WesternU College of Dental Medicine

Annual ASDA District 11 Meeting Recap

Written by Asma Patel, DMD 2017 student and ASDA District 11 Leadership Development Chair

ASDA held their annual District 11 meeting at Pacific Dental Services in Irvine on Saturday, October 10th. The conference hosted over 200 dental students from all six dental schools around California. Our very own Dr. Elizabeth Andrews and District 11 Trustee, DMD 2017 student Laine Janzen kicked off the conference. Keynote speaker, Alex Banayan, who is an author and the World’s Youngest Venture Capitalist, followed with a talk about keys to launching a successful career. There were many other motivational and inspiring speakers such as former ASDA National President, Kris Mendoza and ADA President-Elect, Dr. Carol Summerhays. The conference also hosted 30 Pre-Dental students that had the chance to have a school specific presentation from every dental school as well as tips for DAT and dental school applications. Attendees all got the chance to interact with many vendors at the vendor fair after the conference. An evening social hosted by Medical Protective followed the conference at the Newport Dunes Resort. We look forward to seeing everyone at the conference next year!

Dr. Jeffrey Turchi named to ADEA GoDental Task Force

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Assistant Professor and Manager of Admissions and Recruitment, Dr. Jeffrey Turchi, has been selected to join the ADEA GoDental Task Force. The mission of GoDental is to provide students interested in pursuing careers in the dental field with information and guidance in applying to programs. Members include health professions advisors, dental schools, current students, and dental professionals.

As a member of the task force Dr. Turchi will develop ideas and provide support for GoDental initiatives. He will also contribute strategic direction in serving students interested in dentistry, while also discussing improvements to further the GoDental mission.

Further information regarding the ADEA GoDental initiative can be located on their site here.

WesternU & Chaminade University Sign New Linkage Agreement

Western University of Health Sciences and Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii signed a linkage agreement Monday, May 4, 2015 on WesternU’s Pomona campus, paving the way for students from a private Catholic Marianist college in Hawaii to become College of Dental Medicine (CDM) students. From left, CDM Dean Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS, WesternU Provost and Chief Operating Officer Gary M. Gugelchuk, PhD, Chaminade Associate Provost Patricia M. Lee-Robinson and Chaminade President Bro. Bernie J. Ploeger, SM, PhD, signed the agreement.

(Story & Photo provided by the Department of Public Affairs)


AAWD Hosts “Eat Your Art Out” Event

The American Association of Women Dentists at WesternU hosted their annual “Eat Your Art Out” fundraising/social event on Saturday, April 25th from 2-5 pm at the home of Dr. Sandra Farah-Franco. The faculty, staff, and students enjoyed a relaxing afternoon filled with food, fun, and a chance to view her priceless art collection! This event was also a great opportunity to say one last “Congratulations” to our graduating 4th year students.

ASDA National Lobby Day 2015


Written by Laine Janzen, DMD 2017

This year at ASDA National Lobby Day, we met with US senators and their staff to ask for co-sponsorship and support for two different bills: Action for Dental Health Act (H.R. 539) and Student Loan Refinancing Act (H.R. 649).

The “Action for Dental Health Act” bill would allow programs such as Give Kids a Smile and Missions of Mercy, such as CDA Cares, to access existing CDC grants currently being allocated to state health departments. This bill would not cost taxpayers any money and simply allows more oral health programs to apply for these grants. This is a bi-partisan bill that most senators we talked to were happy to support.

The “Student Loan Refinancing Act” would allow individuals to refinance their federal student loans more than once at a lower interest rate. This includes Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Federal Grad PLUS Loans. We lobbied that when healthcare education becomes more affordable for students, we are more likely to choose to practice in underserved areas, as we don’t become solely concerned with practicing in an area where we can make enough money to pay our crippling student debt. This is also a bi-partisan bill that most senators we talked to were happy to support.

The chance to meet with senators and their staffers was a wonderful opportunity to learn about some of the current issues facing dental students and it was an incredible experience to feel as though I’m truly making a difference in the dental school experience for my peers and myself. I’m very excited to hold our second annual Advocacy Academy this year and bring what we have learned to other students in District 11 ASDA!


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