What is MSDA?
The Maryland State Dental Association represents and supports the dental profession in its efforts to provide high quality, ethical oral health care to the public and is the professional association for dentists in the state of Maryland. It is a constituent of the American Dental Association. There are also twelve component dental societies geographically located throughout Maryland. These three entities make up the tripartite membership system; the national level, the state level and the local level.
The Maryland State Dental Association has been serving the dental community since 1883 in providing:
- Educational Programs and Training for the Dental Team
- Basic Dental Assisting, Radiology and Expanded Functions for dental assistants
- Courses for all dental team members at the Chesapeake Dental Conference
- Continuing Education Courses
- Programs for the Public
- Missions of Mercy
- National Children’s Health Month
- Give Kids a Smile
- Patient Advocacy Programs
- Patient Referral Service
- Peer Review (Complaint) System
- Dentist and Legislative Advocacy
- Representation at the State House in Annapolis regarding dental related issues
- Representation before state and local regulatory agencies
- Dentist Relief Fund
- Dentists' Well-Being Committee
- Volunteer Opportunities
- MSDA Endorsed Products
Tripartite Organized Dentistry
What is tripartite organized dentistry?
"Tripartite" describes dentistry's three-tiered structure of membership, and is
also used to describe the organizational tiers collectively. To be an active
tripartite member, dentists must join their local (component) society, state (constituent)
society, and the ADA. Each level within the tripartite sets its own dues, elects its
own officers and directors, and makes decisions on the services and benefits it offers
What are key benefits of the tripartite structure?
It is mutually supportive, promotes unity in the dental profession, facilitates
consistency, and encourages a unified voice on issues involving the improvement
of the health of the public and the art and science of dentistry. Association
members are impacted by issues and regulations at the local, state and national
levels, and tripartite organized dentistry encourages advocacy at each level.
How many dentists are members of the tripartite?
About 157,000 dentists. This is approximately 70% of all the dentists nationwide
eligible for tripartite membership.