Street of Dreams Offers a Beneficial Learning Experience for Students
The 2011 Street of Dreams event took place
August 12 at The Ohio State University. A joint initiative by the
Ohio Dental Association (ODA) and the
Columbus Dental Society,
the event offers third- and fourth-year dental students a venue for
meeting practicing dentists and touring their facilities.
This year's Street of Dreams participants visited three dental practices over the course of the
afternoon, and they were presented with information from the perspective
of practicing dentists.
“This makes me want
to sit down and do dentistry,” said third-year dental student
Brandon Glenn. “It was particularly interesting to hear stories and
tips about the transition from school to professional work.”
Students were encouraged to explore the practices they visited and
to ask questions
of the participating dentists.
“I found it very interesting to learn about the technology they
use in their office and the way they manage business,” said
third-year student Laura Fisher.
Following the dental practice tours, an informal reception was held
for students, participating dentists, and ODA leaders.
At the end of the day, dentists in practice 10 years or less spoke
about their careers and the
transition from dental school to the "real world" of professional
“All the dentists we talked to seemed very confident about
choosing the field of dentistry as their profession, which
really showed me that I've made the right decision to do
the same,” fourth-year dental student Kenneth Warden said.
The Street of Dreams event is presented annually with sponsorship
from the American
Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Columbus Dental