To balance the rigors of a challenging educational program, students can benefit tremendously by having comfortable and secure housing near the School; by making use of recreational, exercise, or cultural facilities; and by involvement in fraternal or social organizations. All of these options are readily available at The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry.
Student Clubs and Organizations
American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Chapter focuses on and addresses issues that affect dental education among students, faculty, and administration. Opportunities are provided to students through networking and speaker events as well as opportunities to attend ADEA national conferences.
Alpha Omega (AΩ)
Alpha Omega International Dentist Fraternity is the oldest international dental organization. It is an inclusive organization that welcomes people from all cultural backgrounds and the Vision, Mission, and Values are guided by their three tenets of professionalism, fraternalism, and commitment to Judaic values. Alpha Omega strives to adhere to their mission and values through a variety of social, philanthropic, and educational events and promotes access to oral health care for all.
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
The American Association of Public Health Dentistry promotes the advancement of public health in the field of dentistry, encourages participation, provides learning through community service and volunteerism, provides community awareness to future dentist professionals and engages students in dialogue about current dental public health issues.
American Student Dental Association (ASDA)
The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation, and advocacy.
Coalition for Health Advocacy Through Multidisciplinary Problem Solving (CHAMPS)
An interprofessional collaboration among dental, medical, and pharmacy students to serve Philadelphia’s homeless population during monthly outreaches where we educate the residents on health topics.
Christian Medical and Dental Association
The Christian Medical and Dental Association, or CMDA, was founded 4 years ago by dental students who wanted to be able to support one another in dental school though our shared faith as well as explore how faith interacts with our careers as dentists.
Dental Haiti Club
The Haiti Club is a non-profit organization consisting of students and faculty from the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. Partnered with the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF), the Temple Haiti Club has been dedicated to improving the health condition of the Haitian people since 1997.
Dental Practice Management Club
The Practice Management Club was established to ease the transition as dental students graduate to business owners. The objective is to educate members in addressing the rigors of patient retention, loan/debt management, practice ownership, investment strategies, employment contracts, and many more challenges faced by recent graduates.
The Dominican Republic Club was established in July 2005 in partnership with the Harrisburg Rotary Club. The goal is to provide free dental care to underserved communities, as well as, promote oral hygiene in the local community of Sanchez and La Pascuala.
Endodontic Study Club
The Endodontic Study Club aims to expand knowledge and interest in endodontics for those seeking further education in endodontic specialty, and general practitioners who are committed to providing root canal treatment to their current and future patients.
Hispanic Dental Association (HSDA)
HSDA is an organization that promotes cultural diversity and seeks to encourage students to be involved with the community they live in. Through volunteering, workshops and social events members can get to know their fellow classmates, community members and faculty.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a nationally based organization that focuses on healthcare improvement, patient safety, and quality of care. On a national level, IHI has been involved in developing numerous programs to reshape the standard of care.
OKU Kappa Kappa
The Kappa Kappa Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society has been at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry since 1936. Graduating students are voted in by faculty members of OKU in the spring after obtaining a list of names from the Dean of at least the upper 20% of the graduating class who ranked highest in scholarship for the entire period that they have been in attendance at the dental school.
Oral Surgery Honor Society
The Oral Surgery Honors Society is an organization aimed at exposing dental students to the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery.
Orthodontic Honors Group
The Orthodontic Honors Program will provide senior pre-doctoral students with advanced didactic and clinical knowledge of orthodontics. The program will allow advanced exposure to orthodontics to those students who have performed well in both the freshman and junior and didactic course in orthodontics and are interested in gaining advanced knowledge in orthodontics.
Operation Smile is a local chapter of the international organization “Operation Smile” and has delivered the highest quality surgical care to patients worldwide, helping children and families at the most fundamental level – by delivering healthcare.
Orthodontic Study Club
Provides students interested in the orthodontic specialty with information on residency programs, requirements and ways to prepare for the application process, as well as expand on the didactic and clinical experiences in orthodontics.
Pediatric Dentistry Club
The Pediatric Dentistry Club is an organization for anyone interested in pediatric dentistry or for students simply inclined to volunteer for community service.
Periodontics Study Club
The Periodontal Honor Society was founded for students to gain further insight in the field of periodontology and implantology. The members are able to engage their interest through literature reviews and presentations by faculty and residents. Opportunities are provided to participate in professional study clubs, attend national conferences and engage in hands-on learning experiences.
