Dental Students

Get engaged and stay informed on MDS events at your school, advocacy efforts pertaining to your future, and to download Your Roadmap to Success in Dentistry.

Your Roadmap to Success in Dentistry

Designed to help guide you through dental school and your career as a practicing dentist, Your Roadmap to Success in Dentistry Guide contains valuable information and resources to aid you in your success.

Legislative Efforts

The MDS’s efforts on Beacon Hill affect not only the profession of dentistry and dental education in Massachusetts, but also aim to protect dental patients and provide access to care for our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Achieving meaningful change through the legislative process is difficult and takes time. When we unite with one message and take collective action, we are able to amplify our position on Beacon Hill. Nine important issues comprise the MDS’s robust legislative agenda, which includes important bills relevant to dental licensing exams, regulating dental service corporations, and the creation of a new mid-level dental professional. We encourage all dental students to learn more and get involved. 


An Act concerning dental service corporations 
  • Authorizes the Division of Insurance to oversee for-profit Delta at the same level as non-profit Delta.
  • Prevents restrictions from Delta on diagnosis, treatment, and referrals.
  • Prevents Delta from forcing providers to accept PPO plans in order to accept Premier plans.

An Act relative to graduate education for certain professionals 
  • Creation of a Masters level equivalent provider.
  • Direct supervision for dental therapy procedures; CODA dental therapy and RDH procedures – no extractions.
  • The provider must practice in either a federally designated dental health provider shortage area or in a federally qualified health center.
  • If practicing outside of a federally qualified health center but in a shortage area, the provider will only be allowed to see 100% MassHealth patients.
  • This ratio is limited to one (1) dentist supervising at most two (2) midlevel providers.
  • Mandates community health workers receive oral health training.
  • Mandates DPH to annually conduct CWF seminars for health boards.
  • Creates a public health dental hygienist coordinator within DPH to help improve the public health dental hygienist program.

An Act relative to dental licensing exams 
  • Prohibits the performance of any irreversible procedure upon a live patient in the licensing exam.


Getting Involved & Upcoming MDS Events

Join the MDS, fellow classmates, and local dentists at Lunch & Learns, Signing Days, and Networking Socials. Look for emails from your ASDA reps and administrative staff for details!


  • The Business Side of Dentistry Lunch & Learn; Fall 2017
  • ASDA District 1 Student Debate; January 27, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm BCEC Ballroom Yankee Dental Congress 
  • All Work and No Play Student Reception; January 27, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm BCEC Ballroom Yankee Dental Congress 
  • Signing Days; Spring 2018. 4th Year DMD and 2nd Year AS students 

  • View a 90-second video of a current Boston University student and what MDS/ADA means to him


View photos from past and present MDS events

Boston University and Tufts University First-Year Orientations—July/August 2017




Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Massachusetts Dental Society?
The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is a component of the American Dental Association (ADA) tripartite membership that includes a national, state, and local District levels. The national level is the ADA, the state level is the MDS, and your local District level is Boston. The MDS is made up of 14 Districts. Each District has its own Executive Committee that works side by side with the DS to create social events, continuing education seminars, and opportunities to give back to your communities.

What is the difference between ASDA and the MDS?
ASDA is the American Student Dental Association, the MDS is the Massachusetts Dental Society. While in dental school, you are part of both. ASDA links you with students in your school, District, and even the country. You will have countless opportunities to speak with other students about classes, workload, and legislative issues. The MDS is your link to life after dental school. You will learn from MDS member dentists, network with mentors in the Boston area, and utilize the MDS as a resource for career needs, engagement opportunities, and advocacy efforts to set you apart from the pack.

As a student, am I automatically a member of MDS? Is it free?
Yes, and yes! All three Boston dental schools make sure that you are set for the next few years to learn and grow as much as possible. This includes having access to both the ADA and MDS. Your ADA and MDS membership will expire once you graduate from your DMD program.

I’m graduating this year. How can I keep my MDS membership?
You can renew your MDS membership by attending Signing Day in the spring of your final year. On Signing Day, you have an opportunity to sign-up for the tripartite membership (i.e., ADA, MDS, and local District). Your graduating year and the year following are free of charge to you! You will have access to all the benefits of membership and lean on the ADA and the MDS for support as you take your first steps out of school. Planning on leaving Massachusetts? All 50 states have a state society so you may transfer your membership to anywhere in the United States. 

Contact Us

Questions or Ideas? Please contact MDS Student Liaison Chelsea Fitzgerald at or 508.449.6007.