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UM ASDA Newletter

Volume 6

December 2016

American Student Dental Association

Inside this issue Message from the President

Chad Dammling ’17………………………………………………3

#BeWellASDA Katie Wray ’19………………………………….…………………4

ADAT: What You Should Know Jessica Kocan ’18………………………………………………..6

University of Maryland Celebrates its First Mission of Mercy Jill Young ’18…………………………………………………………………………………………….………………..9

Dr. Shiau’s Advice for After Dental School Dr. Harlan Shiau…………………………………………………………………………………………………….……12

Benefits of Community Outreach Services: A First Year Dental Students’ Perspective Luke Kyungmin Shiu ’20………………………………………………………………………………………….…….13

Letter from the Editor Emily Poulos ’18………………………………………………………………………………………….….…………..15

Study Break with ASDA…………………………………………………………………….…….….……16 The Key to Success from Dr. B Dr. Nasir Bashirelahi……………………………………………………………………………………….…………….17

Dr. King’s Words of Wisdom Dr. Fontini V. A-King…………………………………………………………………………………………….….……17

Your ASDA Exec Board……………………………………………………………………………………18 The Maryland Bridge

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Message From Our President
 I would like to extend a very warm welcome the Class of 2020 at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. I trust that your first semester is going well and that you have been able to take some personal time off to enjoy seeing what Baltimore City has to offer.
 While this year has already offered many exciting events, ASDA will continue hosting similar events and seminars throughout this semester. For those of you that were able to attend, “ASDA Welcome Week” was a great success as we had representatives from the ADA, MSDA, and ADPAC on hand to talk to the incoming students each day for the first week of classes. Additionally, national representatives from ASDA were able to visit from Chicago and enjoyed dinner at some of Baltimore’s restaurants and breweries. 
 Looking forward, we hope to continue offering some great meetings and events. Several students will be traveling to our National Leadership Convention in Chicago to represent the University of Maryland's ASDA Chapter at the national level. This meeting is always a premier event as it presents an opportunity to hear great motivational speakers, cruise Lake Michigan, and attend daily events in Chicago. Also, stay tuned for an additional District 3 event next semester at a ski lodge in the Poconos. Representatives from local chapters including Penn, Pitt, Temple, and Howard will also be in attendance. Lastly, for those that are interested, ASDA's National Convention will be held in sunny Orlando this coming February. This event presents as a great opportunity to become involved with ASDA leadership at the national level and see first-hand how our legislation is organized. 
 Many thanks to our Editor, Emily Poulos, and to all those that contribute to this newsletter. Collectively, we look forward to seeing everyone at our meetings throughout the year. Best, Chad Dammling

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Lunch and Learn

“Transitioning into Private Practice”

January 9th

Lunch and Learn

“Protecting Yourself in the Workforce”

Jan. 13th-15th

District 3 Event Poconos, PA

January 20th

Paint Night

co-sponsored with c/o 2020

Feb. 22nd-25th

Annual Session Orlando, FL

February 28th

Maryland State Lobby Day Annapolis, MD

March 14th

MSDA D4 Match Day Columbia, MD

Dental school is an extremely stressful and frustrating journey. With the lab projects, class work, and clinic it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Over the course of the semester, it is important to take time for yourself to have fun, socialize with friends, or take up a new hobby. Achieving a balance between school and your personal life will save you some headaches and reduce your stress. ASDA is taking the steps to provide you with methods to attain mental, physical, and emotional wellness during your dental career, which all begins with your start of dental school. The Wellness Initiative encourages students to make thoughtful choices towards a healthy and mindful life. There are 5 dimensions of Wellness that can be applied to your daily life: Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, Occupational, and Environmental. Since we are already so busy, I’ve taken the time to provide a few ideas to help you accomplish these Wellness dimensions on our campus and in our city. Emotional: Our campus includes a Wellness Hub that can be found here: wellness/, which provides students with workshops, lectures, counseling, and much more! Physical: It’s never too late to start going to the campus gym! URecFIt hosts many intramural sports, fitness classes, and 5Ks! If the gym isn’t your scene, try taking a walk with friends after class or wake up early and try yoga. Use this time to take your mind off upcoming projects, patients, and exams.

