Welcome to Practice

Congratulations! You're on your way to establishing your dental career. So many opportunities are on your horizon. Let us help you! Get connected - with a mentor, or other new dentists like yourself. Join a committee! Attend a social event! There are even resources at the ADA level for you to assist with practice transitions. Read more below or contact Sara Morris, Member Engagement Coordinator, by email or (800) 223-0016 to learn more.

Meet the 10 Under 10 Award Winners

These PDA members graduated from dental school between 2014 and 2023 and have made a significant contribution to the profession, their community and organized dentistry. Each winner will be honored during PDA’s Business Meeting on Saturday, April 20.

Becoming a Member

Tripartite Membership

When you become a member of the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA), you are also joining the American Dental Association (ADA) as well as the local and district societies in your immediate practice area. 

How do I join?

Fill out and submit a membership application. PDA will forward you a dues invoice if necessary. Once you remit payment of dues, PDA staff will forward you a welcome email containing details of some of your many membership benefits. 

What are my dues?

Recent grads are automatically enrolled in the PDA and ADA Graduate Dues Structure, which offers two years of significant savings on dues as you establish your career. 

I’m entering a residency; can I still join?

If you are enrolled in a residency program, you are eligible to join the tripartite for $0 dues. This means that your ADA, PDA, and district/local society membership is complimentary while you are enrolled in your Pennsylvania residency program. You will be eligible for the due’s reductions of the Graduate Dues Structure when you complete your residency program. 


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New Dentist Receptions

The New Dentist Committee’s New Dentist Receptions are held twice a year with locations rotated throughout the state. The receptions invite new dentist members and non-members to join state, district and local leaders for drinks, appetizers and conversation. The professional and social networking opportunities provided by these receptions is invaluable. Beyond the obvious benefit of bringing new dentists together, for many aspiring leaders the receptions have provided the spark that has motivated them to continue to seek advancement in organized dentistry.