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OU ASDA Picture Poetry..................................2 OU ASDA Reaches out to OKC Douglass Mid-HIgh School..................................................5 Recap: National Leadership Conference........6 Liaison Lair............................................................8 Old New York was Once New Amsterdam............................................................9 Spotlight on Faculty ..........................................10 Words of Wisdom/Meet the DS1s................12 Letter from the President................................13 DS2, BECKY RAMOS GIVES TOOTH WAXING ADVICE TO FIRST YEAR ALI SOMJEE AT ASDA’S FIRST EVER “WAX AND RELAX”
Just for Fun..........................................................14
Tis the Season: OU ASDA Gives Back The theme of this quarter’s newsletter is giving back. OU ASDA has truly made an effort this semester to reach out to its members and also to the Oklahoma City community. Dental students are among the most busiest type of student with endless hours studying for tests and board exams along with seeing
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patients. Here at OUCOD, upperclass members of ASDA remember how stressful it is just starting out and found a great way to give some advice for the DS1’s on tips and methods of waxing up teeth. This year OU ASDA members also teamed up with the Oklahoma Dental Foundation to administer dental
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE RESOURCES Our OU ASDA representatives had a great time at the first ever National Leadership Conference. You can gain online access to resources from the conference including PowerPoint presentations and CV’s by visiting ASDA’s website, www.asdanet.org
screenings at an OKC mid-high school. This newsletter will give you an inside look at these events and others held this fall semester. Thank you to all OU ASDA members who helped make them possible. -Diane Vincent, ’15 OU ASDA Publications Editor
CHILL AND DRILL “Wax and Relax” was a huge success! As a result, OU ASDA has decided to implement their first “Drill and Chill” next January. Upperclassmen will be available to give tips to the DS1’s on setting up operative cassettes and kits as well as tips on cavity preparations and insertions. Date and Time- TBA
OU ASDA Picture Poetry: A reflection on the fellowship, free food, and fun side of OU ASDA
By Diane Vincent, ’15 (Photos by Loan Vu, ’14 and Chandler Hall, ’15)
An overhand serve started the new school year right When OU ASDA members played volleyball all through the night.
The Oklahoma Dental Association is one of a kind At the BBQ picnic, we had such a good time
There were vampires... The fellowship was amazing and
s... and lifeguard
the food was delish
All ASDA events should have bouncy
castles, we wished
And spectators that hung out with this very hairy guy.
Some of our members prefer a differen t kind of game The Open-Wide golf tournament put s others to shame
It was a great time away from books, cast models, and
Happy Hour at Iguana Grill happened in mid-September Good food and drinks with friends we will always remember
Events like these are truly sentimental
For nature lovers, there was plenty to
see of Oklahomaâ€™s best But couldnâ€™t have been done without Patterson Dental
ent of the year ith the grandest ev w ga e beer sa ry et po r t free stuff and fre ge We end ou ts en ud st al nt de me and Where vendors co
DentFest allows students to learn about new dental products, services and such
But winning things like an Apple TV and Thunder tickets sure adds a nice touch
OU ASDA reaches out to OKC Douglass Mid-‐High School By Sneha Patel, ’15, OU ASDA member
Being a member of OU ASDA has multiple benefits. Access to vendors, fellowship with other dental students, gaining leadership skills, building confidence, and learning about organized dentistry are priceless entities to a future dentist that can be gained by joining. However, often we get caught up in what ASDA can do for us as dental students that we forget what it can do for our community. The executive officers of OU ASDA have made a goal to get more involved with helping out our local community this year. On October 12, OU ASDA teamed up with the Oklahoma Dental Foundation and Douglass Mid-High School in Oklahoma City to perform dental screenings on the students at the school. The students ranged from 7th grade through 12th grade. A total of 151 students were screened. Of those students, 83 students were referred to the ODF for needing treatment – either fillings or extractions – on the mobile dental van. Dental students volunteered through OU ASDA to perform the dental screenings/oral health education as a prelude to the dental treatment that would be scheduled to take place on October 29, 30, and 31. DS3s performed the screenings, while DS1s & DS2s talked to the students about oral health, brushing, and flossing. It was a very valuable experience for all the dental students to be able to get out in the community and apply the skills they have acquired in their education. This screening was a continuation of an ongoing collaboration between Douglass Mid-High School, the ODF, and the OU College of Dentistry. The principal of the school attributes health as a major factor
contributing to student absences. As a response to this issue, a huge effort has been made to bring in outside community health resources to help reduce the number of school absences so that the students can receive the best education possible.
