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UW/WSDA mentor reception Biggest attendance ever, but mentors still needed

The WSDA’s Mentor Reception last December was the biggest in its history — nearly 170 came to relax and chat with colleagues and peers, including a good number of dentists looking to be paired up with students for the first time. 

Wendy Wilson, who helps coordinate the program for the WSDA, noted that there is still a need for 20 or so dentists to serve as mentors, and they’d like to have a couple of additional dentists to call on when students apply to the program mid-year.

One of the biggest misconceptions about being a mentor is that it requires a lot of time on the part of the dentists. Not so, says Wilson, who notes that many of the students prefer to make contact a handful of times a month, and generally that’s by email. Add to that a reception once a year, and the commitment should be easy to fulfill. “Students and mentors need to communicate what’s going to work best for both from the start,” says Wilson “that way everyone is on the same page.” The other misconception mentors have? That students are only interested in working with seasoned veteran dentists — “We’re happy to include all who inquire and can spare the time, from new graduates to retired dentists,” says Wilson.

For more information, please contact Wendy Wilson at 800-448-3368 or email

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