Ensuring a diverse dental
workforce is critical to the success of the profession. When dentists are men
and women from all types of backgrounds, races and ethnicities, it makes the
care the profession provides better for everyone.
with an interest in dentistry to apply to dental school. Remind them of the
rewards of being part of a great profession and efforts to eliminate health
discussing diversity in dentistry, ethnicity, race, gender and sexual
orientation are only a few factors dental schools consider. In recent years
there have been more people applying
to dental school later in life, sometimes after pursuing another career,
starting a family or just waiting a few years. We categorize these as nontraditional
students and they generally reside within three categories:
changers: A person who has
pursued a career other than dentistry and then decides to pursue a career in
dentistry instead. Career changers make this decision later in life and some
have been out of school for many years working in another profession before
they realize that dentistry is their true calling.
students: An native of a
foreign country that is in the process of completing or has completed their
undergraduate education in the U.S. or another country that wishes to attend
dental school in the United States or Canada on a student visa.
year students: A span of time between the end of undergraduate
education and the beginning of dental school. It can be longer than a year
depending on your circumstances.