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ASDA Honors Dugoni School of Dentistry Student Chapter for Ethics, Legislative Efforts and Leadership

ASDA student representatives at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore

March  30, 2010

Student leaders from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently travelled to Baltimore to represent the school at the American Student Dental Association’s (ASDA) Annual Meeting. This event, held March 17- 21 this year, provides dental students from across the country the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to dental education; propose, amend and vote on resolutions to set association policy; and network with speakers and other students. The meeting also provides a forum for ASDA to officially acknowledge outstanding chapters and individuals.

This year, the Dugoni School of Dentistry’s ASDA Chapter was named Most Outstanding in Ethics. It also received high honorable mentions for Outstanding Legislative Efforts and the Ideal ASDA Chapter Award, an award to recognize outstanding achievements in areas such as chapter organization, fundraising and dental advocacy.

Two national positions were confirmed among the school’s ASDA chapter representatives. Class of 2011 students Arash Abolfazlian and Dan Hammer were named chair of the ASDA Council on Licensure and District 11 Trustee, respectively. Hammer was also awarded the National Most Outstanding Delegate of the Year Award, and presented a conference session with Dr. Ron Tankersley, president of the American Dental Association, on the topic of healthcare reform in America.

Lastly, the Dugoni School of Dentistry chapter authored resolution 325-2010, which advocated for international students with F1 visas (student visas). Pending a council recommendation, this resolution endorses allowing students with F1 visas 29 months to find work instead of 12. This was the first time international students were advocated for on the ASDA house floor.

“Congratulations to all of our student leaders who are so active in making a difference in the world of dental education,” said Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean of the Dugoni School of Dentistry. “This strong involvement in ASDA shows your commitment to working on issues faced by dental students across the country. This is truly some well-deserved recognition for all of your involvement.”

ASDA is a national student-run organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. More than 87% of all dental students nationwide join the association. For more information, visit

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