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ATSU-ASDOH student chapter recognized at ADEA conference, D2 student elected to national position

ATSU-ASDOH faculty and students at the 2023 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. From left to right: Ahmed Mahrous, DDS, MS, associate professor, director, CAD/CAM; Amira Elgreatly, DDS, MS, assistant professor; Joe Chang, DDS, MS, assistant professor; Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, associate professor, director, public health dentistry and teledentistry; Sammie Yineman, DMD, MPH, assistant professor; Robert Trombly, DDS, JD, professor, dean; Laura Betancour, D2; Colleen Trombly, RDH, MHSA, assistant professor; and Dalena Ha, D2.

Students and faculty from A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) recently attended the 2023 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition, where students were recognized for excellence in their dental education.

ATSU-ASDOH’s ADEA student chapter was awarded both the gold distinguished chapter award and the outstanding chapter in innovation award. The ADEA chapter at ATSU-ASDOH strives to advance ADEA’s mission, while also promoting knowledge and awareness among the dental student community.

Second-year dental student Dalena Ha, D2, was also elected as secretary of the ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows (COSRF) executive board. As secretary, Ha will work to advocate for dental students, residents, and fellows on a national level, and will also work to provide a forum for networking with other students, residents, fellows, faculty, and administrators. 

“I am so humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve as secretary of the ADEA COSRF executive board. I would like to thank Robert Trombly, DDS, JD, professor, dean, Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, associate professor, director, public health dentistry and teledentistry, Joe Chang, DDS, MS, assistant professor, and ATSU-ASDOH faculty for their support throughout this process. I’m excited to collaborate with dental students nationally to advance dental education,” Ha said of her appointment to this role. 

Dr. Howell said of the group’s achievements, “This student group is relatively new and only started a few years ago. I’ve had the honor of being their faculty adviser from the beginning and have seen them grow and become more involved at ATSU-ASDOH. This is the first year our students have been able to attend the ADEA Annual Session and share what they are doing at ATSU-ASDOH with the broader ADEA community. To show up for the first time and then win a couple awards, I couldn’t be more proud of them and the work they have put in. And then with Dalena getting elected to a national role within ADEA, it just shows how amazing ATSU-ASDOH students are. They are true leaders in the dental community and I can’t wait to see what else they do.”


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