March 27th-28th

Intellectual: Put your mind to work (And I don’t mean Washington, DC thinking about Class II preps, American Studentwax Dental rims,Association or Gross Anatomy).

ADA National Lobby Day

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Start a new hobby! Read a book! Listen to music! Take time to enjoy art! If you’re not into creating your own masterpiece, you could always check out artwork at local museums. The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 N. Charles St (only a few blocks from campus) and is completely free! Or grab a few friends and attend a Paint Nite or Plant Nite, all located in various restaurants around the city. Take time each day to use your brain for other things besides dentistry. Occupational: We are all here to become competent and wonderful dentists, so use your time at school to gain as much knowledge as you can about the profession. Practice your posture and try to master perfect Ergonomics. Attend lunch and learns held by various groups around campus, including ASDA. They include more than just lunch! Sign up for ASDA’s FREE Student Member Disability Insurance and Life Insurance which will help repay student loans and provide disability if something happens during your 4 years in dental school. Register here: id=registernow. It is better to be safe than sorry, and it’s completely free with your ASDA membership! Take the time to understand current dental legislature because in a few short years or even months this will be extremely important to you as a practicing dentist. Each year our ASDA chapter sends many students to National Student Lobby Day, held in Washington DC (Mark your calendars for April 11-12, 2017!). This will give you the opportunity to understand the lobbying process and meet with actual legislators about current dental issues. Environmental: Always be mindful of your surroundings locally and globally. Ride a bike, carpool, or even utilize the UMShuttle for your commute to school. It is extremely important to relieve the stress and tension that comes from your journey through dental school. Try to incorporate a few, if not all, of these Wellness dimensions into your life. With the help of ASDA’s Wellness Initiative, all dental students can reach a mindful and balanced lifestyle. Be Well, Katie Wray, D2 ASDA Wellness Chair 2016-2017

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ADAT: What you should know Jessica Kocan ’18

What is it? The Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is a computer-based admission test provided by the American Dental Association. According to the ADA, it is “designed to provide advanced dental education programs with a means to assess applicants’ potential for success.” The ADAT enables programs to quantitatively compare applicants using a nationally standardized and objective test. 2016 was the pilot year of the exam. It was offered twice, one time in May and one time in August 2016. This exam is comprised of 200 multiple-choice test questions in four main areas: 1) Biomedical Science, 2) Clinical Sciences, 3) Data, Research Interpretation, and Evidence-Based Dentistry, and 4) Principles of Ethics and Patient Management. More information on the specific topics covered in each section is listed in the ADAT Guide, which can be found on the ADA website.

Quick stats •

The question breakdown is as follows: o Biomedical Sciences- 80 o Clinical Sciences- 60

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o Data, Research Interpretation, and Evidence-Based Dentistry30 o Principles of Ethics and Patient Management- 30 Allotted an average of 1-1.5 minutes per question depending on the section Total exam time is 4 hours and 30 minutes Optional 10 minute breaks offered after each section Target mean score = 500 Candidates may test two times per calendar year, and are limited to two testing attempts separated by a minimum of 45 days Exam fee for 2016: $250 (may be subject to change for subsequent years)

Scoring Official ADAT scores are based on the number of correct responses obtained; applicants are not penalized for guessing. ADAT results are reported in terms of scale scores. These scale scores are not raw scores (number correct). The conversion of raw scores to scale scores is accomplished using sophisticated equating procedures. Scores used in the testing program range from 200 to 800 with a target mean of 500

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and standard deviation of 100. Scores will be reported in increments of 10. Each student will receive 6 scores: an overall score, a critical thinking score (computed based on performance in the combined area of Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and Evidence-Based Dentistry), and an individual score for each of the 4 sections. There are no passing or failing scores.

