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The Iowa Dental Association (IDA) is the premier professional association representing dentists in the state of Iowa. In existence since 1863, the IDA is home to over 1,800 Iowa dentists, which represents approximately 80% of the licensed dentists in the state.  

All IDA member dentists are not only members of the IDA, but also the American Dental Association (ADA) and their local district society.

IDA’s mission is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry, and to represent the interests of the members of the dental profession and the public which it serves.  

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University of Iowa College of Dentistry Calls for Mentors

Have you ever wondered if there are ways you could give back to the profession and support the next generation of dental professionals? The UI College of Dentistry has the answer.
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is launching a new Dentist-Student Mentoring program targeting third year dental students. The goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge of dental students through professional mentorship and to help students reach their desired career goals and professional aspirations. The College of Dentistry will provide monthly discussion topics and resources to help guide your conversations with students but meetings do not have to be limited to those topic areas so you can customize the discussions based on you and the student’s interests. Mentors will also be given a Student Development Plan to help aid discussions with the student(s) you are assigned. These plans will include student information, such as their career goals, professional aspirations, and interests.
Mentor expectations include:
  • Initially be available to meet with their student or student group monthly for six months and then transition to an as needed format.
    • The meetings can occur virtually, via platforms such as Zoom, and/or in-person meetings depending on the location of the mentor.
    • Meetings do not need to be scheduled during busy months of the year such as December or May through August.
  • Participate in a virtual mentor training session that will be scheduled for an evening in February.
    • The training session will review the characteristics of a mentoring relationship and provide you with tools to ensure the program is enriching for both the students as well as the mentors.
We are looking for mentors from all different backgrounds, areas, and specialties. You do not need to be an Iowa graduate to be a mentor; all areas of expertise are invited to participate.
If you are interested in volunteering to be a mentor, please fill out this form. Questions can be directed to Lindsey Drilling at 319.467.4486.
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