University of Minnesota School of Dentistry students shared their experiences to pre-dental students in an event promoting the future of dental careers.
Pictured, L-R, Back row: Lori Larson, Central MN AHEC Regional Specialist; Kelly Stein, Dental Hygiene Student; Adam Swingdorf, Dental Student; and Dr. Paul Schulz, U of MN Department of Primary Dental Care Outreach Director. Front row: Meghan Reedy, U of MN Community Health Dental Outreach Program Specialist; Rachel Uppgaard, Dental Student; Megan Meyer, Dental Therapy Student; Laurissa Stigen, Central MN AHEC Executive Director, and Joan Tronson, Northwest MN AHEC Executive Director.
Pre-dental students from Concordia College, Minnesota State University--Moorhead (MSU), University of Minnesota, Morris, and North Dakota State University (NDSU) heard first-hand ideas to help them become prepared for Dental School as well as a career in Dentistry.
On Thursday, October 29, Central Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Northwest MN AHEC and the University of Minnesota School Of Dentistry sponsored "The Future of Rural Dentistry" on the Concordia College campus in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Two dental students, a dental therapy student, and a dental hygiene student, along with School Of Dentistry Department of Primary Dental Care Outreach Director Dr. Paul Schulz and Community Health Dental Outreach Program Specialist Meghan Reedy, presented to the pre-dental students. The students talked about their career paths, the preparation and education involved, and what the current outlook is for dentistry, especially in rural Minnesota.
Over 45 people were in attendance including the pre-dental students, dentists from rural communities, and instructors from NDSU and MSU.
Laurissa Stigen, executive director for Central Minnesota AHEC was pleased with the event. "The focus of this event was to create an informal atmosphere so University of Minnesota students could easily network with pre-dental students, dentists and other dental professionals." Stigen said there were a lot of valuable conversations taking place.
"One of the dentists attending was from Fergus Falls. He complimented the School of Dentistry's excellent team and said that he is optimistic about the future of dentistry," said Stigen.
Earlier in the day, the University of Minnesota students also presented to two Human Anatomy classes at Moorhead High School. Events such as these connect students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.
One pre-dental student summed up the evening events by writing, "The most valuable part of today's event was hearing the current dental students talk about what the school is like, life during dental school, and hearing dentists talk about their practices. This was a wonderful way to spend my evening!"