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Detroit Mercy in the Community

Through commitment to serving the underserved, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to address the shortage of dentists from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds, focusing on facilitating and retaining students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. Entry into the health professions by underrepresented minorities, in proportion to their number in society, helps to alleviate health care provider shortages areas as the likelihood of underserved populations gaining access to care if there are an increased number of minority providers. 

We are dedicated to encouraging and recruiting underrrpresented populations for careers in dentistry and oral health.  We do this through a variety of invaluable academic enrichment opportunities.  Our experiential programs vary widely in nature, all with the common goal to help interested candidates successfully apply to dental school.  We focus on improving science aptitude and enhancing academic skills, but also offer first-hand exposure to the profession and research experiences. See our programs for more information:

Our Programs

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    Future Smilemakers: Grades K-12

    Duration:

    1 day

    Program Overview: 

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    Lessons in a Lunchbox: Grades 1-2

    Duration: 

    1 day

    Program Overview:

    • Oral hygiene instruction
    • Dental care kids
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    Urban Impressions: Grades 7-8

    Duration: 

    2 years

    Program Overview: 

    • "Careers in Dentistry" and other presentations about the health professions
    • Mentoring from URM faculty/professionals
    • Field trips to Detroit Mercy Dental with tour, including gross anatomy and simulation laboratory activities
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    Dental Imprint: Grades 9-12

    Duration:

    2 days

    Program Overview: 

    • "Careers in Dentistry" presentation, in conjunction with Future Smilemakers
    • Field trips to Detroit Mercy Dental with tour, including gross anatomy and simulation laboratory activities
    • Admissions, financial aid, and cultural competency workshops

    Learn more, here.

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    Wayne State C2 Pipeline Warriors College Experience Program - Grade 12

    Duration: 

    12 days

    • Exposure to college life
    • Seminars on study skills, time management, conflict resolution
    • Hands-on activities and dental education at Detroit Mercy Dental
    • Interprofessional team project focused on Diabetes
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    Seven-Year Dental Program: Detroit Mercy Undergraduates

    Duration: 

    7 years

    Program Overview:

    • Accelerated pathway into Detroit Mercy Dental after high-school
    • Obtain bachelor's degree in Science or Chemistry and Doctor of Dental Surgery
    • Pre-dental academic enrichment and psychosocial support
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    SNDA Impressions Day: Undergraduate Students

    Duration:

    1 day

    Program Overview: 

    • Admissions and financial aid workshops
    • Tour of School of Dentistry and simulation lab activities
    • Networking with URM students, faculty, and alumni
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    Summer Enrichment Program (SEP): College Juniors/Seniors, Recent Graduates

    Duration:

    32 days

    Program Overview:

    • Personalized assistance with admissions process
    • Complimentary DAT preparation
    • Primary care exposure and simulation lab activities
    • Admissions, financial aid, professional development, and cultural competency seminars
    • Residential program with social and networking events

    *$1,500 subsistence stipend for SEP participants, with housing and travel support

    Learn more, here.

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

Undergraduate/Recent Graduates: SEP provides educational and professional development experiences for underrepresented minorities and/or disadvantaged students so they can successfully gain admission into dental school and pursue a career in dentistry.

Dental Imprint Program

K-12 Students: The Dental Imprint Program offers preliminary dental education, primary care exposure and a complete tour of the School of Dentistry.

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