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AAPD Predoctoral Chapter Spotlight

University of Minnesota

November 2015 Volume L Number 6

The University of Minnesota’s AAPD predoctoral chapter is led by five officers and open to all dental, dental hygiene, and dental therapy students interested in pediatric dentistry. The president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and D2 officer are responsible for organizing outreach events, holding meetings, hosting speakers, applying for grants, and collaborating with other student organizations. Outreach is at the heart of the University of Minnesota’s chapter and events are well attended by dental students of all years. The chapter has hosted oral health educational events at the Boys and Girls Club, People Serving People Homeless Shelter in Minneapolis, the St. Paul Children’s Museum, Women, Infants Children (WIC), and after school programs. In addition, the chapter has collaborated with ASDA to volunteer at every Special Smiles event at the Minnesota Special Olympics. The chapter seeks to provide educational opportunities outside of the classroom on topics relevant to pediatric dentistry. Speakers are invited to lecture at lunch-and-learns and dinner-and-learns where food is provided to all dental students in attendance. Lectures are well attended by students of all years. Past speakers have included a prosthodontist and oral surgeon who talked about cleft lip and palate treatment, an endodontist who discussed pulp revascularization in pediatric patients, and a pediatric dentist from Uganda who returns there each year to treat pediatric patients with HIV/AIDs. The chapter is also a resource for students interested in pursuing pediatric dentistry residencies. Each spring a Q-and-A lunch is held with D4 students who have matched and another lunch is held with current University of Minnesota pediatric residents. The officers are currently working to compile a database of information about programs from students who have interviewed. The University of Minnesota chapter’s goal is to provide opportunities for all dental students to learn more about the field of pediatric dentistry.
 
Please let Adrienne Brown know any exciting activities your chapter has accomplished to be featured in an upcoming PDT magazine at abrown@aapd.org.
 

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