Students

Important tools and resources to help you easily navigate dental school and smoothly transition to life as a dentist.

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New Dentist Now blog discusses all you need to know about becoming a new dentist.
Mentorship? Ownership? Associateship? ADAPT can help you explore all your career options.
Learn about no-cost life and disability benefits as you get started in your career.
Money Fountain
Manage your finances

Explore valuable resources to help you pay down student debt and ensure financial stability after school.

Career guidance

Navigate your next steps after graduation - from finding your first job to exploring postdoctoral options.

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ADA Success Program

Hear from peers in the field on topics like career planning, management and more with this free speaker series program.

Your ASDA and ADA student membership benefits

As a dental student, your American Student Dental Association (ASDA) membership dues also include your ADA student membership.
Benefits of ADA Student Membership As an ADA student member, you have access to the benefits that member dentists get, and more!

 

  • ADA Practice Transitions Student Resource Center, your go-to guide to career planning and prolife center to find your ideal practice match
  • Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA)
  • ADA News
  • ADA New Dentist News
  • ADA Morning and Weekly New Dentist Huddle
  • ADA PracticeUpdate
  • Free access to courses on ADA CE Online
  • ADA Library & Archives
  • E-communications and alerts, such as our legislative and advocacy publications
  • Access to member exclusive clinical and practice resources on ADA.org
  • No-cost life and disability insurance from ADA Insurance Plans from Protective
  • Save thousand of dollars on financial and loan services
  • Travel discounts
  • Health and wellness resources
  • Promote oral health through Give Kids A Smile and other access to care initiatives
  • Helping to strengthen the ADA voice in Washington D.C. through advocacy efforts

Common membership questions:

What’s the difference between the ADA Office of Student Affairs and the American Student Dental Association (ASDA)?

The ADA and ASDA are two different organizations that work together to support you.

Here at the ADA, the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) advocates and supports dental students and faculty. The OSA provides credible solutions to help the dental school journey and the transition from dental school to life as a dentist. ASDA is an independent student-run association that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of student pursuing careers in dentistry.

How do I join the ADA and when does my membership expire?

As a student, in order to join the ADA, you must be a member of ASDA. Once you're a member of ASDA, you will automatically receive ADA student membership and full benefits. Both the ADA and ASDA are calendar-year memberships that expire December 31. Visit ASDAnet.org to join. 

What do I do if I am missing ADA Benefits, like JADA?
If you are not receiving your ADA benefits, like JADA, the ADA may not have your mailing address. Contact the Member Service Center at msc@ada.org to update your information. Don’t forget to update your email address!