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Annual Dental Camp Allows Young Students to Explore Careers in Dentistry

A student volunteer helps a Dental Camp attendee drill a fake tooth.

February  13, 2013

On Saturday, Feb. 9 the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry hosted Dental Camp, a free annual event geared toward middle and high school students interested in learning about careers in dentistry. This year's Dental Camp brought more than 75 young students to the Dugoni School where they were treated to a day of hands-on activities and learning opportunities.

Event attendees learned about dentistry and oral health by spending time in the school's Main Clinic, simulation laboratory and labs. They were given the opportunity to learn about how an oral cancer screening is performed, make molds of their own teeth, drill a cavity in a mock tooth and more. Dental Camp participants were also able to interact with volunteer dental students, faculty and staff, who gave up their Saturday to help guide activities and share information about what life is like at dental school.

Student volunteer and Dental Camp attendee

"We had tremendous interest in this year's Dental Camp and the attendees were very excited to learn about dentistry and talk with our dental students," commented Torri Keever, senior admissions advisor and Dental Camp program coordinator. "Over the years that I've been coordinating this event I've seen that it really can make an impression on young people and help guide them as they consider their future schooling and careers."

One parent who had two children attend the event commented "On behalf of my sons, Russell and Justin, thank you for the opportunity to attend Dental Camp. They both learned about the dental profession while having a lot of fun doing it. They connected with the volunteers and were inspired by their stories. Russell, a junior in high school, and I have had chats about college and this event made him even more interested."

The Dugoni School Dental Camp is held each winter. Information for next year's event will be posted on the school website in late 2013.

Category Type: Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu