Purpose of D.D.S.

Is there a need for a program that would provide mentorship and resources for students who wish to obtain doctorate degrees in healthcare? Currently, professional schools across the nation are reporting low minority enrollment numbers in their programs, and these shortages are not specific to one particular discipline. It is known that minority professionals typically treat minority populations. With a reduction in the number of graduates from these professional schools and an increase in the number of minorities in the general population, the barrier to obtaining healthcare will continue to enlarge if this trend continues. Unfortunately, this will result in millions without access to care. So, the answer to the aforementioned question is, “Absolutely, Yes!”

Dr. Christina Rosenthal, a dentist from Memphis, Tennessee, knows first-hand the effects of lack of care. She never saw a dentist until the age of 13, even though she was an enrollee of TennCare (Tennessee’s Medicaid program which provides free dental services). Her first dental visits were with African-American female dentists, which she insists not only taught her the benefits of taking care of her oral health but who were very instrumental in her career selection.

Coming from very humble beginnings in North Memphis, Dr. Rosenthal’s quest to become a dentist was never easy, but she made it. Dentistry has not only allowed her to achieve her dreams, but it has also given her a chance to be a blessing to her family and the community! This could not have been possible without healthcare providers, who not only provided care but served as mentors, along the way. Dr. Rosenthal’s love of helping and sharing knowledge with others has led her to create this initiative. It was designed so that young people, who come from similar backgrounds, can not only obtain mentors but receive the necessary resources to obtain their goals of becoming healthcare professionals. It is desired that upon completion of these programs they will return to their communities and help close the access disparity.