School of Dental Medicine

Summer Mentorship Program introduces high school students to dental medicine

Penn Dental Medicine hosted a group of high school students as part of Penn’s Provost Summer Mentorship Program, a four-week, college-career immersion program, aimed to inspire first-generation and under-represented minority students in Philadelphia to view higher education as an achievable goal.

Penn Today Staff

The placebo cure

Drug researchers use control groups to measure the efficacy of their drug tests. What happens when the control group responds? Science proves the placebo effect is indeed medicine itself.

Tina Rodia

In the News

Philadelphia Tribune

New program aims to expand oral health care for those with disabilities

Dean Mark Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine spoke about the school’s efforts to better equip providers to care for patients with disabilities.



Kids are using too much toothpaste and it’s actually a problem

Commenting on the risks of children consuming too much fluoride toothpaste, Dean Mark Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine said the hazard “is not about using too much toothpaste once or twice” but for years.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Government shutdown: How federal workers in Philly can get help, from food to finances

The School of Dental Medicine is noted for offering free dental care to furloughed federal employees with proper identification.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Dentists Urged to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to Prevent Addiction

The School of Dental Medicine’s Elliot Hersh commented on Pennsylvania’s legal requirement that doctors screen patient histories for signs of opioid abuse. Hersh stated that for many dental patients over the counter pain relief can be just as effective.


Newsworks (WHYY-FM)

Leftover Painkillers Driving Opioid Crisis, Penn Researcher Says

Peggy Compton of the School of Nursing and Elliot V. Hersh of the School of Dental Medicine are quoted about participating in a panel discussion about the opioid crisis, along with Kyle Kampman of the Perelman School of Medicine, Mary Robinson of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Jeffrey Saven of the School of Arts & Sciences.