Academic Counseling

The first year of dental school is especially demanding and the numbers of courses will require a lot more of your time than a typical undergraduate curriculum.  It is not unusual for students to have difficulty keeping up with the coursework.  Many students find that group study offers an important way to review notes and materials after hours.  Most students simply find a few classmates who live near them or with compatible schedules or lifestyles to allow informal group study in the evenings or on weekends.

Dr. Ernie Lacy in the Office of Student Affairs and Student Diversity is always available to assist, guide and counsel students in all areas, both academic and personal.  The Office of Student Affairs and Student Diversity is located in Room 503.

If you should experience problems in a particular course, the key is to seek help immediately. You should make every effort to talk with the course director.  He or she may be able to offer suggestions for ways to study more effectively, or may recommend study guides or other materials or methods to improve learning and retention in his/her particular course. Dental hygiene students are encouraged to seek the help of the course director first, and then their faculty advisor who can assist them in obtaining appropriate help.  In addition to working with course directors, tutoring by your peers and upper level students can be arranged by contacting Ms. Messersmith at ext. 8185. 

Psychological Counseling

Up to three sessions of confidential, off-campus psychological counseling are available at no charge to all students (dental, dental. hygiene and graduate} to provide adjustment counseling, brief psychotherapy and triage. Students must be referred for psychological services by the Office of Student Affairs and Student Diversity.  All student contacts will be confidential as prescribed by state law. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Student Diversity or the Director of Student Affairs may approve payment for a limited number of additional sessions if recommended by the consulting practitioner, the Student Promotions Committee or the Faculty-Student Review Committee. If students present with difficulties requiring longer treatment, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Student Diversity or the Director of Student Affairs will be notified by the consulting practitioner and the student may be referred outside this structure for consultation at his or her own expense. Several of the consulting practitioners also accept the student insurance program should extended counseling be required.

Career Counseling

The Office of Student Affairs and Student Diversity offers individual career counseling and information on professional opportunities. This counseling covers a range of topics that include clarifying career goals and interests, identifying areas of postdoctoral training, and helping students confront and resolve doubts about their career choice.  To aid students in their future practice plan decisions, practice opportunities are listed on the Alumni Association web site.

If you would like to discuss your career options, call the Director of Student Affairs at ext. 8210 or stop by Room 503E.