San Mateo County Dental Society (CA)

Member Benefits

For the community in which we live and practice, SMCDS provides general dentist and specialist referrals, up-to-date listings of dental auxiliary personnel seeking positions in our area, complaint mediation through the Peer Review process, information about dental care assistance programs, financial and advisory assistance to local colleges and occupational programs to support development and operation of dental auxiliary training / certification programs.

SMCDS membership links you to a powerful partnership of people and programs to help you protect your career investment.  Active involvement with your local component helps you grow professionally and personally.

Community Introduction / Patient Referrals

Peer Review

Social / Networking Events

Professional Publications

Professional Development / Assistance

Leadership Development

Reduced Cost Seminar Room Rentals



General Membership Meetings 

CPR Renewal Course

Dental Office Regulatory Compliance Training 




Community Introduction / Patient Referrals 
Broaden your patient base by tapping into SMCDS’ excellent patient referral service; i.e., referrals to members when patients call our office or access our Find a Dentist feature on the SMCDS website (members can download the form to update your referral preferences here). Take advantage of opportunities to introduce yourself to the community by speaking at local functions sponsored in conjunction with SMCDS community outreach activities. 

Peer Review.  Resolve dentist / patient disputes concerning quality and/or appropriateness of dental care via the Peer Review process at no expense to either party, often avoiding costly litigation. The SMCDS Peer Review Committee is staffed by member dentists working in cooperation with and under guidelines set by CDA. Members can find the CDA Peer Review Manual here.

Social / Networking Events.  Become acquainted with and cultivate lasting relationships with SMCDS colleagues at social events hosted throughout the year: New Dentists Socials and the ever-popular social hour at our monthly General Membership meetings.

Professional Publications.  Stay informed via SMCDS multi-media communication:  urgent, rapidly changing news via Member eNews email and fax; in-depth coverage of non-urgent issues via our quarterly newsletter, The Mouthpiece, which provides updates on local activities, changing legislation and environmental issues, feature articles on issues relevant to your practice, and classified ads. Easily identify and locate member colleagues with the SMCDS Member Directory updated weekly on this website.

Professional Development / Assistance.  From speakers targeting New Dentists to our library of video and printed materials on topics encompassing the dental industry and practice development to support for chemical abuse via our Bay Area Well-Being Committee.

Leadership Development. Exercise / cultivate your leadership potential and influence conditions within our profession, organization, community by serving on the SMCDS Board of Directors or any of a wide range of standing and special project committees identified online and in our New Member Kit.

Reduced Cost Seminar Room Rentals.  The SMCDS seminar room occupies 1100 square feet in a scenic Redwood Shores complex, conveniently located near Highway 101. Free parking and restaurants are close by. Rental includes high-definition wide-screen-display projection screen, white board, podium, and flip-chart easel. The room is available from 8 AM to 10 PM daily and comfortably seats 35 classroom-style or 55 theatre-style. Full days are only $500, half days at $350, and two hours or less for just $150. SMCDS members receive a 20% discount on these prices. View/download the rental agreement here.


Our annual CE schedule is published at the beginning of each year in THE MOUTHPIECE and on the Events calendar.  Detailed information on individual speakers and presentations is added to the online calendar as it becomes available and on registration forms sent starting six weeks in advance via mail, email, fax, eNews, and our Facebook page – and are available online under Upcoming Events in convenient fillable PDF format.  The website accommodates online course registration and fee payment.  Our program chairs rely on your feedback via course evaluations and welcome topic / speaker suggestions at any time.

General Membership Meetings  
3 Core / 20% CE Units       $65 member rate / $60 new member rate      Save with Pre-paid Packages 

These regularly scheduled gatherings provide an opportunity to meet, socialize, and dine with member dentists, hear distinguished speakers on relevant topics, view vendor exhibits of the latest clinical and business products, and for those who “play” the chance to win valuable drawing prizes.

GM Meetings are generally held the 3rd Thursday of the month 6 to 9 PM September thru May at Crowne Plaza Foster City.  Plan ahead - our Fall meeting is a special event – held with great fanfare in interesting venues such as the Hiller Aviation Museum.

CPR Renewal Course
4 Core CE Units       $65 Member Rate Includes Study Materials & Renewal Card / $80 Non-Mbr

Healthcare providers are required to renew their CPR certification every two years. Our 2 part CPR renewal classes are half online for your convenience which can be completed up to 2 weeks beforehand. The practical portion is held at the SMCDS office on Monday / Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 PM once or twice a month September through June.  Students practice one-on-one with Adult and Infant manikins.   Register early - class size is restricted by available equipment to 16.  Our member rate of $65 – thanks to our dedicated staff of volunteer trainers – is among the lowest in the peninsula.

Dental Office Regulatory Compliance Training
6 Core CE Units       $170 Member Rate / $220 Non-Mbr

The Dental Board of California requires all licensed dental professionals (DDS, DMD, RDA, RDH) to take approved CE courses in Infection Control (Bloodborne Pathogen Standards) and California Dental Law every two years for license renewal. Cal-OSHA requires employers to train their workers annually in Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communication, General Safety,

Emergency Response, and other standards based on the nature and size of your practice.

Marcella Oster, RDA, teamed up with us to provide a convenient two-part one-day course to fulfill regulatory requirements, provide you and your staff with 6 units of Core CE credit for two 3-hour seminars packed with practical information in an enjoyable atmosphere. This is unlike other seminars you may have attended. Bring the whole office for a productive day of learning and fun.  Lunch is provided.

NOTE:  These courses DO NOT fulfill the California unlicensed Dental Assistant education requirement that went into effect in, 2010 under AB 2637.  Please call the MEMBER LINE 650.637.1131 or visit the Dental Board of California's website for referrals to qualified providers.