November 2018 Volume LIII Number 6

 
 
 
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HRSA Dental Faculty Loan Repayment

Meet the Recipients

November 2018 Volume LIII Number 6

Growing up in Haiti, Dr. Patrick S. Lolo witnessed oral health disparities that inspired him to pursue a career in dentistry. His passion for the dental field grew even stronger upon moving to Florida and observing similar disparities among children. Following his 2015 graduation from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Lolo noticed that most of his classmates were not fond of  participating in the Medicaid program and helping to address the needs of underserved children. The most common reason was high student debt. As a minority who once benefited from government subsidized health insurance pro- grams, he was determined to be a part of the solution. With few dentists willing to accept Medicaid in their private offices, Lolo realized that educational institutions and community health centers bear most of the burden of providing care for the underserved. These issues compelled him to complete a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. There he met his mentor Dr. Oscar Arevalo. With his leadership and passion for the underserved, Arevalo inspired Lolo to pursue an academic career. After obtaining his certificate in Pedi- atric Dentistry in 2017, Lolo accepted a position as a junior faculty at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. While he was excited about his career path he wondered about his ability to repay his educational loans. The HRSA Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program has enabled Lolo to focus on what is meaningful; developing a career as an academician, serving as a role model for minority children, and influencing dental residents to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children.


 

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