Established in 1865 and based in the state capitol of Springfield, the Illinois State Dental Society is comprised of more than 6,300 dentists, dental hygienists, dental lab technicians and dental students. The Society encompasses eight trustee districts and 23 local component dental societies.
The executive body of the ISDS is comprised of the president, the president-elect, vice president, treasurer, and 14 elected trustees. The governing body of the ISDS is the House of Delegates, which is made up of dentists chosen to represent their local component dental societies. The House deals with a wide array of responsibilities, among which are the establishing of policy for the ISDS; adopting an annual budget for the following year; enacting, amending or revoking charters of the component societies; and electing honorary members, granting awards, and approving memorials in the name of the Society. Additionally, 13 standing committees study issues related to several key areas of interest, and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates on specific issues relating to dentistry.
Education and Publications
Continuing education is an integral component of ISDS membership, and the Society mandates that its members pursue continuing education courses while in practice. Both licensed dentists and dental hygienists have live and online course options, all at a low cost to members. ISDS members also have access to a number of Society publications, including dh Focus, which is geared to dental hygienists, the quarterly Communiqué for state and local dental leaders, and Illinois Dental News, the official publication of the ISDS.