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Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, Feb. 22

5:00 – 5:20 p.m.

Orientation for Predentals
The Council on Sessions will provide an overview of what to expect at Annual Session and how to make the most of the conference.


Thursday, Feb. 23

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Predental Mix and Mingle
Join other predental attendees for an opportunity to get to know each other and make plans for evening social events.


2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Power Sessions

Early Diagnosis and Emerging Technologies in Orthodontics
Dr. David Defay, owner, Defay Orthodontics
Orthodontics is a fascinating part of your dental educational experience. Whether you are a dental student desiring to prepare for your place on the front line of orthodontic diagnosis, or interested in a future career as an orthodontic specialist, this two-part presentation is likely to provide something new and applicable to your future dental career. Learn the basics of early orthodontic diagnosis, as well as some intriguing trends in the technology used by orthodontists today.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about orthodontic diagnosis of mixed dentition malocclusions in the vertical, transverse, and antero-posterior dimensions.
  • Explore diagnosis and treatment timing for ectopically erupting permanent teeth.
  • Hear about emerging technologies utilized in the field of orthodontics.

*Sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontics 

     2016 AAO NEW 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Explore the Scope and How to Enter OMS
Dr. Paul Covello, president, Resident Organization of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
This workshop will explore the education, training, scope of practice and the lifestyle of an OMS resident. Learn the benefits of specializing in OMS, helpful tools on how to apply, externship opportunities available and emerging technologies in OMS. Learn about the utilization of the NBME CBSE for dental students interested in OMS. Don’t miss this exciting program!

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the overall scope of practice for oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  • Recognize the benefits of being a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  • Discuss the details for applying to oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs.
  • Understand externship opportunities and their benefits when applying to postdoctoral residency programs.

Call to Action: 

  • Attendees should organize a lunch and learn at their chapter
  • Attendees should seek an externship opportunity in oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Attendees should participate in the AAOMS sponsored comprehensive basic science exam if interested in applying to OMS

*Sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 

     AAOMS logo

The Impact of Government Policy on the Future of Dental Access
Andy Oreffice, senior vice president, Benevis; Colin Reusch, senior policy analyst, Children’s Dental Health Project; Joe Anne Hart, director of governmental affairs, Florida Dental Association
Does government policy really affect patient access to dental care and my practice? Learn about how federal and state lawmakers can change the future of dental access. This session will examine the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, CHIP and state legislation on your practice and patients.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand more about how Federal dental policy is made and the effect it might have on your practice.
  • Understand state policymakers and how those in their own state capitol could impact your practice.

*Sponsored by Benevis/Kool Smiles 

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Friday, Feb. 24

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Magical Moments

How to be a Rock Star in Clinic
Adam Saltz, 2016-17 editor-in-chief, Nova Southeastern ’17; Ava Lindert, District 1 trustee, New England '17
Transitioning from the classroom to the clinic can be challenging. Hear from current clinic “rock stars” on how to prepare yourself for the big day, your first patient, as well as maintaining success as you build your clinical foundation. Learn the do’s and don’ts of patient management, technique, and preparation.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Gain insight on the basic do’s and don’ts in clinic.
  • Have your questions answered on how to rock clinic and patient management.
  • Understand how to properly prepare for appointments, from setting up your operatory to communicating with faculty.

Fighting Misinformation with Research
Dr. Greg Sabino, 2015-16 editor-in-chief, Stony Brook ’16
The internet and news media may propagate misinformation and fear regarding dental procedures and materials. All too often our patients fall victim to these reports. It is our responsibility to protect our patients and our future profession. Learn how to identify and dispel dental myths, while promoting evidence-based dentistry in our clinics.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn the current history of “hot topics” facing dentistry today (fluoride, focal infections, radiographs, amalgam, etc.).
  • Identify potential deceptive practices used by fringe organizations and research groups.
  • Learn key skills in assessing the quality of research data publications.
  • Understand how to communicate valid research to patients.
  • Understand proper patient treatment plans.

Midlevel Providers Panel
Dr. Leon A. Assael, dean, University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry; Denise Kissell, EFDA director and assistant professor, The Ohio State University School of Dentistry; Dr. Jane Grover, director, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations at the American Dental Association
This session will inform students on midlevel providers as an alternative method to care and allow attendees to formulate their own opinion. ASDA identifies a midlevel provider as an individual who is not a dentist with four years of post-collegiate education (three years in the case of University of the Pacific School of Dentistry), who may perform irreversible procedures on the public. But what does this really mean? What is the effect of this on the greater population? With the possibility of these alternative methods of care continuing to be in question, it is imperative that students are well-informed on the issue. This session will include brief summaries by each presenter on their topic and time for questions from those present.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Be familiar with the major concepts of each of the different midlevel providers.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of midlevel providers.
  • Learn what the ADA has done on this issue.

