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)