D2 Michael Hong has been nominated by his fellow American Student Dental Association (ASDA) representatives to receive the ASDA Award of Excellence, and was presented with the certificate and by UCSF Dentistry Dean John D.B. Featherstone, with his congratulations, accompanied by fellow ASDA @ UCSF cabinet members D3s Shahab Parsa (President) and Sara Adabi (Vice President).
The award honors the spirit of volunteerism by recognizing one student from each dental school for achieving superior levels of participation or leadership in service to other students, their school or local community.
Hong was one of the main organizers behind the immensely successful, first-ever ASDA Admit Day  this Spring, bringing members of the newly-admitted Class of 2017 to campus well in advance of their official arrival in mid-September.
The incoming students attended student-prepared "mini lectures", took alginate impressions and identified adult tooth anatomy while working with equipment in the Fleming Pre-Clinical Lab, explored summer research fellowship opportunities, and had their questions about dental school answered during student Q&A panels with representatives from all current classes.
Left to right: Shahab Parsa, Dean Featherstone, Michael Hong, and Sara Adabi.
ASDA @ UCSF