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A NEW YEAR A NEW YOU A NEW ENGLAND

FALL/WINTER 2017

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PERIODIC-DENTAL SCHOOL-LOWDOWN


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CONTENTS

3 UPCOMING EVENTS 4 STUDENT Q&A

5-6 THE PAW-SITIVES OF

FO ELBAT

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PETS IN DENTAL SCHOOL 7-8 FALL (IN LOVE) WITHÂ

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9-10 STUDENT SUBMISSIONS 11 JUST IN: PEN PALS


@uneasda @uneasda www.uneasda.com

Hello New England ASDA! We hope that you've had the opportunity to grow on a personal and professional level both in and outside the realm of the OHC this semester. As you'll hear from our members in this edition, there have been so many awesome ASDA events happening (and many more to come) to help you in doing just that! As you reflect back on 2017 and look forward to the possibilities that 2018 brings, we hope that you use UNE ASDA's resources- like the new student portal for study materials, or the student calendar for all things happening on campus, or the ASDA blog, wellness challenges or many campus events we have planned- to make your goals a reality. ~Greta and Sarah, Newsletter Editors

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January 18, 2018

KAVO KERR LUNCH AND LEARN February 13, 2018

ASDA BRACKET CHALLENGE (March 12 to April 22)

NEW ENGLAND ASDA BALL March 24, 2018

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January 10, 2018

PROVISER LUNCH AND LEARN February 7, 2018

ANNUAL SESSION February 21-24, 2018. Anaheim CA

EDIC LUNCH AND LEARN March 20, 2018

ADA DENTIST AND STUDENT LOBBY DAY (April 8 to 10, 2018)

UPCOMING ASDA EVENTS

LIFE AFTER GRADUATION PANEL

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QUIP LUNCH AND LEARN


Student Q & A NLC was life-changing for me. I was surrounded by inspirational leaders in dentistry, passionate peers, and amazing opportunities to develop and grow personally; all in the amazing city of Chicago! ~Kimberlee Sell D'20.

Surrounded by peers from across the country I had the opportunity to make some amazing friendships and connections for the future. Each lecture I attended gave me a unique and special takeaway that has inspired me to evolve as a dental student and push my limits!! ~Yalda Rostamnezhad D'20

"Working in corporate dentistry right out of dental school is a great way to gain experience and pay off some of your remaining loan debt. Corporate dentistry may be associated with some stigma these days, but there’s something to be said for “getting your feet wet” in the real world of dentistry while not worrying about the stress of running your first business.” Brandon Barnett D'20

It is never too early to start making connections and investing in yourself to develop into the kind of dental provider you want to be. There are so many ways to grow and develop our careers starting now, and ASDA gives us many of the tools and opportunities we need! ~Lena Miroshnichenko D'20

"Keep being motivated and inspired to do better and to do good - something I felt that the NLC was a great place to remind yourself of that because of all of the role models you get to meet.” Esther Oak D'20

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED AT THE ASDA NATIONAL LEADSERSHIP CONFERENCE? 4

THE PROBING QUESTION


The PAW-sitives of Pets In Dental School By Katelyn Van Leir

   To say dental school

should consider it. After

is stressful would be a

researching how a dog

vast understatement. Us

might help me, I found

dental students find

that dogs can help lower

stress in just about

blood pressure, decrease

anything in life

the heart rate, initiate

including exams, clinical

regular breathing and

requirements, patients,

relax muscle tension- all

finances, lack of time for relaxation, or simply failure (1). As students, many of us enter school already taking psychiatric medication and/or expecting to find mental health services on campus (2).      My anxiety has quickly caught up to me because as a second year, I am trying to stay above water in my didactic courses, pass my boards, and find clinical confidence as I go upstairs to treat real patients soon!  I felt my anxiety piling up, but

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this is not new for me,

as I have battled with anxiety and depression since I was diagnosed in high school. I have gone to counseling, been prescribed antidepressants, and have tried coping mechanisms in a variety of ways including working out, hobbies, meditation etc. As I began my second year of dental school I found that my mechanisms were not working as they once did. I wondered what I was missing here in Maine that I had in California? Then I realized- it was a dog! I have always had a dog in my life, and thought I

signs of reduced stress. In addition, these positive psychological effects come into effect much faster than when induced by drugs that are taken for stress, considering these effects occur in minutes rather than weeks or months (3).      After seeing the positive effects a furry friend could have, I was


quickly convinced that a

seemed to only increase

found that having less

dog would help me

my anxiety because it took

time to study helps me

regulate my anxiety

away valuable study time,

study more efficiently

better, so my boyfriend

however I soon realized it

because I know I only

and I began considering

was doing exactly what I

have a few hours, and

getting the right dog for

needed it to. Those park

that I need to make them

us! A few months after

trips forced me to socialize count! Overall, he has

we started the search,

with people outside of

made me happier because

we found Carl- a 7-

UNE, enjoy fresh air, and

I am forced to go outside

month old fluffy mutt

walk more to increase my

and enjoy the beautiful

rescued from Georgia-

daily physical activity.

