Since the establishment of the OU College of Dentistry, the ODA has been dedicated to helping dental students in many ways, including offering to extend full membership benefits to ASDA members, making them full ODA members.
The ODA is proud to offer the following student programs:
Student Fall Festival
Each August, all dental students and their families are invited to a back-to-school picnic at the ODA office. The event is complete with food and fun for the entire family. Students are also eligible to win one of the many door prizes donated by our Membership Council members.
Students are encouraged to join the American Student Dental Association while they are in dental school. Because of the financial strain dental school can be for students, the ODA pays half of the dues for each student that attends the Student Fall Festival!
ADA New Dentist Conference
Each year, the ADA holds a New Dentist Conference in different locations around the country. This is an exciting and useful conference for all new dentists, but many cannot afford to go. The ODA offers two $1,000 stipends each year so members can attend. One is always reserved for a graduating DSIV student.
This is a fun and informative event for junior and senior dental students which serves as an opportunity for them to become familiar with the avenues of practice financing and practice management. Dinner is included, door prizes are given away, and speakers present important information to assist the students in planning their future.
OUCOD Scientific Award
Each year, the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry holds an annual “Scientific Day” where dental students, dental hygiene students, and residents present findings from their research projects or new and innovative clinical techniques. The ODA provides a $300 award to one of the participants each year that helps offset their expenses when traveling to present their project at the ADA Annual Meeting.
ADA Student Programs
Titled “SUCCESS”, this series of practice management seminars is presented by the ADA annually to each of the four classes. To give the dental students a much-needed break in the middle of a full day of speakers, the ODA provides lunch during each of the seminars.
ASDA invites multiple companies that are dental-specific to this annual event. The ODA participates and distributes information about ODA membership and programs, as well as donates door prizes to assist in the event’s success.
OUCOD’s students participate in many of ODA’s other programs such as the Annual Meeting, the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy and Dentist Day at the Capitol. The ODA also provides lunch and other support during the annual student “Pizza & Politics” seminar. The ODA values student participation and provides these student programs in an effort to instill the belief that a lifetime of involvement in organized dentistry is essential to any dental career.
For more information about the Dental Student Programs, contact Kylie Ethridge, ODA Membership Services Manager, at [email protected] or 405.848.8873 / 800.876.8890.