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Event at UCSF aims to attract dental students from underserved areas

April 04, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

Photo of Dr. Lin speaking to students during college day
All ears: Dozens of college students attended the third annual University of California San Francisco’s Oral Health Alliance College Day. Here, they heard presentations from dental factually and students, discussed admissions, received application advice, and more. Dr. Brent Lin, in front of the classroom in this photo, led the event. Photo by Philip Tagatac
San Francisco — Dozens of college students attended the third annual University of California San Francisco's Oral Health Alliance College Day, where organizers hope the students will be inspired to become a dentist and serve in disadvantaged areas.

The March event was intended to increase the pipeline of dental providers in underserved communities, said Dr. Brent Lin, who oversaw the event and is a clinical professor in the division of pediatric dentistry and the director of the pre-doctoral pediatric dentistry program at UCSF.

"We focused on recruiting college students from such communities and among the underrepresented minority students to attend the event," Dr. Lin said. "It is our hope that they will return and serve their community once they complete dental education."

Students heard presentations from dental faculty and students, discussed the admissions process, received application advice, and more.

The event was held in conjunction with the third annual Oral Health Alliance Symposium at the university. Dr. Lin in 2015 received a $1.75 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and this symposium is one component of Dr. Lin's mission to increase access of dental care and to reduce oral health disparity among children.

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