Member Resources:
2001 Annual Session Adopted Resolutions

Membership 

Resolution 101 Task Force on State Representation 01 

Resolution 102RC Dues Increase for Predoctoral Members 04 

Resolution 103 Evaluation of the ASDA Postdoctoral Membership Category 08 

Resolution 104 Dues Increase for Predental, Associate and International Members 10 

Resolution 105 Elimination of Prorated Dues Option 11 

Resolution 106 Study of Methods to Promote Retention of New Dentists into ADA 13 

Resolution 107 Predental Leader Survey 14 

Resolution 108 Chapter Use of ASDA Logo 15 

Resolution 109 Investigation of Membership Processing Procedures 16 

Resolution 110 Recruitment Materials for Billed/Optional Chapters 17 

Resolution 111 Restructuring Ideal ASDA Chapter Awards 18 

Resolution 112 Multiple-year Dues Payment Options 19 


Education and Licensure 

Resolution 200 Revision of Policy on Dental Licensure 20 

Resolution 201 Review of Dental Board and Licensure Information for the New Graduate 22  

 
Education and Licensure (continued)

Resolution 202 Investigation of the New York State Licensure Bill 23 

Resolution 203 Review of the High Education Amendment of 1986 24 

Resolution 204RC Study of DVD Curriculums 25 

Resolution 206 Acceptance of All Four Regional Examinations 26 


Governance and Professional Issues  

Resolution 300RC Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform 27 

Resolution 301RC Task Force on Diversity 28 

Resolution 302RC Chapter Legislative Liaison Responsibilities 30 

Resolution 304 Access to Care 32 

Resolution 306 Student Code of Ethics 33 

Resolution 307 Evaluation of Article IV, Section 2 of ASDA’s Constitution and Bylaws 34 

 


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Resolution Number: 101

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Task Force on State Representation

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  Council on Membership
                      Ryan Harris, Vice President and Chair of ASDA’s Council on Membership
                      Matthew Krische, Consultant on Career Development and liaison to the ADA
                      Committee on the New Dentist

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of this resolution.

Background: The American Student Dental Association continuously has worked to instill an awareness of and appreciation for the importance of organized dentistry in dental students.  One of the eight fundamental objectives of the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws states “to introduce, promote and encourage student participation in organized dentistry, and to position association membership as the beginning of a lifelong involvement with organized dentistry.” ASDA has a long history of supporting and encouraging student involvement in state and local dental societies.  Association archives show documentation of this commitment dating back to 1975.

By integrating student voices into state associations, the states will help to identify more effective means of attracting and retaining new dentists.  Student involvement can serve as a voice to graduating students to help attract more young dentists to the state.  Students represent nearly 10 percent of practicing dentists, and their representation would be helpful in shaping future policies at the state and local level.

Many dental organizations are experiencing a decline in new dentist membership market share.  ASDA and state dental societies can work together to strengthen organized dentistry as a whole.

The following resolutions on this topic have been adopted by the ASDA House of Delegates since 1992:

HOD 108RC-1996
Directed actions to encourage states with dental schools to support and promote increased student representation within state society committees and the House of Delegates.  Directed the maintenance of a database of events undertaken by chapters in pursuit of such increased representation as a reference for other ASDA chapters, along with a summary of the status of student representation in constituent dental societies and strategies used by chapters to obtain or improve student status or representation within these organizations.

HOD 133-1995
Directed delegates to lobby their state dental society to request voting representation in the House of Delegates in states where students do not have such a vote.  It also directed all chapters to lobby appropriate school administration personnel to ensure that the official student representative to the state society is a member of the local ASDA leadership structure.
 
HOD 134RCA-1995
Directed delegates to act as or appoint another chapter officer to serve as chapter liaison to the state dental association.

HOD 149RC-1994
Encouraged chapters to approach their local and state dental societies about jointly sponsoring a speaker, or an ADA seminar program (the ADA provides its seminars at cost to constituent and component societies) as a combined educational program. 

HOD 145RC-1994
Directed the monitoring of chapter progress in implementing relationship-building programs with local dental societies, as well as development of effective communication channels between chapters and dental societies.

HOD 143RC-1994
Directed the review of constituent and component dental society dues structures to identify any that do not offer a reduced dues program for recent graduates, and contacting any such societies to request that they reconsider their policy.

HOD 5A-1992
Directed the association to work with state dental societies to encourage increased student attendance at their meetings. 

The Ideal Chapter criteria includes provisions for chapter involvement in organized dentistry as follows:  
 All members know how to join ADA after graduation
 100 percent of members convert to ADA membership in the year after graduation
 Chapter is involved with state and/or local dental society
 Chapter has voting representation in the state dental society House of Delegates
 Chapter contributes to state and/or local dental society publications.

The following policies were adopted by the ASDA House of Delegates in 1983 and 1979 and are  located in the Currrent Statements of Position or Policy:
 
G-1 Dental Student Representation in State and Local Dental Societies (1983)
The American Student Dental Association supports local chapters seeking a vote in their respective state dental associations and their respective local dental societies.

G-3 State Dental Associations (1979)
The American Student Dental Association encourages state dental associations to invite selected dental students to participate in the councils, committees, and conferences of the state dental associations, and that such students be active ASDA members selected by the dean and local ASDA chapters of the dental schools of that state.

If students are to embrace the importance of organized dentistry, then the institutions themselves must hold value and demonstrate fairness and concern for all constituencies, and must respect the position of students as the future of the profession.  With fulfillment of these principles in mind, the ASDA is seeking representation for student members at the state dental society level. 

