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Leeanna Bartlett and Dr. Stephen Crane Leeanna Bartlett and Dr. Stephen Crane, both in public health sciences, were instrumental in facilitating this year's North Garland High School HOSA program at the college. Bartlett, assistant professor and director of social services, arranged the student visits and Crane, associate professor, instructed the students' hands-on lab activities.

BCD a favorite among North Garland High School students’ clinical rotations

When Dr. Stephen Crane, associate professor in public health sciences, first meets with a group of students from North Garland High School, he shows them how to pour casts from molds of permanent teeth. The second activity involves waxing a tooth back to proper form. If there’s time for a third visit, they’ll likely prepare teeth with a high-speed handpiece and place an amalgam filling.

North Garland High School HOSA students
The North Garland High School HOSA students (above) visited Texas
A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry multiple times
during the 2010-2011 school year and voted the college as its clinical
rotation's top department of the year.

The one-on-one attention is a hallmark of the high school’s health science rotation at the college and may be the reason Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry was chosen as the 2010-2011 Department of the Year for North Garland High School’s clinical rotations.

High schoolers in the Health Occupations Students of America program chose TAMHSC-BCD as the department of the year from among an array of health care institutions including hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and community colleges. Rotations included radiology, nursing, emergency medicine, medical laboratories and more.

The 33 teens that visited the college this year had the chance to tour the college, sit in on lectures and observe labs. In addition to the hands-on activities, the Q-and-A time with current TAMHSC-BCD students was a highlight — to the high schoolers and dental students alike.

“Current dental students seem to enjoy stepping into the role of mentor,” says Leeanna Bartlett, assistant professor in public health sciences and director of social sciences. “It hasn’t been that long since they were in high school students’ shoes, so it’s easy for students to relate to them and give them meaningful advice. The experience also serves to remind the dental students of how far they’ve come and what they’ve accomplished,” says Bartlett, who serves on the Garland ISD Health and Technology Advisory Board and arranges the high schoolers’ visits to the college.

The high school students typically visit the college in groups of four to make personalized interaction easier. For two hours, they have the chance to learn more about the dental profession. It’s a time that can impact students’ future college and career choices.

Crane says it’s the rotation’s small size that allows him to provide a dental activity similar to what students would experience in the D1 curriculum.

“They really like the hands-on lab activity and the fact that, since there are only four students, I can give them some personal interaction,” says Crane. “Also, it gives them something positive and real to take home and show others what they have done.”