The University of Michigan School of Dentistry encourages students to participate in student organizations to further their philanthropic, social, and cultural development.

Browse the list below for a brief overview and contact information for all the student organizations.


LIST OF STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

WHO WE ARE

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is the second largest dental association in the U.S. with over 38,000 total members. AGD at UM serves the needs and represents the interests of dental students, to support educational needs and goals, to foster camaraderie among the members, and to encourage continued membership in the AGD.

CONTACT

Contact Information: All dental students, including D1-D4 students and AGD/GPR residents, are invited to join. Please contact Amanda Sasinski (sasinski@umich.edu) for more information.

Academy of LDS Dentists

WHO WE ARE

The Academy of LDS Dentists is an organization of dental professionals who are dedicated to serving mankind. Its mission is to promote dental education among professionals and the general public; to promote and facilitate dental service by its members, providing manpower and expertise in dental care delivery; and to procure and distribute equipment, supplies, and educational materials to aid in patient treatment and educational pursuits.

We seek to accomplish this in a family centered environment which embraces the standards and values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, allowing members to enjoy a rich fellowship based on common ideals and philosophies. We embrace the philosophy that it is better to teach someone how to do something than to just provide a service.

Specific objectives, goals, and approaches may vary from time to time according to recognized needs and available resources.

CONTACT

We welcome all who are interested to join the LDS Academy chapter at UMSOD!
Visit https://academyofldsdentists.com/

Alpha Omega

WHO WE ARE

Alpha Omega is a worldwide dental society that strives to promote the profession of dentistry and foster high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character. It was founded in 1907 by Jewish dental students to combat undemocratic policies towards minority groups in graduate schools. As a proponent of diversity, today our members include persons of many ethnicities and religions, with active chapters in six continents. The University of Michigan's Alpha Omega (Chi Chapter) is comprised of dental students, graduate students, and faculty. Opportunities include academic help sessions, philanthropic events, mentor and externship programs, international dental aid trips, and social functions with AO alumni and students from across the country. Membership in this organization is open to all predoctoral dental students, please feel free to reach out with any questions about the organization with the contact information below.

CONTACT

Maxwell Shin (maxsshin@umich.edu)
Yingqiao Mao (iammao@umich.edu)

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

WHO WE ARE

The University of Michigan's student chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is dedicated to the promotion of a better understanding and appreciation of dentistry for infants, children and patients with special needs. Its primary mission is to facilitate the sharing of oral healthcare to the children of Michigan. AAPD participates in several events throughout the year: Give Kids a Smile, Boo Bash, Special Smiles, Ann Arbor Hands On Museum dental exhibits, cleft lip/cleft palate hospital rotations and others.

CONTACT

Membership in this organization is open to all predoctoral dental students and hygiene students at the University of Michigan. If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact Tommy Lau (tommylau@umich.edu) and Mira Patel (pmira@umich.edu).

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

WHO WE ARE

ADEA- the voice of dental education. Our mission is to lead individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health for the overall health and safety of the public. As the University of Michigan Student Chapter our goal is to provide opportunities for students to engage in discussions about dental education, develop an understanding of strategies applied in educational settings and become leaders in advancing the education of fellow professional colleagues. Since ADEA is a national organization there are opportunities to interact with other schools and dental professionals throughout the country. This group is open to anyone that is interested.

The objectives of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Chapter are as follows:

  • To support the Core Values, Mission, and Strategic Direction of ADEA in the programs conducted.
  • To provide effective student input into both dental and allied dental education.
  • To promote the advancement of dental education by providing student input into and involvement with ADEA's activities.
  • To stimulate students to assume roles in dental and allied dental education and research.
  • To work in partnership with other student organizations to promote their involvement in the advancement of dental education.

CONTACT

We have fulfilled these objectives in the past through oral surgery/perio/board preparation workshops, residency forums, national annual conferences, lunch and learns, one-on-one mentoring with faculty, and much more.

We look forward to organizing more events and increasing participations from the student body in the future." Contact Tommy Lau (tommylau@umich.edu) or Vanessa Mitchell (vamitche@umich.edu) for more information.

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American Association of Public Health Dentistry

WHO WE ARE

The University of Michigan’s AAPHD student chapter strives to improve the oral and systemic health of the community by utilizing the student body’s diverse interests and skills. The chapter values interprofessional collaboration with dental hygiene students and other healthcare providers to achieve this mission.

The chapter is guided by Dr. Michael Manz DDS, MS. Dr. Manz has used his public health background to introduce members to current public health data and dental legislation. He has connected the chapter with Michigan’s Health & Human Services Oral Health Director, who visited the school for a lunchtime Q&A about water fluoridation and mid-level providers.

