Pre-Dental Mentorship Program

Program Overview/Description:

The HSDM Pre-Dental Mentorship Program, sponsored by the HSDM Office of Diversity and Inclusion, strives to provide college students interested in dentistry with the opportunity to connect with DMD students at HSDM. Mentoring can be an extremely rewarding experience for all parties involved and serves as an effective way to increase diversity and promote the inclusion of underrepresented students in oral health. The Program provides mentorship to candidates from groups underrepresented in medicine as defined by the AAMC, including, but not limited to Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and American Indian/Alaska Native, as well as those from other marginalized groups (e.g., LGBTQ+, first-generation college students). These one-on-one mentoring partnerships formally span a semester or academic year and could potentially result in lifelong relationships.

Mission Statement:

The HSDM Pre-Dental Mentorship Program aims to facilitate one-on-one mentoring partnerships between pre-dental students and HSDM dental students.

Expectations:

For Mentors

  • Communication
    • Reach out to your mentees to introduce yourself and establish a preferred medium of communication (email, zoom, phone call, etc.). Stay in contact with your mentees throughout the mentorship period.
  • Time Commitment
    • Hold at least two meetings (~30 minutes each) per semester with your mentees. 
  • Resources
    • Potential mentorship areas include and are not limited to:
      • Application timeline guidance
      • DAT strategy and preparation timeline
      • Selection of extracurriculars, research, and courses
      • Selection of writers for letters of recommendation
      • Interview tips and mock interviews
      • Personal statement brainstorming
    • Mentors are not expected to offer consulting services, such as tutoring or personal statement editing.
  • Goal Setting
    • Work with your mentees to help them set and achieve their goals for the mentorship period.
  • Privacy
    • Maintain all information exchange confidential.

For Mentees

  • Communication
    • Once your mentor has established communication, introduce yourself to your mentor and discuss mentorship areas of interest. Stay in contact with your mentor.
  • Time Commitment
    • Expect at least two meetings with your mentor.
  • Resources
    • Potential mentorship areas include and are not limited to:
      • Application timeline guidance
      • DAT strategy and preparation timeline
      • Selection of extracurriculars, research, and courses
      • Selection of writers for letters of recommendation
      • Interview tips and mock interviews
      • Personal statement brainstorming
    • Mentees are not expected to ask for consulting services, such as tutoring or personal statement editing.
  • Goal Setting
    • Work with your mentor to set realistic goals for the mentorship period. This could be short and/or long-term goals (e.g. studying for and taking the DAT, completing certain coursework, etc.). 
  • Privacy
    • Maintain all information exchange confidential.

Program Leadership Team:

Mentee Application Details:

Applications are now open!

The HSDM Pre-Dental Mentorship Spring 2022 Mentee Application is now open. The deadline to submit an application is March 11, 2022.

Program questions? Contact the program leadership team.