To focus the efforts of ASDA leaders requires research and planning.  This can be achieved through the creation of a Task Force which will result in efficient and effective activism.  Therefore be it
 
RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA create a Task Force on State Representation for the year 2001-2002; and be it further
Resolved, that this Task Force be made up of national leaders in attendance and already funded for the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences and be it further
Resolved, that this Task Force research and set goals to increase student representation in targeted states either through the creation of student state component societies or by establishing and/or increasing the number of student votes in the targeted states’ House of Delegates and be it further
Resolved, that this Task Force report its findings to the 2002 ASDA House of Delegates.

 



 
Resolution Number: 102RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Dues Increase for Predoctoral Members

Financial Impact: See background statement.

Sponsors: Council on Membership
                     Board of Trustees

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 102RC as a substitute to resolution 102 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of this resolution.

Background: The time has come to request a significant national dues increase from the members of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA).  Founded in 1971, ASDA has succeeded in fulfilling its mission for more than 30 years.  The organization’s founders established a framework that has changed little from the goal set forth to “protect the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry.” 

ASDA began with a vision, one dental student and a $500 contribution from pharmacy and medical students.  The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dental Trade Association funded the organization to host its first annual session in Chicago, 1972.

Today, ASDA enjoys the strength of the highest membership market share in history, established local ASDA chapters at every dental school, the support and encouragement of ADA leaders on all levels of the tripartite and excellent relationships with dental student deans and faculty. 

ASDA has succeeded in establishing—and fighting for—its voice and position within organized dentistry and dental education.  It has grown to be one of the strongest and self-sufficient professional student groups in the country.  ASDA offers a unique value in membership because the organization has maintained its independence and autonomy.

The organization experienced some sobering times.  In 1993, a resolution was introduced to the ADA House of Delegates that risked ASDA’s existence.  Resolution 78 called for the organization to drop the requirement for ADA student members to also be members of ASDA.  ASDA’s position?  Dual membership in ASDA and ADA symbolized a unity of purpose for the two organizations in introducing new dental professionals to a lifelong involvement in organized dentistry.  ASDA leaders mobilized their lobbying efforts to gather support against the resolution.  Their efforts were successful—the original version of the resolution never made it to the House floor.

Since that time, members of ASDA and ADA have moved in a positive direction to one of true cooperation.  State and local dental societies offer membership to dental students and provide a wide variety of programs and services to students.  
ASDA is poised for growth in the programs and services that it can offer to dental students.   Adequate financial resources must be available not only for the association to continue to exist, but also to move forward.  At this time, additional revenue must be generated from member dues. 

ASDA’s Predoctoral Dues History
Year Predoctoral Dues # of Members Enrollment Market    Share % 
1972 $2.50 13,744 18,376 75 
1973 $4.00 15,185 19,369 78 
1974 $10 16,457 20,146 82 
1975 $10 15,007 20,767 72 
1976 $10 15,081 21,013 72 
1977 $10 15,737 21,510 73 
1978 $10 15,582 22,179 70 
1979 $15 16,734 22,482 74 
     
1980 $15 16,714 22,842 73 
1981 $20 17,821 22,621 79 
1982 $20 16,626 22,608 74 
1983 $20 16,605 21,428 78 
1984 $20 17,646 21,424 82 
1985 $20 17,216 20,366 85 
1986 $25 15,834 19,563 81 
1987 $25 15,021 18,593 81 
1988 $30 14,240 17,527 81 
1989 $30 13,680 17,049 80 
     
1990 $30 12,807 16,412 78 
1991 $30 12,157 15,837 77 
1992 $35 12,261 15,703 78 
1993 $35 11,541 15,778 73 
1994 $35 11,245 16,103 70 
1995 $35 11,466 16,073 71 
1996 $35 12,026 16,300 74 
1997 $35 12,734 16,765 76 
1998 $40 13,716 16,945 81 
1999 $40 14,232 17,035 84 
2000 $40 14,357 17,202 84 
     
2001 YTD $40 14,532 16,962 85.6 
Note: $5 of each member’s dues is paid to ADA for membership services.

The Cost of A Dental Education
According to the 1998/1999 ADA Survey of Predoctoral Dental Educational Institutions, the average cost of tuition and fees for one year of a dental school has risen 71 percent (for in-state residents) between 1989 and 1999, from $43,853 to $74,868 (total average undergraduate expenses).  During the same period, ASDA annual membership dues increased only $10, or 33 percent. 

In 1999, dental students spent a mean of $3,104 on textbooks, $10,395 on instruments and $3,442 on fees.  ASDA dues were $40.
 
Dues vs. Non-Dues Revenue
Most associations, including ASDA, generate revenue from the following sources: 
 Membership Dues
 Subscriptions
 Advertising
 Sponsorship, Grants and Royalty Programs
 Meetings (ASDA’s meeting registration fees cover the cost of each meeting; it is not a pure revenue source.)
 Salable Materials
 Investments

Currently, ASDA collects 39 percent of its revenue from member dues.  ADA collects 59 percent of revenue from member dues.  These numbers reflect all dues categories in each organization.

*Source: October 16, 2000 ADA House of Delegates Treasurer’s presentation

ASDA’s Financial Picture
Following is a summary of ASDA’s financial results and net asset position from 1996 to 2000:

 

To ensure the viability of ASDA, a predoctoral dues increase of $20 for the 2003 membership year is essential.  This will bring the annual cost of ASDA membership to $65 from the $45 rate scheduled for the 2002 membership year.

