THE NEXTDDS "Going Pro" Peer Networking Event Series Kicks Off in Los Angeles for Area Dental Schools

Posted by Eric Silverstein on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

September 8th marked the launch of THE NEXTDDS "Going Pro" Series, peer networking events conducted on behalf of dental students and THE NEXTDDS user community. The first event was hosted in Los Angeles, California, on behalf of invitees from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, UCLA School of Dentistry, Western University Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, and Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dozens of attendees came together after a full day of classes and patients for an evening of camaraderie, fun, and learning.

USC Attendees at the first THE NEXTDDS Going Pro event.


Upon arrival at the Radisson Hotel at USC, attendees were greeted at the registration booth by THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassadors Giuliana Di Piazza (USC ’17) and Asma Patel (Western ’17) and Eric Silverstein of Next Media Group, who hosted the event along with sponsors Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC, and Aspen Dental Management, Inc. Registrants received “Going Pro” VIP Admission Passes and personalized nametags as well as tickets for the evening’s complimentary refreshments. All had an opportunity to mingle and network with peers from other universities during the arrival portion of the event. The hors d’oeuvres included a perfectly seasoned chicken satay and delicious shrimp tempura, dumplings, and a first-class pita and hummus spread. Great foodstuffs will be a mainstay of THE NEXTDDS “Going Pro” events!

Special thanks to Giuliana and Asma for making the
evening a success for all their peers in attendance.


Dr. Brian LeSage of the Beverly Hills Institute of Dental Esthetics (and himself UCLA School of Dentistry faculty), contributed the keynote presentation for the evening. For the assembled dental students Dr. LeSage highlighted his own journey into dentistry and shared some of the experiences that enabled him to graduate from dental school and ascend into the ranks of the nation’s best-recognized dentists and educators. “He’s a great speaker,” said Gwendolyn G (Western ’20) “Motivational and really captured my attention 100%.” Importantly, Dr. LeSage offered recommendations on how each student can best position him/herself for the transition into practice after graduation.

“Very informative and engaging,” commented Joshua K (Western ’18). The keynote was followed by an interactive question-and-answer session that allowed Dr. LeSage to emphasize the need to continue the push for knowledge. It was clearly evident for all that Dr. LeSage’s recommendations were of particular interest to the Going Pro attendees.

Dr. LeSage’s experiences and the work he put into becoming a successful dentist resonated with the students, and he in turn applauded the attendees for their drive and passion to learn as much as possible in the time they can during dental school. Dr. LeSage also conveyed the importance of being confident in the craft of dentistry and being confident with one’s patients and staff.

Dr. Brian LeSage brings clarity to the transition from dental student to professional.


 Remarked Dr. LeSage, “Don’t get into dentistry for the money; do it because you enjoy it and the satisfaction you get in helping your patients. The day I stop having fun doing dentistry is the day I retire, but I hope I can do this forever.”

Dr. LeSage was warmly greeted by dental students following his presentation and fielded additional questions before the evening’s conclusion. All were extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend and expressed interest in similar events in the future!

Be sure to spread the word about THE NEXTDDS Going Pro peer networking events that will be hosted in Columbus, Chicago, New York, San Antonio, and Boston throughout Fall of 2016!

Tags: THE NEXTDDS, dental school, Going Pro, Los Angeles, Live Event

4 Advantages to Using the Online Dental Student Groups through THE NEXTDDS

Posted by THE NEXTDDS on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

One of the useful features of THE NEXTDDS is its Groups page created to enhance the user experience and connectivity. These groups allow you to connect with peers in your dental school or organization. Outlined below are features of THE NEXTDDS Groups that enrolled students can access right from their Profile pages. 



When you enroll in THE NEXTDDS, you are placed in your university’s or organization’s group page. From your Profile page, you can join or leave groups and invite your peers to your groups.


This message board can be used by only group members or THE NEXTDDS Administrator. Members can post important information about classes, campus events, meetings, and just about anything else they want to quickly communicate to all other group members.


Each group calendar is populated with the details from the school’s academic calendar (test dates, fundraising events, school holidays, etc.) as well as other events of interest in the dental community.


Each member has the opportunity to display his or her name, school and contact information on the group page, as well as a profile picture. These options (that a student can decline for privacy) are helpful for networking should a member choose to feature that information.

