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By Brian Huh, Class of 2013 Hello everyone and welcome to a new school year! I want to first thank the past ASDA officers for making last year an eventful year for ASDOH ASDA. ASDA continued its tradition of hosting great events such as the Mike Serkanic ASU Tailgate, Dental Prom, Vendor fair, Lunch n Learns, and numerous community service events such as Operation Christmas Child. In addition, ASDA hosted the first ever ASDOH’s got talent show and the ASDA golf scramble event which were both very successful. The first ever talent show boasted an amazing turnout from faculty, students, friends and family and were able to raise $ for Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Program. The golf scramble in April was a great opportunity for the faculty and students to showcase their talent and have a great time while taking home some free prizes. This year, expect all of the same exciting events and more from ASDA as we welcome a new set of officers and a cabinet composed of many new faces. This year, we will be hosting a brand new community service event called the UMOM project which will partially be funded by Crest & Oral B. UMOM has been the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona since 1964 and ASDOH ASDA will be providing free dental screenings, fluoride varnish to kids, and oral hygiene instruction and materials to the families at the shelter. Look out for the UMOM events where students will be able to get DIC credit as well. Other exciting new projects and events will include community service events aboard, ASDA poker tournament, and ethics meetings. SPEC (Student Professionalism and Ethics Committee) is the newest addition to ASDA and will be focusing specifically on ethical issues that affect dentistry as well as dental students. The committee will host lunch meetings that will spark interest and discussion about the hot topics in dentistry, so please keep an eye out for meetings. Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to participate in as many ASDA events as possible as we strive to provide a wide range of events and meetings that everyone can enjoy and participate in. Without all of you, ASDA will not be the same and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any suggestions for future events, please contact your class rep!

By Molly Ericson, Class of 2014 What’s not to love about Halloween? There’s candy, costumes, scary movies, haunted houses and, of course, ASDA’s Boo Bash. This year’s Halloween definitely lived up to expectations. Boo Bash had tons of entertainment for all ages including vendors, raffles, food, a money machine and even a dance contest! I was hoping to take some pictures in the photo booth, but unfortunately my “Up” house didn’t quite fit. I had a great time with my fellow ASDOH students and enjoyed meeting students from Midwestern. One of the more memorable moments of Boo Bash for me was the costume contest. There were so many impressive costumes that I didn’t expect to win at all, especially after seeing Ryan Takeda’s fully functional Transformers costume! Luckily for me, an award was given to both a male and female from each school and we were both able to take home a prize. However, the prize was second to my favorite moment of the night. When a little boy ran up to me and said, “jump,” I had no other idea but to do what he said. It was only a few moments after the jump that I realized he expected me to fly away just like in the movie. I told him next time I’ll just have to include a few more balloons and eat a few less pieces of Halloween candy!

By Julie Yamamoto, Class of 2014 Operation Christmas Child was a great event this year. We had a lot of donations coming from the students, staff, and faculty of ASDOH that we were able to reach ASDA’s goal of packing and wrapping 100 shoeboxes of gifts. The volunteers this year even included some pre-dental students, which helped out a lot in wrapping so many gifts in such a short period of time. Overall it was an exciting event of Christmas music, practicing our wrapping skills, and being able to provide a Christmas present to a child in need overseas. We received $135 in donations which were used to purchase more gifts We were able to fill and wrap 100 gifts for Operation Christmas Child with the donations we received - our goal was reached!!!! We had 20 people show up to help us wrap, including 2 pre-dental students from ASU. We still have many, empty, left-over shoe boxes for NEXT YEAR!

