IHS Students.

IMPORTANT: The 2022 Native American Pre-Dental Gateway to Dentistry program will partner with UB's Destination Dental School program to combine virtual and in-person events AND now offer participants enhanced opportunities for Dental Admission and collaboration with pre-dental colleagues.


Virtual Programming

Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16, 23 from 10am-12pm (EST) (7 sessions/14 hours total)

In-Person Programming

July 25-28, 2022 at the University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine.

*Students from outside Buffalo, NY should allocate time for travel of Sunday, July 24 and Friday, July 29.

**Native American participants will have an additional day of in-person programming on July 28, beyond the 3 days that in-person programming is combined with the Destination Dental School.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline EXTENDED to May 15, 2022

The application deadline for the Summer Gateway Program has been EXTENDED to 5/15/2022.

About the Program

  • The Seneca Nation Health System and the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine have developed a ‘Gateway to Dentistry’ internship program for Native American undergraduate students considering application to Dental School. 
  • Native American students comprise only 0.2% of the nearly 11,000 people who apply to Dental School annually, clearly these students are underrepresented.
  • This five day internship for approximately ten students will provide a ‘taste’ of dental education and the various disciplines and sub-specialties within the Dental profession.  This experience will promote a more diverse dental student body and reach out to an underrepresented application demographic.

It’s ideal for anyone who’s every thought of becoming a Dentist or wants to know more! 

Highlights include:

  • Hands on clinical techniques
  • Preclinical laboratory procedures
  • Introduction to dental specialties
  • Financial Aid projections & DDS Admissions counseling
  • Introduction to student life
  • Career conversations with current dental students and mentors
  • Dental Admission Test (DAT) live review sessions
  • Enrollment in a virtual 'learn as you go' Kaplan DAT review course
  • Reimbursement of one DAT application fee

Sample Schedule

Please see the 2018 schedule below to gain a sense of events planned.


The program is open to Native American undergraduate students, qualified recent graduates, and I.H.S.  / Tribal Health Dental Staff interested in Dental School.  


Program Costs are funded through the generous support of the tribal support centers United South and Eastern Tribes, INC (USET) and Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. (NAPPR).  Subsidized costs include: Round trip travel to Buffalo, NY, supplies, housing, meals, DAT registration fees and DAT review course registration.  Participants should plan for incidental expenses while attending the four day in-person program.

Financial Partners:

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.

Native American Pre-Dental Gateway Program Questions

Joseph M Salamon, D.D.S.
Dental Services Director
Seneca Nation Health Systems | 36 Thomas Indian School Dr. | Irving, N.Y. 14081

716-535-5582 x-5264


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