UB Launches Pipeline Program to Increase Diversity in Dentistry

January 14, 2021 by Christen Aldrich

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Last modified January 15, 2021

To increase enrollment of underrepresented students, the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has launched Destination Dental School, an initiative that aims to remove barriers to careers in dentistry for students of color.

As stated in this article, Destination Dental School is open nationwide to all underrepresented undergraduate students interested in a career in dentistry. The program will provide students with hands-on simulation activities and research projects, access to mentorship from UB dental students and faculty, dental school application assistance, and networking opportunities with local dentistry leaders.

The program was created by UB dental student and Buffalo native Arian Johnson, who faced difficulties applying to dental school. “I realized there was a lack of resources for students like myself. As an undergraduate student, I had some advisement but I needed more guidance. I didn’t know the right classes to take, my timeline was off, I didn’t take the right test prep, and my professors wouldn’t give me a recommendation,” said Johnson, now a fourth-year dental student.

Destination Dental School is free, and will run Saturdays from June 4, 2021 through July 31, 2021. The program will also sponsor eligible participating students for their Dental Admission Test — a standardized exam required for entry into dental school. Destination Dental School is now accepting applications, and students are encouraged to apply online by February 28th.

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