 
Based on recruitment and retention of 13,000 members, this will provide an additional $260,000 in revenue each year.  Increased revenue coupled with diligent monitoring of expenses will improve the change in net assets and net asset position.  Without an increase in due revenues, ASDA risks remaining stagnant or possibly being forced to reduce member services and benefits.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that effective in membership year 2003, predoctoral membership dues be increased from $45 per year to $65 per year with $5 in membership rebated to the American Dental Association to cover ADA student membership dues; and be it further
Resolved, that the Board of Trustees assess the need for a dues increase on an annual basis.

 


 

Resolution Number: 103

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Evaluation of the ASDA Postdoctoral Membership Category

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors: Matt Krische (Minnesota), Consultant on Career Development

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: In the Mission Statement of ASDA it states that this organization “advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry”.  It introduces students to “lifelong involvement in organized dentistry.”  This resolution asks ASDA to examine its mission.

Currently, ASDA offers joint ASDA/ADA postdoctoral membership for $35 per year.  Members who join through ASDA are also members of the ADA; $5 of the $35 dues are rebated to the ADA for membership.

ADA also offers a postdoctoral membership category—a ADA-only postdoctoral membership for $30 per year.  Members who join directly with ADA are not members of ASDA.

ASDA and ADA have long debated where the “home” is for postdoctoral members within the structure of organized dentistry.  For many years, ASDA believed that it should represent this group since it provides the Guides to Postdoctoral Programs to students and is active in “The Match.”  The subject has been one of contention between the ADA and ASDA. 

In the early 1990’s and in 1996, ASDA sent resolutions to the ADA House of Delegates requesting that ADA create a dual ASDA/ADA postdoctoral membership category.  These resolutions were defeated in the ADA House; ADA wanted to represent postdoctoral members with or without ASDA.

It is time for ASDA to evaluate the possibility of eliminating this membership category for the greater good of organized dentistry and relinquish the “home” to postdoctoral members to the ADA. 

Reasons for the elimination:

1.  Each year, from 1996-1998 an ASDA Task Force on Postdoctoral Issues met to research ways to better service postdoctoral members.  After three years of money, time and effort the only significant development that came out of these meetings was the addition of a postdoctoral member to the ASDA Council on Membership.  Providing adequate service to postdoctoral members depends on a number of factions; dental schools, hospitals, multiple licensing bodies, specialty organizations and application service organizations.  It is difficult to harness the additional time and resources to service these members more than is currently provided.
2.  Under the current dues structure, the dues ($35 per year) for postdoctoral members just
covers the cost of the publications and services provided to each member.  The removal of this
category would have virtually no financial impact.

3.  The current structure is confusing during the student to dental practitioner transition.  The transfer of ASDA postdoctoral membership to ADA membership has likewise proven difficult, mostly due to change of addresses and lack of continuity of membership.  If postdoctoral members had only one choice for membership, it would be easier to retain and maintain their membership records and obtain their place within the structure of organized dentistry and the tripartite.

4.   The ADA is awarding ASDA chapters more state representation and involvement in organized dentistry than ever before.  The ADA is likewise experiencing a 5-year slump in decreasing membership.  We need to assist the ADA in retaining new dentists.  It is our turn to give back to the ADA for the assistance they provide dental students.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the ASDA Council on Membership evaluate the effectiveness of the ASDA postdoctoral membership category.  This investigation shall include, but shall not be limited to, the evaluation of member benefits, market share and reports from the Task Force on Postdoctoral Issues and be it further
Resolved, that at the Council consider drafting resolutions to the 2002 House of Delegates to determine the elimination or continuation of the ASDA postdoctoral membership category and be it further
Resolved, the Council’s findings and recommendations to be reported to the 2002 House of Delegates.
 

 




Resolution Number: 104

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Dues Increase for Predental, Associate and International Members

Financial Impact: $39,175 if membership numbers remain constant

Sponsors: Council on Membership

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports a dues increase.

Background: The Association provides the same membership benefits and services to all of the following membership categories: predental, associate, sustaining and international.  International dues are higher to cover postage overseas.  Dues have not been raised since 1993. 

Year Predental Dues Associate Dues Sustaining Dues International Dues
1992 $20 $20 n/a $40
1993 $25 $25 n/a $45
1994 $25 $25 n/a $45
1995 $25 $25 n/a $45
1996 $25 $25 n/a $45
1997 $25 $25 n/a $45
1998 $25 $25 n/a $45
1999 $25 $25 n/a $45
    
2000 $25 $25 n/a $45
2001 $25 $25 $50 $45
2002 $25 $25 $50 $45
Proposed
for
2003 $50 $50 $50 $75

As of August 15, 2001, ASDA had 1,097 predental members, 398 associate members, 60 international members and 10 sustaining members.  If membership numbers remain constant, this dues increase will provide an additional $39,175 in revenue per year.  Therefore be it 

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that beginning in 2003, predental membership dues be raised to $50 per year and be it further
Resolved, that beginning in 2003, associate membership dues be raised to $50 per year and be it further
Resolved, that beginning in 2003, international membership dues be raised to $75 per year.

 


 

Resolution Number: 105

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Elimination of Prorated Dues Option

Financial Impact: Minimal

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of this resolution.

