At the 2019 ASDA National Leadership Conference, the SPEA National board had the privilege to attend the three-day affair in Chicago, Illinois. Why is NLC one of the most prominent leadership conferences for predentals and dental students to date? Alongside the beautiful Chicago skyline, deep-dish pizza and marveling at “The Bean”, over 830 attendees from 65 dental schools came to develop their leadership in dentistry, business, and professionalism by networking and listening to captivating presentations on a variety of topics. There were three keynote speakers and more than 50 breakouts that students could choose from.
Megan is National SPEA’s Vice-Chair, and she noted, “Chicago with National SPEA was absolutely amazing! In addition to bonding with the old and new board members, I gained so much knowledge about the future of dentistry and dental licensure. I was honored to be in great company for a weekend and can’t wait to put the tips and tricks I’ve learned to work!”
This weekend marked two months since Annual Session, the National SPEA Board members’ last meeting, and there was anticipation about catching up and discussing the future of the organization at the local and national levels. Our very own Executive Director Dr. Mike Meru presented on ethical dilemmas in the dental office, including issues with live patient licensure utilized in dental schools today. Other presentations included topics such as managing a successful practice, an intraoral photography tutorial, tips on getting into residency and more. It was a full and exciting weekend, that inspired attendees to be compassionate, effective, and well-rounded dentists. What were some of your favorite takeaways? Until next time, NLC!