UW School of Dentistry

Dental Student Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Quarter Events (2018)


Union Gospel Mission

April 4, 11, 18; May 2, 9, 16, 23; June 6, 13, 20,

The Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is dedicated to working with the hurt and homeless in the greater Seattle area. Through their clinic, located in the Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle, they allow several of our Third and Fourth dental students to provide their clinical services to those in need through their program. There are opportunities for service as assistants for four other students of any grade as well. The UGM strives to bring care and service to the community as we partner with them. Please go here if you are interested in signing up.

Teeth & Toes

TBD

Teeth & Toes pairs our dental students with University of Washington nursing students and medical students, in efforts to provide care to the community. This inter-professional event allows dental, nursing and medical students to work together to provide care to refugee and homeless shelters in the Seattle area. This event is a partnership within the Health schools that allows our students of all grades to work together and provide care through multiple forms of care. Please contact the Student Lead Qin Xia (xiaq@uw.edu) if you are interested.

Safe Harbor Free Clinic – Stanwood, WA

April 21; May 19; June 16

Formerly NCTA, our partnership with Safe Harbor Free Clinic continues in a reduced form at Safe Harbor’s Stanwood location. In partnership with Medical Teams International students are able to provide urgently needed care in this underserved location on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Please contact the Student Leads Krisha-Tyra Bautista (ktbb@uw.edu) and Sesha Hanson-Drury (seshahd@uw.edu)if you are interested.

Community Health Professions Academy

March 31; April 21; May 12

Community Health Professions Academy (CHPA) is a multi-session program (formerly Dental Academy) aimed towards encouraging high school students from underrepresented communities interested in dentistry and other healthcare related careers. We are looking for both dental students interested in attending one or more sessions as either volunteers and students interested in being dental student mentors. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering with this program please contact the OEPD office (uwoepd@uw.edu).

Future Opportunities (2018)


Society of American Indian Dentists Conference: Empowering Native Youth for Health Professional Careers

June 23rd

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, the OEPD is hosting an “Empowering Native Youth for Health Professional Careers Conference” at the University of Washington in Seattle, in partnership with the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID), the UW Medicine Wheel Society, the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the UW School of Medicine Indian Health Pathway. This conference will be a part of the annual SAID meeting from June 20-23, with a theme of inter-professional health care. We are inviting college students, as well as high school and middle school students (8thgrade through 12th grade) to participate in the conference. The event will consist of speakers, hands-on dental and medical activities, and networking opportunities with a wide range of medical professionals such as physicians, dentists, nurses, and mental health counselors for students interested in careers in the health care field.

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering with this program please contact the OEPD office (uwoepd@uw.edu).

Summer Health Professions Education Program

June 17th – July 28th

The Summer Health Profession Education Program, formerly known as Summer Medical Dental Education Program, is a 6-week national summer enrichment program aimed towards undergraduate students interested in careers in healthcare. This interprofessional effort sees the UW School of Dentistry in partnership with the UW School of Medicine and School of Public Health to provide academic and personal enrichment for these students. Dental students and SHPEP/SMDEP alumni are encouraged to volunteer in a mentorship capacity. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering with this program please contact the OEPD office (uwoepd@uw.edu).