Background: Since 1994, ASDA has offered a prorated dues option to members who join between July 1 and December 31 of each calendar year.  This option has been available to all  membership categories: predoctoral, predental, postdoctoral, associate, sustaining and international.  Under this dues structure, a dental student who joins ASDA/ADA before July 1 pays the $40 dues amount, but a dental student who joins after July 1 pays only $25.

It is believed that the prorated dues option was started to help the Association report a stronger membership number at the end of each calendar year.  While the membership number is higher, actual revenue gain is minimal.  The prorated dues amount is so low that it does not cover the products and services provided to the member.

Prorated dues de-values membership and is highly unusual in membership associations since it awards individuals with a reduced dues structure and member discounts to products and services.  Many associate and international members join simply to receive the member discount on reprints of the National Board Examinations.

Below is membership information from July vs. December in 1999 and 2000:

# of members as of July 31, 2000 # of members as of December 31, 2000
Predoctoral:  14,252 Predoctoral:  14,357 
Postdoctoral:   774 Postdoctoral: 829
Predental:   777  Predental: 1,035*
Associate:   303  Associate: 384
International: 54  International: 76
Total:  16,160  Total: 16,681
* The association initiated a predental membership campaign the last 6 months of the year.  Predental chapters pushed the prorated dues amount instead of a renewal for the next membership year.
 
# of members as of July 31, 1999 # of members as of December 31, 1999
Predoctoral:  14,098 Predoctoral:  14,232  
Postdoctoral:   641 Postdoctoral: 672
Predental:   532  Predental: 614
Associate:   225  Associate: 286
International: 36  International: 58
Total:  15,532  Total: 15,862
 
Therefore be it
 

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the prorated dues option in all ASDA membership categories be eliminated for the 2002 membership year and every membership year thereafter.
 

 


Resolution Number: 106

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Study of Methods to Promote Retention of New Dentists into ADA

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors: Matt Krische (Minnesota), Consultant on Career Development

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of this resolution.

Background: ASDA has a membership market share of 85.6 percent.  ADA membership is about 70.4 percent of all dentists.  The membership market share of new dentists, defined as the ten-year period following graduation from dental school, is even less, reporting at about 63.5 percent.  The ADA is facing what is being termed in some circles as a “crisis” in membership.  Since 1995 ADA membership has decreased steadily from 73.5 percent to the current 70.4 percent level.

Task forces are being formed and questions are being asked how to stop this trend.  To ensure the future of organized dentistry, it is time for ASDA to act and join forces with ADA to research and assist how to better recruit and retain new dentists.

The ADA Committee on the New Dentist (CND) currently services the needs of new dentists.  ASDA must assist the CND in any capacity that may help boost retention of new dentists.  ASDA must also research and develop its own strategies to promote immediate ADA membership to new graduates.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the ASDA Council on Membership research current methods of recruitment of
new dentists employed by both ASDA and the Committee on the New Dentist; and be it further
Resolved, that upon collection of this data the Council analyze ways to make recruitment strategies more effective and develop new methods to market ADA membership to students becoming new dentists and be it further
Resolved, that the Council report and promote its findings to all attendees at the 2002 Annual Session.
 

 


Resolution Number: 107

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Predental Leader Survey

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors:  Dan Allen (Columbia), Chicago Administrative Extern
                     Trisha Krause (Tufts), 2001-02 Consultant on Membership
                     Matt Strohmeyer (Missouri), Chicago Administrative Extern

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: During our externship experience we developed a survey for leaders of local predental organizations.  Seeing the need to expand our membership, we should direct our efforts toward issues that are felt to be important to the predental chapter leaders.  They should be evaluated continually since the change of leadership is rapid.  Predental members are paramount assets to our organization’s strength and depth.  Their needs, however, differ immensely from predoctoral students in that their major focus is on becoming accepted to dental school.  This creates interest for testing strategies, interviewing techniques and selecting a school suited for their needs.

This past year, the resolution HOD 73RC-2000 adopted a trial period for a predental consultant. In case this position is not retained, it is still important to have predental student input into the organization that would fall under the responsibility of consultant on membership marketing and services. Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the American Student Dental Association conduct a survey to predental leaders on an annual basis or at the discretion of the Board of Trustees; and be it further
Resolved, that the Board of Trustees consider the consultant on predental membership marketing and services for this responsibility.
 

 


Resolution Number: 108

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Chapter Use of ASDA Logo

Financial Impact: $100-$150 commercial printing, less if printed in volume.  Cost being passed on to those chapters who wish to purchase these banners. 

Sponsors: Alan A. Curtis (California-Los Angeles)

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee agrees with the intent of this resolution, however, does not support adoption with a recommendation to vote no.

Background: With many student organizations competing for attention on campus, it can be difficult for students to recognize which group sponsors a particular event.  For this reason it is not surprising that dental graduates leave dental school unable to recognize the benefits of organized dentistry.  Name brand (logo) recognition can alleviate this problem by giving attendees of ASDA events visual reminders of ASDA’s place in organized dentistry. Chapters will be motivated to purchase in order to fulfill an Ideal ASDA requirement.

Example Banners:

3’X5’ vinyl banner:     3’X5’ vinyl banner:

Organized Dentistry in action:   This event brought to you by:
      


Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the association create banners with ASDA logos in order to promote “brand recognition” (logo) prior to the 2002 annual session; and be it further
Resolved, that “brand recognition” (logo) be displayed publicly at all events; and be it further
Resolved, that the ASDA logo be recommended on all fliers announcing events sponsored by ASDA chapters; and be it further
Resolved, that all interested chapters have the option to purchase these banners for a nominal fee.
 
