NYUCD placed first among dental schools in two categories during the American Dental Education Association's
(ADEA's) Open Membership Challenge in January. The program challenged dental schools across the nation to compete
to see which school could enroll the highest number of students, faculty and staff in the ADEA during a free,
one-month open enrollment period. Prior to the introduction of the open enrollment period, individuals wishing to
join the ADEA paid dues of $125 each year.
The schools competed in four categories for 12 complimentary registrations at the Annual Session
in Orlando in March. Between January 2nd and January 31st, the competition produced a total of 5,407 new ADEA
members. NYUCD achieved the highest total number of new student members (802) and new faculty and staff members
NYUCD's participation in this initiative was coordinated by Dr. Elise S. Eisenberg, Director of Dental
Informatics & Digital Support Services, and Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
"Open membership is a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together under the ADEA umbrella
to advance dental education and take advantage of special programs and services, leadership training and networking
opportunities," said Dean Alfano. "I'm proud that NYUCD contributed so significantly to the impressive increase in