Q & A with Dr. Christopher Arena, ADEA Vice President for Students

In March 2003, the Council of Students elected Dr. Arena to his first term as COS Vice President. He is currently serving his third and final term. By including the Vice President for Students on its Board of Directors, ADEA ensures that students have a voice at the table when all key decisions for the Association are made.

Breaking the Dark Cloud of Faculty Shortage

Many assumptions fill dental schools. Faculty believe the administration will attract motivated new students, willing to learn. Students expect outstanding facilities in which to learn. Students look for guidance from numerous engaging faculty members. Unfortunately, during my last three years of dental school, I have seen the last assumption modified.

An Act of Love in Guatemala

During the summer of 2005, many Puerto Rican volunteers from the nonprofit organization “Iniciativas de Paz-Brigadas de Paz” went to a Guatemalan community called San Jose de Nacahuil to provide medical, dental, and educational services. The purpose of the mission was to help others in a volunteer service, to transform lives, and above all, to receive love.

ADEA and AADR Launch Innovative Faculty Recruitment Program for Students

With the dental school faculty shortage expected to grow in the future, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) have joined forces to launch an innovative faculty recruitment program that will encourage and prepare students to enter academic dentistry. Designed to reach students attending all U.S. and Canadian dental schools, the new Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program is being established with $100,000 in support from the American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF), the charitable arm of the American Dental Association.

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