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ADA names winner of social media contest

May 17, 2017
The ADA wrapped up an April social media contest by announcing the winner: Akash Patel, a student member of the Association who wrote about his inspirations at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

The contest invited entrants to submit stories of inspiration and an accompanying photo on the Association's Facebook site. Visitors to the website were asked to vote on which they liked the most. The contest concluded April 30.

Mr. Patel's winning entry was:

Mr. Patel
"My dental school, UCLA School of Dentistry, is my everyday source of inspiration. It is the people and the environment at the school which are really motivating. I am a foreign trained dentist from India, pursuing my D.D.S. here at UCLA. Although my dental school in India, Dharmsinh Desai University, has laid a pretty good foundation of dentistry in me, UCLA has something new to teach me every day. I am getting trained under some of the renowned faculty members whose textbooks I used to read and learn back home. The work and achievements of the faculty and my classmates always inspire me to level up my work and to find ways to excel in the dental profession."

From 55 entries, Mr. Patel won with 1,253 votes. Dr. Chris Chuong, a Florida pediatric dentist, was a close second with 1,170 votes.

Mr. Patel wins a round-trip flight, five-night hotel stay and registration to ADA 2017 – America's Dental Meeting in Atlanta this October.

Registration is now open for ADA 2017 at