Annual Dental Camp Enables Young Students to Explore Careers in Dentistry

One Saturday in February, the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry hosted Dental Camp, a free annual event geared toward middle- and high-school students interested in learning about careers in dentistry. Held each winter, this year’s Dental Camp brought more than 75 young students to Pacific Dugoni where they were treated to a day of hands-on activities and learning opportunities.

Dugoni Dental CampEvent attendees learned about dentistry and oral health by spending time in the school’s main clinic, simulation laboratory, and labs. They were given the opportunity to learn about how an oral cancer screening is performed, make molds of their own teeth, drill a cavity in a mock tooth, and more. Dental Camp participants also interacted with volunteer dental students, faculty, and staff. 

"We had tremendous interest in this year’s Dental Camp and the attendees were very excited to learn about dentistry and talk with our dental students," says Torri Keever, Senior Admissions Advisor and Dental Camp Program Coordinator. "Over the years that I’ve been coordinating this even, I’ve seen that it really can make an impression on young people and help guide them as they consider their future schooling and careers."

One parent who had two children attend the event says, "On behalf of my sons, Russell and Justin, thank you for the opportunity to attend Dental Camp. They both learned about the dental profession while having a lot of fun doing it. They connected with the volunteers and were inspired by their stories. Russell, a junior in high school, and I have had chats about college and this event made him even more interested."

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