Project Description

Visionary Dentist Creates mentoring program for those ‘Determined to be a Doctor Someday’

26th September 2018 by BOTWC Staff

In 2010, Memphis, Tennessee based dentist, Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal, turned a failed private dental practice into an inspiring mentoring initiative. Determined to be a Doctor Someday, or DDS for short, is an interactive program and curriculum that seeks to cultivate and support new generations of Black students to pursue careers in the healthcare industry. The long-term vision of the initiative is to create a healthcare workforce that more accurately mirrors the diverse communities in which they will serve. [Read full article here]

After opening a second but ultimately unsuccessful dental practice in rural Arkansas just one year out of dental school, Dr. Rosenthal redirected her energy by becoming involved with the American Dental Association’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership. One of the requirements for her to complete the institute involved creating an original project that would be impactful to the dental and/or broader healthcare industries. With this prompt, Dr. Rosenthal created DDS to inspire hope and encouragement to students of color to pursue medical degrees and return to their home communities to provide aid. [Read full article here]