Introducing pipeline programs for high school students can go a long way in addressing the underrepresentation of minorities in dentistry, a New York University study has found.


Published in the September issue of Journal of Dental Education, the study found that early exposure to the field through the pipeline program was essential for motivating a student to take up dentistry as their career.

The finding was substantiated through the pipeline program, Saturday Academy, started by two students at NYU College of Dentistry for underrepresented and low-income high school students to boost their interest in dentistry.

According to the American Dental Education Association figures, the dentistry profession is struggling to maintain diversity. In 2016, only 15.2 percent of dental school applicants were underrepresented minorities which ultimately affects the communities in need who are well served by the minorities themselves.

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