by Riley Schaff, University of Michigan (2017)
Aside the New Years Resolutions of UMich ASDA, January 2016 brought our chapter’s second-annual ASDA Fever Week, beginning on January 11th. ASDA Fever Week is a weeklong series of events designed to engage our members in all aspects of our ASDA chapter. Monday began with a group of 24 students attending the Washtenaw District Dental Society meeting, our local component of the ADA. At this meeting, students listened to Dr. Alan Mead give a talk about addiction in the dental office, specifically pertaining to how to recognize and manage addiction amongst fellow members of the dental community. Along with giving tips for dealing with fellow practitioners’ addictions, he offered some real life examples that illustrated how prevalent the problem is in our community.
Tuesday’s events included free bagels and coffee from the Michigan Dental Association before classes and clinic, as well as a MDA-sponsored lunch and learn with a panel of new dentists. Students were able to
Wednesday brought an exciting event: the semifinals and final match of our first-ever ping-pong tournament. Popcorn was popped and a lecture hall was reserved to watch four D1s duke it out in the semifinals. Alan “Skip” Faber ended up being crowned the champion, beating out around 40 other participants. It was a fun way to spend our afternoon off from classes and clinic! It was followed by a group of 13 students spending time sorting food from local grocers to be distributed to those in need in the Ann Arbor community.
An NLC-inspired “Personal Branding for you and your Practice” workshop was held on Thursday as a fun and interactive way to get students thinking about which niches of dentistry they want to focus on and which qualities of a clinician they’ll strive to embody. D1 Rachael Vernon said, “It’s easy to forget that we will be dentists in just a few short years, so it was fun to set time aside to focus on where we see ourselves long term.” Thursday also saw ASDA members gathering at Ashley’s Pub for a competitive trivia night in the basement. Participants snacked on food and drink while answering questions on topics ranging from Greek literature to geography to pop culture in two “Sporcle”-style rounds. Ultimately, a group of D2’s dominated the night scoring 20+ points higher than the 2nd place team.
The week concluded with a Health and Wellness Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Social. Focusing both on healthy body and healthy mind, it was a great wrap-up to a week filled with fun and engaging events.