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The ECU SoDM Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists

Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists Summer Program

The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine (SoDM), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University's Pre-Professional Scholars Program, the Old North State Dental Society, and North Carolina historically black colleges and universities are working together to develop activities to enhance students’ awareness of the dental profession, and to ultimately increase the number of underrepresented minority students who pursue a career in dentistry in North Carolina. The ECU SoDM Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists Summer Program is a unique gateway into the dental pipeline and aligns completely with our mission, to provide educational opportunities for academically qualified individuals from historically underrepresented groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and underserved areas by fostering a learning environment where collaboration, creativity, diversity and professionalism are embraced.

Along with an orientation of the school and various university activities, the Preparing Tomorrow’s Dentists Summer Program will include: an overview of the freshman year in dental school; hands on laboratory experiences; opportunities to interact with dental students in the clinical setting; and seminars in Time Management and Test Taking Skills. The ultimate goal of Preparing Tomorrow’s Dentists is exposure to the profession of dentistry, enhancing the desire for dentistry and to further assist prospective students in the program.

Program Specifics Include:

2.5 day program for pre-dental students

7th Exploratory Program

  • Geared toward prospective dental students, college and beyond
  • Learn more about the dental profession and the practice of dentistry
  • Gain hands-on experience
  • Develop a personal strategic plan
  • Develop a specific timeline for success
  • Prepare for submitting applications for dental school
  • Learn effective self-presentation
  • Personal Statement Critique

Preparing Tomorrow’s Dentist: Professional Development Workshop

The ECU SoDM Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists: Professional Development Workshop is a shortened version of PTD summer program focusing on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority (URM) dental students in NC. It is a unique opportunity to engage in discussion with dental students, dentist and participate in hands on laboratory experiences. 

This program has been supported in the past by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The ECU School of Dental Medicine fully supports the ECU SoDM PTD summer program. 

All applicants must be 18 years or older and residents of North Carolina.
There is a $20 non-refundable application fee associated.

The application cycle is now open! Please follow this link to pay the $20 application fee through the UStore. Once you pay the fee, the application will be sent to you via email. Click here to access the application via UStore

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Additional Academic Enrichment Programs

See the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute (NLI) for more information about the continued effort of increasing recruitment and retention among underserved student communities.

Questions about the summer program should be directed to