Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine welcomes 10 students from Philadelphia public and charter schools, who will be spending time in the School’s clinics and learning about the field of dentistry as part of the Summer Mentorship Program (SMP), July 9 – August 3.
Penn Dental Medicine along with Penn’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, School of Law, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing participate in the SMP, which is administered out the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life. The program is designed to give participants hands-on experience in their desired fields of interest, while also gaining exposure to the benefits of post-secondary education in a university atmosphere.
At Penn Dental Medicine, the students participate in dentistry specific exercises, including lectures and hands-on lab activities such as drill mastery and tooth restoration. In addition, observing in specialty and general dentistry clinics provides students with a comprehensive dental experience. Additionally, the program builds a sense of community among the students through creativity and team-building exercises. The Penn Dental Medicine student coordinators this year’s program are Teemar Carey and Evan Eisler of the Class of 2015.
“By interacting with our current dental students, participants can build mentoring relationships that last long beyond the program,” says Dr. Beverley Crawford, Director of Diversity Affairs, whose office oversees the SMP at Penn Dental Medicine. “A strong mentor and role model can play a vital role in encouraging these students to pursue a college education and ultimately a dental career.”
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