Access Your School Group

Groups provide you with many benefits and an instant connection with the enrolled dental student population. If you’re interested in serving as the Administrator for your dental school group or would like to form a group focused on your interests, you are welcome to contact us at Your peers, classmates and connections could be just a click away.

Tags: dental students, THE NEXTDDS, online, dental schools, networking, message board

THE NEXTDDS Magazine Fall 2015 Issue is Online!

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Fall_CoverYour Fall 2015 issue of THE NEXTDDS | Magazine is now available online! Among these pages you’ll find articles that discuss clinical procedures and how you as a practitioner will play a major role in the overall health awareness of your patient. Even more so, though, you’ll find pieces that focus on finding balance and inspiration, on contributing to oral health in your community and globally, and finding your niche as you transition from a curious dental student to an instrument-wielding professional.

A big part of the future of dentistry is interprofessional practice (as we explore in our feature article), beginning with your familiarity of other specialties and healthcare fields through interprofessional education. Learning from other practitioners in your area of expertise as well as other specialties or medical fields will benefit not only you as a well-rounded care-provider, but your patients as well. They will get the best quality healthcare when all of their providers are interconnected and can make recommendations to suit their health holistically.

In addition to being a practitioner who supports the overall health of his or her patients, you should try to promote your own well-being with exercise and time management, as the Magazine goes into in its Associateship and Finance features. By managing your time with patients and scheduling your workdays in advance, you can find a half hour here or there to show yourself some attention through some form of exercise, even if it means doing sit-ups or lifting light weights between appointments.

View the Fall 2015 Edition

Part of being a dental professional is understanding your impact and the ability you have to spread awareness of oral health issues and how they relate to the health of the whole person. Whether you prefer to remain local or want to take your knowledge around the globe, there are unlimited ways in which you can offer dental care and education to the underserved. Whether you pursue charitable efforts locally (such as the students mentioned in our article on Cupcake Wars at West Virginia University) or you want to see the world with dental chair in tow, your education and your skills are meant to be shared.

We hope the articles in this issue are interesting and helpful to you. THE NEXTDDS | Magazine is developed with you in mind, so if you have any experiences or feedback to share, please write to us at Whether you’re working on a research project you think would be of interest to fellow students or have requests for future article topics, we’re eager to hear from you!

We encourage you to visit and enjoy the autumn as you study to become the next great dentist!

Tags: THE NEXTDDS, Well-Being, Integrated Care

THE NEXTDDS at the 2015 ASDA Annual Session

Posted by John Papa on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 @ 10:16 AM


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To most of the students in attendance, the ASDA Annual Session Dental Expo last Thursday evening was all about trying to get their “Bingo Cards” stamped as quickly as possible for a chance to win some of the fantastic raffle prizes they were giving away. For THE NEXTDDS, the Dental Expo was a challenging, exciting, and rewarding opportunity to connect with student leaders and representatives from across the country.


For nearly three hours, we had a valuable opportunity to network with ASDA national leaders, chapter executives, even future ASDA movers and shakers, and to tell them all about the peer-reviewed educational resources (articles, videos, podcasts, clinical images, etc) and social features offered by THE NEXTDDS website. Students’ interest seemed particularly piqued by our Student Ambassador Blogs, and a surprising number of people were able to immediately recognize the Ambassador from their university by name alone. This unique event afforded us the chance to talk about THE NEXTDDS with dental students who flew in all the way fromCalifornia, as well as dental students from theBostonarea who could literally walk to the hotel where the event was taking place.

It was particularly exciting to finally meet and shake hands with many of the people whom we had only spoken to over the phone or through email correspondences in the past. Putting a face to a name, and having the chance to be in the same room with someone is an irreplaceable way to reinforce an existing relationship, or forge a new one.

We had the chance to meet THE NEXTDDS Student Ambassadors who were in attendance, continue to expand the Ambassador network, and even meet District Trustees and ASDA student executives. The atmosphere was truly special; after all, where else are you going to have ASDA President Kris Mendoza as a captive audience on a random elevator ride?

As the Expo went along, it became clear that everyone we spoke to was excited by the idea of THE NEXTDDS; who wouldn’t like the idea of free, scientifically sound educational content? This experience only further strengthened our belief that the appetite for adjunct education is real among the dental student population, and that we have the means and the technology to deliver it to them.

“It was great hanging out with (THE NEXTDDS Representatives) and talking to my colleagues about the program!”

