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The Student Dental Association (SDA)

The Student Dental Association is the organizational structure of the student body. The association is presided over and governed by elected representatives from all classes and is represented in selected committees within the School. The organization participates in certain student/faculty activities and sponsors and directs all student social activities. It is responsible for the publication of the school's yearbook, The MIRROR, and is unique among dental student organizations in having formulated its own constitution and professional code of conduct.

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

The American Student Dental Association was established in February 1971, with the aid of the American Dental Association (ADA). Its primary purpose is to serve as a liaison between students and the ADA and its components. ASDA membership includes student membership in the ADA and a subscription to the Journal of the ADA and the ADA News.

Student American Dental Hygienists' Association (SADHA)

Student American Dental Hygienists' Association members are involved in activities such as hosting guest speakers, conducting fund-raising projects, presenting table clinics, and maintaining liaison with the state and local organizations. They also participate in meetings and discussion groups on a regional and national level. Student representatives attend the annual meeting of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

The Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

The Student National Dental Associatino, Maryland chapter, was founded in 1973. The primary objective of this organization is to foster the recruitment, admission, development, and graduation of African-American dental and dental hygiene students. Among the activities in which the Maryland chapter is engaged are minority recruitment, tutoring, social and professional programs, and community and university relations.

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

The Academy of General Dentistry membership is open to all students in the Dental School. General dentists share extraordinary experiences in lecture/discussion programs of interest to all. Meetings are held several times a year after school hours.

AGD is the second largest dental association in the world, with over 35,000 members throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. It is exclusively dedicated to serving the needs and interests of the general dentist, and in advancing the value and excellence of general dentistry.  The student AGD strives to do this by fostering learning opportunities with local dentists, providing material not normally included in the school curriculum, and by providing a social outlet for networking and discussion.  Learn more by visiting www.agd.org or by calling 888-243-3368.

The American Association of Dental Research/Student Research Group

The American Association of Dental Research/Student Research Group was founded in 1987. The objectives of the local chapter are to promote student research in dentistry and its related disciplines, to promote the advancement of dental research and related aspects, and to further the aims and objectives of the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) and International Association of Dental Research (IADR) as they relate to student research. Membership is open to all dental and dental hygiene students expressing an interest in dental research. Past research experience is not a requirement for membership.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

The American Dental Education Association promotes the advancement of dental education, research and service in all appropriately accredited institutions that offer programs for dental personnel. The association has three membership categories: institutional, individual, and student. Student members receive the Journal of Dental Education and the Dental Student News, published by the association. During the year, the local chapter conducts programs to promote the goals of this organization.

The Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society

The Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society, chartered in 1965, is an honorary student dental organization with scholarship and interest in the field of prosthetic dentistry as a basis for admission. The objective of the organization is the advancement of prosthetic dentistry through lectures, table clinics, and other academic activities that stimulate the creative interest of students and the profession in general.

The Gorgas Odontological Honorary Society

The Gorgas Odontological Honorary Society was organized in 1916 as an honorary student dental society with scholarship as a basis for admission. The society was named after Dr. Ferdinand J. S. Gorgas, a pioneer in dental education, a teacher of many years' experience, and a major contributor to dental literature. It was with the idea of perpetuating his name that the society chose its title.

***To be eligible for membership, a student must rank in the top one-third of the class, must have achieved and maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all combined courses, and must not have repeated for scholastic reasons any subject. Speakers prominent in the dental and medical fields are invited to address members at monthly meetings.

The Phi Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national honorary dental society, was chartered at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery during the 1928-1929 academic year. Students whose rank for the entire course of study is among the highest 20 percent of the class are eligible. This high honor is conferred upon those graduating seniors who, in addition to scholarship, have demonstrated exemplary character traits and potential for future professional growth and attainment.

The American Association of Women Dentists

The American Association of Women Dentists was founded nationally in 1921. The Maryland student chapter, founded in 1982, provides support and information locally to all dental students attending the Dental School. Lectures, group discussions, projects, and gatherings with practitioners and AAWD chapters from other dental schools form the basis of the group's activities.

The American Society of Dentistry for Children

The American Society of Dentistry for Children meets once a month and uses a lecture/discussion format to discuss subjects as varied as nutrition for children and nitrous oxide analgesia in private practice.

The Big Brother/Sister Program

The Big Brother/Big Sister Program is a voluntary effort on the part of each member of the second-year dental student class to help and advise a member of the incoming first-year class. It is hoped that this assistance will continue through graduation of each class. The program is an official standing committee of the SDA.

The Dental Hygiene Big Brother/Big Sister Program 

The Dental Hygiene Big Brother/Big Sister Program is a voluntary effort on the part of each member of the senior class to help and advise a member of the junior class. It is hoped that this assistance will continue through graduation of each class.

The Christian Dental Association 

The Christian Dental Association, a chapter of the Christian Medical Society, provides students with opportunities in the areas of community and world outreach programs. In addition to holding Bible study sessions and lectures, the group is forming a network between practicing Christian dentists and dental students.

The Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA)

The Hispanic Student Dental Association was organized to improve and promote the oral health of Hispanics living in the United States. Other goals include the recruitment and retention of Hispanic dental students, matching students in the Big Brother/Sister program for academic advancement and support, translating for patients who do not speak English, and organizing intra- and extramural activities. Students and faculty from all ethnic backgrounds are welcome to join.

The Korean American Student Dental Association

The Korean American Student Dental Association was established in 1993 to provide dental education to the non-English speaking Korean community and to help Korean dental students assimilate into the Dental School.

Latter Day Saints Dental Association

Latter Day Saints Dental Association was organized to provide a network of support for dental students.

Maryland Association of Pediatric Dentists

Maryland Association of Pediatric Dentists is the student chapter of the state pedodontists association.  MAPD strives to improve and promote oral health in children and families of the surrounding communities through public service.

Oral Surgery Interest Group 

Oral Surgery Interest Group members meet monthly for lectures by speakers prominent in the dental and medical surgical fields.

The University Student Government Association (USGA)

The University Student Government Association is a growing team of professional and graduate students dedicated to making the University of Maryland “a more perfect union.” USGA was created to advocate on behalf of all University students.

Professional Dental Fraternities

Professional dental fraternities are Greek letter organizations of men and women bonded together by ritual. They are specialized fraternities that limit membership to selected graduates and students enrolled and satisfactorily pursuing courses in an accredited college of dentistry. They are not honorary fraternities or recognition societies that confer membership to recognize outstanding scholarship. Their aims are to promote the high ideals and standards of the profession, advance professional knowledge and welfare of members, and provide a medium through which members, with a common interest, can develop everlasting friendships. Representative chapters in the Dental School are Alpha Omega, founded in 1907, and Psi Omega, founded in 1892.

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