 


Resolution Number: 109

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Investigation of Membership Processing Procedures

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors:  Tomicka Jackson (Pittsburgh)
                     David Madder (Pittsburgh), Contributing Editor, ASDA News
                     Aimee Dull (Pittsburgh)

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: Many chapters have encountered problems with accurate processing of membership applications.  Some dental students who have paid their membership dues on time have waited at least six months before their membership was activated, and many members never received their ADA and ASDA publications, membership cards or numbers.  Therefore, these students have not been able to take full advantage of their member benefits.  This results in disenchanted members, a lack of confidence in our organization, poor membership retention and reflects poorly on ASDA as a whole.  Also, this makes recruitment by reputation even more difficult for recruited chapters that do not participate in automatic billing.  Whether the source of these problems arises at the local, national, ADA level or a combination of all three is unknown.  Membership is the backbone of our great organization.  We need to put forth every effort to ensure that we provide our members with the benefits that we offer.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the Council on Membership investigate the current procedure by which new membership applications are activated; and be it further
Resolved, that processing problems, which include but are not limited to, receipt of publications and distribution of membership cards and member identification numbers, be examined; and be it further
Resolved, that upon the conclusion of this investigation, the ASDA Council on Membership work with the ADA Office of Student Affairs and the ADA Council on Membership to implement policies and procedures to ensure timely and accurate activation of new memberships, with special emphasis on the delivery of ADA and ASDA publications, and distribution of membership cards and membership identification numbers.
 

 


Resolution Number: 110

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Recruitment Materials for Billed/Optional Chapters

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors: Connie Sedon (Temple), First Delegate

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee does not support adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote no.

Background: ASDA is currently attempting to save money in order to balance the budget.  Billed/optional dues chapters are being sent fliers and pamphlets that help with member recruitment.  These schools do not have to recruit members, therefore these mailings are unnecessary.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION  

Resolved, that mailing of fliers or information concerning recruitment to billed/optional dues chapters desist unless a chapter requests the information.
 

 


Resolution Number: 111

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Restructuring Ideal ASDA Chapter Awards

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  Donny Hull (North Carolina)
                     Jeremy Fry (North Carolina)
                     Blair Bradford (Tufts), Consultant on Membership Marketing Services

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports the adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: Currently, the Ideal ASDA Chapter criteria do not place enough emphasis on philanthropic activities.  Philanthropy appears as a subcategory of activities in the criteria, and only one of the four suggested community awareness activities incorporates students’ professional skills in the field of dentistry.  Students are constantly reminded of the growing shortage of dentists in the United States, and ASDA should take the lead and actively encourage students’ awareness of underserved populations and foster growth in the philanthropic activity of its members.  Therefore be it


RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the Ideal ASDA Chapter Committee investigate restructuring the Ideal ASDA Chapter awards to coordinate with the Ideal ASDA Chapter criteria; and be it further
Resolved, that the Ideal ASDA Chapter Committee investigate adding an additional award for philanthropy and an additional award for diversity; and be it further
Resolved, that the committee submit a report to the ASDA’s 2002 House of Delegates for implementation.
 

 



Resolution Number: 112

Reference Committee Assignment: Membership

Title: Multiple-Year Dues Payment Option

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  A. Melissa Lopez, (University of Pennsylvania)
                     Melisande J. Wolff, (University of Pennsylvania) Region 3 Trustee

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: ASDA chapters that recruit members spend a considerable amount of time running membership drives.  First year students at the University of Pennsylvania have indicated interest in multiple year dues payments.  Local leaders at the University of Pennsylvania believe that multiple year payments would provide a tangible benefit to ASDA members and ease the recruitment process.

Therefore, to facilitate the recruitment process, to secure membership and to allow more time for attention to member services, be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the Council on Membership investigate a multiple-year dues payment option for all dental students; and be it further
Resolved, that the Council of Membership submit a report to the Board of Trustees; and be it further;
Resolved, the Board of Trustees submit a report to the 2002 House of Delegates.

 


 

Resolution Number: 200

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Revision of Policy on Dental Licensure

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Supports 1999-2001 Strategic Plan Goal: Dental Education and Licensure

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: The American Student Dental Association supports the elimination of live patients in clinical licensure examinations.  This resolution updates the Association’s governance documents to reflect its position on dental licensure.  The ASDA delegation submitted the following resolution to the 2000 American Dental Association House of Delegates.  Resolution 64RC was adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
64RC (64H-2000).  Resolved, that the Association supports the elimination of the use of human subjects in the clinical licensure examination process by 2005, and be it further
Resolved, that the Association transmit this policy to all clinical testing agencies.

Therefore be it


RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that Policy L-1 (Licensure) of the Current Statements of Policy and Position be revised to change the wording from “minimization of human subjects in clinical licensure examinations” to “elimination of human subjects in clinical licensure examinations.”

(Bold type indicates new language; strikeover type indicates deleted language.)

Text of Proposed Revised Policy L-1:
It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that graduates of dental education programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation should not be required to pass a clinical licensure examination in order to be eligible for initial dental licensure in any jurisdiction of the United States. 

Until such time as clinical licensure examinations are no longer required for initial dental licensure, the American Student Dental Association endorses:

 • the acceptance of any regional dental clinical testing agency examination by all licensing jurisdictions
 • pre-graduation clinical licensure examinations held at dental schools
 • a common content and format for all regional and individual state licensure examinations
 • the substitution of successful completion of the National Board Dental Examination Part II for all written portions of licensure examinations covering clinical topics
 • minimization elimination of human subjects in clinical licensure examinations
 • absolute confidentiality of candidate identity during clinical licensure examinations.
 
