Record Online - April 2009
Family Day shows parents a glimpse of student life
More than 275 parents and family members attended HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry’s annual Family Day on April 4 to experience a day in the life of first-year dental students and dental hygiene students.
The families started the day by meeting faculty members and were welcomed by Dr. James S. Cole, college dean. They then participated in activities developed specifically for their student’s curriculum.
First-year dental class president, Paul Dyer, shared his perspective with families of other dental students. Dr. Robert Spears, associate professor in biomedical sciences, presented his view as a faculty member titled “The D1 Year: The good, the bad and the ugly.” The families enjoyed activities in Lab 30 and the Simulation Lab.
For families of dental hygiene students, Shahriela Ganjoor, dental hygiene junior class president, shared her first year at HSC-BCD. The group also heard three faculty members’ perspectives of dental hygiene school and what lies ahead for students next year. Later, families participated in a hands-on demonstration in the college’s third- floor clinic.
The day concluded with a lunch on the college’s sixth floor, followed by individual tours of the college led by the students.
Parents expressed appreciation for the event, says Moira Allen, director of student affairs, who collected comment forms at the end of the day.
“I found this to be very important,” one parent wrote. “As a parent, it allowed me to gain perspective into my child’s day and challenges.”