what each committee has to offer, their projected goals, and if you’re the help they need to accomplish their tasks. Now is a great time to start looking into which committees best fit your interests and will allow you to exercise your individual strengths; criteria the chairs take into account when building their team. Check back soon for a full workshop update.

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UCLA ASDA Leadership Development Workshop II

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Our second leadership development workshop was a huge success! Our committee chairs gathered to share and discuss their results from the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. We were extremely fortunate to have Dr. Clarice Law, D.M.D, M.S., associate clinical professor of the Section of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at UCLA, to be our guest lecturer. Dr. Law has been a strong supporter of the StrengthsFinder and has been utilizing it as a tool for professional development of dental students and residents over the past few years. The StrengthsFinder provides individuals with their top strengths, which they can utilize to become better leaders. During this workshop, committee chairs were allowed to discuss their top five strengths among those with similar strengths. They then brainstormed potential leadership strategies to better lead their committees in the upcoming year. We would like to give a huge thank you to Dr. Law for her support and the committee chairs for their dedication to be the best possible chairs they can be! Click “Read More” to view photos from the event.

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Summer Legislative Awareness Week

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Summer Legislative Awareness week was held in order to sign up as many student ADPAC members as possible as well as offer a chance for students to register to vote for the upcoming November elections. Our committee stressed the importance of supporting ADPAC as well as making the effort to stay informed on important and relevant legislation in dentistry such as Prop 46.

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ASDA District 11 | Advocacy Academy

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UCLA ASDA had a strong showing at the first ever District 11 | Advocacy Academy meeting at Western University of Health Sciences. This meeting highlighted the importance of dental legislation & dental advocacy throughout the nation. We were lucky enough to have Dr. Robert Hanlon ( CDA Government Council ) & Arizona Congressman Paul Gozar speak on issues concerning advocacy & lobbying. We hope to further educate UCLA on these issues at upcoming events.

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Legislative Kick Off

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The Legislative Kick Off was created to inform students of how the government can affect us as dental students and future dentists. Quinn and Adrian wanted to highlight some of the key legislative issues affecting dentistry as well as demonstrate opportunities for student involvement, a key aspect of that being ADPAC membership. The goal was to increase awareness of the importance and urgency of these issues and also encourage participation in organized dentistry. UCLA ASDA Vice President Adrian discussed ADPAC membership and how decisions made at the state level and Washington D.C. can affect the future of dentistry. Emphasized was the importance of advocacy and the principles preventative dentistry. Legislative Liaison Quinn further elaborated on dentistry and legislature key issues such as student debt, Affordable Health Care Act (Medical Device Tax), midlevel care providers, licensure, and water fluoridation. Participants received ADPAC membership, enjoyed delicious Thai food and were the first to receive the newly designed UCLA ASDA T-Shirts. Thank you all for coming. For photos and to download the powerpoint presented at this year’s Legislative Kick-Off, click “Read More…”

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Morale Committee| Southern California Dental School Mixer

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On October 10, 2014 UCLA ASDA’s Social and Morale committee hosted its second Southern California Dental School Mixer at Boulevard3 in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Students danced the night away and welcomed the new class of 2018 while meeting dental students from Loma Linda, Western, and USC. The event provided students a means to mingle outside the academic setting and to network with other peers in the dental community.

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Morale Committee: Food For Finals

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A special thanks goes out to the UCLA ASDA Morale Committee for providing the school with FREE Taco Plus for finals week. Piles of burritos, chips, and salsa were served in the student lounge with the purpose of fueling up our engines for a long week of studying ahead. Also, a big shout out to the hungry, hard-working students who came out to the event. It was nice to take a break and spend time with students from all the classes. We’re just days away from finishing our Summer Quarter, good luck on finals everyone!

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Oral Cancer Awareness | Dr. Messadi

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The ASDA Oral Cancer Awareness Committee held their first lecture of the year on November 20th, 2013. Pizza was served to over 50 attendees as Dr. Messadi gave a talk on oral cancer screenings. Not only did Dr. Messadi walk us through the steps for a thorough screening, but she also provided clinical pictures to differentiate between normal and pathology. Dr. Messadi highlighted many relevant clinical facts to aid communication with our patients. This talk was essential for first and second years who have not yet experienced oral cancer screenings, and it provided a great refresher for the upperclassman. Our thanks and gratitude go out to Dr. Messadi for her time and support.