By Sarah Cordero Usher, Class of 2014 There are many reasons why I am proud to be a student at ASDOH (Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health); one reason in particular is the sense of family that surrounds the school. Each year the ASDA-ASDOH chapter organizes and implements a school wide dental tailgate at the local Arizona State University (ASU) football stadium. This annual event has been reserved to honor of former ASDOH student and family member Mike Serkanic. Each year there is a large volunteer workforce that comes together to make this dental school tradition possible. This year I am serving as the ASDA Activities Chair and my responsibilities for this event include scheduling volunteers for event tasks as well as coordinating with event sponsors. Our main sponsor for our tailgate event is MARCO Crane & Rigging Co. who provides ASDOH with a front row tailgating pass at the ASU stadium. With the collaboration of students, faculty, staff, and sponsors we are able to honor our classmate as well as enjoy the fun of this social event. It is great to be apart of ASDOH where companionship is coupled with honoring those family members who are no longer in our lives.

Elif Aksoylu, Class of 2013 During my studies at a public health-centered dental school, I have come to consider the role of dentist as community healer. How can dentists best serve their communities? Is service dentistry the same as public health dentistry? I gained valuable experience in public health dentistry after completing a summer clerkship at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). My PAHO internship and two prior dental service trips in Nicaragua and Mexico represent two sides of community healing. I compared a career in public health dentistry to a conventional dental practice supplemented by international service dentistry. At PAHO I was introduced to Ruth Levine’s book, “Case Studies in Global Health: Millions Saved.” Levine cites five criterion for successful public health endeavors: scale, impact, duration, importance and cost effectiveness. These criteria can also be used to measure the impact of public health dentistry versus the impact of service dentistry. I will use the criteria formulated by Ruth Levine to contrast my experience on two dental service trips with a case presentation featured in the book. The case focuses on the reduction of dental caries through a 1980s salt fluoridation program in Jamaica. I have highlighted the major differences between the two different types of community health outreach. Scale and impact: My Central American service trips targeted small communities in remote areas. People with transportation to the portable clinics and who could take time away from work and school were treated. Those who didn’t fall into this demographic did not have access to the oral health services we offered. In contrast, Levine points out that once Jamaica’s only salt producer started fluoridating salt supplies, nearly every household in the country was impacted. This is reflected by an 80 percent reduction in dental caries in both 6- and 12-year-olds, as measured in a 1995 study by Estupiñán-Day. Duration: Alongside other oral health professionals, I volunteered my time, first as an assistant, then as a dental student. Typical of any volunteer, I had to return home to fulfill my professional and academic obligations after one week. Jamaica’s salt fluoridation program went into effect in 1987 and continues to this day. Importance: Both dental service trips focused on treating pain and infection through extractions and end odontics. Due to time constraints and the sheer volume of people who needed treatment, disease control through caries reduction was a secondary priority. Cost Effectiveness: Each service trip cost roughly $1,000. This covered airfare to the target country, transportation, food and accommodations. According to Levine, Jamaica’s salt fluoridation program costs just 6 cents per person annually. In the year 2000, water fluoridation cost about 90 cents per person annually according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For every dollar spent on the salt fluoridation program, about $250 is saved on future dental therapy according to a study by Estupiñán-Day. My experiences during two dental service trips, when contrasted with the successful reduction of dental caries through a salt fluoridation program in Jamaica, have shown me the major differences that exist between the two different types of community oral health outreach. A comparison of the two scenarios easily leads to the observation that public health dentistry tends to address oral health needs of large populations through prevention, with less immediate results and greater sustainability. It engages communities with minimal reliance on outside help to achieve oral health targets. Dental service trips tend to focus on short-term results, palliative care, and more transient markets, with dedicated volunteers serving as an integral component of their success. The abundance of opportunities to work for the public interest as a health professional makes dentistry one of the most fullfilling healing professions. Ultimately, however, long-term sustainability is more favorable than instant gratification. Our legacy is the health of the people whose lives we impact.

By Nima Afsari, Class of 2014

Lights, Camera, Action!

