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Ethics

Dental students are entrusted privileges and rights when providing care for patients. These can be taken away if proper stewardship is not maintained.

ASDA’s Code of Ethics

The ASDA House of Delegates passed several resolutions focused on ethics, including updating of the Code of Ethics.

S. Vlahos at the podium

Student Professionalism & Ethics Association in Dentistry

ASDA is proud of the students who take proactive roles in tackling ethical issues at their schools and spurring ethical debate through Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry (SPEA). SPEA promotes students’ lifelong commitment to ethical behavior to benefit patients and further the dental profession.

Read more about SPEA in the April 2012 issue of ASDA News "Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry." Interested in establishing a group at your school? Visit SPEA's webpage for starting a chapter.

Ethics White Paper

In 2009, ASDA published a White Paper on Ethics and Professionalism in Dental Education. It provides an overview of the state of ethics in dental education. The paper was reviewed in 2012 and continues to be a valuable resource offering solutions. The white paper was shared with the ADA, state and specialty societies, student dental groups and dental school deans. 

Ethics in Dentistry

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