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PreDental Committee | BigSib – LilSib Dinner

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Over 65 UCLA undergraduate predental students met their first year dental student big sibs at UCLA ASDA pre dental committee’s annual big sib-lil sib dinner. Big sib-lil sib pairs were initially matched based on mutual interests in dentistry, and over the course of the evening they bonded while sharing plates of pasta and exchanging advice on the dental school application process. The Class of 2017 looks forward to continuing to foster these relationships as they guide and welcome their lil sibs into the dental profession.

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Pre-Dental Outreach | Wax and Relax Workshop

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On Monday, November 18, our pre-dental committee hosted our 2nd annual Wax-and-Relax Workshop. Pre-dental students attended from both UCLA and UC Irvine to try their hand at waxing. We began our session with a brief tutorial on basic dental morphology, followed by how to wax up a #8 veneer. Afterwards, students paired up with 1st year dental students, receiving helpful pointers and advice along the way. Click “Read More..” to view pictures from the event. Be sure to join us again next year!

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Pre-Dental Outreach | SLO & PCC Shadow Day

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On Friday (11/22), our pre-dental committee hosted students from two southern California schools! We had the pleasure of having students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Pasadena City College. We began our day in dental morphology where we heard a lecture about furcation anatomy. We next had lunch with dental students, who previously attended PCC and SLO, and we discussed our paths to dental school. We concluded our day with tours of the campus and presentations from students and faculty. We explained the benefits of ASDA membership and encouraged all attendees to register and attend our future events!

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Pre-Dental Outreach | UCSD Shadow Day

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On Friday November 8, we had the pleasure of hosting University of California, San Diego Pre-Dental Society. We sat in on a first-year dental morphology class, had lunch with current first and second year students and proceeded with a tour of the campus. Afterwards we presented helpful tips on how to get into dental school, had a group discussion with Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Bibb, and concluded our day discussing the impact of ASDA on dentistry and the benefits of Pre-Dental ASDA involvement and membership!

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UCR Shadow Day

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On October 25, our Pre-Dental Outreach Committee, led by Greg Asatrian and Eric Chen hosted our second Shadow Day of the school year, where we hosted University of California, Riverside. Eleven outstanding pre-dental students traveled from Riverside to visit our school, amidst their busy schedule, to sit in on a first year class, listen to lectures from first year dental students, and hear a lecture from our Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Carol Bibb.

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UCI Shadow Day

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On October 11, our Pre-Dental Outreach Committee hosted UCI’s pre-dental society for our first shadow day of the year, at UCLA. This day consisted of sitting in on a 1st year Oral Morphology course, having lunch with current second years, a tour of our campus, a presentation on helpful hints on how to prepare/apply for dental school, and finally a presentation from our Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Carol Bibb. . .

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2nd Year Enrichment Committee | Teach Me How to Prophy

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The “Teach Me How to Prophy” lunch session was the Second Year Enrichment Committee’s first event of the year. One of the goals for our committee this year is to help the second year students with their integration in the UCLA School of Dentistry Clinic. The goal of this lunchtime tutorial was to expose the second year students to the GSD and procedural aspects of doing an adult prophylaxis.

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ASDA Denture Tutorial

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Tonight 3rd and 4th year ASDA members spent time tutoring D2’s ahead of their midterm for Complete Dentures I. Over the six hours allotted for the event, 25 second years attended seeking additional help with their set-ups and 15 third and forth years attended. The event was overwhelmingly successful and ASDA will begin searching for an additional tutoring date for students to boost their skills in addition to a “Selecting Your Endo Teeth” video series. Shout out to Second Year Enrichment Chair, Erica Stokke, for organizing and executing the event.

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ASDA Social | Basketball Tournament 2014

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ASDA So-Cal Basketball tournament, hosted by UCLA ASDA

This year’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held on May 4th, 2014 at UCLA’s John Wooden Center. Food, t-shirts, and water will be provided to all participants.