Update: National Leadership Conference
Ryan A. Johnson Class of 2014
The ASDA National Leadership Conference in Chicago was unlike any conference I have ever attended. I was blown away by all the great speakers and continued to sit at the edge of my seat waiting for the next bit of great advice for dentists. One of my favorite sessions was titled, Personality Plus: Understanding Your Individual Leadership Style. Mary Byers, speaker and consultant, spoke about taking the time to understand people and how they work, i.e. what makes them tick. This was an extremely helpful lecture because leaders (or dentists for that matter) easily fall into the trap of asking others to do things a certain way and/or by a certain time. For dentists, we might have the wrong people working the front desk. We might want to move them from being an assistant to a front oﬃce manager, or vise versa. Having the right people in the right spot can take your business to a new level by allowing individuals to work in their strengths. We all know this to be true, but Mary gave some fantastic examples for dental practitioners and how it would ultimately help you out in the long run. I found all of the speakers at the NLC excellent and hope to see them in the future. I am glad the OU Chapter was able to send me to the 1st ever NLC event in Chicago.
This was my ﬁrst time to ever attend an ASDA National meeting and I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to do so. I have never felt so inspired and motivated in one weekend as I felt after leaving the National Leadership Conference. Each speaker was wonderful and oﬀered excellent advice for how to improve yourself as a leader and as a future dentist. My favorite session I attended was "Workforce Forum: Protecting Your Profession" given by Dr. Carter Brown from the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Brown spoke about some of the "hot topics" involving our profession today, focusing a lot on student debt and mid-‐level providers. It really opened my eyes to how uneducated law makers and the general public are when making decisions about our profession, and that we as dentists and leaders need to express our voices more and be proactive in the direction we want our futures to go. Being the ASDA Communications Chair, I also enjoyed the session "Communications Ideas Exchange" where we got to interact with other schools and hear how they develop their newsletter, recruit new members, and give back to current members. I cannot wait to implement these ideas to our ASDA chapter, and make it the best it can be! Overall, I feel this weekend pulled me out of my jaded mentality toward the stressful second year of dental school, and put me back on track to seeing the big picture of being apart of an AMAZING profession. Of course being in my favorite city in the world, Chicago, was just an added bonus to a wonderful experience!
Lindsay DeGuilio Class of 2015
“A ﬁrst year at the ﬁrst ever National Leaders Conference”, kind of rolls right oﬀ the tongue. This was the ﬁrst ASDA conference for me and let me just say that they could not have left a better impression. We showed up ten strong, representing OUCOD in best possible light. Our very ﬁrst speaker, Ryan Estis, came out swinging with one of the best keynotes I have ever heard. Each breakout session that followed, continued to expand on the key concepts presented in that keynote. One of my favorite breakout sessions was “Recruiting First Years and Pre-‐Dental Students,” where Kyle Beulke gave some great ideas on how to increase involvement in ASDA. One of the most useful ideas I took away from the session was how to give an “elevator speech” by providing 60 seconds about what ASDA is and what it does. Overall the experience was amazing and even with a huge Biochemistry exam looming over my head, I managed to soak up as much of the big city and conference as I could. Shak Feroz Class of 2016 6
OU ASDA R E P R ES E NT I N G I N C H I CAG O
2012 NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OU ASDA REPRESENTATIVES DS3’S: SETH BROOKS, RYAN JOHNSON, PRIYANKA KAINTHLA, GABE LUTRELL DS2‘S: SAMANTHA ALI, LINDSAY DEGUILIO, DARYN LU, JIM TATE DS1‘S: SHAK FEROZ, ALISON SEAMANS
N O S I LIA IR LA
Driving for ADPAC
By Carlie Mae Hall, ’15 OU ASDA Legislative Liaison
Gabe Luttrell ’14 (far left) and Dr. Raymond Cohlmia and Dr. Krista Jones (far right)
As students, it is often diﬃcult for us to see beyond the next test, next practical, next patient, or even envision graduation day. We ﬁnd ourselves consumed with school and sometimes are willing to let the rest of the world fade into the background. Remember when you used to work out after school in undergrad? Or give your sweet Nana a call just because? Well, you get what I’m saying. We are busy and don’t have much time for life outside of school. The precious time we do have we spend with the people we love and doing the few easy hobbies we have that are still manageable. Time is everything to a dental student and it can be a powerful gift to oﬀer to the ﬁeld of dentistry. The point of ASDA’s annual Pizza and Politics session and ADPAC drive is to ask dental students for an hour of their time and a few dollars from their pocket to help a very important cause. ADPAC stands for the American Dental Political Action Committee. It is the bipartisan branch of the American Dental Association that represents dental issues to our politicians. They represent not only dentists, but also dental students. Some important issues that ADPAC frequently discusses with our lawmakers include: student loan debt and repayment, access to dental care, community dental health programs, taxation of medical equipment, midlevel provider care, reimbursement rates for dentists, insurance company inﬂuence in the profession, and workforce diversity. We are fortunate to have such a well-‐represented profession. Our lobbyists celebrate frequent successes and their opinions are considered indicative of our profession as a whole. Lawmakers
