Helping Dental Students Succeed

OU ASDAWhen you join ASDA, you are given a voice in both your education and profession and a chance to be part of a strong network of future dentists. You will also have the opportunity to develop the leadership skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life. The ODA is proud of our strong relationship with the OU College of Dentistry and dedicates time and resources to providing valuable programs to dental students, now and after they graduate! As a member of ASDA, you are also a member of the ADA and the ODA so join today to begin taking advantage of benefits and resources that will continue into your years as a practitioner.

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ODA Student Programs

The ODA is proud to offer the following student programs:


Mentorship Program

Mentor programs in the dental profession are an integral part of the professional continuum. Mentor/Mentee relationships provide a structure for gathering opinions, providing guidance and support, obtaining answers to questions and strengthening the professional bonds. With the support from a dedicated dentist, you can be more successful as a student and as a member of the dental profession.


Student Fall Festival

Join the ODA for our annual 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. 


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. 

The 2018 ADA New Dentist Conference will be in Honolulu, Hawaii! 


OUCOD Scientific Award

Dr. Michael Auld presents Greg Ragulsky with an ODA stipend for the ADA New Dentist Conference.

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. OUCOD’s students participate in many of ODA’s other programs such as 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. 


DentFest

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. 


Progressive Office Tour

The Progressive Office Tour is a free evening for the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry's DS3s to see the latest and greatest dental technology in their own backyard. Students will be sent in one of three groups going to either Norman, Edmond or Oklahoma City dental offices for an opportunity to tour the office, learn about different specialties and hear what ODA membership is all about.

The 2017 Progressive Office Tour has been completed. Watch for future dates!

For more information about the Dental Student Programs, contact the ODA Membership Team, at membership@okda.org or 405.848.8873 / 800.876.8890.

Helpful Resources for Students

Understanding Organized Dentistry ➜

Licensure ➜

Access all of the past ODA Marketing Coach articles in one place, along with other resources. 

Dental Loan Repayment Plan ➜
The Oklahoma Dental Association Journal is the official publication of the ODA.

Classifieds
View practices for sale and job openings

ADA for Dental Students ➜
Read the past ODA monthly e-newsletters and catch up on news you missed. 

ADA New Dentist Blog
The ODA is proud to offer online continuing education opportunities free for members. 

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