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Mentor Program

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

The 2017-18 school term marks the 23rd year for the Wisconsin Dental Association – Marquette University School of DentistryPierre Fauchard Academy Mentor Program.

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 kicks off with an annual dinner in the Fall 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 reconnect 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.

The current program year includes 186 mentor dentists and 332 student protégées.  The Sept. 25, 2017 kick-off dinner at Marquette’s Alumni Memorial Union was attended by 492 Mentor Program participants.

Mentors and their paired protégés enjoy their meals at the annual WDA-MUSOD-PFA Kick-off Dinner at Marquette Alumni Union on Sept. 25, 2017


Upcoming events

Mentor Program Breakfast CE on April 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. – Noon at Marquette University School of Dentistry, Room 194 “Purpose, Planning and Collaboration: The Why, How and What of a Successful and Fulfilling Dental Practice” with Jeffrey T. Bonk, DDS.

This event is free for mentors and protégés. Earn 3 CE credits. More information

Mentor – Protégé Activities:

WDA and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy June 22-23, 2018 at Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis

Marquette School of Dentistry Alumni Association Brewer game June 15, 2018 @ 7:10 p.m.

Catch the Brewers play the Phillies in the Aurora Health Care Bullpen (formerly Right Field Patio).

Bring your family and protégé to share in the fun!

$85 per person includes a buffet and two drink tickets per adult. Please click here for more information and registration form

Contact Nicole Schickowski with questions about baseball game 414-288-3093 or via email


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, as 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 you’ve committed to to display 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 benefit 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 Betsy Krekling 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.


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