Why am I a member of the Dallas County Dental Society (DCDS)? Because, I care about my profession too much to not support it. Too many times I have seen medical organizations get frustrated with the systems they have allowed to take control of their treatment. Less than one-third of all physicians are associated with the American Medical Association (AMA), and more than 75 percent of all physicians would say the AMA doesn’t stand for what they believe in.
As a dentist, I maintain control of the way I practice dentistry. Our dental associations keep us in the constantly-changing loop. If we choose to, we don’t even have to think about what they’re doing. We can trust someone is working on our behalf, so we can focus on the care of our patients .
But what if I want to be vocal and influence change? I believe in what the American Dental Association (ADA) does for our profession, but how do I get my voice to the national level? I do it on the state and local levels. How do I get my voice heard on the state level? I have a voice through my local dental society. The tripartite membership, to which I was first introduced upon moving to Texas, is an amazing system to make a difference and express what you believe in.
As I transitioned to practicing in a second state, I had no professional groups that I belonged to. I reached out to my alumni association who quickly connected me with a local dentist. He gave me all the information I needed to connect with my local dental society. Every question I’ve had throughout my professional career, the local chapter has had an answer. While I have so many things to constantly think and worry about, I know the Dallas County Dental Society (DCDS) is working for me in the background. While you don’t have to be a member to gain some of the benefits, it’s something I’m proud to support and will for the rest of my career. I believe in working as a team, and I believe we have to support each other. My dental society is the perfect place to do so.