GSDM Students Honored at ASDA Annual Session in Atlanta

ASDA Annual Session-200Six students from the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) attended the 2013 American Student Dental Association’s (ASDA) Annual Session, March 6–9 in Atlanta, Georgia.

GSDM attendees were: Sammy Gill DMD 14, Antonio Maceda-Johnson DMD 15, Jessica Metcalfe DMD 15, Zara Nensey DMD 14, Khamir Patel AS 14, and Jay Patel DMD 14.

Jenny Lorenzo DMD 13 and Fransheska Ovalles DMD 13, Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Community Outreach Committee of GSDM’s ASDA chapter—with assistance from Oral Health Promotion Director Kathy Lituri and Assistant Director of Student Affairs Erica Manczuk—applied for the Crest Oral B/ASDA Community Dentistry Award on behalf of the School. GSDM won third place, a result of its chapter’s efforts serving local communities by providing stellar dental care and education.

Sammy Gill was elected District 1 Trustee, a unique and significant honor. Gill will represent all District 1 dental schools (GSDM, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine) and serve on the ASDA Board of Trustees. District trustees guide chapters in their district and act as the official liaison between the local chapters and national ASDA.

“ASDA is an organization that 17,000 dental students belong to and represents 88 percent of dental students. We have two recognized delegates at the house floor at ADA and have a unique relationship with ADEA,” said Gill. “I’m honored to serve on the Board of Trustees this year and could not have done it without the support of friends at all four schools in District 1.”

Khamir Patel introduced a resolution in the House of Delegates to create a list serve of Advanced Standing students across the country. Patel and the other GSDM students were ecstatic when the resolution passed.

Patel said, “It was a great opportunity to be a part of the whole decision making process. I hope my resolution will be a stepping stone for more involvement of advanced standing students in ASDA.”

Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter praised the students for the honors they received at the ASDA Annual Session. “Congratulations to the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine’s ASDA chapter for its wonderful achievements at this year’s Annual Session,” said Dean Hutter. “Your commitment to excellence in dental care, service to local communities, and leadership skills are essential and inspirational.”