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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.

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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.
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Student Delegation

Connect to the profession’s best and brightest in our online community, at the nation’s most exciting dental convention, and through leadership opportunities.

Student Representatives

Loma Linda University
University of California at Los Angeles
2020
Kazim Mirza (PPID)
Michelle Piasecki
2021
Brooke Brannon (TDIC Rep) 
Daniel Kruk-Leathy (PPID)
2022
Nisha Choksi
2023
Ariana Faron (Vice Chair)
University of San Francisco
2020
Rahul Nagda (IDP)    
Johanna Tan
2021
Kevin Hildebrandt 
Jasleen Kaur (IDP)
2022
Arielle Miller (Chair)
2023 
Shannon Walker
University of Southern California
2020
Peter Kim
Mili Shah (ASPID)
2021
Lina Shahinyan 
Shubha Pewa (ASPID) (LDC Rep)
2022
Scott Barlow
2023
Sam Sheridan
University of the Pacific
Western University of Health Sciences

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

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.

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

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.

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