Maine weather. I find I

living with a foster in

These park trips also

even enjoy going out

Gray. We met Carl, fell

included walking off leash

recently when it’s been

in love, and took him

where I was able to train

colder which will help me

home immediately!

Carl and relish is his

combat Seasonal Affective

Thankfully Carl was

accomplishments as he

disorder that I mildly fell

potty trained, good with

matured with my help! My

victim to last year. I am

xxx other pups, and a cuddle days now consist of

extremely happy that we

bug, but we had a long

coming home, dropping my

adopted Carl and

way to go. It took a few

backpack and grabbing the

personally, I think he has

weeks of figuring out

leash to go for a walk-

helped decrease my

how to fit Carl into our

which is a sharp contrast

anxiety and depression

lives, and how we fit in

to the daily

immensely thorough his

Carl’s. We learned that

lounging/studying I did on

unconditional love and

he loves to play with

the couch.

blissful spirit.

friends, so we take him

   Carl has not only

to the dog park two

helped reduce my stress

times a day. Initially this levels but also helped me felt like a chore, and

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be a better student. I

1) Alzahem, A. M., et al (2011). Stress amongst dental students: a systematic review. European Journal of Dental Education, 15(1), 818. Bergen, C. W. (2015). Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals, and Pets on Campus. Administrative Issues Journal Education Practice and Research, 5(1). doi:10.5929/2015.5.1.3 3) Coren, S. (2009, June 07). Health and Psychological Benefits of Bonding with a Pet Dog. Retrieved November 19, 2017, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/caninecorner/200906/health-and-psychological-benefits-bonding-petdog


FALL IN LOVE WITH ASDA TRIVIA NIGHT by Da vid Col me n a r

UNE's Dr. Dunn at Forensic Dentistry Day for Pre-Dentals

FOLLOWING THE CLUES TO A DENTAL SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE By

Brandon

Barnett

D'20

If you’re a pre-dental student who applied this cycle, it would be an understatement to say this time of year is nervewracking. Dec 1st, the infamous “decision day” has come and gone. And if you haven’t heard back by now you might be asking yourself, “do I really have a shot at getting in now!?” or experiencing some self-doubt. Well, I’m here to tell you that all hope is not lost. Despite what the ever-inspiring Student Doctor Network might have you believe, no, it’s not the time to give up on your dreams and go back to work on the family farm in northern Mississippi… This period you’re now in is what I like to call “the waiting period” because for now, that’s all you can really do. Relax, don’t stress out and definitely don’t send your top school 15 “recent-breakup-style” emails in a row. Unless you’ve received an outright rejection by now, know that schools only fill a fraction of their classes by December 1st. Many people receive offers in the spring, and some even in the weeks before class began! And if you’ve received one or several acceptances already, maintain an open mind about your options and go to interviews that may pop up later in the month or in the spring if you can (watch your acceptance deposit timelines though). You may find that a school you interview at later is a better fit for you! Keep your eyes on the prize pre-dents, you’ve already done so much to get to this point. If you’re in AADSAS/TMDSAS limbo right now, my advice to you is to keep busting out the good grades; relax, stay ready, and wait. 

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D'20

Trivia Night is anything but trivial. Armed with pop culture knowledge, we entered the colosseum on the promise of fame, glory, Sodexo, and a variety of prizes. Blood, sweat, and movie poster taglines flew across the battlefield. In the end, my team stood alone atop a mountain of the defeated and gazed into Kailee Williams's eyes. "Victory...and our choice of ASDA apparel or Visa gift cards...is ours." Okay, so Trivia Night wasn't 100% like the plot of Gladiator. Believe me, though, when I say it felt like it. All it takes for dental students to compete to the death are free food and free stuff. As teams of friends, we were quizzed over things like New England and top 40 song covers, racking up points for right answers. By the end, Rabia, Sheila, Yalda, Kim, and I emerged victorious with a pocket full of goodies and a year's worth of bragging rights. Thanks to ASDA and KaVo Kerr, we enjoyed a much needed break from the salt mines of studying to have some major fun.


Thank you to our sponsors! Check out https://www.uneasda.com/wha ts-new for the latest blog post "Getting in the Holiday SpiritPortland Style" by our UNE ASDA blogger, Lena Miroshnichenko!

Miles for Smiles is our yearly charitable event that this year raised money for the Root Cellar  Project. We raised a total of $2000! To relieve stress I started avidly running in the summer of D2 year and I was determined to win a 5K. I ended up winning overall girls category (finished at 24 minutes) and it was a very big accomplishment for me! ~Briana D'Elia, D'20

Student Research at CDM: Creating chimeric olfactory receptors in Xenopus laevis oocytes by Jennifer Hendren D'20

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Sperm cells express several olfactory receptors that have been shown to produce chemotaxis upon exposure to follicular fluid from the female reproductive tract, however, the endogenous ligands that produce intracellular signaling remain unknown. In the lab, we are creating chimeric receptors that bind to the sperm chemotaxis factor, but contain the third intracellular loop of two other receptors, Endothelin A and Serotonin Type 2C. Next, we plan to develop an assay using the chimeric olfactory receptors to screen follicular fluid from humans and mice to isolate the unknown endogenous ligand responsible for sperm chemotaxis using two-electrode voltage clamp in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Dr. Curt Cyr is the principal investigator of this research project. Although this research isn’t dental related, I chose to work with Dr. Cyr because his research pertains to my background in cell and molecular biology. Research of any kind is a valuable experience to have in dental school, and can potentially set you apart from other applicants for a variety of dental residency programs. Currently, I’m looking into dental anesthesia and special care residency programs, both of which require demonstration of advanced pharmacology knowledge. Research during dental school may seem impossible with everything we have on our plates, but it’s definitely doable with a little extra time management!


