Resources for New Dentists

CDA offers a variety of tools to help you easily navigate the transition into your new profession and your early years.

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Resource Library
You already have access to explore hundreds of Practice Support resources. See popular guides and checklists linked below. Or, search the Resource Library by topic or keyword.

Expert Advice
Have a question about the business side of dentistry? Call a dedicated analyst on the Practice Support team or use our Ask an Expert online form.

Professional Insurance
Benefit from The Dentists Insurance Company’s New Dentist Program. Pay only $50* for the first year of TDIC Professional Liability coverage, and get substantial discounts for years two and three. Plus, get no-cost Risk Management guidance by phone.

Job Search
Facilitate your career search with our dentistry-focused online Classifieds. See the latest job postings in dentistry and easily apply.

News for New Dentists
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.


Loan repayment grant recipient’s life experiences define passion to serve

The CDA Foundation has named Andrea Ustarez, DDS, the recipient of its 2018 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Awarded annually to a recent dental school graduate, the grant assists with repayment of education loans in exchange for the recipient’s commitment to care for the underserved. Dr. Ustarez will receive up to $105,000 over three years to put toward repayment of her student loans while she realizes her goal of working in public health.


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Loan Repayment Programs

Loan repayment programs exist to support those interested in pursuing a career in dentistry. Many of these programs have been created specifically to increase access to care for underserved populations. Click on the links below to learn what’s available to you.

CDA Foundation
Dental Board of California
CA Office of Health Planning & Development
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
US Department of Veterans Affairs (GI bill)
Indian Health Services