By joining the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA), members automatically
join their local
and district societies in their immediate practice areas and ADA. Through
this arrangement, members receive services and benefits related to organized
dentistry at local/district, state and national levels.
Tripartite membership is mutually supportive. The unity it fosters produces a
consistent voice across the country and at the international level. By joining
together, fewer activities are duplicated; this allows each society to
concentrate on providing the services it performs best and most efficiently.
Association Organization at the National Level
divided into 16 trustee districts, comprising 54 constituent state and
territorial societies, as well as the five federal dental services. With more
than 400 members, the ADA House of Delegates comprises elected delegates and
alternate delegates, the number of which is based on the number of dentists in
each society. Pennsylvania is the Third Trustee District of ADA.
Association Organization at the State Level
A constituent of ADA, PDA is divided into 10 trustee districts.
Association Organization at the District and Local Level
PDA’s 10 districts also are divided into local
societies, which meet at least once a year. Each district elects one
representative as a voting member of the Board
of Trustees. District and local dental societies have their own unique mixes
of member benefits, which may include peer review/patient relations mediation,
continuing education, general membership meetings, public relations and