Last year, dental and dental hygiene students volunteered to provide free cleanings, restorations, and extractions at the Health Unit on Davision Avenue. These services were funded by grants and make it available for low-income patients or those without insurance to receive dental care. These donated care days were unique educational opportunities for students because they were able to work in an environment with minimal time pressure and a favorable student to faculty ratio.

The University of Michigan’s AAPHD chapter has developed a relationship with the Department of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes at Domino’s Farms Medical Center. This department provides biweekly diabetes education classes to an attentive and inquisitive group of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Dental and dental hygiene students collaborate to explain the relationship between diabetes and periodontitis to this group and to answer any additional oral health questions. The students benefit from this experience because they become adept at explaining this complex disease process in phrases that are easily understood by patients. This experience allows dental and dental hygiene students to learn from one another and to better appreciate the knowledge and skill set of their counterparts.

Our chapter looks for opportunities that allow underclassman to interact with upperclassmen, dental students to interact with dental hygiene, and dentistry to interact with other forms of medicine. The group provides experiences that not only benefit the patient’s health, but that allow students to grow into well-rounded and compassionate providers.

CONTACT

If you are interested in participating in part of this outreach-based group, become a member for the 2020-21 school year by contacting AAPHD at aaphd.umich@gmail.com.

American Association of Women Dentists

WHO WE ARE

Welcome to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD UMSoD). Founded in 1921, the mission of the American Association of Women Dentists is to be the recognized resource for connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists. Our group includes pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral residents, and faculty members who engage in educational, extracurricular, and enrichment activities to develop the networks of support, mentorship, and friendship with other female dental students and professionals.

While striving to embody the University of Michigan motto of being the leaders and the best in our field of study, we also uphold the following core mission of the national AAWD: ""The mission of the AAWD is to be the recognized resource for connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists.

AAWD is guided by the following core values:

  • We are PRISMATIC
  • Passion
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Service
  • Mentoring
  • Advancement
  • Teamwork
  • Inclusiveness
  • Collegiality

CONTACT

Who can join/how to join: All dental students are welcome to join. Contact AAWD executive board officers. For more information, please contact Pooja Bharadwaj (pbharad@umich.edu) and Theresa Petronzio (tpetronz@umich.edu)

American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

WHO WE ARE

The University of Michigan American Student Dental Association (UM-ASDA) is a student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy. UM-ASDA provides an avenue for students to get involved in local and national politics, community service and outreaches, local chapter lunch and learns, CE courses, and fun social activities. The benefits from becoming a member are not limited to the local chapter, but extend nationally to include: externships, leadership positions, national leadership conference, district leadership conference, and a Lobby Day trip to Washington D.C. for student representatives, and more!

CONTACT

Visit: https://www.umichasda.net/ Haley Schultz (halschul@umich.edu) and Tommy Lau (tommylau@umich.edu)

Asian Student Dental Organization (ASDO)

WHO WE ARE

The Asian Student Dental Organization of University of Michigan School of Dentistry is a cultural interest organization that is open to all students. This organization promotes and celebrates cultural diversity of the Asian continent, creates opportunities to bring together dental students and professionals in Michigan, and serves the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in regards to dental health.

CONTACT

For more information please contact Palak Shah palakds@umich.edu

Bridge of Disciplines

WHO WE ARE

Bridge of Disciplines (BD) is a project-based organization that aims to diversify the learning process through student-led, sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives involving interdisciplinary collaborations in academic, professional, and clinical avenues!

BD has several current projects with opportunities to participate in patient care, dental counseling, shadowing, and oral hygiene education. For more information on each project, visit us at https://www.bridgeofdisciplines.com/

CONTACT

Contact Information:

Annie Corso anncorso@umich.edu
Joni Cheung cheungjw@umich.edu
Vanessa Mitchell vamitche@umich.edu
Tommy Lau tommylau@umich.edu
Peter Martone pmartone@umich.edu

Christian Dental Association

WHO WE ARE

Mission statement/history: The Christian Dental Association (CDA) is a student group that exists to motivate, educate and equip Christian dentists to glorify God in all that they do. We strive to create an atmosphere where all feel welcome to come and learn about various topics with a focus on how Christianity relates to our daily lives and our future dental careers. We seek to accomplish this through many different avenues, including weekly/monthly Bible studies, mission work, lunch and learns with outside speakers, and various social events. The CDA is a division of the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Who can join/how to join?: Any dental student interested in fellowship with Christians and learning more about Christ is welcome at any of our events. To join our listserv and receive info about upcoming Bible studies and events please contact us by email!

CONTACT

To learn how to get involved or for more information, feel free to email halschul@umich.edu, blackwcw@umich.edu, or meyern@umich.edu.

