Membership Matters - December 2017 - 23

E D U C AT I O N

By Melody Finnemore

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"The Health
Careers Program is
seeking not only to
increase the number
of students who
participate, but
also the real-world
experiences it
can provide."

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High School Programs
Attract Next Generation of
Oral Health Professionals
ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING
ASPECTS of Paula Jacobs' job is receiving
emails and visits from former students
who, upon graduating from high school, go
on to study dentistry-related professions
in college.
"This is sort of their home base, and
they let us know how they are doing," said
Jacobs, an instructor with the Beaverton
School District's Health Careers Program.
"We love getting updates."
Health Careers is a magnet program that
attracts students from several high schools.
Established 47 years ago, it has grown from
about 30 students its first year to 300 this
year. Students can start during their junior
year, and the first year - the year Jacobs
teaches - is about exploration.
"A lot of kids come in and know they want
to be part of medicine, so we try to get kids
to look at all aspects of health care to find
their areas of interest," she said, adding
students learn about medical terminology,
ethics, HIPAA, first aid and CPR, and begin
researching colleges as well.

Students who meet the criteria to move
on to the second year of the program have
the opportunity to gain more than 60 hours
of training in local clinics. They can also
participate in the Dental Molars Club, where
students can engage in hands-on learning
activities and hear from guest speakers who
can share their experiences and advice as
dental professionals.
Jacobs said partnerships with local
dentists and clinics are essential to the
Health Careers Program's success. "All
of the dentists we partner with love what
they do, and then that passion is projected
onto the kids. Some kids learn that this is
absolutely perfect for them; and others learn
that it is not, and that's good, too."
She noted that the program is seeking
not only to increase the number of students
who participate, but also the real-world
experiences it can provide. "We're always
looking at other options about how we can
incorporate more dental assisting, but we
come into a facilities issue. We need more
space, we need more instructors and things
of that nature," Jacobs said.
Benson Polytechnic High School also
offers a pre-dental and dental assisting
program through its Health Sciences
program. In February 2016, a new
1,400-square-foot health clinic opened
on the high school's campus, providing a
training grounds for students who want to
become health care providers. The clinic is
staffed by residents from OHSU and faculty
from the Family Medicine Department.
When the clinic opened, Paul Anthony,
a member of the Portland Public Schools
Board of Education, said plans for the
clinic included allowing participants in the
dentistry program to care for students, as
the leading cause of unexpected absences
in the district was tooth pain, according to an
article in The Portland Tribune.
December 2017

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - December 2017

From the Editor
New Members, Board Highlights
Events and Education
ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - December 2017 - intro
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover1
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover2
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 3
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 4
Membership Matters - December 2017 - From the Editor
Membership Matters - December 2017 - New Members, Board Highlights
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 7
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 8
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 9
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 10
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 12
Membership Matters - December 2017 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 16
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 18
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
Membership Matters - December 2017 - OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 21
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 22
Membership Matters - December 2017 - High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 25
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
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Membership Matters - December 2017 - 28
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 29
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover3
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