Summer Dental School Experience brings students together
Summer Dental School Experience bring students together
The 27 undergraduate students taking part in the School of Dentistry’s HRSA Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Summer Dental School Experience got together on June 21 at Moos Tower to present their oral health disparities projects.
The students, who hail from a variety of ethnic and geographic backgrounds and attend universities and colleges throughout the Upper Midwest, are part of the intense five-week program that provides hands-on experiences in dentistry, exposure to prerequisite courses and a review of the Dental Admissions Test.
“The one thing that surprised me most was when I got to the program I found that everyone was going through the same problems I had so I didn’t feel so alone anymore,” said third-year University of Minnesota student Shue Leng Yang. “There was so much encouragement from everybody. … Everybody bonded, no matter what race, background, or age. Everyone was close, like a family.”
The poster presentation on the second floor of Moos Tower highlighted oral health disparities throughout different populations in Minnesota and the students’ proposed solutions to these disparities.
The Summer Dental School Experience is part of the Building Bridges to a Career in Dentistry Program, which aims to enhance access to care by attracting more students from underrepresented areas and groups with the goal of preparing these students to be competitive applicants to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and to thrive once they arrive on campus.