TAKING THE BITE OUT OF SLEEP APNEA By Josue Covarrubias

A few weeks ago I was able to attend a sleep apnea presentation by Dr. Corwin. I had been really interested in this topic since I learned that dentists had a role to play in treating this disease that affects so many people, so I was very excited to have him come to UNE. Dr. Corwin first talked about what it takes for a patient to get a full diagnosis, the arrival at such requires the combined effort of a sleep study and a physician. Once the patient is told what kind of sleep apnea he/she has, a physician will determine what kind of treatment is most appropriate. If the patient is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea as it happens more often, he will have a few different options. One of which is dental appliance treatment, which is where we come in to the treatment phase of it all. He talked about several types of appliances and their applications for patients with varying types of dentitions 

and occlusal schemes. I was surprised to learn that there are appliances that will accommodate patients undergoing changes in their dentition such as mouth reconstructions or simply the removal or addition of a tooth. The other option is a CPAP machine, he mentioned that for the most part these machines will take care of the problem, however sometimes the downsides to them are simply not worth it for some patients. A dental appliance for obstructive sleep apnea can often times fully replace a CPAP machine and at the very least complement it in order to diminish some of the

potential negative side effects of it such as xerostomia or abdominal bloating. I imagine this is life changing for some of these patients. This problem affects so many people in our community that I think it only makes sense for us to become educated in the available options and their benefits so we can explain them to patients who think that their only options is a cumbersome CPAP machine. I really enjoyed Dr. Corwin’s lunch and learn and I hope we are able to get more awesome sessions like this in the future, thank you Student AGD at UNE (@uneagd) for setting this up!

TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LOUPES FAIR By Katie Zefran, D'21

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Coming in to dental school we were all very excited to get our loupes. Not only did it mean we could actually see what we were cutting, but we didn't have to wear those stylish safety glasses that always fogged up. Dr. Dunn gave us an informative presentation on what to look for in loupes and then we were released to go and meet the vendors. It was extremely overwhelming, trying to pick the right frame and correct magnification. It was like naming your firstborn- you didn't want to screw it up because you were going to have them forever, plus it was a costly investment. It was nice to have some faculty there, sharing what they personally liked and didn't like. I think everyone was nervous as soon as we placed the order. We weren't sure if we chose the right magnification or even the correct headlight option. But now that we are completing our first semester of dental school, I think everyone would agree they made the right choice and we would be lost without them!


UNE ASDA SHINES AT 2017 DISTRICT 1 PEARL AWARDS UNE ASDA 's hard work and commitment to providing support and resources for its members while promoting service, wellness, and advocacy earned our chapter the "Up and Coming Chapter Award" for 2017! In addition, many of our  members including D'19 Kailee Williams (1st Delegate), D'19 Sarah Georgeson (2nd Delegate), D'18 Tara Prasad (District 1 Pre-Dental Chair), and D19 Caroline Moore (Wellness Chair) were recognized for their leadership and dedication to ASDA with their own awards. Congrats! We had a great turnout for our Annual Community Soccer Tournament, held in conjunction with the HSDA and Kappa Psi this September at Fitzpatrick Stadium! The tournament serves to reach out to the Hispanic community in Portland and promote awareness about the OHC to the participants in the process.

ON THE CUSP

New and Developing Chapter Happenigns! Welcome to the newest ASDA committee chairs: Nicole Caron (Mental Health Co-Chair), Lena Miroschnichenko (ASDA Blog Chair), Dylan Magee (Media Co-Chair), Katie Zefran (Student Portal Sub-Committee), Adam Gray (Student Portal Sub-Committee), and Kim Sell and Yalda Rostamnezhad (Marketing Committee Co-Chairs)!

Other developments this semester include a soon to be published "What's Up This Week" Newsletter to keep you in the know about what's happening on campus, and a student portal on our website (uneasda.com) where you will be able to access cumulative student resources and updates!

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PEN PALS WITH MARQUETTE ASDA Dear UNE,

Greetings from Milwaukee! Can you believe the year is ending already? We started 2017 by challenging our committee leaders to identify ways to improve their existing events. From expanding the Movember ‘stache bash to revamping the state PAC fundraiser to developing our website we met our goal. Now as we look at a new year, we are setting our ASDA New Year’s Resolution. What have you learned this year? What will be some of your ASDA New Year’s Resolutions? Sincerely,         Marquette ASDA

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