Aspiring Students Visit School of Dentistry
What's so great about a career in dentistry? Forty-five college
students spent three days at the University
of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) seeking answers to that
question. They participated in Dentistry
Today, a program that introduces aspiring dental students to the
The students, who visited UMSOD from June 17-19, listened to faculty
members describe each dental specialty, learned about a variety of
career options, observed students treating patients, and practiced
carving wax models of teeth in a preclinical simulation lab. "Dentistry
Today gives these students a glimpse of the different specialty fields
in dentistry, and it also introduces them to who we are as a school.
They see firsthand how much fun dentistry is and the passion that our
faculty have for their chosen profession," said Andrea Morgan, DDS '90, director of
student advocacy and cultural affairs.
Ryan Krempel of Fallston, Md.,
who recently graduated from Stevenson University, enjoyed listening to
tips from current dental students while he worked in the lab. "I'm
drawn to the dental profession because it gives me the ability to work
with my hands and it enables me to help improve a patient's smile. Your
smile is so important; it is such a powerful means of communication,"
For Shadarr Strange of
Wilmington, Del., a junior at the University of Delaware,
learning about the different dental specialties was an eye-opening
experience. She felt especially drawn toward geriatric dentistry. "I
really enjoy helping people, so I am looking forward to a dental career
because I will be able to provide care for the underserved in my
community," said Strange.
Kayla Birdie of Rumson, N.J.,
a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was impressed by how
energetic and approachable UMSOD faculty members were during the program. She is excited
for the wide range of dental career opportunities that that are
available. "The field is always changing. Dentistry involves so many
different aspects, from aesthetics to treatments for diseases that
could impact a person's overall health," explained Birdie.
Founded in 1975 as Operation Dental Career, the Dentistry Today program
has seen about 50 of its participants matriculate into the UMSOD dental
program in the last five years.
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