May is always an exciting month for all of our students! It means we are getting closer to our summer breaks in June, and it also means we are sending off another graduating class into the world of real life dentistry. Check out what we have been up to during May before we all take a break in June!
During the month of May, ASDA hosted two Lunch-and-Learn events, a practice management lecture, and a wellness presentation. This month’s practice management focused on implementing OSHA standards in private practice. Ms. Natalie Maddox, a consultant with Practice Dynamics, covered many important topics. This is not something we cover frequently in our curriculum - but ask anyone who's been sued for OSHA violations and they'll tell you it’s important! One of the most helpful recommendations from Practice Dynamics is regarding obtaining compliance e-kits. The ADA offers guides to HIPAA and OSHA compliance, which can be a valuable tool for confirming compliance in everything from proper hand washing instructions to safety data sheets. Proper PPE is also a frequent issue in private practice, so don’t forget your protective eyewear. As a dentist in private practice, you are responsible for the compliance of your entire team. While reviewing OSHA compliance might not be the most exciting task, it is very important in ensuring safe and healthy working conditions.
We also had the pleasure of welcoming ADA President Dr. Joseph Crowley to our school! Twenty-two students had the opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Crowley about the state of organized dentistry. Students welcomed Dr. Crowley from his delayed flight with Alabama craft beer and Alabama and Auburn baseball caps. As a proud Ohio State fan, Dr. Crowley quickly discarded the Alabama hat in favor of Auburn paraphernalia. Dr. Crowley and Dr. Lew Mitchell, associate professor at UAB SOD and Vice President of the ADA, announced an exciting initiative that will help match job-seeking dentists to practices in need of additional practitioners. This service will act much like an online dating service, where dentists will set up online profiles and be matched with compatible offices. It was an honor to host Dr. Crowley, and we are excited to be life-long members of organized dentistry!
Most thrilling of all, the Class of 2018 finally made it to the day we’ve all been waiting for… graduation! The graduation ceremony took place at the Alys Stephens Center this past Saturday where 69 students received their D.M.D. degree. We surveyed the class to see where they will be heading after graduation, and it is clear that this is an incredibly talented group of people. The majority of the class will go straight into private practice, while eight people will be going into a GPR or AEGD program. Four will go on to serve their country in a branch of the military and several students were accepted into specialty programs including oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics. Take a look at the chart below (senior survey received 45 responses) to see the full spread of talent in this class!
Congratulations again to the Class of 2018 and have a great summer!
Authors: Kelsey Gwin ('21), Abbey Tadros ('19), and Olivia Sorrell ('21)
April showers bring May flowers! May is finally here, which means it’s time for another Month in Review.
In April, ASDA members took part in many fun social events including the annual Crawfish Boil. Despite being rained out, our social chairs handled the situation wonderfully and the event was moved to be a week later. The weather was gorgeous this day and students from all classes and residency programs turned out for a day full of fun and food. Special thanks to Jody Glover ('19) for graciously hosting the event in his beautiful backyard and Robby Spruiell ('20) for his amazing crawfish boiling skills!
The annual ASDA Golf Tournament took place just a week later! Needless to say, our social chairs were busy during the month of April. Fifty golfers came out to the Highlands Golf Course to show off their golfing skills and the lucky winning team included Tyler Smith, Jody Glover, Thomas Glover, and Ethan Sadowski. Thank you to our spring social chairs Cassidy Alwan ('21) and Holton Deatherage ('21) for planning such great events! “It was definitely a busy week,” says Cassidy, “but I’m really happy with how both of the events turned out!”
Thanks to the Wellness Committee, our students had plenty of opportunities to rest their minds and focus on fitness during the month of April by attending fun exercise classes. Each week, students were encouraged to go to a free class either at Railroad Park or at the UAB Rec Center. For each class they attended, their name was entered into a drawing for a Taco Mama gift card! ASDA member Jackie Bates was the lucky winner of the gift card. Hopefully, students will continue practicing these healthy habits throughout the rest of the year.
Several students had the opportunity to attend the ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day in Washington D.C. on April 8th-10th. We had a record number of students attend, and they had a blast working with Alabama dentists Dr. Deborah Bishop, Dr. Gordon Isbell, Dr. Lew Mitchell, and Dr. Zack Studstill. This annual event is a great chance for students to voice their concerns about many important topics related to dentistry. The students advocating in D.C. focused on two bills concerning student loans, two bills concerning insurance practices, and a guideline for dentists on the opioid epidemic. They also attended two receptions to network with other students and dentists from across the country. Our legislative liaisons are planning several lunch-and-learns focusing on these topics and more! Anyone interested in policy in action should definitely make plans to attend.
April was also the month during which the school had several visiting dental students from Chung-Shan Medical University in Taiwan. The SOD has a very good connection with the country of Taiwan as several of the faculty members are from this country including Drs. Liu, Fu, Wu, and Hsu. This particular exchange program has taken place at the school for nearly 20 years now. Dr. Liu, who went to the same dental school in Taiwan, was responsible for setting up the exchange program. The four students visited the school for a month and were able to rotate through all the specialty clinics as well as shadow students working on the second floor. UAB students had the opportunity to meet the Taiwanese students at a lunch meeting, which was a great opportunity to learn how certain aspects of dental school differ between Taiwan and the US. It is so exciting to see all the international connections made through dentistry!
Authors: Kelsey Gwin ('21), Olivia Sorrell ('21), and Abbey Tadros ('19)
The D1 class had a great time welcoming the incoming Class of 2022 at the annual ASDA Spring Preview Welcome Party. After a long day of icebreakers, the future D1s got to relax and eat some Taco Mama with the current D1 class. “It was so fun to meet the incoming class!” says Pre-Dental Chairman, Danielle Ho. “I remember how excited I was to come to my Spring Preview. I can’t believe it has already been a year since then! This new group seems so enthusiastic, I can’t wait for them to join our dental family in July.”
The last major event of March was the annual Vendor Fair. Thanks to our Fundraising Committee, we were able to host 33 vendors and raise $20,300 to be put towards chapter events and conferences. Vendor Fair is always a fantastic opportunity for students to network with companies across the Southeast and learn about everything from dental supplies to recruitment.
Author: Kelsey Gwin, Class of 2021