More than 100 New York City high school students visited NYUCD in February for an event designed to encourage underrepresented young people to consider careers in dentistry. The half-day event was organized by Dr. Eugenia Mejia, senior director of admissions.
Following a presentation by Dean Bertolami, who discussed educational requirements for entering dental school, NYUCD students met with the high school students and showed them how to make typodont impressions in the 11th floor learning center.
"This event was both inspiring and educational," said Dr. Mejia. "It provided participants with valuable information about what dentists do and how they are trained, as well as the personal viewpoints of NYUCD students from underrepresented groups who related their own stories about how they persevered and overcame obstacles to enter dental school. I've received very positive feedback from participants who said that the event has opened their eyes to dentistry as a career option."
Dr. Mejia plans to follow up with the visiting students after they graduate from high school in a continued effort to encourage them to consider careers in dentistry.