TCDM Introduces Undergrads to Dental School and Careers

Dentistry Today


The Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) is launching the four-day TCDM Pre-Dental Experience to introduce undergraduate students to dentistry in an intimate class setting.

The program will be held in person from June 14 to June 17 at TCDM, located on the campus of New York Medical College in Hawthorne, New York.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be practiced, including daily screenings, mask requirements, and social distancing.

Led by TCDM faculty, accepted students will learn about dental career options and specialties and preclinical laboratory procedures. They also will gain hands on experience using digital dental technologies at TCDM’s state-of-the-art simulation laboratory.

Also, participants will have the opportunity to meet an admissions officer to learn about dental school financial aid and admission processes, as well as meet current students to gain an inside perspective on student life.

Dr. Rebecca Block, clinical assistant professor of dental medicine and program leader, said the program was designed to be an introduction to dentistry for undergraduate students who have limited exposure to the field or who just need help deciding if dentistry is the right career path.

“There is an opportunity to fill a communication gap with college-aged students who are exploring the field of dentistry,” Block said.

“Our program is designed to help students gain a deeper insight into all that dentistry can offer as a future profession and give them access to experts that can guide them toward a successful application process,” Block said.

“By educating undergraduates, we can help them make the best and most informed decision in regard to dental school and excite more students about the field of dentistry,” said Ronnie Myers, DDS, dean of TCDM.

“The faculty and students here are thrilled to welcome these eager dental school hopefuls this summer and show them all about the curriculum and life here at TCDM,” Myers said.

Students entering their second, third, or final year of undergraduate education who are interested in dentistry and who have not already applied to a dental school are invited to apply.

The deadline for applications, which must include a letter of recommendation and transcripts, is April 19, 2021. Class sizes will be limited to 30 participants.

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