Our chapter is built upon three core values: dedication towards service, involvement in advocacy and the inclusion of our entire student body.
Our ASDA chapter at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is getting stronger. Our main goal is to have a highly active chapter that is at the core of the dental experience here at CWRU SODM. We have begun to weave our way back into the dental school experience through our new and existing outreach programs in addition to our annual staple events. We have renewed our relationships with the Ohio Dental Association and the Greater Cleveland Dental Society, which has opened up opportunities for our students, as well as connected us to our community more than ever before.
Another important facet to our ASDA chapter is community outreach. This is something that we have continually strived for, as it has been important to our legislation in our school, as well as the program. We recently were able to get a group of students involved in a Guatemala outreach program, which proved to be not only beneficial to the community in Guatemala but also extremely gratifying to those students who were involved. Case Western also houses a very strong Center for AIDS research, so we have been able to capitalize on that and reach out to the community with our AIDS taskforce. This is a relationship we would like to continue to foster and hope to see huge strides within our school in the future concerning oral health education to HIV/AIDS patients
We hope to show each dental student within our chapter how important it is to be involved in organized dentistry. Not only to show them how important this is now as students, but also how it can be an integral part of their future professional careers. Ideally we want to keep our students informed on current dental issues and let them know that their concerns will be heard and taken to the appropriate legislative bodies.
Here at Case Western Reserve University, all of our students are automatically enrolled as members of ASDA. We believe that all dental students should be given the opportunity to join an organization that represents our voices, advocates for our profession and strives to positively impact our community