Networking That Works
Dr. Adrien Lewis Theriot, 2015-16 vice president, Texas-Houston ‘16
Whether you’re going into a residency or straight into practice, building your professional network is the key to success. The relationships you build in your chapter, organized dental associations and your community will lay the foundation for achieving your goals. Learn how to build your “dream team” and jump-start your career!

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the key players in the “dream team.”
  • Build a professional network for success.
  • Understand the importance of getting involved and staying active in organized dentistry throughout your career.
  • Maximize experiences in local organized dentistry events to make a national impact.

A Facelift for Your Practice: Adding Botox® and Dermal Fillers Procedures
Dr. Gigi Meinecke, national spokesperson, Academy of General Dentistry
Dentistry is an exciting profession that continues to advance through research and innovation. As more opportunities within the profession are discovered, you never know where your career will take you. Come and learn about Botox injections and dermal fillers and their role in dentistry. This session will leave you excited and eager to think outside the box.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about the uses of Botox injections and dermal fillers in dentistry.
  • Gain an appreciation for innovation and how thinking outside the box can benefit the profession.
  • Be motivated about the profession after seeing the impact made on patients.


2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Power Sessions

How to Run an Effective Dental Team
Dr. Amrita Singh, dentist, Heartland Dental
As the leader in the practice, you have a responsibility to grow your team, office and people. This session will cover how to build a great team and then give them the tools to grow themselves and contribute in the growth of your office. We’ll also cover tips and tricks for growing yourself as an effective leader, empowering you to set an example for those around you.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Build a selection and onboarding process to increase effectiveness, retention and morale.
  • Implement systems by inviting team feedback and involvement.
  • Learn how to lead, not just manage, your team and your practice.

*Sponsored by Heartland Dental 

     2015 Heartland NLC 

The Best or Nothing: Develop Your “Mercedes” Practice
Dr. Adam Burr, dentist, Pacific Dental Services
As you begin your career, an intentional approach to mastering the art of communication with your patients and your team will help you grow as both a clinician and a leader. Discover the skills that will help you finish your dental school requirements on time, build the culture of your future practice and develop your treatment planning skills in a way that will maximize case acceptance and grow your practice.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify student pitfalls that limit success in the school clinic and devise general strategies to overcome those pitfalls.
  • Learn the steps to develop the vision for your practice.
  • Understand how to communicate your vision and develop the culture of your practice.
  • Master best practices for communicating with patients to increase patient retention.
  • Learn approaches for communicating treatment plans with patients to optimize case acceptance.

*Sponsored by Pacific Dental 

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The Naked ‘Tooth’ Part II: Even More Exposed
Dr. Jason Watts, 2014-15 vice president, consultant, MedPro; Dr. Mario Catalano, consultant, MedPro
The “real world” is just around the corner. For many dental students, malpractice education is not part of the dental school experience. Come to MedPro’s breakout session to hear real-life malpractice cases first-hand from industry expert, expert witness and MedPro consultant, Dr. Mario Catalano with special guest Dr. Jason Watts.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Better understand how malpractice can impact your career, reputation and assets.
  • Gain increased awareness of the top trends in dental malpractice and how to avoid similar situations from happening to you.

*Sponsored by MedPro 

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Gadgets, Gizmos, and Whatchamacallits: Stuff You Need But Don’t Get in Dental School
Dr. Harvey Levy, general dentist, Academy of General Dentistry
Not all patients are easy to treat. But getting paid means treating patients. Learn the tips, tricks and gadgets that can get you through even the most difficult patients. Dr. Levy will cover Silhouette nitrous masks, hand-held portable x-rays, self-developing film, body wraps, mouth props, intraoral lights, hovercraft dental chairs and much more. Find out how to treat patients your colleagues and competitors don’t or won’t see.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explore cost-effective small dental equipment items that can facilitate treatment ease and speed when treating challenging patients.
  • Describe how to quickly and correctly insert a mouth prop.
  • Describe what a body wrap is and how it can be used.
  • Discuss settings where a hand-held x-ray machine is necessary.