You can also learn more at the Christian Medical and Dental Association website - https://cmda.org/.

Cosmetic Dentistry Society

WHO WE ARE

The Cosmetic Dentistry Society (CDS) is an organization established to foster continues learning for dental students in the areas of cosmetic dentistry, leadership, and philanthropy. The organization will host guest speakers, informational sessions, and workshops primarily focused on esthetics. This group is open to all dental and dental hygiene students who are interested in expanding their knowledge of esthetic dentistry. Philanthropic efforts will be geared towards Give Back a Smile, a program that helps restore smiles for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

CONTACT

Leo Marquez leom@umich.edu

Delta Sigma Delta (DSD)

WHO WE ARE

Delta Sigma Delta (DSD) is the oldest and largest international co-ed professional dental fraternity in the world. The “Alpha Chapter” was founded at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1882. DSD prides itself on a commitment to academics, community involvement, and excellence in the field of dentistry. It offers members a chance for mentorship with older students, networking opportunities with practicing dentists, and to learn about the profession through various philanthropic and social events.

CONTACT

Contact Information: All dental students are welcome to pledge DSD - if interested, please contact Sean Penoyer (penoyer@umich.edu) for more information.

Dental Student Business Association

WHO WE ARE

The Dental Student Business Association (DSBA) is focused on educating dental students regarding the business of private practice dentistry, debt management, and other business topics relevant to dentistry in an effort to promote a successful transition from student to business owner. Our members learn about these topics primarily through lectures given by a wide variety of business and dental professionals.

CONTACT

Please contact Chieme Nwachukwu (chieme@umich.edu) or Vanessa Mitchell (vamitche@umich.edu) for more information.

Dental Students for Sustainability (DSS)

WHO WE ARE

Our mission is to educate and engage dental students to integrate sustainability into the dental profession and create an atmosphere of sustainability at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The goal of our group is to investigate and potentially implement sustainable solutions in the dental school and provide students the knowledge and tools to carry sustainable practices into their personal and professional lives.

CONTACT

For more information please contact Alyssa Schutzenhofer at schutzal@umich.edu or Hannah Vermeer at hkv@umich.edu

Give Kids a Smile

WHO WE ARE

The American Dental Association began the Give Kids a Smile initiative nationwide in 2003 as a way for the dental community to provide underserved children with free dental services. With the aid of the Washtenaw District Dental Society, the University of Michigan’s dental clinics transform for one Saturday each March for the goal of educating and treating the children of Michigan—with an emphasis on establishing a permanent dental home for both parents and children.

CONTACT

Participation is open to the entire UMSoD community. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions about the event, please contact: Tommy Lau (tommylau@umich.edu)

Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA)

WHO WE ARE

As the leading voice for Hispanic oral health we provide Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership for the elimination of oral health disparities in the Hispanic community. We are the only national organization of dental professionals dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic communities across the United States.

The University of Michigan's HSDA student chapter participates in 8 unique summer volunteering events at migrant farm communities throughout Michigan. At these sites, we educate families on proper oral hygiene techniques, gum disease and caries prevention in both Spanish and English. Students also participate in national/regional conferences, dental Spanish classes and other volunteering events throughout the year as well as Lunch and Learn meetings, hands-on courses, and networking activities.

CONTACT

Check out the HSDA at Michigan Facebook Page and Umich-HSDA Instagram Page for more information or contact Diego Garcia (garciadi@umich.edu) for more information.

Jewish Student Dental Association

WHO WE ARE

The Jewish Student Dental Association is an inclusive and welcoming community for Jewish, as well as non-Jewish students within the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. This club will serve to provide a safe space and community for students to practice their faith and to cultivate connections with fellow dental students, alumni, local dentists, and Jewish community members/leaders. JSDA also seeks to raise awareness surrounding Judaism and antisemitism.

CONTACT

Contact information: jsdaumich@gmail.com, mpstein@umich.edu, makhanib@umich.edu

Muslim Student Dental Association

WHO WE ARE

The Muslim Student Dental Association is an organization serving Muslim dental and dental hygiene students and anyone interested in learning about the Islamic faith and culture within the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. We engage in religious, social and community activities with efforts of promoting the field of Dentistry, supporting educational and intellectual pursuits of dentistry and continue to promote the goals of Muslim students in the School of Dentistry, and thus serve our faith as best we can. Our efforts coincide with that of the School of Dentistry, in facilitating a better environment for Muslim dental and dental hygiene students on campus, educating both Muslims and people of other faith about the religion of Islam, allowing the building of bridges and understanding in our diverse community through dental services and activism.

