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ATSU-MOSDOH student found family atmosphere with faculty, staff, and fellow students

Ambur Hill, D2, sits outside on ATSU-MOSDOH's Kirksville, Missouri, campus.

A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) student Ambur Hill, D2, didn’t need to go far to find a place she wanted to attend for dental school.

Hill is originally from Harrisonville, Missouri, just about 200 miles from ATSU-MOSDOH. Proximity helped in her decision, as did the feeling she found when visiting the Kirksville, Missouri, campus.

“I chose ATSU-MOSDOH because it is close to home, the class size is small, and when I visited campus I truly felt like the faculty and staff cared about the well-being of the students,” she said. “Something I enjoy the most about being a student at ATSU-MOSDOH is that my class, as well as the faculty and staff, feel like a big family to me. I also love the positive attitude that can be felt on campus.”

Hill graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry. In the process of checking out dental schools, Hill enjoyed her interactions with ATSU’s student ambassadors, so much so she was inspired to become one herself. 

“I decided to become a student ambassador because I had such a positive experience with the student ambassador who gave me my campus tour at the beginning of my journey,” she said. “He was able to answer all of the questions I had and put my mind at ease; he also gave me some helpful tips and tricks that I still utilize to this day. I wanted to make a positive difference in the experience of incoming professionals the same way.”

Hill is also a tutor for the Simulation Clinic, Mental Health Ambassador, vice president of the American Student Dental Association chapter, sessions chair for the American Student Dental Association District 8 Cabinet, and pre-dental chair for the American Dental Education Association. 

Outside of class, she likes to go fishing, read psychological thrillers, paint, and has recently taken up embroidery. 

“I’ve made a few sweatshirts so far and it’s a lot of fun,” she said.

Hill ultimately wants to enter general dentistry and perform mission and outreach work, all of which she said ATSU-MOSDOH is preparing her to do.

“ATSU-MOSDOH is truly preparing me for this because of how dedicated the school is to serving underserved populations,” she said. “I get vital experience because of all the Dentistry in the Community we do. I would love to continue to serve the underserved outside of school.”


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