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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

American Dental Education Association

Student membership in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is available to any student enrolled in the University. The association is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the improvement of the health of the public. Through participation on councils and committees, each member is allowed expression in the process of dental education. Members receive the Association's publication, the Journal of Dental Education. For additional information please visit ADEA.

American Student Dental Association

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is a national student-run organization which protects and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy. Various organizations have graciously paid the dental students’ membership fee to allow each of our students the opportunity to experience and become involved in organized dentistry. Additional benefits include life insurance, loans, MasterCard, and various publications (Journal of the American Dental Association, Dentistry, ASDA Handbook, ASDA News, and Journal of the Colorado Dental Association). For additional information please visit ASDA.

American Association of Dental Research

The AADR organization seeks to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health, support and represent the oral health research community, and to facilitate the communication and application of research findings. For additional information please visit AADR.

American Association of Women Dentists

The American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) provides support and education to women in the dental industry and is constantly striving toward their mission of "becoming the recognized resource for connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists." Created by members from the AAWD, the Smiles For Success (SFS) Foundation was formed to assist women in transition from welfare to work who cannot afford the cost of dental care. For additional information please visit AAWD.

Colorado Dental Association

The Colorado Dental Association (CDA) provides member services that promote the highest standards of care for the public and inspires members in the pursuit of professional excellence and personal fulfillment through education, leadership, and communication. For additional information please visit CDA.

Metro Denver Dental Society (MDDS)

Metropolitan Denver Dental Society is a professional association devoted to the advancement of the dental profession and oral health awareness. We pledge to provide the highest level of service to members, offer educational opportunities, promote ethical standards of practice and advocate for the health of our communities. Our 1,600+ member dentists are dedicated to the patients that depend on them for care by influencing positive health outcomes with unrelenting attention to quality patient care. We endeavor to improve the well-being of all individuals by promoting optimal, lifelong oral health in metro Denver. For additional information please visit MDDS.

Student Council

The Student Council is the voice of the entire University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine student body. It is involved in planning events, answering questions, solving class problems, and communicating student concerns to the administration. All dental students are members of the Student Council. The Council Executive Committee is composed of the student body officers and each class president. Meetings are held monthly and elections are held each year in May. Constitution and bylaws are included in the Student Handbook.

Student Representation on School Committees

Student representatives serve on all standing and ad hoc committees of the school dealing with student and educational issues. For the standing committees of the School of Dental Medicine Faculty, the students nominate candidates from the appropriate class for each committee. The dean selects one of the nominees to fill the position for the next year. The dean or committee chairs of the ad hoc committees appoint students to serve on those committees.


Professional fraternity life is a part of the School of Dental Medicine activities. Two national dental fraternities are represented through local chapters: Delta Sigma Delta and Alpha Omega. ​​