The Councils of The New York State Dental Association
Pathways to Service, Leadership and Knowledge


As described in the NYSDA Constitution and Bylaws and Administrative Code (herein, the Code) the Councils fulfill an important role in providing the linkage of activities and information from the state organization to its component societies and vice versa.  They accomplish this through member representation in a process that is described in detail for each Council in the Constitution, Bylaws, and Code. These documents can be found on the NYSDA web site in the Members Only section.  

Currently, there are twelve Councils.  Three are named and codified in the Bylaws.  They are the Councils on:

  • Ethics
  • Nominations
  • Peer Review and Quality Assurance


Nine Councils are named and codified in the Code.  They are the Councils on:
    • Annual Sessions
    • Awards
    • Dental Benefit Programs
    • Dental Education and Licensure
    • Dental Health Planning and Hospital Dentistry
    • Dental Practice
    • Governmental Affairs
    • Membership and Communications
    • Professional Liability Insurance

To be member of a Council is an honor that includes the recognition of one’s peers and an opportunity to interact with others throughout the state that have similar interests and concerns.  Service on a Council is considered an important part of the pathways to leadership. It also includes an opportunity to influence the decision making process at higher levels.  Often, issues that are important to the membership of NYSDA at large are first discussed in the Councils.  As such, Council members are privileged with knowledge that is timely and sometimes of very high value.

The responsibilities of each Council and its members are all somewhat different based on the nature of the duties described in the Constitution, Bylaws and Code.  However, specifically regarding the members of the Councils there are similarities and they are summarized in the following:

All Council members are required to:

  1. Conduct Council business in a manner which best benefits ALL the members of the New York State Dental Association
  2. Communicate effectively your Council’s activities to your corresponding component
  3. Bring issues of concern, and report any and all relevant activities taking place in your component, which may impact on the deliberations and decisions of the Council.


In addition to these main responsibilities, all Council members have these duties:
    • Attend and participate at all Council meetings
    • Serve on Council subcommittees
    • Report to Council on issues raised by components 
    • Report to Council on component activities
    • Accompany oral reports with written reports
    • Promote Council recommendations to component

The activities of each Council are supported by NYSDA staff.  The assigned staff provides resources, prepares correspondence, and interfaces with the NYS Education Department, Department of Health, and other agencies.  They arrange Council meetings, and aid in the production and distribution of Council minutes and reports to the NYSDA House of Delegates.  They are a valuable resource to Council members desiring clarification on related topics. 

Service on one of the NYSDA Councils is not particularly time consuming, but does require an attention to the important issues of the respective Council.  The rewards, however, are great, and we hope that you will have the opportunity to enjoy this aspect of organized dentistry at some point in your professional career.


David Schirmer DDS
Corning, NY