South Asian Dental Students Association (SADSA)
The South Asian Dental Students Association is a cultural interest organization open to all students. The club promotes and celebrates the rich cultures of the South Asian sub-continent and creates opportunities to bring together students and professionals around the Greater Philadelphia area.
Student Professionalism & Ethics Association (SPEA)
The Student Professionalism & Ethics Associations in Dentistry is a national, student driven association that was established to promote and support student’s lifelong commitment to ethical behavior in order to benefit the patients they serve and to further the dental profession.
Stomatognathic Honor Society
The Stomatognathic Honors Society is focused on educating its members in esthetics, restorative dentistry and prosthodontics by providing access to knowledge of modern advancements in the these fields. With the collaboration of doctors, dental faculty, and other dental professionals, this organization provides an environment for its member to discuss and gain hands on experience of dental techniques inside and outside the classroom and clinic.
Student National Dental Association (SNDA)
The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) is an organization that was established in the 1970s in order to promote, support, and encourage promising academic and social environments for minority dental students. SNDA is committed to providing oral hygiene education to all, through outreach efforts, improving access to care and the delivery of dental services to underserved communities, and increasing the presence of minorities in dental school. The main focus of this organization is to support and address the needs of underrepresented dental students.
Systematic Review Honor Society
The Systematic Review Honor Society was formed in 2015 for those students interested in being involved in doing some level of research with topics focused on clinical aspects of research and their impact on current clinical techniques. Students are chosen based on their level of interest and commitment. Last year there were approximately 12 students involved in this research which culminates in the production and presentation of a poster to be displayed on Science In Research Day held in April.
Xi Psi Phi (Zip) Dental Fraternity Jamaica Dental Mission
Xi Psi Psi Dental Fraternity Gamma Chapter’s Dental Mission to Jamaica partners each year with Great Shape! Inc. to provide free dental care to Jamaicans for one week. The mission of Great Shape! Inc. is to empower children and families of Jamaica and the Caribbean by providing access to education and health care.
Student Success Programs
Our Student Success programs to promote diversity and inclusion are the “Buddy” Peer to Peer and Faculty Mentoring Program and the Alumni Mentorship Program. The Buddy Program pairs dental students together with upperclassmen students and/or faculty who offer experience, guidance, support and encouragement so the mentee may successfully navigate the school and achieve their personal and professional goals. The Alumni Mentorship Program pairs students with alumni who act as a guide and resource by sharing their professional and personal experiences, inspiring personal growth and encouraging volunteerism.
White Coat Ceremony
This moving and significant event is one of the most important milestones in a dental student’s life, welcoming the newest clinicians to practical study. Students receive their personalized white coats and sign the Dentist’s Pledge, as they move from their 2nd to 3rd year of dental school. The event in held in May at the end of the academic year.
The Student Council of the School of Dentistry represents the student body in issues of concern to students and the School. The Council is composed of four officers and two elected representatives from each class. The Council supports and promotes activities that aim to enhance the academic, professional, and social welfare of the student body. The Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs serves as the advisor to the student council.
The School has chapters of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), Student National Dental Association (SNDA), the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD), and the Asian American Student Dental Association (AASDA). While primarily concerned with professional issues, these groups also conduct social activities.
Most of the dental disciplines offer a study club (i.e., Stomatognathic Society, Research Study Club, Periodontology Honor Society). All clubs have a faculty advisor who assists student officers in arranging for speakers and presentations. Evening lectures and lunch seminars are presented, generally on a monthly basis, through these organizations. Lectures are usually open and notification is posted on student bulletin boards.
Many students take advantage of the student recreational activities available in the Student Faculty Center on the Health Science Campus. The recreation center houses intramural teams, fitness space including weight training and cardio rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, and more. The School of Dentistry fields intramural teams in soccer, hockey, volleyball, basketball, and softball that compete with other professional schools in the city.
Intramural sports such as softball, touch football, and basketball are organized on the Temple University Main Campus as well, located less than two miles south of the School of Dentistry, directly accessible by subway or bus. An Olympic-size swimming pool is also available on the Main Campus. Dental students are not eligible to participate in the intercollegiate athletics for which Temple University is nationally known, but this does not prevent students from participating in other athletic activities.