Should you take it? The ADA encourages third- and fourth-year dental students applying to advanced dental education programs to apply to take the ADAT. Graduate programs are able to make their own decisions as to the use of the ADAT and whether they wish to require, accept, or not accept the exam for their applicants. Due to the newness of the exam, the list of programs requiring and accepting the ADAT is frequently changing. The most updated list was released 10/6/16. According to this list, 4 AEGD, 8 endodontic (including UMSOD), 10 GPR, 8 OMFS, 7 orthodontic, 1 periodontic, and 8 pediatric programs are requiring the exam. Another 98 programs (including many of Maryland’s residency programs) currently accept but do not require the ADAT as part of their application. 63 programs have indicated that they will not accept the results of the ADAT. As more information is released about the exam for 2017, program requirements in regards to the ADAT are likely to update. Applications for the ADAT are not currently being accepted. The application for the 2017 ADAT testing window will be available by December 2016. Before applying to take the exam you must have a DENTPIN and are required to read the ADAT Guide provided on the ADA website. Exam dates for 2017 will likely be offered for The Maryland Bridge

April – July. The ADAT is administered at Pearson VUE test centers.

How should you prepare? —advice from fellow students Because the exam is still in its pilot year, preparation materials and advice are fairly limited. Students indicated that they prepared for the exam for about 1-2 months. Many students started studying with Dental Decks. According to the ADA, the ADAT test specifications for the Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Sciences sections mirror NBDE Part I and NBDE Part II test specifications, respectively. Some students took the ADAT in close proximity to taking NBDE Part II and found studying for Part II to be very helpful for the ADAT, “since there is a lot of overlap as far as pharmacology, oral path, treatment planning, etc.” Many people indicated that questions about information from the first half of dental school (i.e. questions similar to Part I NBDE) were very detailed. One student said, “there were questions about microbiology, anatomy, etc. that were a little unreasonable I thought.” Another said “there were definitely some questions where I laughed out loud because it was incredibly specific information from so long ago (physiology, biochem, etc.), and there was no way I would have remembered. Those questions were few and far between, though. So I wouldn't worry about studying it. I did look over my NBDE Part I Board Busters book the day before I took the ADAT, and it just made me more scared since I didn't remember much. Honestly, not really worth stressing about.” Some other students found Dental Decks to not be as helpful and suggested using Mosby’s Review for NBDE Part II book.

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The Evidence-Based Dentistry section has “a small section on interpreting research. Most of it seemed to be common sense.” Another student recommended reviewing a book on dental statistics. For the Ethics and Practice Management section many students suggested that there was not much to prepare for and that you could reason your way through most of the questions. “[You are] basically just applying the definitions of the words (justice, veracity, beneficence, etc.) to real-world situations,” stated one student.

currently being created by OKU dental students who have taken the ADAT. This website will offer over 1000 questions similar in content and difficulty to questions on the real ADAT. It also features tests with ADAT format and time controls, and thorough explanations to all questions. This program is still under development, but you can submit your email to receive a notification on launch day and an exclusive discount code.

For more information… Visit the ADA website and search for the ADAT. Their website has links to the official ADAT Guide, list of participating programs, and information on how to apply for the exam.

The ADA offers a 100-item practice test on their website, free of charge. Additionally a new website, called, is


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University of Maryland School of Dentistry Celebrates its First Mission of Mercy Jill Young ‘18

It was all hands on deck for the firstever Baltimore City Mission of Mercy (MOM), held at the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday, September 29th and Friday, September 30th. The University of Maryland School of Dentistry partnered

with the United Way of Central Maryland to provide 2 full days of free dental care to the community. Through the event, about 700 patients received dental care, many of whom were from the homeless population of Baltimore.

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“Even though we provide lower cost services at the dental school, I always felt the school could still do more to reach the homeless population. I am definitely happy to see that Mission of Mercy was able to get off the ground so we could start making that effort,” said D3 student Morgan Woytowitz. The volunteer team included a dedicated group of dental students, dental hygiene students, CMS personnel, dental assistants, dental school faculty, and even some volunteer dental professionals from the community. The School of Dentistry closed its clinics for 2 full days so that the entire Junior and Senior class could help out at the Convention Center. The earliest volunteers showed up at 5:30 in the morning to help set up and most did not leave until the last dental chair was put away at the end of the day.

“There were different stations for extractions, fillings, and cleanings and they had a station for patients to have their XRays taken. It was great. I was able to provide a lot of extractions and fillings during the 2 days,” said D4 student Margaret Spach. When it came to tackling language barriers in treating patients, the diversity of the dental school student body was a major asset, since students of the D3 class alone speak over 20 languages altogether. During MOM, students translated for patients in Spanish, ASL, and Amharic.

