Privileges of MDA member


The activities will be derived from those organised by the MDA or specifically designed. The activities for participation will be aimed at

  1. providing opportunities for the development of organisational leadership (eg. MDA Conventions, MDA-MIDEC, community-based activities etc).
  2. providing opportunities for networking within and beyond the profession (eg. inviting/communicating with speakers and organising CPD activities)
  3. providing opportunities for strategic and creative-thinking skills eg. planning strategies for creating/shaping the future of dentistry (eg. Attending MDA Board/Council meetings together with mentors who are involved in these)
  4. providing platforms for sharing professional experiences (eg. attachment/internship or invitation to be with dentists in his/her clinic and see dentists/specialists in action)
  5. enriching professional relationships between the mentors/mentees (eg. by working together on projects such as oral health campaigns) and thus foster greater understanding between generations of professionals and among cultures.
  6. keeping up with the evolving dental education teaching young dentists of today for the future (eg. mentors attending dental students’ activities)
  7. sharing ethical and professional dilemmas (eg. via formal meetings/seminars/ or informal discussions during attachments in or outside the clinic)

All activities can be either formal or informal where appropriate and fits the schedule and needs of the mentors/mentees and the MDA organisation.


A mentor is essentially regarded as a wise and trusted teacher or one who can help show the way; someone who “has been there, done that”. Mentors serve as role models, advisors, professional partners and above all, as reliable friends. Mentors can have a profound effect on someone new to the profession eg. dental students or dental graduates. Mentorship can therefore provide a platform for interaction and friendship between the mentors and mentees. It can represent the passing of the baton, so to speak. It brings meaning to the professional and personal lives of dentists, dental students and young graduates and can be a very rewarding experience for all. As the dental profession moves forward beyond their role as content experts and oral healthcare provider, the value of soft skills, professional leadership, communication networking and building professional/personal networks through relationships with one another within and beyond the profession, become increasingly essential. In this regard, the Malaysian Dental Association has a vital role to play in its timely partnership with the Malaysian Dental Students’ Association.


  1. To offer opportunities of professional guidance to our future dentists (dental students/dental graduates) who are new to the profession
  2. To provide members a platform to share and engage in meaningful professional and personal development relationships through encouragement, inspirational role modelling and sharing of experiences and insights.
  3. To provide a vital link for dental students/graduates transiting to the dental professional world
  4. To provide channels for communication between dental students, dental graduates and dentists (including dental specialists)
  5. To obtain better value for all structured activities organised by the MDA for its professional members in terms of nurturing a more wholesome dental professional including organisational leadership, providing earlier exposure of the professional activities to the dental students, providing wider career path options for dental students/graduates who will be stepping into the professional world.


  1. Opportunities to serve in various committees / sections in MDA to uphold the image of the profession
  2. National and International Networking with fellow colleagues Information on Dental Indemnity Cover
  3. Assistance from MDA Public Complaint Bureau Committee when need arises
  4. Special registration fees for Congresses / Conventions
  5. Opportunities to grab special offers with Retailers
  6. Affinity Card Program with Banks
  7. Discounted price for purchase of cars from BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Honda and Proton. Subject to the validity of the agreement signed. If you wish to acquire up to date verification, please feel free to contact our Secretariat.
  8. Preferential rate on professional indemnity insurance (DPL & JLT)


  1. Participation in the MDA Student Mentorship Program (please refer below for more information)
  2. Special registration fees for Congresses / Conventions
  3. Upgradable to MDA Member (subject to payment of full membership fee).