Creighton University School of Dentistry – Rural Dentistry

Creighton University School of Dentistry – Rural Dentistry


The School of Dentistry at Creighton has
always had a focus and a legacy of creating an educational program
maximizing the clinical experience for our students so that when they graduate
they are practice ready we focus on creating in our mission proficient
graduates who can meet the oral health needs of society these needs in the
world areas have become acute in fact in our own state almost two-thirds of the
93 counties in Nebraska are considered dental shortage areas with 20 counties
having no general dental services at all being in this rural healthcare setting
seeing some of those patients who really need dental care it really opens your
eyes at dental care needs to be provided for these rural communities even if
there’s not a dental office right in their backyard just because it’s a long
ways to get to a dental clinic you know people still need a dentist so it’s
important for us to serve those communities that otherwise may not get
dental care I think it’s really good that we as Creighton students get to go
out into the community because for the past four years we’ve kind of done
everything at Creighton so it’s a really good opportunity to get out into
practice when they come here I’d like them to learn some empathy for different
cultures and the idea of people have everybody has a different story to their
life they may not read it on their face it may just be something that you don’t
know we get exposed to a lot of procedures and things that other dental
school students don’t allow their students to do just because they have
specialties in their schools we as students going to see so much really
preparing me well to go out and practice dentistry
and feeling prepared the community based experiences that our students receive
are part of the formation to create culturally competent practitioners in
addition it provides an exposure for our students to the advantages and the
environment of practicing in rural communities

Author: Kevin Mason

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