To be known for innovative dental education, commitment to cultural diversity, discovery, transfer of scientific knowledge, the superior skills of our graduates and the highest degree of patient care and service.
UF College of Dentistry’s mission comes to life through its robust student body. From volunteering to working with patients with special needs, to serving as leaders of nationally-recognized student organizations, our dental students make every opportunity at UFCD count. A few involvement opportunities are listed below.
Acid Etch Talent Show
Dental Ambassadors, a group of D.M.D. students, encourage faculty, staff, students and residents o showcase their hidden talents. The annual talent show raises money for a different cause each year, such as Smile Train or Super Sealant Saturday, or SSS. The show raised over $1,000 in 2017 to help offset the cost of SSS. The Dental Ambassadors raise money through ticket sales, sponsorships, and the event’s Bake-Off, which has been described as “a fun opportunity to express another aspect of creativity in the UFCD family.”
Super Sealant Saturday
The student-run event provides free preventative dental care and education for children aged 6-17. The event aims to improve the oral health of children in the Alachua County area by providing free oral hygiene instruction, preventative care, sealants and fluoride treatment.
Oral Cancer Awareness 5K
The UFCD chapter of Student National Dental Association (SNDA) coordinates the event which sends the critically important message of early detection and prevention of oral cancer not only to the general public, but also to health care providers who are the front-line specialists in screening for and detecting this disease at its earliest, most curable stages.
Dental Humanitarian and Educational Service Trips
Our volunteer dental students and faculty travel to several countries each year and continue to make a significant and long-lasting contribution to global oral health. These trips are amazing windows into foreign cultures and provide unique opportunities to our students for personal and professional development. Read more information on Service Opportunities & International Experiences.