Oral Surgeons Launch Mentorship Program for Students Interested in Medical Career

Posted on February 18, 2016

Philadelphia, PA (February 18, 2016) – Health spending in 2013 accounted for 17.4 percent of the Gross Domestic product (GDP) but by 2024, it is projected to make up 19.4 percent of GDP, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That meaning $1.00 out of every $5.00 spent in the US will be on health care. As these numbers continue to rise, the competition amongst college-bound students is becoming even more aggressive.

Fortunately, board-certified oral and maxillofaical surgeons Dr. Robert Mogyoros, DMD and Dr. Mark Funt, DMD of Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery are implementing a unique educational opportunity that will help junior high and high school students learn more about their options in the dental, medical, and healthcare field. The Academic Advantage program is designed to provide students with a clear roadmap outlining the requirements for medical school, including all academic, extracurricular, and professional prerequisites students must complete throughout their schooling. 

The program will educate participating students about the limitless potential of a dental, medical, or healthcare career, and help them gain a solid grasp of each step required along the path to pursuing a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery and other specialty areas of medicine. Students and their parents will have the rare opportunity to learn what is expected from them in their high school career, while also receiving guidance through the college search and application process.

“We’ve created a roadmap of different classes, electives, activities, and work experience requirements that will prepare students for success as they enter high school and plan for their future,” said Dr. Mogyoros. “By enlisting the support of partners in our community, we will help them in accomplishing any components of the process where they feel challenged, like finding counseling and financial resources.”

Drs. Mogyoros and Funt, Dr. Kevin Chin, General Dentist at Kevin Chin DDS PC, Katie Murt, Admissions Counselor at Penn State, and independent college educational counselor Byron Goldstein, will host a free 90-minute seminar that will detail everything participants need to know about the life of a medical professional, how to get into the top schools, and what they should be doing now to prepare for the future. Especially in the healthcare field, the initial high school years are crucial for planning higher education. Drs. Mogyoros and Funt will be giving thorough examples of their personal journeys into becoming oral and maxillofacial surgeons and what the career entails. Dr. Chin will discuss his journey through dental school and what being a general dentist is all about. Finally, Katie Murt and Byron Goldstein will inspire students to work hard in school, get the best grades and test scores, and follow a well-considered academic and extracurricular plan.

“Having the ability and opportunity to give back to the future surgeons, dentists, and doctors of our community is something that feels extremely rewarding and exciting,” said Dr. Funt.

Using the program, Drs. Mogyoros and Funt have set a goal to help students recognize that it takes far more than a solid grade point average to succeed in the medical field. They hope to teach students that a career in medicine requires an assortment of other activities, including volunteering, internships, and lab work. –

Students can RSVP online by visiting, www.greaterphiladelphiaoralsurgery.com/academicadvantage.

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