 
The American Student Dental Association believes that standardized written examinations to evaluate comprehension of the basic and clinical sciences are necessary to assure minimum competency of all dental students.  Although emphatically opposed to the concentration of dental licensure powers into a federal agency or control by the federal government in any manner, the association believes that an independent authority, such as the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, is the best means to develop and administer such examinations. 

Successful completion of standardized written examinations such as the National Board Dental Examination Part I and Part II should be included as a graduation requirement for all US dental schools.  All US dental licensing agencies should accept successful completion of such examinations as a component of its dental licensure requirements, and not require any other written examinations on basic science or clinical topics.
Dental schools should offer regular preparatory and remediation courses for candidates taking the National Board Dental Examinations, as well as similar course offerings for interested individuals who are not enrolled as students of the school

The American Student Dental Association is opposed to all forms of discrimination in dental licensure and asserts that race, creed, religion, sex, or age of the applicant should not be considered in the licensing procedure.

The American Student Dental Association supports licensure by credentials, whereby a dental license is issued using a performance record in place of examination.  Under licensure by credentials, a dentist licensed in one jurisdiction can obtain a license from another jurisdiction based on evidence of his or her theoretical knowledge and clinical performance record.

The American Student Dental Association also supports continuing education for dentists, with effective enforcement and specific criteria for periodic licensure renewal, based on national minimal standards.
 

 


Resolution Number: 201

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Review of Dental Boards and Licensure Information for the New Graduate

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors: Matt Krische (Minnesota), Consultant on Career Development

Board of Trustees Comments: The Board of Trustees supports adoption of this resolution.

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: ASDA no longer publishes ASDA’s Guide to Dental Licensure.  The guide informed students on the issues and process of obtaining licensure to practice dentistry.  The ADA Committee on the New Dentist distributes Dental Boards and Licensure Information for the New Graduate.  This pamphlet is now the lone source for licensure information for dental students.  ASDA needs to review its information to ensure the guide’s contents provide the most relevant and useful information that is available.  Therefore, be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the ASDA Council on Dental Education and Licensure review the ADA publication Dental Boards and Licensure Information for the New Graduate to review its content and investigate ways to improve the publication and be it further
Resolved, that the Council review ASDA’s Guide to Dental Licensure to determine if information contained in the guide needs to be incorporated into Dental Boards and Licensure Information for the New Graduate and be it further
Resolved, that any proposed changes be presented to the central office staff of the Committee on the New Dentist (CND) in writing; and, be it further
Resolved, that this task be completed by the April 13-14, 2002 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

 


 

Resolution Number: 202

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Investigation of the New York State Licensure Bill

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors:  Regina Choi (NYU)
                     Brian Houston (NYU)  

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: The following bill A09229/S4503A was submitted on June 18, 2001:
The bill would require that any person who takes the New York State dental licensing examination have the option of not using live human subjects for any part of the examination.  The bill guarantees that a person who exercises the option not to use live human subjects shall not be penalized or discriminated against in any manner for having exercised the option.  The bill also permits the satisfactory completion of a postdoctoral dental residency program of at least one year’s duration to be used in lieu of the clinical dentistry portion (Part III) of the dental licensing examination for purposes of obtaining a dental license.

Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the ASDA Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform investigate the implication(s) of A09229/S4503A on the licensure process; and be it further
Resolved, that should the ASDA Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform agree, ASDA should actively educate other states about the New York State’s legislation.
 

 


Resolution Number: 203

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Review of the Higher Education Amendment of 1986

Financial Impact: Minimal

Sponsors:  Amy Wallace (Mississippi)
                     Fanasy Prokop (Mississippi)

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: According to the “Higher Education Amendment of 1986,” a student loan
budget is limited to include actual tuition, fees, a reasonable allowance for books, supplies
and equipment, and “reasonable living costs for the student only.”  No expenses may be
considered for the spouse or the student’s legal dependents.

Furthermore, additional allowances may be made for the cost of placing the student’s children in a day care facility, but not for the loss of income if the spouse elects to stay home and raise the children.

Some schools Financial Aid officers have been lenient in the interpretation of the amendment’s provisions, however, many others have been unwilling to help dental students meet obligations to their families.  These officers have total discretion in matters of professional judgment and there is no course for appeal of their decisions. This regulation only adds unnecessary stress to an already taxing situation.

There are many financial institutions willing to lend funds to dental students, but all loans are
limited to the “cost of attendance” of the student alone.  As to the risks of default, the ADEA
reports a default rate of less than 5 percent for dental professionals.

Changing the Higher Education Amendment of 1986 would allow students with dependents the
choice of having their children raised at home.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the association investigate the Higher Education Amendment of 1986 concerning the limitations placed on student loan amount; and be it further
Resolved, that the Board of Trustees consider referring this investigation to the consultants on legislation; and be it further
Resolved, that the financial difficulty experienced by ASDA students requiring additional loans as a result of the guidelines of the Higher Education Amendment of 1986 be conveyed to the ADA Council on Government Affairs.

