The Creighton School of Dentistry is proud to host a number of student organizations. These provide additional opportunities for learning outside of the classroom and clinic, as well as opportunities for collaboration, service, leadership—and fun.
American Student Dental Association (ASDA)
The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy.
As a member of ASDA, you’ll receive education in debt and practice management, develop leadership and interpersonal skills, and have opportunities to network with seasoned dental professionals, among other benefits.
Hispanic Student Dental Association
As a student group operating in the Creighton School of Dentistry, the Hispanic Student Dental Association seeks to promote good dental education and oral hygiene practices through extensive volunteer initiatives. These endeavors focus on underrepresented minority groups in the Greater Omaha area and involve patient education and dental screenings. Members also work alongside other dental and medical student groups both on campus and in the community. HSDA networks members with local and national health care professionals to foster growth and personal development, educating students on the health care problems affecting vulnerable communities both near and far. Further, Spanish lessons are offered at meetings, emphasizing dental clinical settings. Membership is available to undergraduate and graduate students.
National Honor Societies
Each year, the School of Dentistry’s top-performing students are honored with induction into one of two prestigious national honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu.
Student National Dental Association (SNDA)
The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) is an organization that was founded to advance the needs of underrepresented dental students by establishing a strong academic and social support system. While still holding true to their initial mission, SNDA also embraces their four principles: Diversity, Outreach, Mentorship, and Excellence. Through SNDA, members work tirelessly to provide monthly dental screenings in North and South Omaha to address health disparities in communities that lack medical and dental resources. SNDA also understands the importance of reaching back within its own community through the work of mentorship. SNDA hosts mentoring programs such as Wax and Relax which provides first year dental students with the necessary tools to succeeding through their Dental Anatomy course. SNDA also holds the annual Impressions Day event which is geared toward pre-dental students to experience a “day in the life” of a dental student—gaining hands on laboratory experience, interview and resume tips, financial aid advice, and much more.
As a member of SNDA, you gain a strong support system at the dental school and more importantly, you gain leadership abilities and a sense of responsibility to be a continuous advocate for others.