Dental students are entrusted privileges and rights when providing care for patients. Proper stewardship is vital to maintaining these rights.
The ASDA House of Delegates has passed several resolutions focused on ethics, including updating the Code of Ethics, most recently in 2010.
What Has ASDA Done
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 has been shared with the ADA, state and specialty societies, student dental groups and dental school deans.
In August 2013, ASDA expressed support for the AADB’s guidelines on standards of conduct and ethics for state boards and board members.
Read what ASDA members are writing about ethics:
- “A culture of permission: Is cheating the new norm?” March 2015, ASDA News
- "The ethics of teledentistry" Jan. 6, 2014, Mouthing Off
- "Nonprescription Adderall use in dental school" November 2013, ASDA News
- "Ethics & dental coupons" Spring 2013, Mouth
- "The ethical case for avoiding overtreatment in your dental practice" February 2013, ASDA News
- "Reinforcing professionalism and ethics in dental school with SPEA" December 2012, ASDA News
- "How can dentistry help prevent prescription drug abuse?" November 2012, ASDA News
- "Is footing the bill to complete your requirements ethical?" May 2012, ASDA News
- "Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry,” April 2012, ASDA News
Ethical Dental Outreach
Providing dental care to underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad is a key element in addressing barriers to care. Dental students have many opportunities to participate in programs that are aligned with ASDA’s policy regarding dental outreach.
ASDA’s B-8 policy states: Students in U.S. dental schools and predental programs who participate in a dental outreach program (e.g., international service trips, domestic service trips, volunteerism in underserved areas, etc.) are strongly encouraged to:
- Adhere to the ASDA Code of Ethics and the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct;
- Be directly supervised by dentists licensed to practice in the United States or by faculty at a CODA-accredited dental school;
- Perform only procedures for which the volunteer has received proper education and training.
What Has ASDA Done
Due to ASDA’s efforts, the ADA distributed a policy similar to B-8 regarding student participation in outreach programs (May 2010). Recipients included dental school deans, the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions and U.S.-based international dental volunteer organizations.
Read what ASDA members are writing about ethical dental outreach: