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ADAA Delighted to Announce Winners of the 2023 Merit Scholar Award and Student Achievement Award

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 ADAA Merit Scholar Award and the 2023 Student Achievement Award. ADAA Merit Scholar Award: Awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in academic and clinical performance, as well as in teamwork and leadership. This recognition is based on their involvement in campus programs and/or community activities. In addition, recipients are granted a one-year paid ADAA membership. ADAA Student Achievement Award: Given to a student who showcases leadership skills through various dentistry-related activities, including in-class endeavors, student organizations, and participation in local/state dental

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ADAA Seeks Volunteers to Review Online Courses

We have an exciting opportunity for you to make a meaningful contribution to ADAA’s education programs. As you may know, our online courses must be reviewed every three years for accreditation purposes. We are now actively seeking volunteers to help with this crucial process. As a course reviewer, your responsibilities will include: Conducting a thorough review of assigned courses. Ensuring that course information is up-to-date. Validating that the references cited are still relevant. Confirming that the course content remains applicable. Your expertise and insights will play a vital role in

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ADAA Announces Partnership with Torch Dental: Elevate Patient Care with Quality Supplies

We’re excited to introduce our collaboration with Torch Dental, bringing exclusive benefits to ADAA members. Through this partnership, we are committed to providing dental assistants with top-tier supplies, thereby enhancing patient outcomes. As an ADAA member, you receive:  DSO Level Pricing: All ADAA members enjoy DSO level pricing on their orders with Torch, regardless of the size of their practice. Waived Signup Fees: ADAA members benefit from waived signup fees for any referrals they make, a value currently pegged at $500. This offers a significant saving to our community. Torch

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Letter From Leadership: Mary Beth Sojka

Dear ADAA Members, As we approach our 100th anniversary in November 2024, I find myself reflecting on history, particularly, our most recent history. I’ve heard questions and comments from members regarding where ADAA stands.  So, for this month’s message, I want to clearly communicate where ADAA stands today.  In order to understand where ADAA stands, we have to consider where we have been over the last decade. There have been monumental changes. ADAA parted ways with its direct hire Executive Director in 2014 and moved to an association management company for the

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Announcement: ADAA Board Nominations Now Open!

The Nominating Committee is calling for nominations for the Board of Directors for the following positions: President-Elect First Vice President Second Vice President Director-at-Large (2 positions) Click Here to Submit Your Nomination Officer Eligibility Requirements:  Must be either a Professional, Life or Federal Services member of ADAA  President Elect nominees must have served in a leadership capacity on the ADAA Board of Directors for a full term in either a director or officer position  First and Second Vice Presidents must have served in a leadership capacity with the ADAA which may include

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ADAA shares in the grief of the dental community at the loss of Ms. Ann Battrell, CEO of ADHA

ADAA shares in the grief of the dental community at the loss of Ms. Ann Battrell, MSDH, RDH, CEO of ADHA since 2016 The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) shares in the grief of the dental community at the loss of Ms. Ann Battrell, MSDH, RDH, who served as CEO of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) since 2016. Ann passed on June 7, 2023. Following a highly successful professional career as a recognized innovator, notable collaborator, and national leader.  Ann was the first dental hygienist to serve as the

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Letter From Leadership: Mary Beth Sojka

Dear ADAA Graduate Members! Congratulations on your commencement! Now it’s time to embark on your professional journey as much-needed dental assistant. There are plenty of employers eagerly waiting to hire you. And being connected to a leading, trusted dental association such as the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) will help you go far. Our association was founded by a group of professionals who understood the importance of a strong professional organization that can help dental assistants excel in their careers. For almost a century, we’ve been doing just that. To

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Letter From Leadership: Mary Beth Sojka

Dear ADAA Members,  I have exciting news to share. ADAA has undergone a remarkable transformation as we embrace technology and step into the twenty-first century. Our partnership with Kellen has allowed us to continue our journey towards success and excellence.  Sheila O’Neal, our new Executive Director, is supported by a dedicated team of professionals that are committed to seeing ADAA thrive. While we aren’t their only clients, rest assured that ADAA holds a special place for them.  To enhance communication and streamline queries, we’ve ventured into the digital realm. You

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Letter From Leadership: Mary Beth Sojka

Dear Members, Graduation season is here, and I can’t help but think of our many student members who have put in the hard work and dedication over the years to reach this very most important milestone. This is an exciting time they are entering—a new profession, putting learned skills to use. I also remember the time, many years ago, when I graduated. I went to a BOCES program during my final two years of high school. I was young, inexperienced, and so very excited. However, I lacked one thing in

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