Italian American Dentists of Chicago

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We offer several levels of membership to enable our members to take advantage of our continuing education opportunities, assist our scholarship program and support our community.  Full Membership includes 5 dinner meetings each year.  We offer discounted membership options for First Year Graduates and Retirees.  Our Associate Membership allows members to join and pay separately for the dinner meetings they are able to attend.  

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Our History and Philosophy

In the early 1930’s, a group of students at Loyola University School of Dentistry decided to form an organization that would merge their hardworking values, passion toward professional excellence and pride in their Italian Heritage to form the Arcolian Dental Arts Society. Named after Giovanni D’Arcoli, the fifteenth century science professor at Bologna and Padua, whose many noted chapters in medical textbooks detailed the formation of dental disease, D’Arcoli is credited for being the innovator of using gold leaf to restore teeth.

Over 80 years later and still going strong, the Arcolian Dental Arts remains active by promoting excellence in the form of continuing education, awarding annual scholarships to dental students and being a supportive presence in the community all while providing social opportunities for forming lasting professional relationships over dinner in some of Chicago’s most noted Italian restaurants!

We invite you to explore our website and always welcome new members.
Mille Grazie!

Support Our Mission

Our organization strives to sustain and perpetuate the social, cultural and humanitarian values embodied by the legacy built by generations of dentists and the cultural pride felt by all Italians.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  

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Scholarship Program 

The Arcolian Dental Arts Society invites all Third and Fourth year dental students of Italian lineage to apply for the “Arcolian Dental Arts Society Scholarship.” This scholarship is to be awarded to the individual who has exhibited exemplary effort and professionalism during the past years of their dental education. 

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"An aching tooth is better out than in. To lose a rotting member is a gain."  
Richard Baxter


"The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound."
George Bernard Shaw


"Every tooth in a man's head is more valuable than a diamond."
Miguel de Cervantes

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