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Contacts and Connections - July 2015

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Back to School! Three Great Programs that Engage Dental Students

From Ohio:
The Ohio Dental Association (ODA), along with the ADA, recently sponsored a dental student competition at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. D3 students were invited to submit an essay on diabetes and oral health. The intent of the contest was to provide students the opportunity to research the topic using evidence-based science and then write an essay targeted to the public, using health literacy principles. The winner, Ms. Laura Martin had her essay posted on In addition, the ODA will provide her travel expenses to attend the ODA Annual Session in September. At that time, she will be recognized and guaranteed an opportunity to participate in the ODA Annual Session student table clinics.  Ms. Martin also received an iPad courtesy of the ADA.

From Georgia:

To recognize and engage dental students and faculty members, the Georgia Dental Association (GDA) created an annual awards program honoring one dental student and one faculty member at the Georgia Regents University Dental School. This year, the GDA awarded dental student, Alena Reich the GDA / ASDA Outstanding Senior Dental Student Award and faculty member, Dr. William Bachand received the Outstanding Faculty Contribution Award for active participation and support of, and outstanding service to, the Georgia Regents University ASDA chapter and organized dentistry. The honorees both received award certificates, a three-nights-stay at the 2015 GDA Annual Meeting hotel, and $300 at the meeting to defray expenses while in Amelia Island, Florida.

From Alabama: 
The Fifth District Dental Society (FDDS) of the Alabama Dental Association (ALDA) established a new scholarship program that awards dental students who call the Fifth District their hometown. The goal is “to make a meaningful connection with University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry students”, said Dr. Dugald R. McMillan III, Fifth District president. By doing so, he added, the students, after they graduate and begin practicing, would more likely to become members of the district. “Our goal is to put a face on these students and have them feel comfortable with us,” Dr. McMillan said. “We want them to know how important organized dentistry is to their future, and how they need to be involved.” This past spring, the dental society awarded $200 scholarships each to 10 dental students who are from the district, including five first-year students. The scholarship will be awarded yearly to the students until they graduate. Although the amount is small compared to the overall cost of dental school, to the students, the gesture was priceless.

If you have student engagement activities that you’d like to spotlight and share, please contact your Outreach Manager.

Introduce D1s to Organized Dentistry with ADA Success

Dental schools will soon be back in session, and a new class of dental students will be welcomed into organized dentistry. Help introduce the class of 2019 to the ADA and your dental society by hosting or participating in an ADA Success program. The ADA is launching a new series of presentations on Aug. 1, including a topic geared especially toward D1 students – “Managing Debt & Wealth”. This program covers basic financial principles, including budgeting, as well as strategies to reduce debt and build wealth. To read full descriptions of all six new programs as well as schedule a ADA Success program, please visit or contact Isabella Horning in the ADA Office of Student Affairs at

Quarterly Reports on ADA Connect

Second quarter reports are up on ADA Connect.  Take a moment to compare where your society’s membership numbers where June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015 in order to make any mid-year adjustments to recruitment and retention activities. Contact Debbie Gorski, via email at, or at 312.440.2613, or Marisol Barajas at or at 312.440.2856 with any questions or comments regarding these reports.  To discuss opportunities to positively impact your membership efforts, contact your outreach manager.

Aptify Transfer Wizard

The Department of Membership Operations is currently testing the new Aptify Transfer Wizard (TW).  The new TW will allow Aptify users to independently process transfers into their state. The TW will allow Aptify states to transfer:

  • A dentist into their state from another state. 
  • A dentist within their state to a new component.
  • A dentist from the following ADA Direct Member categories into their state:
    • Affiliate, Direct, Graduate, Non Practicing, Provisional and U.S. dentists working abroad coded UO

The TW will not allow state users to transfer anyone out of their jurisdiction. It should be noted that the ADA may still transfer members and non-members into your state based upon address and licensure information in the database.  

Stay tuned for additional communications from the ADA in regard to the go-live date for new Aptify Transfer Wizard! Contact Cheryl Mezydlo,, with any questions. 

Excellent Member Service:  A Game Changer

World Cup soccer — and membership recruitment and retention.  In both instances, strong fundamentals can make a game-changing difference.  And that’s why we’re pleased to offer again the online Customer Service Management Course, produced by ASAE University, which provides valuable and practical reinforcement of key basics in member service.

What makes this course so appealing is not only that it’s available 24/7 for 3 weeks and accessible on any computer or mobile device, but also its low cost (a $49 registration fee) and 9 CAE hours. The next session will be held Monday, Aug. 24 – Monday, Sept. 14.  Register today by calling the ADA Member Service Center at 800.621.8099.

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Survey Says… "Very Favorable!" Update on ADA Web Template Project

Last November the ADA launched the Branded Web Template project as a Power of Three initiative for state and local societies to provide a superior and cohesive online member experience while controlling costs and quality. To date, four state societies have launched websites using the templates. Member surveys are being deployed before and after website launches to assess the new websites’ value. Results from the New Hampshire Dental Society survey, the first in the field, are overwhelmingly positive. Favorable ratings improved across the board. For example:


  • 79% of respondents said the new website "meets their needs," compared to 70% before launch.
  • 94% of respondents are "likely to recommend" the new website, compared to 57% before launch.
  • 71% of respondents said the new website "contributes to better feelings about ADA membership," compared to 47% before launch.

District of Columbia Dental Society and Vermont State Dental Society launched new websites on June 29 and 30, respectively. Visit the Dental Society Portal for more information.

Earn CE and Network with Colleagues at ADA 2015

Help spread the word — ADA 2015 — America’s Dental Meeting is taking place Nov. 5–10 in Washington, D.C. With over 300 CE courses, attendees can choose from nearly 100 hands-on workshops and earn up to seven hours of free CE per day on the exhibit hall floor. Catch up with old acquaintances and make new friends at the all-new Welcome Reception taking place at two of the Smithsonian museums.

A marketing toolkit has been created for you to help promote ADA 2015, which includes advertisements, newsletter articles, videos and more. Looking to promote the New Dentist Conference at ADA 2015? There’s a marketing toolkit for that too.

State and local dental society staff will learn to develop, plan and implement their associations’ efforts to assist state and local societies with peer review activities through the CE course Peer Review and Dispute Resolution on Friday, Nov. 6. For more information on ADA 2015 CE courses, visit eventScribe.

Videos on Leadership: 

For dental society leaders, executives and staff, ADA offers a growing library of online videos on leadership –— ADA Leadership Institute Videos.  (All are free.)  One of the newest additions is an interview with Dr. David Whiston, who shares compelling perspectives on the art of leadership and offers inspiration for dentists to become involved as volunteers with their dental societies.  For more information, please contact Joe Martin, director, Leadership Team Services (, 312.440.2597).

Participants Selected for Institute for Diversity in Leadership

In June, the ADA Board of Trustees selected 16 participants for the 2015–2016 Institute for Diversity in Leadership, which provides a diverse group of dentists with education and experience to build a lifetime of relationships and set new leadership paths within the dental profession and their community. Congratulations to the dentists selected: Drs. Courtney Barrett (Oklahoma), Drew Colantino (California), Sharon Colvin-Johnson (Maryland), Hadi Ghazzouli (Pennsylvania), Yana Kushner (Texas), Abrey Lopez (California), David Manzanares (New Mexico), Liliam Ortiz Galarza (Puerto Rico) Joeseph Potter (California), Tricia Quartey (New York), Vinni Singh (California), Susana Torres (Illinois), Radip Uprety (Maine), Melissa Uriegas (Texas), Christine Wankiiri-Hale (Pennsylvania) and Richard Williams (Texas).