In November, the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) VCU Chapter hosted 30 undergraduate students to help them along their path of pursuing a career in dentistry.
During the annual Impressions Program, students from the University of Virginia, Virginia Union University, Virginia Tech, Morgan State University, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Spelman College, Winston Salem State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Baltimore, Norfolk State University and VCU visited the VCU School of Dentistry to see what dental school is all about. They got hands on experience with taking impressions and dental simulation and also participated in DAT prep and a financial aid seminar.
Members of the VCU School of Dentistry faculty and staff as well as 10 community dentists assisted with mock admissions interviews and served as guest lecturers during the program. “The mock interviews were the undergrads’ favorite part of the program,” shared SNDA member Tiara Harrison. “They were given one-on-one attention and walked away with confidence and advice about areas for improvement.”
The program is a great resource for prospective students as they begin the sometimes stressful process of applying for dental schools. “The participants get a chance to establish a network of current dental students, and local dentists that can share their experiences and help guide them in their pursuit of a career in dentistry,” said Ms. Harrison.
The SNDA exists to promote and support minority students as they embark on their careers as dental professionals. The annual Impressions Program, which is organized and run from start to finish by SNDA members, helps provide underrepresented minority undergraduate students with information needed to gain acceptance to dental school.