know that ADPAC represents the approximately 80% of all dentists in the U.S. who are ADA members. ADPAC also uses their powerful voice to represent dental students, and we have a simple way to give our support back – join ADPAC. Pizza and Politics presents this information to OUCOD dental students and serves as an outlet to ask for support of ADPAC. This October, ASDA Legislative Liaison, Gabe Luttrell, presented the purpose of ADPAC to our students and why it is important to join. This year our guest speakers, Dr. Raymond Cohlmia and Dr. Krista Jones, spoke about how they work on a state level through the Oklahoma Dental Association’s DENPAC (Dental Political Action Committee). The turnout this year was great ﬁlling all 80 chairs in our meeting room. Many students chose to join ADPAC during our membership drive and will be receiving an ADPAC membership pin. If you didn’t get a chance to join it is never too late! ASDA Legislative Liaisons Gabe Luttrell (DS3), Carlie Mae Hall (DS2) and Justin Young (DS1) can sign you up anytime. A student membership is only ﬁve dollars and demonstrates your commitment to supporting the dental profession. A big thanks to the Oklahoma Dental Association for providing pizza and drinks for us again this year, we truly appreciate their support of ASDA. We will be hosting another event in the spring to bring awareness to the political action committee that works at the state level called Oklahoma DENPAC. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Old New York was once New Amsterdam By Chad Carter, ’15, OU ASDA Member
I hope many of you had the opportunity to meet our
Gokay will be presenting the Pindings of our research at his university’s version of ScientiPic Day. In Turkey, dental school starts right after secondary school. Wouldn’t it be nice to graduate with a dental degree at 22 years old! Even if he gets into a residency program he will be a specialist at age 25 or 26.
Gokay and I have been working together on a research project over the Denver Growth Study. This fall he got the opportunity to travel from the University of Instanbul (not Constantinople) to visit OUCOD. Through the IADS, International Association of Dental Students, he was able to travel here to work for two weeks.
While Gokay was here, we had fun, ate Mexican food, shared family time; my kids even got to learn a bit of Turkish. Be sure to read Gokay’s own account on the OU ASDA blog page. And if you’ve a date in Constantinople, she’ll be waiting in Instanbul.
recent visitor from Turkey, Gokay Karapinar. I know that we all had crazy schedules with studying for classes and boards and seeing patients in clinic and some folks didn’t get the opportunity to get to know Gokay.
He does not envy our school hours! In Turkey, they attend school from 9am to 4pm. That doesn’t mean there is any slacking though. He was killing it at our board exam quizzing with no preparation at all (any volunteers for taking their boards in Turkish?).
PHOTO BELOW: GOKAY KARAPINAR (LEFT) WITH CHAD CARTER AND HIS FAMILY
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Dr. Andrew Goldbeck Department of Endodontics Adapted from an interview given by Matt Lee, ’14
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Words from the Wise
s Meet ! DS1
MICHAEL KINARD HOMETOWN: Crossett, AR
Want advice on how to survive dental school? Why not go straight to those who have been there, done that, and learned the tricks of the trade!
THE DS1’S ARE GETTING READY TO TAKE THEIR FIRST MAJOR WEEK OF FINAL EXAMS IN THEIR DENTAL SCHOOL CAREER. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO SURVIVE UNTIL WINTER BREAK? “Take care of yourself! Eat good food, take your vitamins, get some sleep. Then buckle down and dedicate yourself to one week of good studying and it will pay off!” (Kayla Muszynski, DS2) “Well, my first bit of advice would be to start studying around a week and a half ago. Aside from that, the married students could look into having the inlaws fly out so their spouses won't be so lonely, and also they might want to take up a crack habit.” (Chris Goelz, DS2)
FAVORITE FOOD: Pasta FAVORITE QUOTE: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”- Vince Lombardi Jr. HOBBIES: Family, golf, basketball, camping
S T E F FA N S I G L E R HOMETOWN: Colorado Springs, CO is my hometown, but I was an army brat and I've lived in a lot of places. FAVORITE SONG: Tough question, so I'll give you three: Life in TechnicolorColdplay, Clarity- John Mayer, and Shoot to Thrill- ACDC. FAVORITE TOOTH: I'm going to have to say my sweet tooth is my favorite tooth. Reese's - plain and simple. Clinically, I like the canines - fun to wax!
