Frequently Asked Questions

Current & Prospective Students

A typical clinical outreach program will include 3rd and 4th year DDS students, hygiene students, post-graduate students from endodontics, pediatric dentistry, and oral surgery, and faculty from comprehensive care, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, and oral surgery. Some programs may also include students from nursing and public health or other specialty areas of dentistry as necessary.

All members of the NYU Dentistry community may participate in local community-based outreach activities, but only 3rd and 4th year students with faculty supervision may provide hands-on care.

During a clinical outreach students receive hands-on clinical instruction from residents and faculty and are exposed to access-to-care issues in dentistry. Clinical services include oral cancer screenings, restorative care, root canal therapy, digital radiographs, extractions, sealants, fluoride varnish, glass ionomer restorations, and stainless steel crowns for children. Students will rotate through each of four clinical areas: pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, and adult restorative care.

While first and second year dental students cannot conduct any hands-on patient care, these students often choose to perform outreach in other ways, such as through oral health presentations to local community organizations. This may include participation in local health fairs, delivering oral hygiene instruction to children, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations, distributing toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and for third and fourth year students only, performing oral screenings under faculty supervision.

We try to offer one clinical outreach program each month from September to June. A typical clinical outreach program will last for approximately eight days, including five days of clinic, two days of travel, and one day off to relax and explore the local culture.

Local outreach activities arise sporadically and there may be several opportunities within a month. These events are typically a one-day commitment or may be only a few hours.

First and second year students may participate in community outreach activities throughout the New York City metropolitan area, such as conducting oral health education at health fairs and schools, but may not provide hands-on care. Third and fourth year dental students may apply for the clinical global outreach programs provided they are academically eligible.

Applications for clinical global outreach programs are sent out regularly to dental students via email. Students must be academically eligible at the time of application and respond to a series of short essay questions. Post-graduate and hygiene students are selected by their program directors.

Please let your class council’s outreach representative know you are interested or contact the student council community service chair. You may also contact the Office of Global Outreach directly to express interest in participating or to initiate a local outreach activity.

NYU Dentistry is always considering new locations for the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Programs. Our first priority is safety, and we work with NYU Public Safety and Insurance/Risk Management to evaluate potential new locations on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Office of Global Outreach for more information.


Potential Donors/ Sponsors

To make an immediate, online gift, please click here.

To offer in-kind and/or product donations, or to explore other sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Office of Global Outreach directly.

Did you know ...

  • A $1,000 gift will supply a primary school with fluoride varnish for one year
  • A $5,000 gift covers the cost of sending one dental student to a community for one week
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