 



Resolution Number: 204RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Study of DVD Curriculums

Financial Impact: Negligible

Sponsors:  Kari Ann Foster (UCLA)
                     John Kachen (Texas-San Antonio)
                     Paul Chu (Pacific)

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 204RC as a substitute to resolution 204 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: As discussed in the ASDA News June 2001 article, “DVD Curriculum: Abort, retry, continue?” by New Media Contributing Editor Constance Sedon, Temple ‘02, five dental schools (State University of New York-Buffalo, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, New York University College of Dentistry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and University of Texas Science Center in San Antonio) have signed agreements to digitize their curriculums, and more are to follow.  The DVD, created by Vital Source Technologies (VSTi), is individualized for each school to include course syllabi, class notes and laboratory manuals as well as slides and textbooks.

VSTi charges students $6,000 throughout the four years of dental school to “rent” the DVD, and it is yet to be determined if students will be able to access the DVD after graduation.  Since the books are all on DVD, students cannot take notes on the text or study unless they use a computer.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the ASDA Council on Education and Licensure evaluate available DVD curriculums.  This investigation shall include, but not be limited to, e-mail surveys to current users, research on the cost and terms of the agreements with companies who provide this service, and the identification of additional schools that have signed, or are planning to sign, agreements to digitize their curriculums; and be it further
Resolved, that the council’s findings and recommendations be reported to the 2002 House of Delegates so that students can give informed input as their schools determine whether or not to implement similar curriculums.  
 

 


Resolution: 206

Reference Committee Assignment: Education and Licensure

Title: Acceptance of All Four Regional Examinations

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  Board of Trustees
                     Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform 

Reference Committee Comments: This resolution has not been reviewed by a Reference Committee.

Background: In June 2000, the Executive Committees of the Central Regional Testing Agency (CRDTS) and the Western Regional Testing Agency (WREB) determined that the differences between the exams were not significant enough to suggest any true differences in CRDTS’ and WREB’S ability to accurately assess whether candidates possess the minimal competency required for initial licensure.  

The groups returned to their individual agencies with the recommendation to support each other by declaring their exams were equivalent. 

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the ASDA delegation to the 2002 American Dental Association House of Delegates submit a resolution calling for the ADA to strongly encourage the four regional testing agencies (CRDTS, NERB, SRTA, WREB) to work with one another to compare their examinations with the hope that they will recommend the acceptance of all four exams by their member states.
 

 


Resolution Number: 300RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform

Financial Impact: $2,000

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports the adoption of resolution 300RC as a substitute to resolution 300 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: In the last several years, the Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform (TFDLR) has been able to influence numerous significant changes in the licensure process.  Assigning this important responsibility to a task force, rather than relying on the limited time of other association officers, has been the key to much of ASDA’s success in licensure reform.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that a Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform be authorized for 2001-02 and funded to meet during the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences and the April Board of Trustee’s Meeting; and be it further
Resolved, that the members of the 2001-02 Task Force on Dental Licensure Reform be appointed by the Executive Committee and include six members who are either consultants or members of the Board of Trustees and one member-at-large.

 


 

 
Resolution Number: 301RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Task Force on Diversity

Financial Impact: $1,000

Sponsors: Board of Trustees

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports the adoption of resolution 301RC as a substitute to resolution 301 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: The 2000 House of Delegates adopted HOD 81RC-2000: Further Exploration of Diversity Issues.  The task force held two separate meetings and accomplished the following goals:
 

1) Developed a preliminary working definition for “diversity”
2) Determined an ASDA Agenda for Diversity by identifying three areas of concern to dental students
3) Initiated dialogue and sought input from the following organizations:  ADA Council on Membership, American Dental Education Association, Student National Dental Association, National Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists, Hispanic Dental Association, Indian Dental Association, Korean American Dental Association USA, National Association of Filipino Dentists of America, National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, Federation of Special Care, Society of American Indian Dentists, American Association of Dental Research, National Student Research Group, National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Oregon Health and Science University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
4) The task force submitted the following recommendations:
a. The need for a comprehensive policy on diversity that should be central to the core mission of ASDA
b. The need for awareness among dental educators and students the importance of incorporating diversity training and cultural competence in dental education
c. The need to recruit an applicant pool which represents the continually diverse population
d. The need to incorporate diversity and multiculturalism in organized dentistry so as to demonstrate to all dental students and new students the relevance of organized dentistry
   
The task force recommends the following:
1) Continued dialogue among the various dental organizations regarding diversity issues
2) The need to draft questions to ASDA members regarding diversity issues to be incorporated in the 2002 Membership Satisfaction Survey
3) The drafting of an ASDA Policy on Diversity

Therefore be it

 

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the Task Force on Diversity be authorized for 2001-02 and funded to meet during the Fall and Winter Leadership Conferences; and be it further
Resolved, that the Executive Committee appoint the members of the 2001-02 Task Force on Diversity which may include six national leaders and one member-at-large; and be it further
Resolved, that the 2001-02 Task Force on Diversity address the recommendations proposed in the 2000-01 Task Force of Diversity report; and be it further
Resolved, that the 2001-02 Task Force on Diversity develop and implement an ASDA diversity action plan; and be it further
Resolved, that the 2001-02 Task Force on Diversity shall submit a preliminary report regarding the development of the action plan at the tri- and quad- regional meetings; and be it further
Resolved, that the finalized version of the action plan be presented at the 2002 annual session.

