Bridge to Dental School Program

This year the BRIDGE Program is pleased to announce a FREE 7-week summer session which will take place virtually via Zoom on Tuesday evenings (8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. EST) during the months of August and September* (8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, and 9/13).  

The Bridge to Dental School program is an interactive program that will be led by current DMD students at HSDM and will cover general study tips for the DAT and other essential elements for crafting a competitive dental school application. Emphasis will be placed on writing the personal statement and resume, interviewing skills, and the hidden curriculum in dental school. Instructors will share their experience with graduate studies in oral health, as well as post-graduation plans. The program will grant attendees the opportunity to forge relationships with mentors and peers that will extend beyond the session, and the participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from HSDM at the end of the program.  

There are three requirements to participate in the program: 

  1. Applicant must be a college student (of Junior or Senior rank, gap-year acceptable) or graduate (from any institution of higher education) who intends to apply to dental school in the future 
  2. Applicant must identify their background/ethnicity within underrepresented in medicine population categories as defined by the AAMC, which includes Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and American Indian/Alaska Native and/or from other marginalized groups (e.g., LGBTQ+, first-generation college student)
  3. Applicant must commit to attend all 4 sessions, active engagement by completing assigned tasks, and keep their cameras on, unless the applicant has received approval by instructors not to do so. All sessions will be recorded and available with corresponding materials via CANVAS. 

Click here to access the application. The deadline for applications for the summer session is Monday, July 25.  And applications for summer sessions will be accepted on a rolling basis with more information on dates in the coming weeks. Program questions may be directed to hsdm_odi@hsdm.harvard.edu

The Bridge to Dental School Program, now in its fourth year, is aimed at helping pre-dental students navigate the process of applying to dental school. HSDM’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (ODIB) student Ambassadors organize the program and serve as instructors. Last year, the program was received INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award. The Award recognizes programs that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Course Leaders: 

Aisha Oshilaja, Third-Year DMD Candidate 

Yuying Guo, Third-Year DMD Candidate 

Stephanie Yang, Third-Year DMD Candidate