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Introduction to Dentistry Summer Program

All students who applied to the Introduction to Dentistry course for the summer of 2020 were accepted and enrolled in a virtual course titled Introduction to Dental Medicine. Completion of all the modules, quizzes and final exam can allow you to earn a Certificate of Completion. If you applied, please look for an email from the Penn Dental Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion telling you when the course is available. The course will remain open until September 30th 2020.

Register by March 1 for the 2020 Introduction to Dentistry Summer Program, July 6-10, 2020.

Whether a prospective dental student or just beginning to consider a dental career, this week-long, commuter program for undergraduate college students will introduce you to the field of dental medicine. You will gain hands-on experience in the type of preclinical coursework encountered in dental school, attend lectures, and learn about the dental school admissions process. The program will include:

  • Lectures from renowned Penn Dental Medicine faculty.
  • Hands-on classes in state-of-the-art simulation and advanced simulation labs that mimic a dental care environment and give you the experience of what it is like to drill a tooth or place a restoration. Participants will also complete restorative dentistry procedures in the simulation labs.
  • Informational session with members of the Admissions Office.
  • Question-and-answer lunch with current students, who will field questions ranging from “how to prepare to apply to dental school”, “what schools did you apply to”, to “what it is like to attend dental school.”

Why attend?

  • Gain a better understanding of dentistry and whether it is the right career choice for you.
  • Be better prepared for the first years of dental school.

Course Dates

July 6-10, 2020 (Apply by March 1)

Course Fee

$250 ($50 application fee is applied to the course fee is accepted)


There are 15 spots for the course. There are no requirements to attend this course other than being in good academic standing in your current undergraduate program. To apply:

  • Complete this Introduction to Dentistry Summer Course Application »
  • Submit application, required documents, and $50 application fee (applied to course fee if accepted and refunded if not accepted) by March 1 to: Dr. Beverley Crawford, Penn Dental Medicine, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 240 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104,, 215-898-2940.


Dr. Beverley Crawford
Penn Dental Medicine
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
240 S. 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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