UCSF School of Dentistry Reaches Out to a New Patient Population
Going to the dentist can be extremely inconvenient, and it seems like their office hours always overlap with our work and education. You might find a practice open on Saturdays, but those more convenient times will always be filled, and you may be stuck waiting for weeks. Often times, we also find that patients who need the most care are the patients with jobs that make it difficult to take time off – even for essential dental care. Not to worry students and tireless workers! The UCSF School of Dentistry is working to provide more accessible clinic hours to you in their new UCSF Evening Dental Clinic. [node:field_syn_pull_quote]
On May 18th, the UCSF Evening Dental Clinic will begin accepting patients for the same quality of dental care and protocol as the regular clinic hours but on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The School of Dentistry hopes it will be a win-win situation with more patients having greater access to care and additional chair time that the dental students have been asking for in the past years. On average, the D3, D4, and ID3 (international) students should receive the equivalent of an additional month in chair time compared to the current schedule.
The School of Dentistry is also eager and hopeful that their new patient population will include many more students and members from the UCSF community. UCSF students have Delta Dental insurance, which is accepted at the school’s predoctoral clinics during the regular school hours and the new evening hours. For additional information about setting an appointment, please view the information on the Evening Dental Clinic flyer of this Synapse issue!