School of Dentistry

Dental Career Exploration Programs

SOD Patient Student Faculty

SUMMIT: Residential Spring Academic Immersion Program May 22 - June 2, 2023

Join us this spring for a 2-week immersive program from May 22nd to June 2nd, 2023 designed to introduce diverse students to the OHSU dental school experience. This program is for juniors through post-baccalaurate students. All are encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to US Citizens and permanent residents who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups and socio-economically disadvantaged students. 

We are looking forward to reading your application! 

Immersion Program SOD May June 2023

Dental exploring program

Learn about opportunities for a dental career through the Dental Exploration Program.  High school students interested in the field of dentistry meet monthly in the evening for a short lecture presentation followed by a "hands-on" laboratory with current dental students assisting. Changing monthly topics include orthodontics, dental anatomy, oral surgery, dental implants, and restorative dentistry. Meets One Evening Each Month (generally the first Wednesday) from November through May.

Dental Exploring Program Information

Dive into Dentistry program

SOD Student Clinic 2

Held each April, Dive into Dentistry is a student-run program sponsored by OHSU's chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). Experience life as a dental student and discover dentistry by acquiring hands-on experience in crown preparation, diagnostic impressions, cast fabrication, diagnostic wax-up, and anterior restoration. Exercises and laboratory procedures directed by current faculty & students. A $75 nonrefundable deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining $75 due in April. Acceptable forms of payment include check (written out to OHSU ASDA), credit card and Venmo (username @oregonasda). Limit to 50 participants.

  • Dive into Dentistry Information
  • Participant Consent Form TBA 2023
  • Medical Consent Form TBA 2023
  • Media Consent Form TBA 2023

CHEM 199 Aspects of Dentistry

PSU Spring Term

A career exploration course offered by Portland State University and the OHSU School of Dentistry and taught by School of Dentistry faculty. This P/NP course provides students an opportunity to attend faculty lectures, participate in "hands-on" activities and meet with dental students. Students must register for CHEM 199 through PSU to take this course.

PSU Class Schedule- TBD

Observations in the OHSU School of Dentistry


Come observe our student doctors and faculty at work in the School of Dentistry Clinics. Interested individuals may observe or assist in the dental clinics at the School of Dentistry during the academic year. These visits are coordinated through the School of Dentistry Clinic Administration, at 503-494-4817.

Observations in dental offices

One of the best ways to learn about the dental profession is to observe in a general dental office. General practitioners will be able to give you a realistic picture of the business and service aspects of the profession.