The GDA / American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Partners in Profession mentor program connects practicing dentists with students eager to learn about what their future holds. Leaders in the ASDA chapter at Georgia Health Sciences University work hard to find PIP mentor matches for interested students. After being matched, the partners are encouraged to talk on the phone, share emails, and meet in person where possible.

The GDA / ASDA PIP program is intended to build lasting relationships among future colleagues, as well as allow students and practicing dentists to learn about obstacles facing the profession and how to accomplish dental goals. Participating dentists are encouraged to set students on the fast track to GDA involvement and show them the value of being a member of organized dentistry.

“I am excited for how we can assist our students, but also how this will lift the GDA,” said Dr. Mike Vernon, under whose GDA presidency this program reached its year one anniversary. “I am sure this will help the GDA develop leaders and committed members as the mentors discuss issues and possible changes to our profession.”

The mentor program kicked off during Dr. Jay Harrington’s term as GDA president. He stated that he was happy to see the program up and running. “One of my goals as President was to see us revitalize this important program.”

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