A year ago dental students at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Dental Medicine were only specializing in denture work but now they’re taking patients for a full range of services when it comes to dental health.
“Patients have come from as far as two, three hundred miles away and from the local community right across the street,” said Assistant Dean of Clinical Education Dr. Francis Curd.
The public can now get discounted prices on services ranging from cleanings to crowns. The hands-on, real life experience is something the students are excited to delve into.
The school is looking to accept 200 patients a day in the state-of-the-art facility in Bradenton.
“It’s an extraordinary feeling, I can’t even explain it. We’ve worked so hard to get to this point academically in our studies and also in our pre-clinical work,” said student Jasmine Shafagh.
The comprehensive work is still classwork for the students. This means the services will take a little longer than a regular office would. But LECOM officials say it’s worth the wait.
“They’re going to get thorough care. There will be multiple dentists taking a look with the students,” said Dr. Curd. “They’ll be getting treatment here, ask questions and get the time that you may not be able to get at a private practitioner.”
The second year students will move into their third year in May. Once that is completed, they’ll spend their fourth year in either DeFuniak Springs, Florida or Erie, Pennsylvania.
Contact to find out if you’re eligible for discounted services: (941) 405-1600.