*Sponsored by the Academy of General Dentistry 

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The New Dentist Diaries
Dr. Adam Shisler, 2011-12 president, representative, American Dental Association’s New Dentist Committee; Dr. Robin Nguyen, endodontist, American Dental Association’s New Dentist Committee; Dr. Ramzy Lotfi, general dentist, American Dental Association; Dr. Stephanie Mazariegos, general dentist, American Dental Association
What are the secrets to success as a new dentist? In this interactive session, a panel of new dentists will share stories about transitioning from dental student to practicing dentist, and offer different perspectives on licensure, insurance, student loan debt and more.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Walk away with key resources to assist in your transition.
  • Understand what you should be doing now, prior to graduation.
  • Understand the first few steps to take after graduation.
  • Learn how organized dentistry can help with your transition.

*Sponsored by the American Dental Association 

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Saturday, Feb. 25

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Predental Workshop
Kyle Larsen, 2015-16 District 9 trustee, Colorado ’17; Craig McKenzie, predental consultant, Virginia Tech ’17, Sarah Fodor, associate, Council on Membership, Marquette ’18
This 3-hour workshop will include informational presentations on interviews and the dental school application process followed by interactive workshops. The schedule for this workshop will be as follows:

Dental School Application Process
Presenters will discuss the application process and share best practices for submitting an application that will stand out from the masses.

Interview Tips
Presenters will share common interview questions and tips to prepare for a successful interview. Time will be allowed for brainstorming interview questions before the mock interviews begin.

Mock Interviews
Predentals will break into small groups with one dental student as the interviewer who will ask questions of each person in the group and provide feedback. Depending on the size of the group, students may be recorded for reviewing.

Students will have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions on the DAT, choosing a dental school, interviewing, personal statements, extracurricular activities and anything else that you want to know about dental school.



9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Enchanted Exchanges

Choose one of the brainstorming sessions below. Bring your best ideas to share with other chapters, and learn what they do to be successful.

Abby Halpern, chair, Council on Advocacy, Georgia ’18
There are many issues that dental students face: student debt, licensure and midlevel providers, to name a few. This enchanted exchange session will allow chapter legislative and advocacy enthusiasts to have an open discussion and exchange ideas on successful local, state, and national advocacy initiatives undertaken by chapters across the nation.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Walk away with ideas on successful advocacy initiatives undertaken by chapters.
  • Network and get contacts from other chapters and districts to stay connected throughout the year.
  • Learn what resources are available at a national level to assist chapters in advocating for the interests and welfare of dental students.
  • Learn what ASDA is advocating for nationally and how each chapter can help.

Jennifer Quist, chair, Council on Membership, LECOM ’17; Danielle Bauer, director of marketing and membership, American Student Dental Association
What gives ASDA the strength it possesses is the membership from more than 24,000 dedicated dental students. This enchanted exchange session will allow chapter leaders and membership chairs to have an open discussion and exchange ideas on successful membership recruitment and retention initiatives.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about the importance of membership recruitment and retention.
  • Explore specific initiatives undertaken by chapters to increase membership.
  • Discover the resources available at a national level to assist chapters with membership recruitment and retention.

Activities and Fundraising
Ava Lindert, District 1 trustee, New England ’17; Pinkesh Shah, District 7 trustee, Marquette ’17; Kathryn Dickmann, District 6 trustee, Detroit Mercy ’17; Shaun O’Neill, District 8 trustee, Iowa ’17
As a leader or future leader in your chapter, it is important to gain insight and learn from current leaders. This idea exchange session will be a discussion on successful activities and fundraising events. Learn from current leaders, ask questions to help your chapter, and share your knowledge on activities and fundraisers in which you have participated.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Walk away with ideas on how to improve activities and fundraising at your chapter.
  • Network and get contacts from other chapters and districts to be able stay connected throughout the year.
  • Share successful activities and fundraising events that chapters have held.

Adam Saltz, 2016-17 editor-in-chief, Nova Southeastern ’17
Communication is key to many of the successes we have had at the chapter, district and national levels. This enchanted exchange session will allow chapter leaders and communication and social media enthusiasts to have an open discussion and exchange ideas on successful communication techniques.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Walk away with ideas on successful communication initiatives.
  • Network and get contacts from other chapters and districts to stay connected throughout the year.
  • Learn about what has worked well for chapters to communicate to their members.

