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Dental Students

Your student membership expires when you graduate.

At that point you will need to apply for a NCDS membership.  NCDS will be hosting a Signing Day at your school during the end of your fourth year.  At that event you will fill out and sign your application for NCDS.  Contact your ASDA leaders for the dates this year.

Why should you sign up at Signing Day?

Well, we need your support of organized dentistry AND if you sign up during the year you graduate, you are enrolled in our new graduate reduced dues structure. 

June - December of graduating year = $0 dues
1st Full Year Out of School = $0 dues
2nd Full Year Out of School = 75% off regular dues
3rd Full Year Out of School = 50% off regular dues
4th Full Year Out of School = 25% off regular dues
5th Full Year Out of School = Regular dues

Don’t miss out on reduced dues- Sign Up! 
*NCDS offers a 6 & 12 month Installment Dues option as well*
Please contact Ryan Couch at for more information.

ADA Success for Dental Students

Prepare for life as a dentist with this series of live programs.

NCDS Mentor Program  

The NCDS Mentor Program was implemented to give back to the profession and ensure the success of the NCDS and ADA by providing mentoring to dental students through dental school, the transition into practice and ultimately, their place in the dental community. Participation in the Mentor Program is voluntary for both mentor and protégé. The program is overseen by the NCDS Committee on the New Dentist and is assisted by the NCDS Membership department and the UNC & ECU-ASDA representatives. 

Suggested Activities:

  • Invite the protégé to your office to see you and your staff in action, make time to discuss the business aspects of dentistry
  • Invite your mentor for a tour of the Dental School 
  • Invite your protégé to your monthly meeting as your guest and be sure to introduce him/her to your colleagues
  • Participate in a dental school activity together
  • Participate in a non-dental activity (play golf or attend sport event together)
  • Invite your protégé/mentor (and their family) to meet your family
  • Sponsor your protégé at the NCDS Annual Meeting, attend the mentor reception together and try to participate in at least one other activity while there
  • Submit photos and information about your events to be published on website, newsletter, etc.
  • Join our NCDS Mentor Facebook group to discuss activities and network with other mentors/protéges

The 10 Commandments for a successful mentoring relationship 
(adapted from USPHS):

  1. BE HELPFUL- If you have been helped in the past, pass on the favor
  2. BE PROACTIVE- Don’t wait for your mentor/protégé to contact you
  3. NEGOTIATE A COMMITMENT- Agree to have regular contact at pre-determined intervals
  4. ESTABLISH A RAPPORT- Learn as much as you can about one another
  5. BE CONFIDENT- Each of you has something important to offer the other
  6. COMMUNICATE- Share your knowledge and experience
  7. BE A GOOD LISTENER- “hear” what your mentor/protégé is saying to you
  8. BE RESPONSIVE- DO what you say you’re going to do
  9. BE ACCESIBLE- Have an open door-door policy (include phone and email as well)
  10. TAKE RESPONSIBILTY- It takes two to have a successful mentoring relationship