Student Membership

As a student member of CDA, you are part of a dynamic community of professionals who work together to shape the future of dentistry. Students at California’s six dental schools have full access to membership benefits. CDA offers unique resources for each stage of your career, starting with support during dental school and transition into practice life.

Make New Connections
  • Get involved at the local level with your dental society membership.
  • Network with your peers in the official CDA Students Group on Facebook.
  • Share great moments on Twitter and Instagram by posting with #cdaproud.
  • Meet mentors and learn professional skills through volunteer leadership.
Attend Amazing Events
  • Experience CDA Presents, the nation’s most brilliant dental convention.
  • Join in free Student Networking Events in Anaheim and San Francisco.
  • Take part in special CDA mixers and programs during the school year.
  • Volunteer at CDA Cares and help us deliver health and hope others in need.
Manage Your Money

Special Benefits for Students

We understand that you’re just getting started, so we’ve designed savings, support and solutions to help you get ready to enter your new profession.

CDA Students Group on Facebook

Connect with dental students across California to share insights, offer encouragement and foster camaraderie. Whether you're a D1 and have questions on what to expect or a D4 who can offer guidance, you’ve got the support of your peers and CDA.

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Student Loan Repayment Programs

To offset some of the financial burden of careers in public or community health, CalHealthCares awards grants to select physicians and dentists who commit to provide access to care for Medi-Cal patients. The next application cycle begins in January 2020.

Learn About CalHealthCares

Student Representatives

University of California at Los Angeles
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
Ruhee Jaffer
Jay Patel (ASPID)    
Peter Kim
Mili Shah (ASPID)
Lina Shahinyan
Scott Barlow
University of the Pacific
Western University of Health Sciences
Marc Bernardo (TDIC Rep)    
Shelby Maurice
Daniel Aclan
Yousif Maizym

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I ensure my membership information is up to date?

As a graduating senior, you can update your membership information or complete the membership application online. After licensure, you will become a member of the ADA, CDA and the local dental society closest to your school. When you establish a permanent address, contact your local dental society or update your profile online

How do I get connected to my local dental society?

You will remain a part of the dental society local to your school until you graduate. Then your local dental society will be determined by your primary practice address. If you do not have a practice address, the transfer will be determined by your home address.

Find your local dental society.

If I plan on entering a specialty or residency program outside of California, should I still update my membership information?

Absolutely. Once you return to California and start practicing, you can update your membership with your new information.

If I am entering a residency or postgraduate program, can I still be a member?

Yes. Contact CDA directly to transition to postgraduate membership.

I plan on entering a specialty or residency program. When does my free first year of free membership start?

Your first year of free CDA membership will start when you finish the program.

Do I need to apply separately for membership with the ADA or my local society?

No. You will transition automatically to a tripartite (ADA, CDA and your local dental society) member when you graduate.

If I have an associateship, can I provide it as my primary office address?

Yes. As soon as you begin to practice, you will need to contact CDA or your local dental society with your new address. If that new address is outside your dental school component's territory, your membership may be transferred to the society local to the address of your associateship.

What if I can't remember if I've filled out an application, or if I need to update or make changes to my existing membership information?

Our helpful member service representatives are here for you. Call CDA at 800.232.7645 to speak directly to a representative about your membership application or to obtain your ADA number. You can also update your membership information online.

What is the component (local dental society) jurisdiction for my dental school?

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