Student Experiences in SCOPE

"The SCOPE program has opened my eyes to seeing dentistry in a whole new light."

"I knew that there were certain groups in the community that were not obtaining adequate dental care due to financial concerns; however, what I did not anticipate was that through the course of the semester that I would develop such an overwhelming desire to do something about it."

"I feel that I learned how to be a leader. I learned that compassion is key in anything one does. I also learned that it takes work to keep a community intact, whether it is a religious or cultural community, a dental school class, or your dental staff. It is all the same. The underlying principles are the same and can be applied to any ventures in life."

"SCOPE II has been an experience that I could never gain from the classroom or clinics. I think this program benefits us at the right point in our lives because it taught us compassion for all people and I think that this experience will make me a better, more considerate, charitable and a more humanitarian dentist."

"Thank you for giving me this opportunity [SCOPE II] to grow not only as a clinician but more importantly as an individual. This community service project is just the beginning for me. When I am practicing as a dentist, I will take this experience with me and continue to help in underserved communities."

"This selective has inspired me to continue serving the community regardless of where I choose to practice dentistry. I will take part in community service projects, outreach programs, and screening events throughout my career as a dentist. . . I definitely feel like a better dentist and a better person after taking part in the [SCOPE II course]."

"It made me value more fully the human spirit."

"It has opened my eyes to the reality of the world and its injustices. I walk away from the program a person changed for the better and a person who vows to make a difference in her own career."

"It is important to not lose sight of the kind of dentist you want to be, the kind of person you should be!"

"This was a very worthwhile event because I got a chance to see what mattered to the people in this community. Hopefully, I will be able to use this experience to become a better communicator with my future patients."

"This community service, I have to confess, has given me the opportunity to search my heart and motivation again. I am glad that I spent those hours, thinking and working with different people."

"I am very happy the USDM has the SCOPE course as a part of the curriculum because it truly does help the student look at him or herself and reflect on who they are and what they want out of life. I feel after this experience that I have a better understanding of what I want out of my career." (Student 2005)