That is kind of vibe we tried to create for this years talent show. Having co-emceed last years event with my partner in crime, Mark Anthony Williams II, we decided it was time to step up our game. As Mark and I started brainstorming and sharing ideas, we both had a great understanding of how the show was to be presented. With the help of the lighting crew, cameraman, and the brilliant Ryan Hutman, we were able to successfully give the audience a red carpet experience. However, executing such a show was not easy. Even with the incredible amount of help from our fellow classmate, Fadi Naioom, we were under constant stress to get the job done. During the week prior to the show, I remember only getting 2-3 hours of sleep a night (yes, even on test nights!). I was a walking dentist zombie! You could say that shooting, editing, and finalizing the commercials and mini-movies were starting to get the best of me. But in life, when you have a vision, you will do anything to make it come to life. That is what motivated us and kept us working hard. Even as we were shooting videos hours before the curtains went up, we knew that it would all pay off in the end. Sitting in the audience that night, I remember watching the whole show unravel exactly how Mark and I envisioned it, and at that moment, all the tiresome feelings that had accumulated in me in the past week evaporated. But in the end, this would not have been successful without the help of all the faculty members and students who contributed. After that night, I could proudly say that ASDOH has got talent! I’d like to also take this opportunity to talk about an almost completed project Mark and I have been working on. For the past year, we have musically documented our feelings and lives in dental school and we are coming out with an album. We would appreciate the positive support from our fellow classmates and faculty. Being the only students in the history of dental schools to make a dental album, we need all the help we can get! We are trying to illustrate that even though ASDOH students are great clinicians, we understand that it take more than hand skills to be a great dentist. Album coming out January 2012! Check out our single “Through My Loupes” on our YouTube channel:

By: Angela Lee, Class of 2014 ASDOH ASDA leaders Erin Aying (Webmaster), Mark Clary (Class of 2015 Representative), Patricia Huh (Fundraising Chair), and myself, Angela Lee (Community Service Chair), had the privilege of attending the Western Regional Conference in San Antonio, TX from November 4 – November 6, 2011. This year, several structural changes have been made to the national leadership of ASDA to be more efficient in achieving goals. Be sure to check out the ASDA website ( for opportunities to apply for new and revised national positions! Another major change to ASDA is the discontinuation of regional conferences, and the emergence of the National Leadership Conference which will take their place. The content of this new conference will be similar to regional conferences, and there will still be ample opportunities to network with other schools, discuss hot topics in dentistry, become more aware of ADPAC’s dedication to protecting our profession, and learn about organized dentistry. In regards to the 2011 Western Regional Conference, here’s what you missed. The keynote speaker was no other than our very own, Dr. Jack Dillenberg. He gave an inspiring speech about being an effective leader, drawing examples from his endless list of life accomplisahments and contributions to the field of dentistry. Make sure to read the featured article in this edition of the Lingual Groove, about our beloved and motivational dean. Did you know that Dr. Dillenberg was one of the founders of ASDA?! Forty plus years later, the organization is still growing strong, because well, here are some of the many benefits of being an ASDA member: Tripartite membership: ASDA, ADA, and ADPAC, FREE $50,000 Life Insurance, FREE $2000/month Disability Insurance Kaplan Discount (8-10% off courses, and material), T-Mobile Discount, Geico Discount, United Healthcare Discount GLAdvisor Discount, Visa Credit Card (0% interest for 1st year), Exhibit Fairs at national meetings PLUS: Conferences dedicated to developing and improving leadership skills, providing chapters with the opportunity to exchange ideas, and giving advice about the direction of our professional lives. The ADA is the foundation of our prosperous profession and supports us now as dental students, until after retirement. The New Dentist Committee of the ADA is yet another resource for newly graduated dentists to utilize in beginning their professional careers. ADA Membership is FREE for the first year after graduation, the dues raise nominally for the next few years. 4th years, remember to take advantage of FREE ADA membership when you graduate ( ASDA represents the voice of dental students, like YOU, and there are numerous avenues to voice your opinion through publications such as: Mouthing Off, ASDA News, Mouth, ASDA Leader, Word of Mouth, and the Legislative Ledger. It’s easy to submit an article, just visit: In addition to this, ASDA’s House of Delegates composed of two delegates from every chapter, have the opportunity to vote on ASDA policies during Annual Session. ASDOH ASDA leaders are all here to support you, feel free to contact any officers regarding ASDA issues, so that we can better represent you. There is also a hierarchy of national leaders that are available to contact in regards to your opinions and concerns about ASDA and your life as a dental student. Watch Dean Dillenberg:

