Here at the MDA, we are deeply committed to the development and success of our dental student members. As an MDA student member, you become part of a family of professionals that are dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the dental profession. Our role is to assist student members and dentists alike, being the voice and advocate of organized dentistry in Mississippi.
The MDA supports or promotes the following programs geared towards UMMC SoD Students:
Growing Our Own Dentists - Mississippi Rural Scholarship Program
In 2013, the Mississippi Legislature authorized the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP), creating a unique longitudinal program that identifies rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice general dentistry. Academic enrichment, faculty and dentist mentoring plus solid dental school financial support through the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program will enable capable young Mississippians to provide adequate dental care in rural areas of Mississippi.
MRDSP's three phases include: Initial (prior to matriculation to dental school); dental school training; and actual practice. Maintaining a high level of awareness and involvement in Mississippi's rural health care is a constant in every phase of training. Channeling scholars into general dentistry or pediatric dentistry will target the current rural dental shortage.
To jump start the flow of general dentists in the pipeline in 2013, three UMMC School of Dentistry students were awarded state-funded scholarships valued at $35,000. Currently, MRDSP has 5 undergraduates, 6 scholars, and 1 practicing dentist. Each scholar embraces his or her small town values and culture, sharing a common passion for making a difference in rural communities.
For more information, visit the MRDSP website www.umc.edu/mrdsp
Lunch and Learns
Presented throughout the school year.
MDA Senior Student Award
This annual award is presented to the graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding characteristics for continued success in dentistry while attending the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.
UMMC Senior Class Convocation and Banquet
The MDA assist with sponsorship of the this annual event honoring the graduating senior class.
Other ADA Programs Custom Designed for New, Intermediate and Graduating Dental Students
These programs are provided by ADA trained dentist facilitators as well as MDA member volunteers. These organized dentistry volunteers present programs that address information about the profession as well as tips on a successful dental school journey to graduation.
MDA Board of Trustees and Mississippi Dental Association Political Action Committee Board Service
Student representatives are selected by SoD administration to serve on these oragnized dentistry boards. Annually, a D-3 and a D-4 are selected to serve through meeting participation and are kept informed of activities via electronic communications.