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 to provide
programs and services, such as Food for Thought, Dental Decks, scholarships,
sponsorship of other events and projects, and more.
For questions about becoming a student member, benefits or any of the
following student programs, contact Mandy
Lewis at the MDA.
Become a Student Member
Student Member Application (Online Registration/Payment or PDF Application)
You get all these great benefits and more for only $10 per
year. Your dues include automatic membership in the Greater Kansas City Dental
- Members Only Access: As a student member, you have access to the Members Only areas of
Modental.org. Just login with your ADA number.
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).
year the MDA Foundation awards scholarships at the UMKC School of Dentistry.
Food for Thought: Guest speakers and free lunch six times a year.
Representation at the MDA House of Delegates.
Free Registration & CE: At
MDA continuing education meetings.
- Communications: MDA
magazine and eNewsletter subscriptions.
Dental Deck Cards:
Available in the dental school library, to help in board preparation.
Mentor Program: Get
paired up with a practicing member dentist.
Reduced Dues: Recent
Graduates receive reduced MDA, component & ADA dues.
MDA Student Events & Programs
The following are some of the programs and events for dental
Food for Thought: A speaker and lunch is provided six times each year to discuss
“real-world” topics that may not be learned in school. Available to MDA student members only. Food for Thought is graciously sponsored by Missouri Dental Insurance Services. Food for Thought lunches are on Tuesdays from Noon to 12:45 pm in Room 209 at the School of Dentistry. Upcoming dates include: October 22, November 19, February 18, March 11 and April 15.
Board Exams: MDIS provides lunch for students taking the dental board exams in
April/May and MDA/MDIS compile membership benefit and insurance materials
in a bag for the dental board candidates.
Mentorship Program: A mentorship program is available for dental students. When a student
completes an application, they are paired up with a MDA member dentist.
Freshman Orientation: The MDA is a part of welcoming students at Freshman Orientation in
August and discussing the benefits of membership in organized dentistry.
ASDA Support: The MDA New Dentist Committee sponsors the MDA student liaison
from the UMKC School of Dentistry to attend the ASDA (American Student
Dental Association) Annual Session.
Day at the Game: Students are welcome to attend the Day at the
Game which combines a tailgate
party and MU football game tickets in the fall each year.
Progress Into Your Future: Want to find out what type of practice setting will work
best for you? Visit various dental offices and get a better idea about the
atmosphere you'd like your practice to portray. Learn more by contacting the Greater Kansas City Dental Society.
Dental Scholarship Program
Each year the MDA
Foundation awards scholarships at the UMKC School of Dentistry. Please note that applicants must qualify for scholarship eligibility. The application process is closed for 2013.
Loan Repayment Options
The Primary Care Resource Initiative for Missouri
- PRIMO is a competitive State loan repayment program designed for
students who pursue health care training leading to Missouri licensure as
dentists and hygienists. This incentive program was designed to increase the
number of available health professionals in areas of need within the state.
Learn more on the PRIMO website.
National Health Service Corps
- The NHSC is open to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who are employed or seeking employment at approved sites. Learn more on the NHSC website.
ADA Office of Student Affairs
Office of Student
Affairs provides dental students with one-stop shopping. Dental students are
encouraged to call with questions about ADA resources, services and programs
designed specifically for dental students. 800-621-8099 x7470 or
Financial Planning Issues for Dental Students
brochure is designed to help alert you to some of the major
financial planning issues that you should be aware of while in dental
Dental Boards & Licensure: Information for the New Grad
resource to help you through the
licensure process, from the ADA/ASDA.
National Dental Board Exams
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