Minority Dental Faculty Development (MDFD) Selected Articles

April 1, 2014

An Approach to Using Noncognitive Variables in Dental School Admissions
Journal of Dental Education vol. 78 no. 4

Dental school admissions committees continue to grapple with challenges associated with recruiting, admitting, and enrolling students who best meet the mission of the particular institution. For many students, particularly underrepresented minority students and...


March 1, 2014

Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups Entering the Dental Hygiene Profession
Journal of Dental Education vol. 78 no. 3

African American, Hispanic/Latina, and American Indian/Alaska Native persons are markedly underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (UREG) in the dental hygiene profession. The purpose of this study was to survey UREG dental hygiene students to determine their perceptions of the barriers and facilitators...


March 1, 2014

Recruiting Underrepresented Minority and Low-Income High School Students into Dentistry While Educating Dental and Dental Hygiene Students About Academic Careers
Journal of Dental Education vol. 78 no. 3

The objectives of this project were to create a program that would expose underrepresented minority (URM) and low income (LI) high school students to dental professions and provide an opportunity for dental and dental hygiene students from URM/LI groups to be engaged in teaching activities. Data were collected from participants...


March 1, 2014

Underrepresented Minority Students’ Experiences at Baylor College of Dentistry: Perceptions of Cultural Climate and Reasons for Choosing to Attend
Journal of Dental Education vol. 78 no. 3 

A study was conducted at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry (TAMBCD) in fall 2011 to identify the reasons underrepresented minority (URM) students chose to attend TAMBCD, the factors that supported their success as enrolled students, and their perceptions of the institution’s cultural climate...


Nov 21, 2013 

Mentoring Programs for Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Academic Medical Centers: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Mentoring is critical for career advancement in academic medicine. However, underrepresented minority (URM) faculty often receive less mentoring than their nonminority peers. The authors conducted a comprehensive review of published mentoring programs designed for URM faculty to identify “promising practices.”...


August 1, 2013 

A Tool for Assessing Cultural Competence Training in Dental Education
Journal of Dental Education vol. 77 no. 8 

Policies exist to promote fairness and equal access to opportunities and services that address basic human needs of all U.S. citizens. Nonetheless, health disparities continue to persist among certain subpopulations, including those of racial, ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, and other cultural identity groups...


May 1, 2013 

Increasing Dental Student Diversity Through the UNLV Dental Prospects Program
Journal of Dental Education vol. 77 no. 5 

Adequately providing for the health care of the growing minority population in the United States requires increased racial and ethnic diversity of the health care workforce. Long-term diversity in the dental profession depends on a more diverse student population in dental schools...


December 1, 2010 

Minority Dental Faculty Development: Responsibility and Challenge
Journal of Dental Education vol. 74 no. 12

Over at least the last twenty years, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has given attention and priority to increasing the number of underrepresented minority (URM) dental school applicants, enrollees, and faculty members and to meeting the challenges of achieving diversity in the oral health workforce...


June 1, 2009

Modeling Mentoring: Early Lessons from the W.K. Kellogg/ADEA Minority Dental Faculty Development Program
Journal of Dental Education vol. 73 no. 6

In 2004, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) proposed several major strategies to improve the recruitment, retention, and development of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in the dental profession...