Student Membership

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

In fact, expert advice is just a call or click away. Call 800.232.7645 or email to learn more about your benefits or get one-on-one guidance.

Networking and Growth

CDA is the largest state dental association in the ADA, which means you’re connected to more than 27,000 of the best and brightest in dentistry. Meet professional leaders and mentors at the nation’s leading dental convention, CDA Presents. Keep connected to trends and great moments from dental schools across California on social media. Gain valuable volunteer leadership experience. And, of course, use CDA’s job listings to aid your search for an associateship.

Resources and Support

CDA Practice Support isn’t just for practice owners — it’s a resource center to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry at every stage of their careers. Tap into the tools for new dentists, answers to common employment questions, tips on navigating the interview process and much more. Plus, get expert advice to transition into practice with ease.

Professional Liability Insurance

Before beginning your career in dentistry, you’ll need professional liability coverage — even for working interviews. As a CDA member, you’re eligible for protection from The Dentists Insurance Company, including a binder to cover the time between receiving your license and practicing. Even better, TDIC’s New Dentist Program makes the start of practice life easier and more affordable. You’ll pay just $50 or less for your first year of coverage and significant discounts in years two and three. Because TDIC was started by and only protects dentists, you’ll have access to professional liability and disability coverages, as well as risk management tools, designed with a unique understanding of your needs.

In the News
Foundation accepting applications for Student Loan Repayment Grant

Recent dental school graduates and students who will soon graduate from dental school can apply now through July 31 for the CDA Foundation’s 2019 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Awarded annually, the grant provides up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 in exchange for the recipient’s three-year commitment to care for the underserved. The application period closes at 11: 59 p.m., Wednesday, July 31.


Prop. 56 dentists loan repayment program opens April 1, awards up to $300K

A new loan repayment program is available for dentists and physicians who provide direct patient care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Eligible dentists may apply through Physicians for a Healthy California to receive up to $300,000 to apply toward their student loans in exchange for a five-year service obligation as a Medi-Cal provider.


New CDA Endorsed Program can help dentists save thousands on student loan debt

CDA is pleased to announce CommonBond as a CDA Endorsed Program that offers competitive student loan refinancing as a new member benefit. Student loan debt is one of the largest financial hurdles a dentist may face. The average educational debt for all indebted graduates in the class of 2018 for U.S. public and private dental schools was $251,869 and $326,133, respectively.


Maximize all of your membership benefits

Whether you’re new to the California Dental Association or a lifetime member, you likely already have a favorite benefit. But you may not be familiar with all of the perks that your CDA membership has to offer. This year, maximize the programs, services and expertise available to you through organized dentistry.


Kristian Ross-Patchin  email
Director, Membership & Administration
Practice Support
CDA Presents
CDA Student Representatives
Loma Linda University
2019 Matthew Mecheal
2019 Nanditha Rao (IDP)
2020 Dimitri Haber
2020 Youstina Mekhael (IDP)
2021 Peter Tafesh
2022 Joshua Penners
University of California at Los Angeles
2019 Sogole Tabatabaiepur
2019 Anila Alappatt (PPID)
2020 Kazim Mirza (PPID)
2020 Michelle Piasecki
2021 Brooke Brannon (TDIC Rep)
2022 Nisha Choksi
University of California at San Francisco
2019 Brittany Zhang
2019 Harry Gill (IDP)
2020 Rahul Nagda (IDP)
2020 Johanna Tan
2021 Kevin Hildebrandt
2022 Arielle Miller
University of Southern California
2019 Ruhee Jaffer
2019 Jay Patel (ASPID)
2020 Peter Kim
2020 Mili Shah (ASPID)
2021 Lina Shahinyan
2022 Scott Barlow
University of the Pacific
2019 Jasmine Flake
2019 Sayali Bhavsar (IDS)
2020 Stephanie Martini
2020 Chintan Patel (IDS)
2021 Lindsay Treppa
Western University of Health Sciences
2019 Marc Bernardo (TDIC Rep)
2020 Shelby Maurice
2021 Daniel Aclan
2022 Yousif Maizy