- Emma Guzman, Student AmbassadorSUNYBuffaloSchoolof Dental Medicine

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As we continue to build THE NEXTDDS and our rapport with the dental students across the country, we know it will be important to attend more events like the ASDA Annual Session and individual school Vendor Fairs. If this event proved anything, it is that personal relationships are vital in such a relatively small community as we encounter in dental students, and we look forward to the challenge of bolstering these relationships in the months and years to come.

Tags: THE NEXTDDS, Emma Guzman, ASDA, Dental Expo, Student Ambassadors, Boston, Annual Session

Professor's Perspective: Dr. Charles Arcoria Talks Digital Resources

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

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Charles J. Arcoria, DDS, MBA
Adjunct Professor, A.T. Still University (ASDOH & MOSDOH)
Webmaster, Anesthesia Education & Safety Foundation (AESF)
Preceptor & Retiree, Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry

What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

The prospects for educating young students in the process of them becoming a practicing dentist.


What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

I use a variety of tools including Zoom, Blackboard, Powerpoint, Access, SharePoint Designer, Adobe Acrobat, Camtasia and Paint Shop Pro.


How often do you assign students material that requires online research?

At least once during a semester.


What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

Learn as much about the specific areas of interest to them, so that their dental practices can find a true niche.


Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators?

In general, I don’t see as much entrepreneurship in students as I did 25 years ago.  Today, students are more cautious about starting a business, possibly because of their overall indebtedness.


What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach?

Occlusion is difficult—it’s tougher for students to visualize mandibular movement without extensive graphics and videos.


What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?

Two things I wish I had spent time learning in school are the economics of dentistry and how to run a business.


Tags: classroom, education, digital, THE NEXTDDS, adjunct

Professor's Perspective: Dr. Matthew Brock

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

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Dr. Matthew Brock
Visiting Professor, Department of Endodontics
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry

1. What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

A lot of our patients present to us with a tooth that is hurting.  It is rewarding to know that we can diagnose which tooth is the source of the problem, treat it with a root canal and get them almost immediate relief.

2. What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

We use Schick 33 digital radiographs and use this to better educate our patients about a root canal, before and after the procedure.

    3. What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

    I would recommend to shadow other endodontist, have an idea of where you want to live and practice and don’t get into it thinking you are going to make “mega bucks”…

    4. Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators?

    I feel that they are a little more ready for instant gratification and sometimes have unrealistic expectations of what it takes to build a solid practice.  I feel that it is easy to have mentor and assume that you to will be there in a year or two, whereas the reality is that it can take 5-10 years to build a practice.

      5. What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?

      I typically use video filmed through my microscope & radiographs in my Powerpoint or Key note presentations.

      6. Why did you choose your specialty?

      My step-father, John McSpadden, limited his practice to endodontics in the 1970s and developed the McSpadden Compactor, and later NiTi rotary files in the early 1990s.  I watched his NiTi rotary file company grow & even worked with the company 2 summers during college and found what he was doing fascinating and decided that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

      7. What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?

      A lot of research is manipulated by the principal investigators to prove or illustrate the point that their sponsor is trying to promote.  This leads us to a lot of articles that are basically paid advertisements that people sometimes read as the latest and greatest.

      Tags: classroom, education, THE NEXTDDS, technology, student, dental, advice, specialty, endodontics, elearning, educator

      Henry Schein & THE NEXTDDS Extend Support to Local ASDA Chapters

      Posted by John Papa on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 @ 02:38 PM

      In conjunction with Henry Schein, the launch of the “Student Ambassador Scholarship Program”, and the continuation of our “Grass-Roots” campaign, THE NEXTDDS has attended chapter-sponsored ASDA events at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, and SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. These opportunities allowed THE NEXTDDS representatives to interface with dental students, exchange insights, and build a more personal relationship with those in attendance.

      Throughout these events, we were equally encouraged by speaking directly with some of the 11,000 enrolled members of THE NEXTDDS, as well as students who had not yet been introduced to the program but were eager to join the community once informed.

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      Henry Schein school store managers, Pat Monaghan (Temple), Brande Daniels (VCU), and John Sloane (Stony Brook) were instrumental in facilitating our participation and introducing us to some key student leaders.

      While these events represent one facet of the program’s long-term outreach initiative, we believe in the mission of THE NEXTDDS as striving to provide relevant tools and resources for all of tomorrow’s practitioners, and will continue our grassroots engagement efforts throughout 2014 and beyond.

