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Like many of you, I joined CDA in dental school simply because I was asked.
But after graduation, when I started a dental practice from scratch, it quickly became apparent that being a CDA member was about more than an annual dues payment. From a literal cost savings to protections from factors that would disrupt our profession, CDA has delivered benefits that more than pay for the cost of annual dues year after year.
Here are a few reasons I am committed to being a CDA member for life.
What is harder to capture in pure evidence is the camaraderie with my peers and this community of best-in-class dental professionals, which has been the best part of being a member. All of you have made me want to be a better dentist, family man, person and friend.
These reasons and more are why it is concerning to me to hear my fellow members question the value of CDA, particularly in a year that has disrupted our work—and the world—in unprecedented ways. Organized dentistry works because we are dues-paying members. It’s an incredible value for our dollar, pandemic or no pandemic. I look at it like this: It does not cost to be a CDA member; it pays to be a CDA member.
Before your 2021 renewal statement arrives later this year, I encourage my fellow dentists to tune in to see how your dues dollars are spent to benefit you. Renewing your membership is a vow to support your peers. It’s a pledge to maintaining our collective strength with an organization that works tirelessly on our behalf. All we have to do in return is show up.
Let’s commit to being CDA members for life.
By Richard Barnes, DDS
Kerry K. Carney, DDS
Journal Editor in Chief