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

D18 Oral Health Promotion Newsletter by Alec Eidelman

D18 photoIf you catch a first year dental student outside of the gross anatomy lab, inside the simulation clinic, or enduring late nights in the library you may be surprised to hear the enthusiasm they have for the profession that awaits them. The long hours spent studying fundamental sciences seem shorter knowing it will provide valuable confidence during patient care. However, no textbook can truly replicate patient interaction. “For almost a year now, my head has been deep in books, powerpoints, and a typodont’s plastic mouth and devoid of real human experience. Seeing patients today reminded me that I am working towards being able to treat patients like that myself” (C. Johnston). The Oral Health Promotion course taken this spring provided a context for students to realize this eagerness through meaningful interactions at community centered service programs. (more…)