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Summer/Fall 2006

In this Issue
  • Storytelling, Sharing & Planning in La Jolla, CA
  • Connecticut’s Enrichment Program Makes a Big Impression
  • Dental Summit: WVU Charting a Course to Dental School
  • Awards & Accolades
  • Featured Link

Storytelling, Sharing & Planning in La Jolla, CA
It has been over a month since we came together in sunny La Jolla, CA for the Fifth Annual Pipeline Grantee Meeting. We came from all over the country to share our successes, our struggles, and our plans for the future of the Dental Pipeline Program; we left inspired by our colleagues and rejuvenated in our mission.

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Connecticut’s Enrichment Program Makes a Big Impression
Every year the Pipeline Health Professions Summer Academic Institute (PHPSAI) at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine takes ‘unevenly prepared’ students, many with multiple barriers to competitive applications, and provides an intense six-week academic enrichment program. The program includes a review of the basic sciences, DAT, clinical workshops, shadowing, and a lecture series on current issues in dentistry.

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Dental Summit: WVU Charting a Course to Dental School
Have you ever been on a journey to a long-awaited destination and unknowingly taken a wrong turn? If only a map or navigation system was available, getting back on course would diffuse mounting frustration and eliminate unnecessary loss of time. This scenario can be applied to many of our Pipeline recruits. There are talented students out there who are thirsty for a chance to enter dental school.  Many of them have taken a wrong turn along the way that thwarted steady progress toward dental school admission. The West Virginia University (WVU) School of Dentistry summer enrichment program, Dental Summit, provides a navigation system or map to remove any confusion in the admissions process and to help students stay on track for a successful journey into dentistry.

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Awards & Accolades
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry recently received the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program's (NC-HCAP) 2006 Leadership Award.

Dr. Donna Grant-Mills, PI of the Pipeline program at Howard University College of Dentistry is the recipient of the 2006 Minority Faculty Recognition Award.

Dr. Bruce Sanders, Assistant Dean of Outreach and Diversity, UCLA School of Dentistry, was the recipient of the Colgate-Palmolive/National Dental Association Foundation Faculty Recognition Award for Service.

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Featured Link
Blackamericaweb.com, an online news source launched in June 2001, features an article about the University of Southern California and its recruitment efforts. The article also brings to light the low levels of African American student applications and enrollment in dental schools across the country. You can find the full article, and other interesting information, at http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/foundation/usc

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