“I did not get to do any direct patient care since most of that was done by Seniors but I got there early and ended up escorting patients to the clinic and helping people with consent forms if they had difficulty reading. It gave me a chance to talk to some people. Some of them were very appreciative,” stated Woytowitz. Patients worked their way through medical intake and radiography before being sent to a station to receive dental care. On their way out, patients were given post-care instructions and handed goodie

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bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and coupons for dental hygiene products.

“I think there definitely seemed to be enough translators, and they would escort the patient through the entire process. The patients seemed to be very appreciative of that,” said D4 student Asia Houston. In addition to receiving dental care at the Mission of Mercy event, patients also benefited from services offered by the United Way’s Project Homeless Connect. The United Way set up their own stations next door to the clinic area, which included a Vision Mobile for free glasses and eye exams, a Spa and Salon for free haircuts and pedicures, and much-needed resources for finding housing and employment, among other services. Volunteers from the

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School of Pharmacy also administered flu shots.

and lighting were not the greatest, and we sometimes either ran out of supplies or had to wait for sterilization. But considering this was our first Mission of Mercy, I guess you would not expect everything to be perfect,” said Houston.

Most students considered the event to be a success, but there was also some room for improvement. “I think they could have done a better job with advertising the event, and I also think it could have been better organized. There were way too many volunteers without designated jobs,” said Spach.

Even with a few glitches, the School of Dentistry and United Way had pulled off an amazing event that had touched the lives of 700 people in need of dental care who did not have the resources to receive it until MOM showed up.

Asia Houston agreed. “Yes that is true. It also seemed like there were not enough dental chairs for doing restorative procedures and there were a lot of technical issues. The equipment

“I would say it was pretty successful. We saw lots of people and some were able to get more than one service. We did not have to turn away a lot of people and that was good. Hopefully it will be even better next year,” said Woytowitz.

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Dr. Shiau’s Advice for After Dental School form. In some sense, these GP practice owners were humbly serving and caring for their dental team. For those of you who will be in this position to own your own practice: when you realize you have the “right” team assembled, it becomes imperative to care for them financially and much more. So when the day comes and you get to hang up that shingle at the office front door, please take to heart this tiny gem of advice! Best wishes Class of 2017.

Prior to my full-time faculty appointment here at Maryland, I had the experience of working in private practice as a Periodontist for nearly 3 years. I was an independent contractor working at a variety of general practice offices throughout New England. Each GP practice would coordinate their patients who needed periodontal and implant treatment to specific days of the week. In busy practices I came in on a weekly full-day basis. In smaller practices I might spend half a day every other week. One of the unique perspectives I gained was to observe the management of dental offices. What I am about to share is not earth shattering. And honestly, early in your career, not being in the position of an owner, you may have less influence on some of these matters. But here it is: treasure your team. Yes this statement is seemingly a “nobrainer.” I saw the best of times and the worst of times in my independent contractor experience. The worst was staff who undermined the authority of others in the office, and freely complained in ear-shot of patient and myself! Upon closer analysis I could determine this was in part due to the way the practice owner treated the individuals. The best (let us focus on this) was simply an office atmosphere that I myself even enjoyed practicing at each week, though I was an outsider. Team retention is key. Not surprisingly the most patient beloved and productive offices had front desk, hygiene team, assistants who had continuous service for years! I saw the genuine generosity from the GP practice owners in all manner and

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Harlan Shiau DDS, DMSc Clinical Associate Professor 


Hispanic Health Festival Heritage Community Church Severn, MD 10/1/16

Benefits of community outreach service: A first-year dental students’ perspective Luke Kyungmin Shin ‘20

“Welcome to the School of Dentistry, Class of 2020!” if you are a first-year dental student, then I am sure that you have heard this countless times since the first day of our orientation. It is unbelievable how time flies. They have finished several classes already! For the past three months, the first-year dental students have adjusted into their new lives. They have joined variety of diverse student organizations such as Student National Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association, etc. Also, they have gone on the top of Poe Cup points which are about 10 times more than any other schools here on our campus.

