Providing A Smiling Future

By Dr. Cecile Sebastian
Wednesday - October 05, 2011 Share

By Dr. Cecile Sebastian,
Future Dentist Symposium

I founded the Future Dentist Symposium in 2009. I’m an implant and cosmetic dentist in downtown Honolulu.

Since 2010, the event has acquired cosponsorship from Patterson Dental, and has drawn a number of high school juniors and seniors from around the state.

The objective of this event is to give insight into dentistry and dental hygiene as a future career. The symposium is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the event runs until 11:30 a.m., at which time scholarship awards are presented. Speakers will include an oral surgeon, a periodontist, an orthodontist, a general dentist and a representative from the University of Hawaii Manoa School of Dental Hygiene. The symposium is coordinated not to interfere with PSAT, SAT and ACT testing dates, and is always scheduled in the fall of the new school year. Seating is limited so all students need to call in their pre-registration from now through Oct. 21.

Kim Akimoto of Patterson Dental at last year’s event. Photo courtesy Lyn Baclaan

Each guest speaker’s presentation includes information such as personal traits, hobbies and interests that led them to choose dentistry as an occupation; advice on applying for dental school; why they chose to go into their respective specialty field; joys of their field and specialty; challenges of their field and specialty, and community volunteerism.

Letters are sent out to all high school college and career counselors about the event as early as May the previous school year. We recommend students submit a 200-word essay on “Why I would like to be a dentist.” A panel of judges will review and choose the winners. The scholarship awards are first place $500, second place $300 and third place $200. Previous essay winners were from McKinley, Waialua, Roosevelt and Aiea high schools.

Email essays to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). They are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 21. All winners must be present to accept their scholarship award sponsored by Craig Holbrook of Patterson Dental. The event is free and parking will be validated.

For more information, call Lyn Baclaan, my director of community relations, at 537-2880 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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