The Dental Imprint Program is conducted throughout the academic school year. Through a formal partnership with Detroit Public School District, University of Detroit Jesuit and Highland Park School District, targeted Detroit area students learn about careers in dentistry. Career Day presentations are conducted at targeted schools which culminates with a tour of the School of Dentistry. The tour includes preliminary dental education and primary care exposure. The Dental Imprint Program serves as a UDM pipeline program. Through early exposure activities, the Office of Multicultural Affairs aims to achieve a workforce sensitive to the needs of the city it serves, while closing the gap to dental disparities.
- University of Detroit Jesuit High School
- Cass Technical High School
- Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School
- Renaissance High School
- Western High School
- Detroit School of Arts
- Dr. Benjamin Carson Academy
- Spain Middle School (in conjunction with the Urban Impressions Program)
- Chandler Park Academy
- Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School
Lesson in a Lunchbox
Dr. Deirdre Young, Director of Multicultural Affairs, teamed up with the Maryland Children's Oral Health Institute aiding in the delivery of "Lessons in a Lunchbox" initiative to Plymouth Educational Center in Detroit. The Maryland Children’s Oral Health Institute (MCOHI) is a 501(c)3 organization created to combat dental neglect and oral abuse among children. MCOHI’s goal is to improve the attitudes and behavior of children and families on a variety of oral health issues through early health promotion and disease prevention education. In response to the numerous health and behavioral issues seen in children with dental caries, Pediatric Dentist and CEO of the MCOHI, Winifred Booker, created the "Lessons In A Lunch Box: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks" program to ensure teachers, parents and children are all working together to help eliminate this potentially deadly, yet completely preventable, disease.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is one of the many dental schools participating in this program. The "Lessons In A Lunchbox" program was first introduced to UDM School of Dentistry through a recent graduate, Sarah Kwang, DDS. UDM dental students, hygiene students, and the Pre-Dental Society spent an afternoon in February reviewing oral hygiene instructions and assisting 1st-3rd graders with assembling their lunchbox tool kit. Over 300 students were elated to receive a lunchbox containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, facts about healthy snacks and a carrot carrying case.
Summer Enrichment Program
The Summer Enrichment Program, conducted at the School of Dentistry, will be a six week summer program. The SEP purpose is to provide educational experiences to assist individuals toward matriculation and graduation from dental school, targeting educationally and/or economically disadvantaged applicants. Read more about the program and learn how to apply.