ASDOH University Headlines Approximately 350 underprivileged elementary school children went home with brighter smiles because of Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) held April 15 on the A.T. Still University campus in Mesa, Ariz. Students from the Mesa and Apache Junction Public School Districts and, for the first time children from the Catholic Healthcare West dental program, visited ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health to receive free basic dental care. Through a partnership with the Arizona Dental Foundation (ADF), ATSU-ASDOH students and faculty took part in Give Kids a Smile® Day for the sixth consecutive year along with volunteers and volunteer dentists from around the Valley. More than 400 volunteers participated in the event. Give Kids a Smile® was established by the Greater St. Louis Dental Society in 2002 when a group of dentists set up a temporary full-service clinic that treated nearly 400 children over two days. With the support of the American Dental Association, the program has grown to approximately 2,000 locations and millions of children have been treated nationwide. ATSU-ASDOH’s GKAS® event has historically been the largest in the state of Arizona. ATSU-ASDOH prepares caring, technologically-adept dental students to become community and educational leaders serving those in need. The school promotes delivery of optimal patient care and the transfer of newly-acquired knowledge, skills, and technology to the dental profession and the community. “GKAS Day aligns with our mission and instills in our students a commitment to public health and to serve people in need,” said ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S., M.P.H. According to Ginger Froncek, executive director of the ADF, the donated oral healthcare provided through GKAS is approximately the equivalent of $300 per child, with this year’s ATSU-ASDOH’s event totaling $105,000 in care. Froncek said that the next GKAS Day events will be held sometime in the fall at the Rio Salado College School of Dental Hygiene, the Dave Pratt Dental Clinic of the Metro Phoenix Boys and Girls Club, and at St. Vincent de Paul’s Virginia G. Piper Medical and Dental Clinic in the Valley.

By Onika Patel, Class of 2014 It is a common myth among dental professionals that patients are motivated by pain, bad breath, esthetics of teeth, sensitivity of teeth, or preventing future problems. This is not often the case. These factors may be key questions to ask our patients, however they may not be the only reasons motivating them to seek treatment. What truly is our patient’s motivation for seeking our help? At ASDOH, we are committed to oral and public health. Part of that commitment involves working with our patients, motivating them to improve their oral health, and educating them about their options and how they can achieve this. At times, this can be challenging. Dental professionals want to know, how to motivate patients to make the right oral health decisions or motivate them to make a positive change, especially when it is clear they may not be receptive. According to Lois Rigmont-Barber of Crest/Oral-B, patients often are told to do things, because if they don’t its “bad for you”. Just knowing something is ‘bad’ doesn’t change behaviors because patients cannot see this. We must demonstrate this to them by showing them the plaque buildup, shadowing/cracks, attachment loss, and more. When patients see the negative effects and are ready to change, they will. Overt persuasion has been proven to push patients away instead of motivate them. This creates space between provider and patient. Once we see the patient values and understand them, we can create a connection with their values to a behavior change, and this could make them more likely to change. Motivating factors differ; they can be based on experiences, personality, learning style, culture, and even generation. The example that Rigmont-Barber explained was a mother who was 25 lbs. overweight. She was not losing weight, although it was beneficial for her overall health. She had to motivate herself despite what doctors told her, and still refused to. When she found out her daughter was getting married she quickly lost weight. She said that she wanted to look great for those wedding pictures! Those photos and memories were her motivation. Each patient will have different motivating factors, it is up to us as clinicians to speak to them, dig deeper, and discover what they are and how we can factor that into eliciting change.
First asking your patient on a motivational scale, 1-10, how important it is to them to improve their behaviors or oral health. If the patient says 4, for example, ask them why they did not chose to be a 5-6, or a 2-3? This conversation can tell you a great deal of information about the patient. Perhaps a patient refuses to floss. We dig deeper and find that they simply don’t think they have the time. We can give a simpler suggestion, using disposable floss picks at a desk, sofa, or in the car at stoplights as a start. Then at the next stage, work with the patient to use actual floss while watching television, at commercials, or even while sitting at the computer. Taking these baby-steps with your patient and working through it with them will make it easier for your patient to initiate a change. It just will just depend on their lifestyle and overcoming their personal challenges.