You can register your team by sending Sanjay Merchant a facebook message, email at andjusticeforall1213@gmail.com, or a text at 909-957-8267. You can have a maximum of 5 players, but 4 players is ideal so everyone can get enough playing time. All you need to do is provide me with a team name and your list of players.

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Southern California Dental School Mixer

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This past Friday, October 4th, UCLA’s ASDA hosted a Southern California Dental School Mixer + Clubbing Event with Loma Linda, USC, and Western at Lure nightclub in Hollywood. The mixer was awesome and gave UCLA dental students the chance to network with other dental students within District 11.

The Social Outreach Committee are planning other events in the near future including but not limited to a basketball tournament ( Spring Quarter) & a mixer for ASDA Annual Session (Winter Quarter).

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Special Needs & Access to Care | Dr. Pierson & Dr. Chung

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The first ASDA Special Needs and Access to Care lecture occurred on November 20th, 2013. Students enjoyed delicious Diddy Riese cookies while listening to Dr. Chung and Dr. Pierson talk about treating patients with physical disabilities. During the lecture, we learned how to treat a variety of patients with unique conditions, lifestyles, and needs. Some of the topics discussed include but are not limited to wheelchair access, the cost of transportation services as well as patient challenges of those with neuromuscular deficiencies. The talk was informative and practical. We would like to thank Dr. Chung and Dr. Pierson for their time & services.

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Teen Oral Health | Webster Middle School

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The Teen Oral Health Committee visited Webster Middle School to give a PowerPoint presentation on the basics of oral hygiene. In an auditorium full of energetic and lively students, the dental school volunteers were able to captivate their attention by encouraging participation and asking questions. To keep things interesting, presenters asked questions and gave quizzes to actively engage the teenagers, who were eager to learn and win free dental prizes.

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Advanced Standing Committee | 1st ASDA Great Ideas Webinar

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ASDA hosted the first Great Ideas Webinar on Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m. CT. This free virtual idea exchange featured chapter leaders from Colorado, Los Angeles and Marquette sharing best practices and innovative ideas related to running their chapters. Topics included: Organizing a Summer Predental Academy presented by Kyle Larsen, Colorado ’17, President-elect and Christian Piers, Colorado ’16, President …

HIV Education Lunch and Learn | Grissel Granados

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On July 21, the School of Dentistry welcomed Grissel Granados, a Research Coordinator at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She has extensive experience in HIV prevention programs such as testing and counseling targeted to the minority youth populations. She shared her personal and professional perspective on perinatal HIV transmission.

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Veteran’s Services| An Overview of Dental Health

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UCLA ASDA teamed up with UCLA Alpha Omega to give a presentation to the elderly population regarding oral health. The presentation was given to approximately 150 LA City Retired Employees. LACERS Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System is a dedicated wellness program for LA City Retired Employees. We have over 17,000 Members all over California, but approximately 10,000 are located here in LA county. Heather Ramirez, a colleage of our Vice President Sami Shahhal, put together a first ever Dental Health Fair on Sept 17Th at Grace Simmons Lodge in Elysian Park from 10-1pm.

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Veterans Service | Veterans & Family Resource Expo

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On June 18, 2014, the UCLA ASDA Veterans Services Committee participated in the Veterans & Family Resource Expo. It was organized by the San Fernando Valley Veterans Employment Committee and took place from 9am to 3pm at the California Army National Guard in Van Nuys. The event sought to provide employment resources, health benefits, disability compensation, and other healthcare resources to veterans. The UCLA ASDA Veterans Services Committee provided oral hygiene instruction, complimentary dental hygiene supplies, and information on low-cost dental clinics in Los Angeles County to several hundred veterans at the expo.

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Veteran Service | 2nd Annual Los Angeles Stand Down

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On November 16, 2013, the Veterans Services Committee participated in the 2nd Annual Downtown Los Angeles Stand Down Event for homeless and impoverished Veterans. Oral hygiene instruction and dental hygiene supplies were provided to Veterans in need. It was rewarding to have several Veterans express a desire to improve their oral health and become patients of the UCLA Dental Clinic. As one of the founding members of UCLA ASDA Veterans Services Committee, Brian Lehigh was asked by the organizers of the Stand Down to give a radio interview with Skid Row Studios about the services we were providing to Veterans and issues pertaining to their dental care.

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