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 Marquette University School of Dentistry – Pierre Fauchard Academy – Wisconsin Dental Association Mentor Program

MENTOR PROGRAM KICKOFF DINNERView photos from our 2019-2020 Mentor Program Kickoff Dinner

The 2020-19 school term marks the 26th year for the Marquette University School of Dentistry – Pierre Fauchard Academy – Wisconsin Dental Association Mentor Program.

If you are not a current mentor and would like to join, please click here to join.

How the program works

A practicing dentist is paired with a first and/or third-year dental student to help form a mentor-protégé relationship with each student. When a dentist-mentor has multiple protégés the older student(s), in turn, mentor their younger classmates.

Each program participant is asked to commit for two years. The program year typically kicks off with an annual dinner in the fall (crossing fingers for next year) where new mentors and protégés meet for the first time and are welcomed into the program by existing participants.

Each mentor-protégé pair defines how they want their relationship to progress, how and when they are in contact, etc. Several organized Mentor Program learning and networking events are offered throughout the school year to give dentists and students the opportunity to connect in person and continue building their professional team. Informal and face-to-face communication is encouraged and strongly recommended for a successful experience.

Through the Mentor Program, student-protégés obtain counsel and guidance necessary to begin a career in the dental profession and are introduced to important individuals in the industry. Likewise, dentist-mentors are able to benefit from this type of professional relationship as well, staying apprised of practice sale population and the interests of soon-to-be new dentists. The Mentor Program prides itself as being a great avenue for integrating the dentists of tomorrow with the dental community of today.

Mentors and their paired protégés enjoy their meals at the annual MUSoD-PFA-WDA Kick-off Dinner at Marquette Alumni Union on Sept. 30, 2019

Upcoming events

Stay tuned!

Please note that the above events are exclusive to Mentor Program participants only

Protégés’ responsibilities

  • Communicate openly and in a timely fashion.
  • Please respect mentor’s time by keeping appointments and commitments.
  • Express your expectations for the relationship.
  • Provide feedback to your mentor.
  • Share your thoughts about school, ask questions about entering into practice – learn about their experiences, both positive and negative.

Mentors’ responsibilities

  • Use personal experience and empathy to guide and advise your protégé(s).
  • Help your protégé(s) to explore different career possibilities.
  • Encourage your protégé(s) to develop a plan for the future.
  • Be available to your protégé(s) and invest the time and effort necessary to develop a successful mentor/protégé relationship.
  • Invite your protégé(s) to join you for one or more days of on-site shadowing, giving your protégé(s) the opportunity to experience a typical work day with real patients.
  • Promote professional activities, such as local component meetings, continuing education courses and meetings with dental suppliers and other professionals needed for a practice and a career (e.g., accountants, lawyers, bankers).
  • Share the benefits of being part of organized dentistry (American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association and local dental society) and how professional camaraderie will be impactful throughout the entirety of their dental career.
  • Be a resource for all things regarding the dental profession (e.g., licensure requirements, OSHA requirements, etc).

Mentorship Benefits

  • Networking opportunities and planned activities with current and future colleagues.
  • Sharing experience and expertise, while learning about new techniques and trends.
  • Meeting a potential associate or future partners
  • Providing guidance and personal experience to contribute to your profession’s future success.
  • Giving back to the dental profession.
  • Staying apprised of changes in dental education.

What if the relationship doesn’t work?

If you feel that your assigned protégé or your assigned mentor has not fulfilled your expectations with the Mentor Program, please do not hesitate to contact Candice Wegner at the WDA or Linda Gleason at MUSoD. They will offer suggestions to improve communications or, if need be, complete a reassignment.  We take great effort in ensuring compatible pairings are made.



Mentor Program Advisory Group 
Dr. Cheska Avery-Stafford, WDA Liaison [email protected]

Dr. Ken Geiger, PFA Liaison [email protected]

Dr. Angela Lueck, WDA Liaison [email protected]

Staff Liaisons

Candice Wegner, WDA Staff Liasion, [email protected] or via phone 414-755-4118

Linda Gleason, MUSoD Staff Liaison [email protected] or via phone 414-288-6577