AAP Lunch ‘n Learn Program

The AAP funds lunch programs at dental schools to provide predoctoral students with an overview of the periodontics specialty.

What is the Lunch ‘n Learn program?

The program is coordinated by Academy staff upon request of a dental student. Presentations are provided on a volunteer basis by local Academy members. Today, Lunch ‘n Learn programs continue to gain popularity, reaching out to dental schools nationwide—even undergraduate pre-dental clubs.

Who can participate in a Lunch ‘n Learn program?

Dental students and pre-dental students, as well as anyone looking to learn more about the specialty of periodontology, can participate in the program.

When can I schedule a Lunch ‘n Learn event?

Programs are scheduled over the lunch hour, but exceptions can be made to schedule over the dinner hour, depending on which works best for the institution and the volunteer speaker.

Why should I schedule a Lunch ‘n Learn event at my institution?

The goal of this program is to encourage the best and brightest dental students to apply to postdoctoral periodontal programs. The Academy hopes to increase exposure to our exciting specialty by providing a general session for predoctoral students to ask questions. Also, it’s a fun way for the students to get involved and learn more about the field—and enjoy a free lunch!

Where does a Lunch ‘n Learn program take place?

On your institution’s campus, usually in a classroom or lecture hall. It depends on how many students are expected to attend.

How can I schedule a Lunch ‘n Learn program at my institution?

Complete and submit the Lunch ‘n Learn Request Form. Once your request has been received, the Academy will contact you and begin working on securing a speaker. The reimbursement limit for lunch is $300.

If you have questions, please email the AAP or call 800-282-4867x3246.

The following institutions have participated in the Lunch ‘n Learn program in recent years:

University of Michigan
Case Western Reserve University
University of Washington
University of Detroit Mercy
Southern Illinois University
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Louisville
Temple University
University of Buffalo
Stony Brook University
University of California at Los Angeles
Harvard University
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
New York University
University of Tennessee at Memphis
University of Texas at San Antonio
Meharry Medical College
Indiana University
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Oklahoma
University of Nebraska
University of Connecticut
Oregon Health and Science University
Loma Linda University
University of Kentucky

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