      Tags: THE NEXTDDS, VCU, Temple, Grass-roots, Henry Schein, Stony Brook

      10 Things You May Not Know About THE NEXTDDS

      Posted by John Papa on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 @ 09:58 AM

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      1. THE NEXTDDS is Completely Free for Dental Students.

      Validating your identity as a U.S. dental student permits you free enrollment and free access to all the resources of THE NEXTDDS.  You have no fees to join our expanding community of dental students, and incur no monthly charges of any kind.  Interested in joining THE NEXTDDS as an international dental student?  Send us an email ( so we can determine how we may be able to assist.


      1. THE NEXTDDS is Built EXCLUSIVELY for Dental Students.

      From our glossary of dental terms to our podcasts with your fellow students—certainly the soon-to-be-launched Testing tool—contents on THE NEXTDDS are developed specifically for dental students and residents.  Our mission is to support your critical thinking, comprehension, and competency in concepts relevant to your classroom training and patient care.


      1. Content Features on THE NEXTDDS are Reviewed for Accuracy and Quality Prior to Posting.

      Before it is posted to THE NEXTDDS, each article, instructional tutorial, blog, diagram, series of clinical photos, etc. is reviewed by subject matter experts—our Academic Advisory Board members.  This review process ensures the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, and overall quality of every feature posted for your review and reference.


      1. Students Can Easily Mark Content “Favorites” and Share Content.

      Adding videos, articles, cases, podcasts, or other content to your personal “Favorites” menu, or even sharing content with your classmates (i.e., via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) is as simple as one click of a button. Favorites are easily accessible from your profile, and all content can be quickly shared with a peer, study group, social network, or any other enrolled member of THE NEXTDDS. Favorites can also be quickly recalled when studying for your Finals, NBDE I, NBDE II, or Licensure exams.


      1. THE NEXTDDS is Launching a New Testing Tool.

      Currently in beta testing, THE NEXTDDS will soon unveil a unique testing feature that will allow you to study for your NBDE I, NBDE II, and Licensure exams in a an engaging, easily accessible online format. Use random question banks of matching, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and essay questions, along with videos, diagrams/illustrations, didactic images, timing tools, and instant feedback/grading features to prepare for your exams like never before.


      1. THE NEXTDDS Groups are Based on Dental Schools and Organizations.

      Upon enrollment in THE NEXTDDS, you are automatically placed in your dental school’s social group. All group pages feature a school calendar of events, message board, and group-wide document sharing, and allow you to easily connect with all of your classmates on THE NEXTDDS. You can also join groups built for dental organizations (AO, HDA, etc) that help you network and engage with like-minded peers and fellow organization members.


      1. Users Control Their Personal Privacy Settings in THE NEXTDDS.

      User privacy is important to THE NEXTDDS. For this reason, all of your personal privacy settings are completely customizable, and you can set exactly what information others will see when they view your profile. To change your settings, simply click the “My Settings” button at the top of any page on THE NEXTDDS, then click “Privacy Settings” and adjust to your desired specifications.


      1. Members of THE NEXTDDS Have Access to Online Learning Events and Webinars.

      THE NEXTDDS offers its members access to exclusive webinars, streams, and online learning events in the dental space. Stay abreast of important web-based events and opportunities that will aid in your dental education. Important dental news, as well announcements from the industry's leading associations and organizations, are distributed to members through eNewsletters, Facebook, and Twitter throughout the year.


      1. Exclusive Offers Are Available to Enrolled Members of THE NEXTDDS.

      Enrolled members of THE NEXTDDS are also eligible to participate in activities that help measure users’ interests and needs during their time readying for a career in dentistry. We use such feedback in planning future content, tools, and new ideas for the website, and provide special “exclusives” as a way of showing our gratitude for your time.


      1. We’re Interested in Spreading Awareness of THE NEXTDDS and its Instructional Goals.

      As you plan the next lunch-and-learn, vendor fair, webinar, or social activity for your chapter or classmates, know that THE NEXTDDS is interested in participating too. Attending dental student events is a valuable way for us to make new acquaintances, share our educational goals with dental students and faculty members, and spread awareness of this free resource. Simply follow this link to our Sponsorship Page to share pertinent information that we’ll use in planning our activity calendar for the coming year.

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