Dentistry '22

Iyayi Aigbokhan

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GRIP: Intern in The Gambia

Program Abroad:

  • Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP): Power Up Gambia Intern in Bwiam, The Gambia

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  • Living in a rural area in Africa

  • Public health in developing countries

  • Dentistry in Africa

  • Preparing to go abroad

My Experience Abroad:

As a dental student, being given the opportunity to see what dentistry is like in another country was amazing. The most impactful thing I got out of this was the opportunity to see a lot of the cases I learned about in the classroom during my first year of dental school. Being able to combine what I have learned through my didactic courses and apply them to practical situations, really emphasized to me the importance of taking pride in what I am learning in dental school. This has definitely been an unforgettable and impactful experience.

Other Highlights:

  • Making amazing friends in the surrounding community

  • Trying new cuisine and learning how to make authentic Gambian food

  • Observing what dentistry is like in Africa

  • Going to a Gambian traditional wedding and learning about their unique customs

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