Sawan Prabhu, a fourth-year dental student at the School of Dentistry, spent two weeks in Barrow, Alaska, doing a dental externship through the Indian Health Service. From May 5 until May 16, Prabhu worked in the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital Dental Clinic for nine to 10 hours per day.
The clinic was built in 2013 and includes top-of-the-line equipment. Prabhu practiced both independently and alongside staff dentists to treat patients, most of whom were members of the Alaska Native Inupiat people. She performed new exams and emergency cases and participated in a demonstration of sealants to first through fifth graders in a Barrow school.