Student Member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association
Student Members of ADHA are a part of the professional organization that represents the student voice and is open to all students enrolled in entry level and graduate level dental hygiene programs throughout the country. By becoming Student Member you have taken a significant step in your future and have chosen to enter an important role in the oral health care profession. Whether you have just started school, or are close to graduation, your Student Membership to ADHA is your critical link to the dental hygiene profession.
You are the primary driving force in your association and the essential foundation upon which the future of dental hygiene is based. This website will offer you information and many opportunities as you progress through your dental hygiene education and after graduation. Be sure to visit often to learn about the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists' Association and the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
Student Member Conversion: If you are a recent graduate, you can convert your student membership to an active membership at adha.org.
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Tyler Eatchel - Forsyth, Lauren Partington - Vermont Tech, Flor Piedrasanta - Quinsigamond Community College
Messages from Flor and Tyler from Phoenix 2012!
Flor C Pedrasanta 2012 Quinsigamond Community College Graduate
For me, there was no better way to kick start a career in dental hygiene than to attend the 2012 ADHA CLL meetings at the 89th annual session in Phoenix Arizona. I realize not everyone gets this opportunity and I am grateful to have had the great fortune of being selected by MDHA as one of two dental hygiene graduating students to attend this summer. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to be immersed in all things dental, while visiting a beautiful city where the sights were awe-inspiring.
The week for me was filled with many noteworthy activities. I attended the student mega issues and was able to take part in some very insightful discussions regarding our profession and the student voice. I gained perspective from speaking to other students from varying backgrounds from across the United States. I met individuals that are just as eager and excited about the future of dental hygiene as I am. In addition, I learned ways to improve my own professional development. For example, I took a class where I received some very good advice on how to craft a resume that would not just get me a job, but rather set me up on a path to a successful career. I'm certain that the information I learned in my meetings will continue to help me for many years.
As a recent graduate, the networking opportunity was better than I could have ever hoped for. I was able to meet some of the best hygienists in the country and learn from their stories and their real world experiences. Of course, there was business to take care of and I've now begun to understand the work that goes into keeping our profession strong and fruitful. While at the conference I was quickly able to grasp the important role of our delegates and the responsibility that we as hygienists have, to be an active part of our professional organization.
Naturally, such an amazing trip would not have been complete without some fun in the sun! During my stay in Arizona I experience their local flavor, food atmosphere and the views, all spectacular! I couldn't have asked for a better way to start this new chapter in my life. I am so grateful to MDHA for their generosity and their faith in me. It was an honor to have been selected. Next year it's Boston's turn to shine as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dental hygiene profession. What a milestone and to be able to celebrate it in our home turf is even more amazing. Once again, thank you, for everything. I can't wait to do it all again next year!
Tyler Eatchel, District I Student Delegate - Forsyth
I had a great time in Phoenix. The activities were engaging and gave me a sense of what the association is all about. It was a great experience for me to attend the session and I now have a greater appreciation for what happens on the forefront of dental hygiene.