School of Dentistry

Summer Dental School Program

Building Bridges to a Career in Dentistry

Summer Dental School Program

Summer Dental School Program

Summer Dental School Experience

The Summer Dental School Experience is a five-week, intensive residential program that will provide participants hands-on experiences in dentistry, exposure to prerequisite courses and Dental Admissions Test review, health disparities research experience, and workshops designed to enhance academic skills or to teach students more about dentistry. Participants will also be able to interact with current dental students as mentors.

A maximum of twenty rising juniors and seniors from disadvantaged backgrounds will participate in the Summer Program on the UM campus in each of the three projects years. Eligible students will receive a stipend of at least $40 for each day they attend class that may be used to pay for on-campus housing or for other expenses. The 2014 Summer Dental School Experience will take place from May 26, 2014-June 28, 2014 and will include activities from Monday-Saturday.

  • Structure of Program

    Each Summer Program session will feature 6 hours of structured learning activities per day, plus a break for lunch. Components of the program include the following:

    • Review classes in the core curriculum and prepare for the DAT.
    • Seminars on health disparities and a project focusing on health disparities in Minnesota. Participants will learn more about a health disparity through literature reviews and visits to community service providers and low-cost Dental Clinics. Students will present their experiences in a poster format to dental students and faculty.
    • Hands-on experiences in dentistry to develop psychomotor skills. Students will perform exercises in the advanced simulation clinic, pouring impressions, stone cast trimming and bleaching tray fabrication.
    • “My journey to dental school:” mentoring by dental students to learn more about dental school admissions and gain first hand knowledge of what dental school is like.
    • Workshops to enhance test-taking skills, as well as to manage stress.
    • Guest speakers to enhance student understanding of life during dental school, the admissions process, various dental specialties, and research opportunities available at the University of Minnesota.
  • Qualified participants
    • Must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing, consideration may also be given to graduating students
    • Strongest consideration will go to students from communities that are historically underrepresented: African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, and other minority groups; individuals from rural areas, first generation college students, and those who are economically disadvantaged. However, all students are welcome to apply.
    • Will have a Math or Science professor or instructor (a teaching assistant in a laboratory course is acceptable) complete the Recommendation Form linked under “References” on the right-hand side of this page.
    • Eligible students will receive a stipend of at least $40 for each course day to help offset any loss of work they may have during this six-week program.
    • Applications will be reviewed by the Project Director/Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity and other School of Dentistry Faculty and Staff.
  • Application deadline

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2014 (You may submit your application at any time prior to the deadline)

    Please send your completed application materials to us in one of the following ways:

    Fax: 612-624-0882

    School of Dentistry, Office of Admissions and Diversity
    15-163 Moos Health Science Tower
    515 Delaware Street S.E.
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

  • Questions

    If you have questions, please contact:

    Admissions and Diversity Staff: 612-625-7477

    This Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) is funded by the Bureau of Health Professions of the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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