On Thursday, February 27th, 38 students from Sierra High School in Colorado Springs traveled to the School of Dental Medicine to explore dentistry through hands-on and interactive learning facilitated by the Dental ARCH Pipeline Program. Under the guidance and instruction of our own dental students, these highly motivated high school students had the opportunity to discuss the steps along path to dentistry and drill a cement-mounted molar to perform a Class 1 prep. Students concluded their visit with a walk-through of the Clinics where they could see what makes a dental student’s education so unique.
Following the visit, over 80 percent of students expressed they would consider pursuing dentistry – a marked increase from the two students who had considered dentistry prior to the event. What is best of all, these Sierra High School students now have an excellent role model within their own school. Upon conclusion of the event, Anatomy teacher James Muldoon revealed to his students that he will be applying for admission to The School of Dental Medicine this year.
Many thanks to James Muldoon and Patti Hartman for organizing the visit from Colorado Springs, Brittany Herrera for supplying materials to the SIM lab, and our passionate and energetic dental students: Ryan Anderson, Nidhi Kotak, Ellen MacDonald, Katie McCullough, Kelly Santarelli, and Alyssa Rudawsky for generously donating their time and energy to support Dental ARCH in building a pipeline to dentistry that supports diversity in dentistry.
If you are interested in participating in an upcoming Dental ARCH Pipeline event, please contact K-12 Outreach Coordinator Kristy Klare at firstname.lastname@example.org.