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June 20, 2012

Office of Diversity Affairs Hosts Graduate Externship Program

Dental students from Howard University College of Dentistry and Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry visited Penn Dental Medicine to learn about the school's specialty programs.

Dental students from Howard University College of Dentistry and Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry visited Penn Dental Medicine to learn about the school’s specialty programs.

Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine’s Office of Diversity Affairs recently hosted the second group of students to participate in its Graduate Externship Program, a new outreach program in partnership with Howard University College of Dentistry, in Washington, DC, and Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tenn., that debuted its pilot program in 2011 with three students from Howard University. Junior and senior dental students from both schools spent the week of June 11-15 at Penn Dental Medicine, shadowing postdoctoral residents in the specialties of Oral Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontics, and Pediatric Dentistry. A total of 9 students participated in this second year of the program.

“Our goal is to help build interest among minority dental students in pursuing postdoctoral training at Penn Dental Medicine,” says Dr. Beverley Crawford, Director of Diversity Affairs. “We will continue to follow-up with these students with application and admissions information in hopes that they will consider returning as full-time students in one of the dental specialties.”

Participants received housing for the week. In addition to shadowing residents in the various specialty clinics, the activities included a trolley tour and dinner in Manayunk; the students shadowing the Periodontic residents also attended the Penn Esthetics Symposium, held June 14 – 16.

The Graduate Externship Program, funded by Penn’s Division of the Vice Provost for University Life, is held annually.

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