The Summer Mentorship program (SMP) at penn dental medicine

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THE SUMMER MENTORSHIP
PROGRAM (SMP) AT PENN
DENTAL MEDICINE
Lamarr Holland
SMP Overview
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SMP is a four-and-a-half week program for local
rising juniors and seniors in high school who have
demonstrated academic excellence and an interest
in pursuing a graduate education
Several graduate programs at the University of
Pennsylvania participate, and select 10 students
from the list of applicants
SMP Overview
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The participating graduate programs:
Medicine
 Nursing
 Engineering
 Dentistry
 Law
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Each Wednesday, all 5 programs would meet and the
students would receive lectures and assistance in college
application process from university administrators
The Dental Program
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The Penn Dental Medicine program is overseen by
the Director of Diversity, Dr. Beverly Crawford, and
coordinated by two rising 2nd year students
The emphasis of the program is to give students a
condensed experience of the first year of dental
school
 Didactic
lectures
 Laboratory Exercises
 Clinical experiences (observational)
SMP Schedule
Didactic Lectures
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Students received 1-hour lectures from faculty
members on a variety of subjects
 Periodontics
 Orthodontics
 Prosthodontics
 Pharmacology
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Lectures were also given by the coordinating dental
students on osteology and anatomy
Occipital Bone
Lambda
Confluence of Sinuses
Superior Nuchal Line
Inferior Nuchal Line
Sphenoid Bone
Optic Canal
Lesser Wing
Greater Wing
Sella Turcica
Laboratory Experiences
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A large portion of the
program focused on
laboratory
experiences
 Wax-ups
 Drilling
Preparations
 Restorative Procedures
 Amalgam
 Composite
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Laboratory Experiences
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The students were held to a high standard with
regards to quality of work and professional
approach
The purpose of the laboratory experiences was not
to simply “try out” a procedure, but to learn it and
appreciate its significance
Clinical Experiences
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New to the Penn Dental Medicine is the Dental
Auxiliary Unit program in which 1st year and 2nd
year students assist 3rd and 4th year students in the
clinic
To simulate that program, the students were given
the proper preparation, and allowed to observe
chair-side with working students
 Prior
to entering the clinic floor the students were CPR
certified and informed of HIPPA practices
Clinical Experiences
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Penn Dental Medicine has specialty clinics in many
areas:
 Periodontics
 Endodontics
 Pediatric
Dentistry
 Oral Medicine
 Oral Surgery
 Radiology
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Students were given opportunities to observe in the
endo, pediatric, and the oral surgery clinics as well
Continuation After Completion
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After the program ends, three students from each
program are selected by the coordinators to
participate in the SMP-Plus program
SMP-Plus is a year-round program that guides
students through the college application process
step-by-step
The SMP-Plus students also take part in the SMP
program for the next year as assistants to the
graduate coordinators
Questions?
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