Community-Based Dental Education

Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Boston, MA.
Type Clinical Research, Academic Enrichment, Health Disparities


The School of Dental Medicine has a long tradition of improving oral health by building community partnerships, conducting oral health disparities research, and advocating changes in health policies.

The School has numerous service learning programs that provide needed care to the community while educating dental students. These programs include a 30-week mentoring program where freshman and sophomore students work in dental teams in practitioners’ offices and a 60-day senior externship in general and pediatric dentistry.

Project Accomplishments

  1. Increased the community-based senior externship program from 35 to 60 days.
  2. Provide annual in-service training for community-based faculty.
  3. Developed and implemented a cultural competency curriculum.
  4. Established learning initiatives for predoctoral students while on externship.
  5. Developed several summer internships and after-school programs for high school and college students interested in Dentistry.
  6. Developed Program White Coat to get elementary school children interested in Dentistry and health careers.
  7. Developed the Master of Arts in Medical Science Oral Health Curriculum, a degree program to assist students needing to improve their academic preparation before applying to dental school.
  8. Established a faculty position of Director of Minority Affairs devoted to minority recruitment.
  9. Secured a $4 million endowment from Delta Dental of Massachusetts to provide financial assistance to URM and disadvantaged applicants.
  10. Evaluating and monitoring outcomes of educational and recruitment programs.


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More Information

Project Director
Dr. Ana Karina Mascarenhas
Pipeline, Profession & Practice: Community-Based Dental Education, 715 Albany Street, 560
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 638-4456
Fax: (617) 638-6381