Leadership and Organization
Chelsea Rajagopalan, chair, Council on Professional Issues, Rutgers ’17
As a leader in your chapter, it can be challenging to organize multiple events, manage your chapter and be a successful dental student. In this enchanted exchange session, you will hear from other chapter leaders on how to manage your time. Hear how they run successful chapters and how you can spread ASDA fever in your chapter.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Hear from other chapter leaders and exchange ideas and tips on how they run their chapters.
  • Get inspired and engaged to become a future chapter leader.
  • Learn how to spread ASDA fever throughout the chapter membership.


10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

Hocus Focus on Career Development

Setting up Your Professional Network for Success
Dr. Raymond Cohlmia, dean, University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, District 12 trustee, American Dental Association
Building a professional network of people in the dental industry will be invaluable to you and your chapter. In this session, you will learn techniques on how to work with dentists and other individuals, as you become involved with your state dental association and other dental and non-dental organizations. Additionally, you will learn how to increase effective organization selection skills to create the ability to accomplish tasks at your chapter and other organizations.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how internal aspects of how you govern yourself create opportunities for you and others in your network and how they are paramount to accomplish goals.
  • Acquire the knowledge of additional personal leadership styles and interaction skills, and how they are key aspects to effectively move your chapter and other organizations forward.
  • Learn how the selection of specific members can have a major impact on momentum and addressing any issues that you wish to solve in your network.
  • Understand the effective and non-effective factors of network leadership.

Maximizing Earning Potential by Building Your Team Outside the Office
Dr. David Rice, owner & founder, igniteDDS
Dental students are trained in dentistry over the course of their dental education, but successful business concepts and running an office are not always included in the curriculum. Aside from your team of dentists, assistants, hygienists and office staff, you also need to manage your “non-dental” team. Working in private practice will require you to manage relationships with insurance companies, materials and equipment distributors. You need to find the right accountant or lawyer for your practice.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify key players in the dental practice that may be “non-dental” professionals to help build a successful practice.
  • Understand the other side of dentistry, the business component to running a successful dental practice.
  • Know what resources are available and when to use them.
  • Gain a better understanding of how these business relationships are an investment in your practice and your patients.

Identifying the Right Residency Program
Dr. Adam Shisler, 2011-12 president, Texas-Houston ’12; Dr. Onika Patel, 2013-14 District 10 trustee, Arizona ’14
For many dental students, the residency application process is shrouded in mystery. It need not be. You can learn a lot about a residency before your interview day — and you should. In this session, you’ll learn how to identify the best programs before you submit your applications and how to choose the ideal residency after your interviews.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Create a personalized list that describes what they are uniquely seeking in a residency program.
  • Learn how to gather information and distinguish between residency programs based on their needs before submission of applications.
  • Learn skills for evaluating residencies during their interviews.
  • Compare different residencies after their interviews in order to identify the program that offers the best fit.

The Polished Professional
Dr. Colleen Greene, Harvard '13, 2012-13 president
For many dental students, the transition from college to dental school is simply a switch in classroom settings. It’s also the first step in your professional career. Whether you’re thinking about entering a residency, associateship or partnership, or academia, you want to put your best foot forward. Learn how to prepare a comprehensive and polished CV and sharpen your interviewing skills to stand out amongst other applicants.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Prepare a comprehensive and polished CV.
  • Utilize effective interviewing skills.
  • Recognize pitfalls in both interviewing strategies and CV development.

Finding Your Right Associateship
Dr. Amisha Singh, general dentist, Colorado ’15
Many dental students are eager and ready to begin working when they complete dental school. Finding the right associateship to begin your career is a very important decision. Mentorship is critical to the development of a great practitioner. It is important for dental students to know how to identify those mentors. This session will introduce students to the search for their first associateship and what to look for in an employer.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Gain a greater understanding of the value of proper mentorship in an associateship after graduation.
  • Identify an employer/mentor that complements developmental goals in a new practitioner.
  • Gain an awareness of differences in practices to be aware of when choosing an associateship.


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn: Why Owning Your Practice is Key
Charles Loretto, partner, Cain Watters and Associates
This lunch presentation is intended to educate you on the difficult financial decisions dentists face upon the completion of dental school and during their first few years of practice.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand how much an owner profits from having an associate.
  • Gain realistic expectations for ownership through case studies.
  • Learn how associates are leaving millions on the table when not owning a practice.
  • Learn a proven plan for efficiently creating opportunities in finding the right practice for you.
  • Know the key elements before purchasing a practice: location, type of practice, type of transition, price, age of equipment, etc.

*Sponsored by Cain Watters and Associates 

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