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The Office of Diversity Affairs is deeply committed to increasing and celebrating diversity at Penn Dental Medicine. Specific recruitment and retention programs have been developed to attract some of the brightest students who are currently underrepresented in dentistry and support them during their education at Penn. The outreach program consists of the following activities:

1. Summer Mentorship Program

The University of Pennsylvania’s Summer Mentorship Program (SMP) is a month-long, full-day, full-immersion experience on campus for select juniors and seniors from Philadelphia Public and Charter high schools. SMP is administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life, with funding from the Office of the Provost. The program provides classroom instruction, one-on-one sessions with professors, and tours of labs and other facilities. It also includes intensive SAT preparation (provided by Kaplan), writing workshops, and instruction in personal finance.

2. Shadowing Program

This program allows participants from our recruitment initiatives and predental undergraduate students from local universities to visit the Dental school to observe patient care in a school environment. Students will also be paired with members of our local dental societies and Penn Dental Medicine lumni who practice in the Philadelphia area to better understand “real world” dentistry and observe patient care, interaction and office management.
Waiver for Visitors Observing in Clinical Areas (PDF)

3. Mentorship Program

Dental students at Penn Dental Medicine are given opportunities to network with alumni for “role modeling” and support during their educational experience or when seeking employment or applying to postgraduate programs.

4. Peer Mentorship Program

A support program for incoming students wherein upper classmen provide support and assistance to ensure a smooth transition to the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Dental Medicine.

Through these recruitment and retention initiatives, Penn Dental Medicine is successfully creating and sustaining a critical mass of underrepresented students within its student body, building an academically strong and socially supportive environment.

5. Impressions Program

The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) Impressions Program is composed of a series of one-day workshops geared towards educating underrepresented minority undergraduate college students about careers in dentistry. The Impressions Program consists of lectures and hands-on activities, which expose students to a typical dental school curriculum. Students are also introduced to various dental procedures and the application process, in addition to financial aid and scholarship opportunities. At the conclusion of the program, students will be familiar with the hosting dental school (Penn Dental Medicine) and have information that can make them stronger dental school applicants.

6. Post-Graduate Externship Program

This is a program in partnership with Howard University College of Dentistry and Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, welcoming junior and senior dental students to spend one week with the graduate residents in University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine specialty clinics. Students will shadow residents and attend lectures in Oral Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontic, Periodontic and Endodontic specialties. Housing will be provided for one week. This year’s event will be June 2014.
Download registration form (PDF)

Contact

Dr. Beverley Crawford
Director of Diversity Affairs
Email: minority@dental.upenn.edu
215-898-2840

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  • 2014 Impressions Program: Event rescheduled please check back for new date. The Impressions Program consists of lectures and hands-on activities, which expose undergraduate students to a typical dental school curriculum. Students are also introduced to various dental procedures and the application process, in addition to financial aid and scholarship opportunities. All undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

  • SPARK: This fall, Penn Dental Medicine students Evan Eisler, Hillary Rosen, and Coleen O’Neill acted as mentors in the SPARK Program, to middle school students Devonna Steward and Egypt Stokes, from The John Barry Middle school. On Thursday December 19, they, along with their mentees, took part in the Spark Discovery Night. Spark is an award-winning youth empowerment organization that inspires middle-school youth to pursue their interests, create bonds with their communities, and develop a lifelong passion for learning. Each student completes an in-depth apprenticeship in their field of interest, while also participating in a leadership class that helps to connect apprenticeship learning to class.

  • Dr. Stanford Brown Marks 50 Years of Service: Dr. Stanford Brown, Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, was recognized for 50 years of service as a member of the School’s faculty at special reception, September 27,2013.

  • Dr. Stanford Brown Marks 50 Years of Service: Dr. Stanford Brown, Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, was recognized for 50 years of service as a member of the School’s faculty at special reception, September 27,2013.

  • Dr. Stanford Brown Marks 50 Years of Service: Dr. Stanford Brown, Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, was recognized for 50 years of service as a member of the School’s faculty at special reception, September 27,2013.

  • SUMMER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: The Dental School is hosting 10 students from Philadelphia public and charter schools as part of the annual Summer Mentorship Program (SMP). The program runs July 9 – August 3. Students participate in dentistry specific exercises, including lectures, hands-on lab activities, and shadowing in clinics. Students are being led by second-year dental students Leiza Walia and Diana Cuesta.

  • SUMMER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: As part of the 2013 Summer Mentorship Program, participants took a trip to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty and Discovery Times Square.

Program & Faculty Features

Exploring New Ways to Champion Diversity

With input of current students, the new Director of Diversity Affairs, strives to create a more diverse student body

Penn Dental Journal,

Fall 2011

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