CONTACT

Yunus Alsomairi (President) (alus@umich.edu)
Ibraahim Badat (Vice President) (ibadat@umich.edu)
Omar Carcora (Community Outreach Chair) (ocarcora@umich.edu)

Oral Surgery Student Association

WHO WE ARE

The Oral Surgery Student Association (OSSA) is a student-run organization that aims to provide students who are interested in oral surgery and/or orofacial surgical techniques with resources to explore the specialty further. We hope to foster this interest by engaging students with guest speakers, informational sessions, study support, and opportunities to explore surgical techniques. This group is intended for those who wish to pursue an oral surgery residency as well as those who with to practice general dentistry but would like to learn more about the surgical management of patients.

CONTACT

Name : Parker Wilson
email :pjwilson@umich.edu

Orthodontics Club

WHO WE ARE

The Orthodontics Club is a student-run organization, which supports the interests of dental students seeking more knowledge and experience in the field of orthodontics. Through the organization, members will have the opportunity to shadow orthodontists, attend lectures given by orthodontists, establish mentorship with upperclassmen and orthodontic residents, and be active in the academic and clinical community

CONTACT

Nicole Meyer (meyern@umich.edu)

Scholars Program in Dental Leadership (SPDL)

WHO WE ARE

SPDL is a book club focused on leadership qualities of the aspiring dentist. The group has monthly meetings where we enjoy a roundtable discussion on a portion of the current book we are reading through. Examples of books read in the last 2 years include: “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, “Setting the Table” by Danny Meyer, and “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. Dues are $15 per semester to cover the cost of the book.

CONTACT

Maggie Rathke (rathkem@umich.edu)
Elizabeth Horn (elizhorn@umich.edu)

Special Care Dentistry Association

WHO WE ARE

The University of Michigan chapter of the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) serves as a resource to oral healthcare professional students interested in serving patients with special healthcare needs through education, opportunities, and networking. We hope to increase access to oral healthcare for these patients through the recognition that every practice has patients with special needs. Our goal is to improve our abilities to evaluate, manage, and include these patients in various professional practice settings.

CONTACT

President: Kelsey Belmear (kelsbeal@umich.edu)
Vice President: Andrew Chen (ccandrew@umich.edu)

Student American Dental Hygienist Association

WHO WE ARE

To provide a supportive environment for dental hygiene students to expand their professional development and promotion of oral health for the public through community service, leadership, education, and advocacy.

CONTACT

contact: kayglass@umich.edu

Student Endodontics Association

WHO WE ARE

SEA is a student-run organization that provides a space for DDS and DH students to engage in endodontics-focused experiences. Our goal is to expose students to this niche of dentistry in order to explore its potential to be integrated into general practice. We also aim to provide unique opportunities for those pursuing specialty in order to broaden their knowledge and strengthen their application.

CONTACT

President: Anne Corso (anncorso@umich.edu) and
Vice President: Clarence Cochran II (cclarenc@umich.edu)

Student Implantology Association

WHO WE ARE

SIA is a student-run organization providing an environment for DDS/DH students to develop a better understanding of dental implantology. We wish to facilitate more exposure to this field of dentistry for students to explore and implement into general or speciality pracitce.

CONTACT

Lindsay Fisher (lindsfis@umich.edu) or Vanessa Mitchell (vamitche@umich.edu)

Student National Dental Association

WHO WE ARE

The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) originated from concerned dental students at Meharry Medical College in 1970. Since it's inception, SNDA plays an integral part to increase underrepresented student populations in dental schools as well as promote the access of dental health services to underserved communities.

The University of Michigan chapter of the SNDA is rich in tradition. Our mission is to foster a community of belonging, academic success, and professional development among students of color. In addition, UM-SNDA thrives to remain active on a national level. This chapter plans to continue its commitment to the national organization by participating at the national conventions, providing leadership at the national level, and recruiting alumni to future conventions.

CONTACT

http://media.dent.umich.edu/one-pagers/snda/

Schoolwide Student Council

WHO WE ARE

The Student Council is responsible for communicating among individual students, various organizations throughout the dental school community, and between students and faculty. This communication is designed to stimulate interaction between students and faculty members. Student Council members are selected by general class election. To achieve these goals the Student Council attempts to conceive, plan, and execute appropriate projects for the good of the dental school community and the profession as a whole. Some of the activities in which Student Council has participated include faculty-student mixers, a “Welcome Back” reception, Dental Health Day, and a mouth guard program.

CONTACT

President Tristan Clark tmariec@umich.edu
Vice-President Maxwell Shin maxsshin@umich.edu
Secretary Michelle Steinberg mpstein@umich.edu
Treasurer Hussain Ali husali@umich.edu
Dental Hygiene Rep Natalie Purcell npurcell@umich.edu
ITDP Rep Pranshu Sharma pranshus@umich.edu