• Rice Regional Dental Clinic

    School of Dentistry, Rice Memorial Hospital Partner for Success

    In 2005, Rice Memorial Hospital approached the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for assistance in meeting the area's growing oral health needs.

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    Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic

    Dental students assigned to this clinic become familiar with the characteristics of a rural practice and gain experience in developing comprehensive dental treatment plans.


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    Rice Regional Dental Clinic

    Rice Memorial Hospital has constructed a ten chair dental clinic within their hospital designed to treat many of the underserved patients in a surrounding 17 county area.

    Rice Regional Dental Clinic

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    Prairie Winds Dental Clinic

    Prairie Winds Dental Clinic in Howard, South Dakota is a ten chair dental clinic owned by Horizon Health Care, a non-profit organization committed to providing health care to underserved patients throughout South Dakota.

    Prairie Winds

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    Mobile Dental Clinic

    Bringing oral health to the community, the Mobile Dental Clinic serves a population that is underserved due to multiple access issues.

    Mobile Dental Clinic

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    Native American Community Clinic

    NACC's mission is to promote wellness and health maintenance in Native American families, decrease health disparities in Native Americans in the metropolitan area, and provide care regardless of ability to pay.


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    Community University Health Care Center

    The rotation at the CUHCC site in south Minneapolis allows the dental student to provide comprehensive care to a patient population with a wide variety of age, ethnicity and dental needs.


  • Scenic Rivers

    Scenic Rivers Dental Clinic - Cook, MN

    Coming in Fall 2014

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  • East Side Dental Clinic

    East Side Family Clinic

    The East Side Family Clinic  in St. Paul is operated by West Side Community Health Services (WSCHS), which provides comprehensive health care and social services with bilingual/bicultural staff on a sliding fee scale.

    East Side Family Clinic

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    Voluntary opportunities

    The Union Gospel Mission clinic provides dental care services to an underserved population in St. Paul.


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    Summer externships for dental students

    The three-week August externship opportunity is a time when senior dental students may volunteer to participate in an externship.


Outreach Division

A commitment to oral health for everyone

The School of Dentistry has a strong commitment to community outreach, and our community oral health activities are an important part of both our education and service mission. Outreach experiences provide an opportunity for dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the community and social responsibilities they will have as dental professionals
  • Treat a diversity of patients with a variety of oral health care needs
  • Enhance their clinical skills
  • Participate in inter-professional learning experiences.
  • Involve students in community health promotion and service opportunities
  • Promote dental opportunities at school surrounding greater Minnesota Outreach sites.

Qualified fourth year dental students, third year dental therapy students, and fourth year dental hygiene students treat patients under faculty supervision.

Outreach at the School of Dentistry
Voluntary Outreach Opportunities

Students can gain clinical experience in the community through voluntary outreach opportunities, including the Union Gospel Mission and various events through the School of Dentistry.

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Outreach as a Requirement of Graduation

Community outreach experiences are required as a requirement of graduation for dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students. Students have several opportunities to fulfill this requirement with rotations to:

  • Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC)
  • Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC)
  • Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic
  • Native American Community Clinic Dental Clinic
  • Prairie Winds Dental Clinic
  • Rice Regional Dental Clinic
  • East Side Family Clinic
  • De Smet Dental Services
  • Scenic Rivers Health Services - Cook, MN
  • Red Lake Hospital
  • White Earth Health Center
  • Min-No-Aya-Win Health Center
  • Cass Lake Hospital
  • Chief Redstone Health Clinic
  • Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility
  • Jerauld County Dental Clinic
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