Author: Cassie Benzinger
Published: Monday, 02 Jun 2014
Joseph Kerr is currently the Associate Dean for Administration at the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo (UB) <http://www.buffalo.edu/> . Joe is also a JA alumnus. He recently drew on his experiences with Junior Achievement in high school to develop a dental practice for the Buffalo community. His involvement with JA was so impactful that he took what he remembered and used this knowledge with his college students.Justine Januszkiewicz, education and public relations manager for Junior Achievement of Western New York in Buffalo, shared the story of how this JA alumnus helped lead a new generation of young people to success.[Erie County Health Photo] <https://juniorachievementusa.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/erie-county-health-photo.png>Residents of one Buffalo neighborhood have been without a local source of dental care since 2009. But now, thanks to a group of college students, they have a new clinic that will provide dental services at the Erie County Health Mall (ECHM). The dental clinic is being run by the UB School of Medicine and offers student the opportunity to gain hands-on clinical experience. But more than that, creating the clinic provided students with valuable business experience."I remembered the Junior Achievement high school-based model that gave students business knowledge and hands-on experience forming and operating their own company, with mentorship from community business leaders and teachers," said Joe. "We (he and his fellow high school students) would create business plans, marketing plans and budgets, and produce and sell products?everything you need to make a business work. Then at the end, we would liquidate our holdings and give the returns to the stockholders who had purchased dollar stocks."Kerr thought the JA model would work well with the dental students. He asked second-year students if they would be interested in developing a dental practice?creating a business plan and a marketing plan, working with building plans and collaborating with the other professionals who also would be occupying the ECHM."Our early involvement in the planning process has taught us about the business side of opening a dental practice," said UB dental student Richard Ross. "Our clinical experience with the patients will help us to provide optimal treatment that focuses on oral care in a community dental facility. These experiences combined will add breadth, depth and value to our education."To read more on this story, check out the University at Buffalos website. <http://bit.ly/RGD0pa>
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