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Dental Student Resources

Organized dentistry is a valuable resource to you as a student member as you continue to prepare for your career in dentistry. The MDA works with the students at the UMKC School of Dentistry and A.T. Still University to provide programs and services, such as Food for Thought, Dental Decks, scholarships and more. For questions about student benefits or any of the following student programs, contact Stacey Kloeppel, Membership Manager.

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We know it's often easier to receive a text reminder than to have tons of messages filling up your email inbox. Simply complete the form to receive text reminders about Food For Thought lunches, other MDA student events and scholarship due dates.

Free Dental Student Membership Includes

  • Members Only Access: Get access to Members Only areas of MDA and ADA websites.
  • Insurance: A complete array of products and services including board exam policies and health, life, disability, home and auto insurance for students and their families, all from the MDA subsidiary, Missouri Dental Insurance Services (MDIS).
  • Scholarships: Available each year from the MDA Foundation.
  • Food for Thought: Guest speakers and free lunches.
  • Student Delegate: Representation at the MDA House of Delegates.
  • Free Registration and CE Courses: MDA Continuing Education meetings.
  • Communications: MDA magazine and eNewsletter subscriptions.
  • Dental Deck: Available in your library to help in board exam preparation.
  • New Dentist Committee: Student Liaison serves on the state New Dentist Committee.

Informational Resources

MDA Student Events & Programs

Food For Thought: A speaker and lunch is provided to discuss “real-world” topics that may not be learned in school. Available to all dental students. Food for Thought is graciously sponsored by MDIS.

  • UMKC: Provided four times each year, from Noon to 1 pm in Room 209 at the UMKC School of Dentistry.
  • ATSU: Provided four times each year, twice in St Louis, twice in Kirksville from Noon to 1 pm.

Dental Scholarship Program: The MDA Foundation Dental Scholarship Program- awards scholarships each year based upon achievement and need. The scholarship program is an initiative of the MDA Foundation in cooperation with the MDA and MDIS. Click here to learn more and for an application.

Board Exams: MDIS provides lunch for students taking the dental board exams in April/May and MDA/MDIS compiles membership benefit and insurance materials for the dental board candidates.

ASDA Sponsorship: The MDA New Dentist Committee sponsors the MDA student liaison from the UMKC School of Dentistry and A.T. Still University to attend the American Student Dental Association(ASDA) Annual Session or Regional Meeting.

ADA Dental Student Resources

The ADA provides a variety of student and new graduate resources. Click here to visit the ADA Dental Student page.

ASDA Resources

The American Student Dental Association has a newly redesigned website for its members and constituents.  The website also provides information on Career Compass, ASDA’s new career portal offering tools and resources to students graduating dental school. Career Compass will assist graduates in navigating the transition to their first opportunity after dental school. ​

Loan Repayment Inquiries

Visit the MDA Student Debt Resources page for Loan repayment resources.

MoAPD Student Dental Mission Scholarship

The Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (MoAPD) awards a $750 dental mission scholarship each year to a dental or pre-dental student to help defray the expenses related to travel, accommodations and supplies for a dental mission trip that provides dental care to underserved children living in third world countries. Visit the MoAPD website to read a letter from the scholarship chairman, read the experiences of previous recipients and download an application.