LEAHA NELS HOMETOWN: Newalla, OK
“Be glad you're not a second year.” (Daryn Lu, DS2)
“Just take one day at a time! If you feel pressed for time, at least make sure you focus on what your professors go over in the review sessions.” (Diane Vincent, DS2)
UNDERGRAD/MAJOR: OUHSC Dental Hygiene FAVORITE THING TO DO OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL: Hang out with my husband DREAM JOB (BESIDES DENTIST): Pastry Chef HOBBIES: Baking, Crossfit, running, home remodeling, eating 12
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Letter From the President Seth Brooks, OU ASDA President, 2012-13
) (Photo by Shak Feroz, ’16
Winter is around the corner and the holidays are quickly approaching— although with 70 and 80 degree days still lingering around you would never guess it. What does all this mean to dental students? Well right now it really just means a ton of @inals! DS1’s are inundated with exams, DS2’s have @inals/@ixed and endo projects/practicals/boards/more @inals, and DS3’s and 4’s have a few @inals scattered throughout last few weeks. In the midst of all this chaos, we wanted to remind everyone of the spirit of the holiday season by theming this issue of Sooner Smiles “ASDA Gives Back.” There are a lot of great articles on everything ASDA does to give back to the student body and our community alike, plus a faculty spotlight on Dr. Goldbeck and a Christmas themed “Just for Fun” section. We hope everyone has a great @inish to the fall semester and we’re looking forward to an awesome 2013!
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Happy Holidays! You’ve been working hard this semester so we hope you enjoy the holiday break! Be careful in your travels and we will see you back in January refreshed and ready to tackle the new year!
Interested in writing an article for Sooner Smiles? Contact an OU ASDA publications editor: Jon Barnes, DS3 Diane Vincent, DS2 Katie Camacho, DS1
N U F R O
The 12 Days of Finals On the 1st day of Finals my professor said to me, get permission to proceed On the 2nd day of Finals my professor said to me, 2 crown preps, and get permission to proceed
What is the best Christmas gift you ever received? “One year my Dad got me a case of oil for my car. For real.” -Carlie Mae Hall, DS2 “Atari 2600.Yeah... I’m that old.” -Mark McLaren, DS2 “GoBots Big Wheel” -Chris Goelz, DS2 “My sisters got me a giant blanket that has a picture of me on one side of it. Probably the closest thing I’ll get to having one of those old school portraits that really powerful men have hanging above their mantles.” -Troy Schmitz, DS2 “A day in jail... (it was a tour given by a family-friend/ judge)” -Mike Lovda, DS2 “National Championship ticket and a plane ticket to the orange bowl!” -Kassidy Legako, DS2
Happy Holidays! From OU ASDA
On the 3rd day of Finals, my professor said to me, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed On the 4th day of Finals my professor said to me, 4 GG Burs, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed On the 5th day of Finals my professor said to me 5 full gold crowns, 4 GG Burs, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed On the 6th day of Finals my professor said to me 6 last minute projects, 5 full gold crowns, 4 GG Burs, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed On the 7th day of Finals my professor said to me 7 more injections, 6 last minute projects, 5 full gold crowns, 4 GG Burs, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed On the 8th day of Finals my professor said to me 8 degrees of taper, 7 more injections, 6 last minute projects, 5 full gold crowns, 4 GG Burs, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed On the 9th day of Finals my professor said to me 9 in the morning, 8 degrees of taper, 7 more injections, 6 last minute projects, 5 full gold crowns, 4 GG Burs, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed On the 10th day of Finals my professor said to me 10 fatal errors, 9 in the morning, 8 degrees of taper, 7 more injections, 6 last minute projects, 5 full gold crowns, 4 GG Burs, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed On the 11th day of Finals my professor said to me 11 true/ false questions,10 fatal errors, 9 in the morning, 8 degrees of taper, 7 more injections, 6 last minute projects, 5 full gold crowns, 4 GG Burs, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed On the 12th day of Finals my professor said to me 12 lectures covered, 11 true/false questions,10 fatal errors, 9 in the morning, 8 degrees of taper, 7 more injections, 6 last minute projects, 5 full gold crowns, 4 GG Burs, 3 fixed preps, 2 filled canals, and get permission to proceed 14