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Pre-Dental Organizations, Experience, and Community Service


The Pre-Dentistry Society is an organization on campus that can be of great benefit to you. You will be connected with other students who have similar interests and goals. The organization has presentations by the Assistant Dean of Admissions for the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, faculty presentations and DAT workshops. Involvement in the pre-professional organization can also help you develop and use your leadership skills.


It is very important that you gain exposure to the practice of dentistry through observation and experience. Among the pre-dental activities sponsored by the UK College of Dentistry is the opportunity to observe dental procedures in the Saturday Morning Clinics. You may choose to shadow your own dentist. Use some of your semester and spring breaks to augment your experience.


Health care is people-oriented and its professionals are community leaders. Therefore, it is important to develop your leadership skills in areas of service to others. You may involve yourself in student organizations where service work is a component, and/or you may choose to commit to a cause or project on your own. Some students are members of social fraternities or sororities, and the membership has service projects each year. There are many other student organizations on campus as well. Many pre-professional students find that involvement with one or more of these groups considerably augments their understanding of and involvement in service work. For further information on student organizations, contact theCenter for Student Involvement..

You may choose to involve yourself as an individual in service work of some sort. This is an area where "if it feels good, do it!" Some ideas are tutoring children; becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister; providing transportation for cancer patients to and from their treatments; adopting a "grandparent" in a nursing home; serving regularly at the Hope Center, a homeless shelter in Lexington; volunteering at God's Pantry; etc. For a list of areas of need, contact the Center for Community Outreach.



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