Community Based Dental Education (CBDE)

The Community Based Education (CBDE) course aims to provide students with community-based experiences, particularly in clinics located in underserved communities.   During the student's 4th year of dental school, he/she is required to rotate at one of our partnering clinic sites for a total of four to eight weeks.  

Why CBDE is good for the student:

  • Fosters a postive attitude in caring for underserved populations
  • Improves confidence by interacting with a diverse group of patients
  • Develops a provider who is able to reflect on the oral health needs of a community being served
  • Advances clinical skills by treating patients in busy patient-oriented facility

Why CBDE is good for the community:

  • Addresses the access to care issues for the population served
  • Potentially influences a student to one day work in a safety net health center