Dental School helps prepare future students for success in weeklong, hands-on program

An instructor holding a mic lectures a dental class.

During the program, participants shadow current dental residents, engage in hands-on learning activities and learn about different dental specialties. Photos: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Release Date: June 18, 2024


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is offering college students and bachelor degree recipients interested in dentistry the chance to learn the intricacies of the profession during the fourth annual Destination Dental School (DDS) June 23-27 on the South Campus.

Participants will have the chance to watch a root canal in progress, alginate teeth impressions and learn how to perform a suture during the weeklong program. With support from faculty and UB dental student volunteers, participants will also complete capstone research projects, participate in mock interviews and prepare for the Dental Admission Test (DAT).

This program’s goal is to prepare individuals who have been historically underrepresented in the profession to successfully apply to dental school. Last year, 30 individuals from across the country participated.

This year’s DDS is unique because the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) annual conference is taking place during the same week in Niagara Falls. About 30 college students who are attending the SAID program will also participate in the DDS programming on June 26. 

Media are invited to attend on June 26. Here is a map of the South Campus.

When:  Wednesday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Squire Hall


9-9:30 a.m. —  Welcome, 326 Squire Hall

9:30-10 a.m. — Introduction to SAID and DDS programs, 326 Squire Hall

10-10:30 a.m.— Group photo

10:30-1 p.m. — Demonstration of direct composites and suturing, B30 Squire Hall

On-site media contacts:

Laurie Kaiser, University Communications: (716) 809-0583

Ed Morrison, School of Dental Medicine: (716) 955-0393

Background: UB dental alumna Arian Johnson, DDS, founded Destination Dental School in 2021 after recognizing a lack of resources for students like herself when she applied to dental school. She received the necessary support from the UB School of Dental Medicine’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to make Destination Dental School a reality. In 2022, the DDS program partnered with the Native American Pre-Dental Student Gateway to Dentistry program to combine virtual and in-person events.

In addition to the in-person event, in 2024 DDS fellows also participate in five weeks of virtual programming on Saturdays in May and June. The dental school provides all participants with a stipend to cover travel and lodging expenses, reimbursement for one DAT and a waived application fee to UB dental school.

For more information, visit the Destination Dental School website

Media Contact Information

Laurie Kaiser
News Content Director
Dental Medicine, Pharmacy
Tel: 716-645-4655