Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry fosters global exchange programs between students and faculty. Dentistry students in their senior year can experience working with patients, fellow students and dentists abroad by taking advantage of the externship opportunities offered by the Dental School.
Kornberg has an agreement with the emirate of Kuwait to train dental students in the DMD program. The Kuwait Exchange Program enables students to study the dental care and education systems in Kuwait, shadow and assist their peers in the University of Kuwait’s School of Dentistry clinic, and experience Kuwaiti culture and hospitality. Temple students then host Kuwaiti students on Philadelphia’s campus for a week. The exchange program is entirely student run, with support from the faculty and deans of both schools.
Additionally, Kornberg has weeklong mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica. The school’s weeklong Haiti Dental Mission has been active for more than 22 years, sending teams of dental students and faculty each year (even after the devastating earthquake of 2010). This program is affiliated with the Haitian Health Foundation and funded by the students with support from the dean’s office and other related associations.
The Peru Club is a nonprofit organization that partners with the Growing Smiles Foundation and provides the opportunity for students and faculty to experience life and learn about a different culture. This group travels to Peru to provide oral health education and essential dental care to children who lack access to quality care.