Dentistry in the Community
During their four years of dental school, students develop, organize, implement, and evaluate a project addressing a specific oral health need in a group or community. This project requires that students begin to integrate their evolving knowledge in need analysis, epidemiology, research techniques, clinical science, and behavioral science to address a need and attempt to implement a solution. Through two volunteer participation activities each year, students are able to evaluate how other agencies are addressing many issues around oral health.
Community-Based Learning Experiences
MOSDOH's mission is to make available a varied array of community learning opportunities to target the diverse interests of students. Currently, several community-based learning experiences require mandatory student participation, including Give Kids a Smile and Lessons in a Lunchbox. Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is another community-based learning experience that students are encouraged to participate in. MOMOM is a large scale dental clinic that provides free dental services to individuals of all ages; located in a different community each year and spans two days with volunteers from all over the state of Missouri. MOSDOH students participate in dental assisting rotations through the Northeast Missouri Health Council. This exposes students to a diverse group of patients in a clinical health center setting. These events ensure students are exposed to a variety of populations, contributing to cultural competency.