By Erin J. Aying, Class of 2014 For our Dentistry in the Community Project, five other coordinators (Angela Lee, Patricia Huh, Rita Hung, Sarah Silverstein, Julie Yamamoto) and I set up an oral health fair at UMOM New Day Center in Phoenix, AZ. We held a two-day oral health fair. The first date was on October 15, 2011 and the other was held on December 3, 2011. We served a 100+ residents at the homeless shelter. We had over 20 volunteers and faculty from our school get involved. We offered oral hygiene instruction (OHI), screenings, and fluoride varnish to 112 patients. This day was so much fun! We face painted, played games, and provided oral hygiene education. This was one of my favorite ASDA events since I left feeling rewarded. The kids made the event worth it. We were fortunate to have Jamba Juice donate 100 smoothies for everyone at the event. After the kids went to the oral hygiene booth, they were awarded with a ticket to grab a Jamba Juice. Afterwards, they played games such as musical chairs, coloring station, nutrition station, pin the tooth brush on the tooth, and more! One of my favorite parts of the event was face painting on the kids. I painted a spider man, vampire, tigers ,drew butterflies, hearts, and many more! The enthusiasm from the volunteers, faculty, and children was incredible. I look forward to continuing the event next year!

By Jessica Lecy, Class of 2014 The goal of ASDOH ASDA Pre-dental Committee is to help guide Pre-dental students to the right path towards the dental field. We offer mentoring program, volunteering opportunities, coffee dates with dental students, annual dental workshop, and much more! This year, the Predental Workshop will be held Saturday, February 11, 2012. The event takes place at ASDOH campus and will begin with a welcome by the dean, Dr. Dillenberg. Throughout the day Predental students will have the opportunity to learn all about careers in dentistry, what the dental school experience is like, and ways to be a prepared dental school applicant. Sessions on how to prepare for the DAT, writing a great personal statement, preparing the AADSAS application, and introduction to dental specialties will be presented by ASDOH students and faculty. Recorded mock interviews will be held and each student will be able to take home a recording of themselves. Predental attendees will also spend time in the ASDOH simulation clinic using a handpiece, waxing, and learning how to do intra-oral and extra-oral exams. It will be a great day for lots of future dental students to prepare to apply for dental school and have all their questions answered.

By Celine Javanni, Class of 2015 There are countless reasons we choose to become dentists. Back pain and poor posture is likely not one of those reasons. It is important to understand and correct our posture now before it affects our ability to be great dentists in the future. There are some easy exercises to ensure the muscles of the back are healthy and strong enough to support our long hours of static posture. Maintaining upright posture is critical while working with patients or in the simulation clinic (see figure). If you sit in compromised postural positions for long periods of time the rotating muscles on one side will become stronger and shorter, while the opposing muscles will become weaker and elongated. This can cause misalignment of the spine accompanied by pain and discomfort. There are a number of exercises that can be performed to prevent poor posture. First, it is important to maintain a strong core. Basic exercises like the plank, crunches, and back extensions give our spine support during long hours in a static working position. Second, strengthening the neck and shoulder muscles will improve your posture and can help relieve back pain and headaches. Shoulder and neck exercises include wall angles, manual neck resistance, chest stretch, and neck stretch. (How-to videos and images for each of the exercises mentioned above can be found on the web.) Most importantly, take care of yourself. Make sure you get regular alignments from a chiropractor and massages to help to relieve the tension we hold in our shoulders and upper backs. Conscious effort to understand and correct our posture now, will improve our quality of life as dentists, so sit up straight to change your fate!

