Akash Patel and Dhruvi Patel

In line with the mission of ASDA, UCLA’s Advance Standing Committee is a dental school based, student run committee that aims for the improvement, protection, and advancement of the rights, interests, and welfare of international dental students. It contributes to the introduction of international students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and aids in providing services, information, education, representation, and advocacy for this student group.

We give voice to UCLA’s Professional Program for International Dentists (PPID). Our aim is to blend international students more easily, quickly, and smoothly with the rest of our student body. We avoid terms like “international student committee” and “PPID committee” both to avoid separation of students and to create a presentable and implementable committee for other ASDA chapters.

Thus, this committee hopes to grant PPIDs opportunities to cherish their international backgrounds while also exploring leadership activities, building CVs, blending more easily and smoothly with their fellow student body, and enriching their overall experiences at UCLA.

Committee Goals


  • Make the transition for both the incoming PPID classes smooth and hassle-free. We hope to arrange a series of “transition to clinic” lectures that help them navigate through the complex systems in clinic. As well, we wish to hold mock interviews for incoming PPID candidates.
  • Accomplish deeper integration between the international and domestic students. We hope to organize social events for the students and allow them to be addressed by the different committees that exist in school.
  • Set high goals for the Advanced Standing Committee of all future years to accomplish the same productive work.



Umair is an energetic and proactive person who seamlessly integrated into the class of 2017. He has a witty sense of humor and a calm demeanor that made him an ideal candidate for the chair of the Advanced Standing Committee. He has been actively involved in ASDA and wishes to advance the interests of the international students through his role in ASDA. He’s an avid fan of mixed martial arts and enjoys watching TV shows in his spare time.

Amina Chaudhry: aminachaudhry@g.ucla.edu
Umair Lakhani: umair9848@g.ucla.edu