At Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, students are involved in the many social, professional and educational activities, which exist outside of the normal dental academics. RSDM has more than 30 student organizations, including chapters of national groups. All students are members of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), a national organization of dental students that is associated with the American Dental Association (ADA). In addition, some students elect to join other student organizations, which are listed and described below. Student also benefit from their membership in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), which provides helpful materials for the dental educational experience. There are many social and athletic activities throughout the year, the most notable being the annual winter dance. Students are involved in much of the decision-making at RSDM with voting representatives on certain faculty and administrative committees. Other groups focus on a special interest, such as technology, oral surgery or implant dentistry. There are also many cultural heritage clubs. Each class includes organizational leaders and officers. Some of RSDM’s most popular organizations are highlighted below, and a full list of organizations is here.
Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA is the main governing body of the students. The charge of this organization is to uphold the general well being of the student body, provide proper management of student affairs and maintain the obligations and responsibilities of dental students. The representation on the SGA consists of (1) an elected Board of Officers which includes the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer; (2) a Representative Council which includes the President and three representatives from each class; and (3) specifically elected representatives of each student organization. The bylaws and constitution of the SGA are available in the student handbook.
American Academy of General Dentistry (AAGD). AAGD was founded to introduce junior and senior dental students to organized dentistry, continuing education, and to instill the concept of life-long learning.
American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD). AAWD dedicates itself to enhancing and promoting unique participation and leadership for women in organized dentistry. The local chapter hosts lectures, participates in community service activities, and fosters mentoring for women dental students with the goal of developing women in the profession of dentistry.
American Student Dental Association (ASDA). ASDA helps in facilitating the process by which students can become active participants in professional affairs and activates constructive and progressive change where necessary.
Fraternities and Fauchard Dental Society of New Jersey. Three dental fraternities, Alpha Omega, Gamma Pi Delta, and Xi Psi Phi as well as the Fauchard Dental Society of New Jersey have large and active chapters at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. The fraternities and Society offer social as well as tutorial, clinical and other educational services to their members.
Hispanic Student Dental Association (HDA). HAD meets regularly to conduct business and address issues relating to all students, but particularly Hispanic students, through a peer initiative program. The HSDA celebrates November as Hispanic Heritage Month by a mid-day event with ethnic food and music and other activities.
Indian Student Dental Association (ISDA). ISDA is an association founded by South Asian dentists to represent their interests in the field of dentistry. The student chapter welcomes all students and is active in community service activities. The ISDA is a student organization that seeks to promote health care in the underserved, minority and immigrant communities through health fairs, free screenings, and community service events. It provides a forum for members to interact socially and with other organizations, while promoting cultural diversity throughout the school
New Jersey Student Dental Society (NJSDS). NJSDS is the student component of the New Jersey Dental Association. Every student is a member of the organization. Its goal is to encourage dental students to learn and take part in the political aspects of dentistry. The student chapter works closely with NJDA on issues affecting the dental profession.
Student National Dental Association (SNDA). SNDA was founded as an organization of minority dental students to speak to current issues such as recruitment/retention of minorities, and future issues confronting minorities in organized dentistry. The local chapter of SNDA at RSDM sponsors community-oriented activities as well as social and other educational services to its members.