By Diana Lin, Class of 2013 The ASDOH ASDA leaders participated in a leadership retreat on November 5, 2011 with nationally recognized guest speaker, Chris Salierno, DDS. Dr. Chris Salierno is a general dentist from Long Island, New York. He graduated from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 2005 and completed a GPR there in 2006. While in dental school, Chris served ASDA as a Regional Trustee, National President, and Immediate Past President. After dental school, he served as the Chair of the New Dentist Committee for the Suffolk County Dental Society, where he received the New York State Dental Association’s Golden Apple Award for leadership. Currently he serves as Secretary of his local dental society. He also represents New York State on the ADA New Dentist Committee and holds the position of Vice-Chair. Chris lectures nationally on clinical dentistry, practice management, and leadership development. His lectures can be viewed online on his blog, The Curious Dentist. ASDOH ASDA leaders brushed up on their skills in leadership development with Dr. Chris Salierno who covered topics such as how to critique, public speaking, how to motivate volunteers, how to run a meeting, how to win an argument, and conflict resolution. Individual ASDA goals were shared by each of the committee chairs and all participated in brainstorming new ideas to make ASDOH ASDA even better than it already is! This year’s leaders have a lot of great things in store for the students this year! With the passion, motivation, and skills that ASDOH ASDA leaders have, this year’s Ideal ASDA Award will surely belong to them and a few other Gold Crown Awards as well! As this ASDA chapter enters into its 9th year, ASDOH ASDA is eager to have more of a national presence.

By Jessica K. Hsieh, Los Angeles ’13, Council on Education Chair

Although it’s been live for only 47 days, ASDOH ASDA’s newly revamped website is already a big hit! They have kept some old goodies such as these hilarious pictures and added many new things. It looks like ASDOH will be in very good contention for 2012′s Gold Crown Awards at Annual Session! I interviewed ASDOH’s new webmaster, Erin Aying, ’14, to gain insight on the website’s new look. Thank you! What was the inspiration for the new design?

There are six simple tools or steps for Motivational Interviewing. Step one: Get Permission. Ask the patient something like, “would you mind if we spent the next 5 minutes talking about your oral health?” If the patient says no, then you are done and should not go further. They will not be receptive, and you may try again on the next visit. If they refuse you can still do your best to educate them and physically show them the effects of their poor oral health on their teeth and gingiva. Step tWo: Ask open-ended questions. Instead of asking, “do you like your smile?” or “Do you like the color of your teeth?”, ask questions like, “tell me about how your treatment is going”, “how do you feel about your smile?”, or “what is most important to you about your oral health?”. Another option is to Elicit-Provide-Elicit. Ask a question and elicit a response, provide information, and elicit again. For example, ask the patient what they know about how long they should brush their teeth. Based on their response, you can confirm their answer or provide them with the correct one. Then ask them how committed they are to adhering to that proposed time, or how feasible it is for them. Step three: Reflective Listening. When the patient states something to you, repeating it back to them is helpful for both patient and provider. For example, “ I heard your concern about (blank)”, or “Did I hear you say you think your teeth are yellow?” You can proceed by telling them you would like to take a look at their oral health first and come right back to the concern for the color of their teeth after the exam is complete. Step four: Create Personal Discrepancy. Asking the patients, as mentioned above, their level of motivation on a scale of 1-10 to improve their oral health. Then follow up with asking them what gave them this level of motivation, and discuss this topic with them not as an expert speaking to a student, but in a manner that improves feelings of the patient. Step five: Weigh patients pro’s and con’s. If you are asking the patient to come back for treatment or check up, we can ask, “What are some negative costs of changing your behavior?” Perhaps for treatment planning of orthodontics, we can ask “What is it about the braces that you don’t like? Is it the look? The cost? The timing?” Step Six: Help the patient to identify a decision. There is no one-way to improve oral health. Looking at the options with the patient and getting feedback is critical. You want ideas to come from the patient based on their responses. Asking the patient what option works best for them helps them to identify the best decision or plan for themselves. Providing affirmations or acceptance of actions made by the patients also motivates them to continue this behavior. These six steps are a great start to obtaining patient thoughts and opinions on their own oral health. There are a plethora of other factors to consider, and each patient is very different. The aforementioned steps are great tools to use as a jumping off point to ensure our patients are motivated to make positive changes for their oral health.
Note: A big thanks to Lois Rigmont-Barber R.D.H. with Crest/Oral-B for her exceptional insight provided on motivational interviewing and patient education.


