Mentoring Students (K-16) Interested in Careers in Dentistry
Would you like to:
- Talk with a dentist in your community
- Ask questions
- Possibly observe first-hand (job shadow) a dental professional at work
Why Seek a Mentor
- Mentors can help you understand dentistry (from the other side of the chair)
- Provide guidance pursuing dentistry as a career
How to Get Started
Contact your state dental association / dental school and ask for help in answering your career questions.
Career Mentoring Web Resources
Dental Education Programs
A listing of the ADA Commission-accredited US and Canadian Dental Education Programs.
Guidebooks from ADEA
Official Guide to Dental Schools
Comprehensive guidebook on applying and attending dental school.
Opportunities for Minority Students
Information specifically for minority students considering a career in dentistry.
(Both of these publications are available through. the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
The ASDA Handbook
A Resource Guide for Predental Students. Dental school admission requirements, financial aid information and more is included in this guide available through the American Student Dental Association (ASDA).
Society of American Indian Dentists at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Student Chapter of the Society of American Indian Dentist promotes the recruitment and retention of American Indian students into dental school and encourages the students to return to their American Indian communities to practice their dental profession. The mailing address is: ASDOH Dental Clinic, ATTN: SAID-ASDOH, 5855 E. Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206. The Society of American Indian Dentists website is:
Other Possible Career Exploratory Programs
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
A national network of high school clubs promoting health professions occupations.
Learning for Life (Exploring)
A career education program for youth 15-20 years old targeting hands-on career activities.
Pipeline Profession & Practice: Community Based Dental Education
First corporate-University partnership in Nation to fund dental education for low-Income and minority students.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Annual national career event provides youth ages, 9-15 an opportunity to view various workplaces first-hand.
Who are Health Professions Advisors?
Information from the National Association of Advisors to the Health Professions (NAAHP) for students seeking college health advisors.