F&M alumni have become leaders in dentistry, in private practice, clinics, and other settings. While a smaller number of pre-health students identify as pre-dental, they have ample resources and support.
Students can meet individually with the Director of HPA to discuss study strategies and plans. Test prep resources including an official practice test from the American Dental Association and other items are also provided.
Pre-dental students can pursue numerous research opportunities both on and off campus. Through the Hackman Scholars program, students receive funding to do full-time research with an F&M faculty member on campus during the summer. For students interested in getting funding for their own research projects off campus, they can apply for the Hershfield-Rosenthal Endowed Scholarship for Off-Campus Summer Biomedical Research or the Rackow & Kaminsky Endowed Fellowship for Pre-Health Students.
Clinical Opportunities :
Through a partnership with Lancaster General Hospital’s Dental Residency program, pre-dental students have the chance to shadow dentists as well as dental residents as they care for patients at Lancaster Health Center. Since this is a general practice dental residency program, this shadowing time count towards fulfilling requirements at dental schools that require a minimum number of hours. Pre-dental students also receive guidance and support in cultivating clinical opportunities with alumni dentists as well as local dentists. This has led to students being able to shadow in fields including pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and more.
Community Service Opportunities:
Pre-dental students engage in a number of service opportunities. The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement is an excellent resource and they oversee community-based programs (for example, organizations working with refugees) as well as alternative spring break programs. Pre-dental students often get involved in working with local middle schools by serving as science teaching interns and tutors. For those students who are involved in Greek life, each organization works with a specific charity/philanthropy (for example, Relay for Life, the Ronald McDonald House, etc.).
The DipDental club is specifically for pre-dental students and plans different programs throughout the year. These have included sessions on interviewing hosted by the head dentist and program director of the Dental Residency Program at Lancaster General Hospital and a workshop on becoming a competitive applicant for dental school. DipDental members also increase awareness of oral hygiene on campus and do fun activities such as the Smile of the Week posted on Facebook.
Pre-dental students also pursue other activities on campus. Many are involved in music groups such as the orchestra or a cappella singing groups while others play sports at the varsity or club levels. F&M has a number of ways to get involved in clubs devoted to a range of topics.