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U of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Student Ben Youel Elected ASDA VP Nationally
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry D-4 student Ben Youel was elected a Vice President of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), a national post he will hold through March 2013.
Youel is one of two ASDA Vice Presidents who, along with the President and ASDA Executive Director Nancy Honeycutt, comprise the ASDA Executive Committee.
On the third day, of the ASDA general session in Minneapolis in March, the first vote put Youel in the top three, and then the ASDA House of Delegates asked the trio five more questions before a second round of voting. The final result was for Colleen Green of Harvard for President, and Youel and Alex Barton, a female student from Virginia Commonwealth, for Vice Presidents.
The Executive Committee “runs the association day to day,” Youel explained. “We appoint delegates to represent ASDA to the American Dental Association [ADA] annual session, and the three of us split up other national meetings throughout the year. So we’re the three people most qualified to speak for American dental students.”
The issues that this year’s Executive Committee plans to tackle are dental student debt, member advocacy, and leadership development.
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The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry offers the DMD dental degree and various dental specialty degrees, and provides oral healthcare to patients.The College is located at 801 S. Paulina St. in Chicago. More than 320 students are in the DMD Program and International Dentist Degree Program. Specialty programs are offered in Orthodontics, Endodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with 80 postgraduate students enrolled across these programs. The College annually provides 90,000 patient treatment appointments in its clinics, for 27,000 patients in active treatment. http://dentistry.uic.edu/