As a fourth-year dental student, Bhagwanpreet exemplifies the values of leadership, compassion, advocacy through her daily activities in the clinic and beyond. Bhagwanpreet has a strong work ethic, boundless energy, meticulous attention to detail, a high level of personal responsibility, and a desire to improve clinical practice. She is very passionate about serving marginalized populations. Outside of her academic training, she has worked on a dental outreach initiative to improve access to oral health care for underserved populations in Southwestern Ontario and Moose Factory Island in northern Ontario. She has exceeded expectations in her role by preparing proposals for key stakeholders and assessing oral health outcomes and identifying barriers in accessing care for marginalized individuals. Her passion for serving underserved populations also extends outside of the clinic to her research in health inequities faced by Indigenous populations. Bhagwanpreet values the importance of fostering a sense of social responsibility as a healthcare provider, advocating for the needs of vulnerable populations and continuing her learning beyond a school environment.
Having completed a Master of Science in Health Research Methods prior to dental school, Bhagwanpreet appreciates the importance of evidence-based dentistry and incorporating best practices into clinical decision making.
Always striving to have an impact on others, she is leading a calibration project for Smile Shade, an innovative technology for restorative dentistry. During her time in dental school, Bhagwanpreet represented the Faculty of Dentistry at UWO’s University Student Council through her role as Dentistry Councillor. She advocated for the needs of the Faculty of Dentistry and took part in debates regarding university policy, governance and finance. Bhagwanpreet established formal guidelines and a system for dental students to pursue interest groups and extracurricular activities within the Faculty of Dentistry itself. Bhagwanpreet’s work has led to students forming groups based on interests in clinical dentistry, research and wellness that will have lasting roots in the school due to the passion that Bhagwanpreet put into the initiative.