UMKC Dental Explorer Post Hosts a Day of Discovery
The goal of the special session was to give students interested in dentistry an opportunity to experience it first-hand. Participants in the event came from a variety of organizations, including: Children’s Mercy Medical Explorer Post, Latinos of Tomorrow, Avanzando Scholars, the Learning Institute Pipeline Program, University Academy, UMKC Admission Enhancement Program, Prep Kansas City, and Kuwait Pre-Dentistry Program.
The event was organized by John Cottrell, director of Minority and Special Programs at the School of Dentistry. Cottrell has served as advisor to the Dental Research Explorer Post for the past 23 years of the Post’s 32-year history. Two members of the U.S. Naval Reserves assisted Cottrell in planning the event: Derek Williams, DDS, MS, an associate professor of Restorative Dentistry as the School of Dentistry, and Obie Austin, RN, MSN, BC, ANP, a clinical instructor at the School of Nursing and a member of the Naval Reserves.
The UMKC Dental Explorer Post hosts participants from throughout the KC Metro five or six Saturdays during the academic year and explores all aspects of the dental profession. The two-hour sessions feature a presentation by a dental faculty member or a graduate student, followed by hands-on experiences in the preclinical laboratory directed by SNDA/HSDA members.
The Post enables participants to:
For more information about the UMKC Dental Research Explorer Post, contact John Cottrell (816) 235-2085.