January 14, 2017

Charleston welcomed 180 students from ASDA’s District 4 (Dental College of Georgia, East Carolina University, Meharry Medical College, Medical University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Commonwealth University) to this year’s District 4 Annual Meeting, January 14-16. It was particularly exciting that almost 25% of these attendees were pre-dental students from colleges within this region. A sunny, 70-degree weekend in January helped us welcome everyone to our city of southern hospitality!

We started the conference strong with an ADA Success Seminar b...

November 20, 2016

ASDA’s third annual Friendsgiving potluck and flag football tournament was held this past Sunday, November 20th at James Island County Park. 
        The day could not have been more beautiful for our event! About 170 students, residents, faculty, and friends joined us for a feast, with turkeys provided by ASDA and an array of delicious Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts brought by CDM students. Dinner left everyone full and happy, a perfect time to start watching some football.
        After our Friendsgiving dinner, the competition began between the D1’s and D4’s. The...

November 14, 2016

Advocacy is such a crucial component of our profession, and, quite honestly, I think we need more “advocacy weeks” throughout the year to have enough time to discuss current legislation that affects dentistry and how to get more involved. Nonetheless, this year’s ASDA Advocacy Week proved to be one of our most successful advocacy efforts yet. MUSC ASDA’s legislative leaders, Myles Elliott and Anne Miller Adams, planned an incredible line-up of speakers: Dr. David Watson, Yancey McGill, and Dr. Carter Brown.  In addition, we had a fantastic political action committee (PAC) support response, with over 15...

November 4, 2016

This year, MUSC ASDA sent 5 students to the National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois from November 4 through November 6. Emily, Katie, Brian, Anne Miller and myself had a wonderful time exploring Chicago and spending the weekend with dental students from across the nation as we worked to grow our leadership skills, reinforce the importance of organized dentistry, and improve our ASDA chapter by exchanging ideas with other chapter leaders.

This year’s conference included 4 main focuses: ASDA Chapter Management, Career Planning, Leadership Fundamentals, and Personal Development/Wellness.  It wa...

October 27, 2016

One of the things that makes Charleston, SC so fun is the amount of support for the arts in this city. Since 2014, there is one artistic group that has been contributing to the community in a unique way. HEART Artist Guild & Theatre Company is a group of multi-media and performing artists composed of adults with special needs and other developmental disabilities. They spend their time during the week practicing for stage performances, touring and recording music at studios in town, shooting videos, and making print artwork. This fall semester, ASDA led a group of MUSC dental students out to meet with t...

October 23, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, MUSC ASDA hosted its annual Pre-Dental Day. Overall, we had tremendous pre-dental student attendance (39 students total) and diverse representation from schools across the district, including College of Charleston, South Carolina, Clemson, Wofford, Furman, University of Georgia, East Carolina, University of North Carolina, and Radford - just to name a few! The day started with check-in and a delicious breakfast catered by Chick-fil-a followed by an informative presentation from Dr. Vuthiganon about the profession of dentistry, the admissions process, and the College of De...

October 11, 2016

On Friday, September 30, 2016, our MUSC ASDA chapter had our first ever Leadership Retreat. The retreat was held on the beautiful Edisto Island. Watching the water slowly flow by the dock as the sun woke up behind us was a great way to begin the retreat. One of the focuses of the day was introducing the newly elected officers to the other members on the executive committee and forging friendships so that every member sees themselves as a valued and essential participant of our committee. We also discussed qualities of a good leader as well as what it looks like to be a leader among our dental peers in...

September 25, 2016

On Saturday, September 24th, the MUSC chapter of the American Student Dental Association held our annual fall golf tournament, the Prophy Cup.  The tournament was staged at Dunes West Country Club.  Nationally acclaimed by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as a “Top 10 Resort Course”, Dunes West’s championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills takes full advantage of its spectacular lowcountry setting. 
 

The opening holes have generous landing areas and beautiful green settings complete with the undulation and bunkering that are the Arthur Hills signature.  The back nine features some beautifu...

August 27, 2016

The 1st annual District Four Leadership Conference was a success on so many levels! Five of us (Andrea, Emily, Nate, Jon, and I) traveled to Nashville for a weekend that was full of laughs, learning, leadership- and a looooong drive. Emily, our President-elect and the D4 Secretary, met us in Nashville; she flew in early to prepare for our weekend and the arrival of about 70 students from other D4 schools. Also in attendance were Sohaib Soliman, our current National ASDA President, and LaJoi Wiggins and Jeremy Jordan, past District 4 trustees.

Un(fortunately) for Emily, that meant she missed out on a spu...

March 30, 2016

 

On Wednesday, March 30th, 35 MUSC dental students traveled up to the Famously Hot capital for our annual Dental Student State Lobby Day. MUSC’s dean, Dr. Jack Sanders and MUSC ASDA’s advisor, Dr. Ted McGill as well as five predental students from the University of South Carolina participated. A few of the major topics of interest included increased funding for the special needs clinic, refinancing student loan interest, allowing dental students to access government subsidized loans, increasing the loan payback incentive for dentists practicing in rural areas, and opening the topic of the originally pr...

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