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In the midst of life-changing experiences they have had so far, they also participated in many community services and outreach programs such as annual health fairs, the Baltimore marathon, local churches and schools. Through the services provided, they have learned the importance of oral health care, community involvement, community relationships and more. For those that have contributed to the communities around them, they have gained far better benefits than just “Dean’s Award hours.” Three of our very own first-year dental students were asked to answer these questions: “What kind of contribution did you made for Volume 6


Heritage Community Church, Severn, MD, 10/1/16

your community?” and “How was your overall experience?”. They have either participated outreach programs through their student organizations or on their own. Future Doctor Arielle Statham, a SNDA D1 representative, volunteered at a community outreach event at Baltimore City Church to perform oral health screenings and to give oral hygiene instruction to adult and children. She mentioned that the experience was very rewarding as she got to witness the true importance of consistent oral health care and have the knowledge to maintain it. Future Doctor Nicole Lozon, a member of Hispanic Dental Association and Tau Sigma, volunteered at Mueveton health fair, and 7th Annual Hispanic Health Festival. She was happy to interact with the community on a deeper level which she was not able to do so in her undergraduate days. She teamed up with upper-class dental students to learn how to perform an oral cancer screening in English and Spanish. She appreciated her involvement in our community even as a 1st year dental student. She is planning to participate in more community services in her recent future. Future Doctor Ben Scherr, a member of Hispanic Dental Association, volunteered at the Hispanic Health Festival at Heritage

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Community Church. He said, “It was absolutely incredible! There were so many different organizations there helping out, it truly was a sight to behold. About an hour in, the D3's some of the D1's were assisting asked if we wanted to learn how to conduct an oral health examination! Of course we all said yes, and it was a very cool experience.” It is only evident that 1st year dental students who have participated in the community outreach services have gained rewarding benefits. They have learned the importance of oral health care and oral hygiene, sharing their knowledge to educate the community, and human-to-human interactions. They also learned how to properly perform the oral cancer screening as well. As a community service chair, I only encourage our dental students to go out to get involved with our community. If you are reading this, then I promise you that you will find yourself in awe of new excitement that you cannot find in your classroom.

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Luke Kyungmin Shin Community Service Chair Class of 2020


Letter from the Editor Emily Poulos ’18

I would first like to say that, without a doubt, this newsletter would not have come together as it has if not for our amazing contributors this edition. A big thanks for all the hard work of our ASDA writers! The rollercoaster of dental school is made easier by colleagues like you, who are willing to speak up and stand out. A special shout out to our Faculty contributors who graciously took time to address our class in this edition of Maryland Bridge. Dental school is a place where time stands still; everything after orientation is a just a blur. Then, before you realize it, four years have gone by and you are having to find a way to say goodbye to the people that you shared all of your “dental school firsts” with. From administering nitrous oxide to practicing injections on each other, dental school friendships are truly one of a kind. It is easy to get caught up in the mayhem that is dental school, but it is important to take a step back and remember why you started this arduous journey in the first place. Whether it has been your passion since you can remember, or you want to help others, or provide a stable life for your family, we all have our why. Never lose sight of that during those long nights of studying, waxing teeth, making dentures on your dining table and slapping together some Perio TXPs. Because before you know it, those days will be behind you and you will be living out the dreams of tomorrow. I could not be more grateful for the amazing people that make up the University of Maryland School of Dentistry community. But it is you, my trail-blazing, trend-setting, future dentists that I am most thankful for. Best of luck to all of you on a great rest of the year! Sincerely,

Emily Poulos ASDA Newsletter Editor Class of 2018

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Dr.B’s Key to Success . . . . . “Always eat eggs and coffee for breakfast!” Dr. Nasir Bashirelahi

Dr. King’s Words of Wisdom
 There is no recipe or guarantee when it comes to happiness. Happiness comes from within. Others cannot and should not have to make us happy. They can make us "happier". They can also make us miserable:)) "The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept t the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space." "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino Dr. Fotini V. A-King
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Your ASDA Exec Board President Chad Dammling

Newsletter Editor Emily Poulos

Vice-President Christina Weaver

Legislative Liaison Steve Feldman

Secretary Qinzhuola Qi

Webmaster Kwan Ngai

Treasurer Alexandra Fitzgerald

Pre-Dental Liaison Matthew Oman

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Wellness Chair Katelyn Wray D1 Representative Tess Moran


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