Expanding horizons in dental assisting: ADAA House of Delegates creates more opportunities for dental assisting students to participate in the association.
Subject: Students
Associations, institutions, etc.
Author: Pohl, Claudia
Pub Date: 11/01/2011
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: Nov-Dec, 2011 Source Volume: 80 Source Issue: 6
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Full Text: At the ADAA's 2011 Annual Session in Las Vegas, the House of Delegates approved new bylaws allowing students to be more involved and fully participate in the American Dental Assistants Association. The bylaws include the formation of a new Council on Student Relations, a Student Trustee on the ADAA Board of Trustees and Student Chapters (SADAA).

This will provide a direct communications channel between ADAA and students so that we may hear their opinions, perspectives and recommendations that will not only impact students but younger members of the association. This will greatly benefit students and also assist the association in planning and directing programs that will positively impact leadership and membership in the future. We look at this as a partnership between the dental assisting schools, the local/state organizations and the ADAA to help grow our future dental assisting leaders and the organization at every level.

ADAA Student Chapters

A SADAA Chapter can be developed at any dental assisting school (that has a minimum of 800 hours) and is limited to ADAA student members currently enrolled in the dental assisting program that is sponsoring the SADAA chapter. A dental assisting student can be a student member in the ADAA without participating or belonging to an ADAA student chapter.

The purpose is to provide students with leadership development, mentoring and support during their time in school. Each chapter can be tailored to meet their needs, but activities could include service projects, educational meetings (lunch 'n learn), career development (interviewing) or meeting with the local dental assisting society. The student chapters in tandem with local/state organizations will also provide an outlet for graduating students.

To start a student chapter, e-mail Doug McDonough at mcdono@dentalassistant.org, or visit ADAA's website, www.dentalassistant.org, to access the needed materials. A Student Chapter Manual is available to schools as a resource and includes all forms needed. There is also a PowerPoint presentation available that describes student membership and SADAA chapters. The ADAA President and/or your district trustee is also available to help in anyway needed.

ADAA Student Trustee

ADAA now has a student serving on the Board of Trustees. ADAA student member Jennifer Broyles was appointed to serve the inaugural 2011-2012 term as Student Trustee on the Board. Created to give a voice for student members, the trustee serves a one-year term, but can be reappointed for a second year. The student trustee will serve as chair for the Council on Student Relations and will oversee other student-focused projects. This is a volunteer/expenses paid position requiring travel to three meetings a year. To be eligible for this position, one must be an ADAA student member and graduate within 12 months of the application deadline. Watch for details about applying for this position in the March/ April Journal.

Council on Student Relations

This Council will be chaired by the student trustee and will include five student members and two educators. They will work on issues and projects specific to student members. Appointments to this Council are for two years and open to all ADAA student members. Watch for details about applying for this position in the March/April Journal.


Student members are encouraged to participate in the ADAA and there are a variety of ways to do so. The ADAA Bylaws provide student members with the privilege of serving as a member of a committee, which includes committees at the local, state and/or national level. Students can also apply to serve on the Council on Student Relations or as ADAA Student Trustee. Participation is also encouraged at our Annual Session and next year we head to San Francisco. So, welcome to our new SADAA Chapters--we look forward to seeing many of you in 2012!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at my e-mail address, cgpohl@yahoo.com.

Claudia Pohl is the 2011-2012 ADAA President anal has been a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant for 36 years. A graduate of California State San Bernardino with a degree in Vocational Education, she is RDA Program Director at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif. She is also a Fellow of the ADAA.

Annual Session is where I felt that it was so cool to be a part of an association in which everyone has the same passion as you. We all just want to better the dental assisting world. I learned a lot of valuable information in all the classes I went to. The President's Gala was such an amazing thing to be a part of. I have never been to something so formal and I enjoyed it. We got to see the new president and all the trustees installed into their positions. The whole week was such a great experience. I am so honored to be a part of the association and was very grateful to meet so many women who are so influential in the dental assisting world. Definitely can't wait for next year!

--Jennifer Broyles, ADAA Student Trustee

My experience in Vegas was something I'll never forget. It opened up my eyes to the dental field in a whole new way. I take my career choice much more seriously now and with much more pride. I met some of the nicest ladies ever who are a part of the ADAA and I met some amazing people and gained many new friends. Being able to go to the meetings and be a part of everything made me feel very professional. I hope to one day work my way up and be a part of the ADAA board.

--Sheridan Sutton, ADAA student member

I have been a member of the ADAA since 1986 and this Annual Session was the most rewarding one thus far in my professional career. I am so proud of my students who have worked so hard on their new Student Chapter. They attended every function at the Annual Session and are so passionate about their future not only as students, but as dental assisting professionals and leaders. I am humbled and honored to have participated in such a landmark event that will contribute to the continued growth of our profession and organization. I am so proud to be a dental assistant. I am even more proud to say that I am an ADAA member and honored to continue to serve in the interest of ALL dental assistants.

--Shari L. Becker, CDA, RDA, FADAA, 12th District Trustee

Claudia Pohl, CDA, RDA, BVEd, FADAA
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