Pre-dental pathway program seeks applicants

Published February 21, 2023

The School of Dental Medicine’s Destination Dental School — a program that aims to remove barriers to careers in dentistry for students underrepresented in the profession — is seeking applicants for this summer’s program.

The free, eight-week program provides participants with an understanding of the day-to-day life of a dentist and dental student, helps strengthen their dental school applications and develops their skills as researchers.

It includes seven weeks of remote learning, followed by a week of in-person learning. Travel and lodging stipends are included.

In Destination Dental School, participants take part in hands-on simulation activities and research projects, as well as clinical rotations that explore the various disciplines within dental medicine. They also receive dental school application assistance, access to mentorship from UB dental students and faculty, and networking opportunities with local dentistry leaders.

Students also receive extensive preparation for the Dental Admission Test — a standardized exam required for entry into dental school — and program participants who apply to the UB School of Dental Medicine receive an application fee waiver.

“Destination Dental School is a program focused on strengthening the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in dentistry, as well as preparing them for a successful application and matriculation to dental school,” says Jessica Scates, coordinator of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives at the dental school. “Our reach continues to grow every year and we are eager to welcome the new additions to our Destination Dental School network.”

For more information, visit the Destination Dental School website and fill out an application. The deadline for applications is March 31.