Dentistry in the Community is an integral part of the curriculum for dental students at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH).
Dentistry in the Community focuses on second-, third-, and fourth-year student development. ATSU-ASDOH students are required to experience this comprehensive learning model to advance the practice of community dentistry. Students participate in hands-on community service-learning projects that include:
- Unique collaborations with community organizations,
- Oral screenings, referrals, fluoride varnish application, and comprehensive oral health education to patients, and
- Leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of their community-based projects.
ATSU-ASDOH collaborates with more than 50 local community organizations to enrich communities and benefit underserved individuals. Organizations include schools; long-term care facilities; American Indian reservations; Women, Infants, and Children affiliate centers; Boys & Girls Club; Head Start programs; and several other non-profit and social service organizations.
Annually, ATSU-ASDOH students lead or participate in more than 65 community outreach events, serve more than 4,000 underserved individuals, and engage in more than 4,500 community service hours.
Michelle Panico, RDH, MA, DHSc, Associate Director, Dentistry in the Community