 



Resolution Number:
302RC

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Chapter Legislative Liaison Responsibilities

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors: Adam Rich (Louisville), Consultant on Legislation
                    Sayeed Attar (Minnesota), Consultant on Legislation
                    Stephanie Cosby (Kentucky), 2001-03 Consultant on Legislation
                    Kirsten Olson (Colorado), Western Tri-Regional Legislative Coordinator
                    Barrett Straub (Marquette), Quad-Regional Legislative Coordinator
                    Nathan Russell (Washington), ADPAC Representative
                    Kevin Clauser (Indiana), State Government Affairs Extern
                    Claudia Cotca (Michigan), Washington National Health Policy Extern
                    Emily Cummings (Missouri-Kansas City), Washington National Health Policy Extern

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of resolution 302RC as a substitute for resolution 302 with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: ASDA depends on the grassroots activities of local chapters to accomplish its legislative agenda.  The Legislative Grassroots Network (LGN) is structured to allow a communication flow between the consultants on legislation, the regional legislative coordinators and the chapter legislative liaisons.

Some chapters assign legislative duties to the first and second delegates.  The LGN believes that these duties are better served by creating a separate chapter legislative liaison who can dedicate all of their time to educating members about current legislation, lobbying activities and planning grassroots events.  Establishing this separate legislative position allows first and second delegates more time to attend to other important duties.

This organization has grown in maturity and stature in the legislative arena.  In the past several years, the association has become more proactive in political advocacy.  Legislation on the national and state levels may determine the future of the profession.  The LGN must be poised for the future with strong local legislative liaisons who are knowledgeable on the issues and can establish continuity in leadership.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that ASDA chapters establish a separate position for a legislative liaison; and be it further
Resolved, that the duties of the legislative liaison shall include, but not be limited to, educating members about current legislation important to dental students and dentists, planning grassroots activities including the ASDA-ADEA Dental Student Lobby Day; and attendance at the designated tri- and quad- regional meeting and annual session; and be it further
Resolved, that the position description for legislative liaison be revised and included in the Legislative Grassroots Network Handbook and in local chapters’ constitution and bylaws; and be it further
Resolved, that when ASDA requests funding to meetings from dental school deans, the funding include money for the legislative liaison.

 


 
Resolution Number: 304

Reference Committee Assignment: Council on Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Access to Care

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  Jeremy Fry (North Carolina)
                     Donny Hull (North Carolina)
                     Jay Nesvold (Minnesota), 2000-01 Consultant on Community and Interprofessional Issues
                     Tammy Osina (Houston), 2001-02 Consultant on Community and Interprofessional Issues

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports the adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: Currently there exists an access to care crisis that is approaching epidemic proportions in the United States.  Individuals that receive state and federally funded dental heathcare coverage are not presently able to access care due to a limited number of providers.  Dental professionals, in turn, are not accepting these programs due to low reimbursement rates.  Consequently, a large population remains dentally underserved.  It is believed at this time that some form of investigation should be undertaken and reported to the organization so that action can be implemented, if necessary, since ASDA currently does not have a formal position on this topic.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the consultant on community and interprofessional issues investigate the access to dental care crisis issues; and be it further
Resolved, that the consultant on community and interprofessional issues report back findings and recommendations to the 2002 House of Delegates.
 

 


Resolution Number: 306

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Student Code of Ethics

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  Kathleen Hamilton (Oregon), Consultant on Ethics
                     Cyrus Lee (Oregon), Consultant on Diversity

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: ASDA does not currently have a code of ethics.  The ADA code of ethics addresses some issues that does not pertain to students, while it fails to address other issues that pertain to students.  The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA) strongly supports the implementation of a student code.  The 2000-01 consultant on ethics has prepared a draft copy of a student code of ethics.  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the draft student code of ethics prepared by the 2000-01 consultant on ethics be reviewed by the appropriate council of ASDA and the 2001-02 consultant on ethics; and be it further
Resolved, that the draft student code of ethics be submitted to the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA) for review and comment; and be it further
Resolved, that feedback from CEBJA be reviewed by the appropriate agencies of ASDA at the 2002 Winter Leadership Conference; and be it further
Resolved, that the Board of Trustees consider submitting a resolution to the 2002 ASDA House of Delegates requesting approval of the final draft of the dental student code of ethics as association policy with all appropriate governance documents updated thereafter.
 

 


Resolution Number: 307

Reference Committee Assignment: Governance and Professional Issues

Title: Evaluation of Article IV, Section 2 of ASDA’s Constitution and Bylaws

Financial Impact: None

Sponsors:  Nathan Russell (Washington), ADPAC Representative
                     Sayeed Attar (Minnesota), Consultant on Legislation

Reference Committee Comments: The Reference Committee supports adoption of this resolution with a recommendation to vote yes.

Background: The Constitution and Bylaws of ASDA provides guidance to us as an organization with respect to certain types of activities involving political advocacy and the advancement of our goals in organized dentistry.  Article IV, Section One establishes some of the parameters by which we can act.  As ASDA continues to expand its grassroots network and work more in the legislative areas, we need to make certain that we do so under the framework of our constitution.  This may affect certain activities such as our participation in Lobby Day, “meet and greets” with our elected officials, and other various legislative activities both nationally and locally.  ASDA as an organization needs to examine the rules that govern us and our activities and either amend them or change the course and direction we take politically. 

Article IV, Section Two states: “No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be used for carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.”  Therefore be it

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and the appropriate committee on Governance and Professional Issues evaluate and propose an appropriate change to Article IV, Section 2 of the ASDA’s Constitution and Bylaws and any other applicable governing documents; and be it further
Resolved, that an appropriate change be filed in accordance with Part IX of our organization’s Bylaws to be presented to the 2002 House of Delegates.

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