Resources for Students
The Academy is Here to help Students
The leaders of the Academy of LDS Dentists are impressed with the current group of students of dentistry and their enthusiasm for developing a philosophy of providing humanitarian service. We are pleased with the leadership and initiative that is forth-coming from this group of dental professionals. This is one of the reasons why we offer free membership in the Academy throughout the students’ training and for two years after graduation.
There are many tools available from the Academy, which can help students learn the techniques of providing service and formulate a life-long pattern of proper skills.
Since humanitarian service projects in foreign countries come with a great deal of financial and time commitment, students are encouraged to look for opportunities locally, until the time is such that one can afford to donate this service. In the mean time, the following resources might help the student understand the resources available through the Academy:
- If students are involved with a Student Chapter of the Academy, the Chapter President can “check out” one of the many training DVDs presented by the Academy’s founder Dr. Gordon J. Christensen to be shown at a training session for the chapter students. Students who participate in a Student Chapter of the Academy find it valuable to interact with others of the same belief, challenges, and aspirations. The Academy will help students start their own Chapter, if there isn’t one available at their school.
- Written materials appear periodically that are valuable in training the dental professional in how service projects should be developed. Student members receive, free of charge, the email Publications of the Academy, which include the monthly Academy Headlines and the quarterly newsletter Academy Examiner.
- Each year the Academy offers Student Scholarships to dental and hygiene students each year to qualified individuals. This demonstrates our support in helping the students with the increasing costs of education.
- The chapter on “Third-World Volunteer Dentistry”was written by Dr. Richard Smith, at the request of Dr. Karl R. Koerner, both members of the Academy, and was published to assist dentists involved with dental humanitarian service. It outlines the preparation and planning, which should take place for a project, and details tools and skills to treat this unique population of needy patients.
- Our 6-part Collection of Service Videos teaches the viewer about the practical and how-to instructions of serving patients around the world and are worth the time to watch them.
- The audio Presentation/Panel on Developing a Project is a valuable resource to learn of the key steps for developing a humanitarian service event.
- If questions arise, which cannot be answered from advisers or professors, students can contact the Academy leadership at LDSDentists@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to answer your question or link you with someone who can.
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