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Student Leaders Represent Pacific at Annual American Student Dental Association Meeting

ASDA student leaders in front of the St. Louis Gateway Arch

November  05, 2009

Eight students from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry joined other dental student representatives from around the country on Oct. 30 for the annual Western Regional Meeting of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) in St. Louis. ASDA holds three regional meetings each year to introduce first- and second-year dental students to organized dentistry and ASDA's policies and procedures. The meetings also develop and improve the leadership skills of attendees.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry students participated in sessions focused on topics including ethics in dental school, changes to the National Board of Examination and the value of building strong relationships with dental school administrators. Students also attended the exhibit fair and reception, where they networked with vendors, dental companies and various dental organizations.

"National meetings allow new leadership in our chapter to understand the importance and magnitude of ASDA," said Daniel Hammer, Pacific's ASDA chapter president. "Chapter leadership members leave these meetings feeling energized and dedicated to implementing new, innovative programs here at Pacific."

Participants from the dental school included Daniel Hammer; Aaron Bertrand Rouleau, legislative efforts chair; Arash Abolfazzlian, licensure liaison; Catey Coppini, secretary; Michael Rice, Pacific second delegate; Alissa Bordow, lunch-and-learn programs chair; Ross Pulver, class of 2011 legislative liaison and Veena Vaidyanathan, class of 2012 legislative liaison.

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Chicago, the American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. More than 87% of all dental students nationwide join the association.

Category Type: University

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu