Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health. 



“On Saturday, October 24th, 2015, I attended a Leadership Conference on behalf of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.  The day long event incorporated a number of lectures, including: Pipelines: How to Get More Underrepresented Minorities Into Healthcare/Medicine by Dr. John K. Su, M.D., M.P.H.; Adventures of a Healthcare Provider from Dentist to Activist by Dr. Abdullaibrahim Abdulwaheed B.S.ChE, D.M.D., M.B.A., A.B.G.D., M.A.G.D., F.A.A.H.D.; and Marketing Bootcamp: How to Share your Story, Gain Media Attention, and Reach Donors by Skye Schulte, M.S., M.P.H. Each lecture touched on an array of topics in the wide spectrum of leadership. The first lecture focused primarily on ways to get more minorities exposed to healthcare at various levels of education. The second lecture featured Dr. Abe discussing how he has been successful in the dental profession by primarily focusing on the community and the patient as a whole. The final lecture was a reflection to remember that dentists are also running a business, in addition to their clinical practice, and need to know how to market themselves properly. Ms. Schulte was able to delve into the marketing world and how to lure target populations to your company. I met a ton a great people at this conference and had the opportunity to learn more about the fellowship itself and its founder. I am grateful and appreciative to have been honored to attend this conference and look forward to be able to work with the program in the future.”     ~Micheline Moini (D18)

“The 2015 Schweitzer Leadership Conference Reflection was such a refreshing conference to attend. While in dental school, we are so busy constantly studying for exams or working on projects to beat deadlines, we often lose sight of why we began this dental journey.  Attending the conference helped remind me that after we graduate we will be leaders in our own practice and also in our communities. One of the speakers from the conference talked about his journey from being a poor dental student, to opening his own private dental practices, onto becoming involved with policy and advocating for his patients. He stressed that not only are you providing care, you also become a voice for your patients; and it is part of your duty to effect change and advocate for your patients’ needs through meeting with politicians. Another speaker reminded us that you don’t need to be a hero to make change. This idea resonated with me because often times I find myself questioning what I will realistically be able to do as a dentist and an active citizen to promote oral health in the community. I realized that I will have to take everything one step at a time. Every little thing we do individually will make a huge impact collectively. Being in a room with so many like-minded professionals with overwhelming positive energy influenced me to aim to be a more active member of my community and to always give back.”                                                           ~Sandy Lor (D19)
Categories: Reflections