This program is designed to help prospective and interested students of the field of dentistry get a better understanding of the didactic and technical coursework offered in dental school. Students will learn in interactive lecture settings, in addition to, getting a chance to work on their hand skills in the simulation clinic. At the completion of this course, students will have gotten a taste for what to expect when officially enrolled in a dental school. We intend to help participants make an informed decision on whether or not attending dental school is an appropriate next step.
All materials pertaining to the simulation clinic activities will be provided to students on the day of, and lectures will be made available for download.
Face-to-face lectures, small group and whole class discussions, and hands-on work in the simulation lab.
In-class or online quizzes may be distributed at each lecturer’s discretion. Quizzes will pertain to any information given during any lecture and/or lab portions of the course. Quizzes will be graded for personal feedback but not for any official grading from the course.
Students will be given quizzes at the lecturer’s discretion. No grade will be given at the end of the course. A certificate of completion will be awarded to each student who completes the course. Students may also request a digital badge should they desire to include it on something such as a portfolio website for job hunting.
Students are expected to come to every class prepared to learn, ask questions, and participate in discussions.
Although attendance is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged. At the end of the Spring Quarter, there will be a Bonus Day, in which only student that have come to EVERY session will be able to attend. The Bonus Day consists of a lecture conducted by Stan Constantino, Director of Admissions at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, as well as a workshop on writing your personal statement and mock interview and tips for Interview Day.
"As leaders, lecturers, and officers of PDB, we strive to present our participants with an artillery of information necessary when deciding whether or not to pursue a career in dentistry. Just as we do in the dental operatory, it is vital to ensure that a career in dentistry is the 'right fit' for you. As students of the field, it is our professional duty to spread our newfound knowledge to all interested students.
Welcome to Pre-Dental BOOTCAMP, let's get to work!"