Dental Students
As a CDA student member, you have access to all things CDA. You are part of something much bigger: a community of professionals working together to shape the future of dentistry. CDA offers unique resources to support you in each stage of your career starting in dental school into retirement. Below is just the tip of the iceberg of resources relative to your needs as a dental student. If you have questions, we are always just an email or phone call away.
TDIC Professional & Business Liability Insurance
  • Started by dentists, and protecting dentists is all we do
  • Experts in the type and amount of insurance for every stage of your career
  • 30-year history and protect nearly 18,000 dentists nationwide
  • Five-minute short form and e-signature make the online application process a breeze

TDIC $50 New Dentists Program

Once you pass your board exams and obtain your license we have quite the present for you - pay just $50 for your first year of Professional Liability insurance with TDIC. What’s more, you’ll receive a 45% discount on your second year of practice and 25% on your third.  

Apply today.

Practice Support Resources
Tempted to use a new social tool? Wondering what Pinterest is and how you can use it to promote your practice? What's a tweet? These comprehensive and easy to follow guides (5) will give you step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the various platforms, review components of the registration process and offer tips on who, what, where, when, why and how to promote and "post" about your business! Your patients are online, shouldn't you be too?  
Dentists are faced with many career paths, especially in the first 10 years of practice. This chapter helps you understand and evaluate your employment choices, from private practice options such as solo ownership, group practice and associateships to public health and academics.  
There are many elements involved in marketing yourself for employment. In this chapter you will get tips to create an effective curriculum vitae, write a compelling cover letter and gain a better understanding of social media issues. We’ll also walk you through the interview process, from wardrobe to preparing for the ever-important personal interview.  
Entering private practice as an associate is the most common career option for recent graduates. Whether practice owner eventually suits or not, taking the time to carefully evaluate the practice through the interview process will help you create a successful career. This chapter details essential information such as legal issues, compensation plans, work relationships and more.  
In the News
CDA student delegates; strong voice for profession

Student delegates representing the six dental schools across California participated in the 2014 House of Delegates last month in San Diego. When the topic of Proposition 46 was brought up at the meeting, many of the student delegates in attendance took pride in the fact that they played a part in the No on Prop. 46 campaign.


Dugoni School of Dentistry opens new campus for classes

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s new 395,000-square-foot building in San Francisco held its first classes on July 14. The seven-story building (155 Fifth Street) underwent two years of renovation to be turned into the campus that now houses all academic programs and dental clinics.


UCLA dental students meet with legislators on CDA Advocacy Day

To help give dental students a voice, CDA hosted a Grassroots Advocacy Day at the Capitol with the UCLA School of Dentistry. Five CDA student representatives from the school traveled to CDA’s headquarters on Feb. 12 and spent the day meeting with legislators and touring the Capitol building.


Dental students help shape future of profession

Dental students from across the state had their voices heard at the CDA House of Delegates meeting in Sacramento. The student delegation at this year’s meeting on Nov. 15-17 included 32 dental students from the six dental schools in California. The voting delegation had a say in the issues discussed at the meeting and also used the event as an opportunity to network.


As a new crop of licensed dentists take the next steps in their dental careers this fall, there will be a host of new experiences ahead, including dealing firsthand with dental benefit plans. In order to gain a better understanding of what new dentists need to know about dental benefit plan issues, CDA reached out to three dentists who have less than five years of experience.


Networking key for new dentists starting career

New dentists and dental students should begin networking early and often in their careers to help them not only land a job, but also to build lasting relationships with colleagues who can provide advice throughout their time as dentists. CDA offers several networking opportunities for new dentists, such as the upcoming New Dentist Networking Event on Aug. 17 at CDA Presents San Francisco on Aug. 17. The event will feature several roundtable discussions such as creating a personal brand, gaining networking techniques and marketing yourself as a new associate.


How to apply for licensure in California

In California there are three pathways to licensure: clinical examination, licensure by credential and successful completion of at least one year of a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-approved general practice residency or advanced education program in general dentistry (referred to as PGY-1).

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Licensure Overview

Carrie HarcharikCarrie Harcharik  email
Dental School Programs Administrator
800.CDA.SMILE, ext. 5923
New Dentist Guide
CDA Compass
New Dentist Career Launch
Regional Leadership Training
CDA Presents Anaheim 2015
CDA Student Representatives
Loma Linda University
2015 Erica Becker
2015 Hanieh Hassani (IDP)
2016 Marianne Demirdji
2017 Deep Brar
University of California at Los Angeles
2015 Adrien Hamedi-Sangsari
2015 Katerina Spencer (PPID)
2016 Jessica Ma
2017 Matt Stephens
University of California at San Francisco
2015 Kimball Burton
2015 Shweta Dubey (IDP)
2016 Valentina Zahran
2017 Sepi Shafa
- Janelle Greene (CND Student Liaison)
University of Southern California
2015 Alexandria Grabowski
2015 Fatemeh Arabpour (ASPID)
2016 Alexandra Chamberlain
2017 Janice Lee
University of the Pacific
2015 Emily Vaccarezza
2015 Sumera Zeeshan (IDS)
2016 Rosemary Tran
Western University of Health and Science
2015 Jared Schultz
2016 Nicholas Bumacod
2017 Parker Mitchell