When I was designing the new layout, I wanted to make sure this was a place that highlights the student in a fun, fresh, and informational way. An important design goal was not only appeal to students but also to keep them coming back, whether it be for the photos, upcoming events, or issues on dentistry in the community. As for the new banner, the theme was “Scrubs” so I made sure the ASDA chairs wore scrubs and bright shirts underneath that added the extra pop of color.

By Eric Bjerke, Class of 2014 If you are looking for some fun in the sun this spring, there is a great destination nearby offering warm beaches, cool water, green grass, lots of friendly faces and the occasional birdie. Well of course I’m talking about the 2012 ASDA ASDOH Golf Tournament. This competitive and prestigious event is to be held at the immaculately manicured Superstition Springs Golf Club this coming April. If you and your teammates think you have the guts to bring home the coveted Magruder Cup this year, then sign up and showcase your skills. Listen to what Dan has to say about his experience last year… The ASDOH golf tournament last year was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to take a much-needed break from studying and enjoyed spending a day out on a beautiful golf course. I played in a foursome with three of my classmates and a couple of our friends tagged along to take photos and watch us play. The event had some great prizes including a new driver, private plane flight around Arizona, beautiful framed photographs, and tons of gift cards. In addition, during the award ceremony a delicious buffet lunch was served. Other than a near whiff on the first shot of the day and losing the tournament to my sisters’ team, I truly enjoyed the event and look forward to getting some revenge this coming spring!

By Robert MacArthur, Class of 2013 The ASDA Student Professionalism & Ethics Committee (SPEC) had its last meeting of the year with another strong showing of 50 plus students ranging from D1s to D3s. The topic for this meeting was “How Should you Approach an Ethical Situation?” We chose this topic from a recommendation of a fellow D1. From cheating on an exam as a D1 to cheating on Sim Clinic projects as a D2 or treating patients below the standard of care as a D3/4, we are all faced with or encountered a fellow colleague in an ethical dilemma yet few actually know how to deal with them in a non-confrontational and professional manner. This discussion provided students a few tools for analyzing and approaching an ethical situation. Particularly the four questions should be asked when found in an ethical dilemma: Why do I believe this person took this action? What data do I have to support this belief? What facts do I have about the actual event? What facts do I need to know about what actually happened? Thereafter, the BICA model was introduced to students as a framework to provide feedback when approaching someone: B - Behavior (identify the specific action), I - Impact (what was the immediate result of the observed behavior), C - Consequence (what was the outcome of that immediate result), A - Alternative (suggestion for next time). The meeting concluded with an open-ended discussion where several participants shared insightful and personal stories of ethical situations that they were in and how they faced said issues. Previous meetings from this semester entailed an informative session on the Fundamentals of Ethics as well as a Discussion on Mid-Level Providers. Future meetings will entail having board members as well as summoned dentists from the AZ Board of Dental Examiners come a talk, a part two discussion on Mid-Level Providers and a few other stimulating and dialogue-focused discussions. We hope to see you there!





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