July 12, 2012
Six Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students spent a portion of their summer breaks participating in a student exchange pilot program with two Chinese dental schools. This is the first group of students to participate in the program, which was established by the Dugoni School, Peking University School of Stomatology and Wenzhou Medical College School of Stomatology earlier in 2012.
The exchange program was designed to give Dugoni School students and their counterparts in China an opportunity to learn about dental education abroad. The program aims to expand students' understanding of the dental profession and oral health through interaction with and observation of dental students and faculty in other countries.
The participating Dugoni School of Dentistry students spent approximately one week at both Peking University School of Stomatology and Wenzhou Medical College School of Stomatology. During their visit the students interacted with Chinese students and faculty; attended lectures; and observed a variety of dental procedures and case presentations. The students were also able to participate in tourist and social activities including a visit to the Great Wall of China and celebratory meals with school leaders and students.
"The exchange program broadened my knowledge of the dental profession and helped me realize the significant impact of oral health worldwide," said C.T. Do, a Class of 2014 student and the exchange trip leader. "Interacting and building rapport with dental students in China was a cultural and professional experience in one."
"Our recent trip to China allowed us to observe both the academic and clinical standards set by both universities," added Class of 2014 student Charlie Van Sicklen, who also participated in the exchange. "It also brought to our attention the enormous patient pool and need for dental professionals in those densely packed areas."
Later in 2012 or early 2013, a group of Chinese dental students will visit the Dugoni School of Dentistry and participate in similar activities at the school and around the San Francisco Bay Area. After the pilot exchange, the program will be reevaluated and modified to further improve the experience for dental students from both countries.
In addition to its ties to Chinese dental schools, the Dugoni School of Dentistry maintains relationships with dental schools in Kuwait, Egypt, India and South America, among other locations. The school also officially supports two international dental mission trips — to Fiji and Jamaica — and is evaluating the possibility of supporting additional trips abroad for students and faculty.
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