WildSmiles Announces Orthodontic Resident Scholarship Recipient

Posted: May 4, 2022
Edited by Orthotown staff

OMAHA, Neb.—WildSmiles Braces, announces its annual awarded Orthodontic Resident Essay Scholarship final recipient who will receive a $1,000 scholarship to put towards their tuition and books as they work to complete their orthodontic residency program. UNC Adams School of Dentistry orthodontic resident, Dr. Erika Babikow, DMD, was chosen to receive the scholarship for her outstanding essay, where she showcased her willingness to go the extra mile for her patients. WildSmiles will present Dr. Babikow with her $1,000 scholarship check at the AAO conference in Miami, Florida.

WildSmiles Announces Orthodontic Resident Scholarship RecipientOrthodontic residents who are currently enrolled and in good standing at an accredited orthodontic program recognized by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) were encouraged to apply for the scholarship opportunity. Students were asked to submit a thoughtful 500-word minimum essay prompt response in order to be considered. A panel of independent judges carefully reviewed each essay before the recipients were selected.

Dr. Erika Babikow, DMD, is currently a second-year resident at the University of North Carolina and will graduate in May 2023. Originally from Lancaster, PA., Dr. Babikow is a first-generation college student and attended Eastern Mennonite University as a Biology and Environmental Science double major. After college, Dr. Babikow worked at the National Institutes of Health as a post-baccalaureate research fellow for two years. She then received her DMD from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Babikow credits her academic success to her parents for emphasizing the value of hard work and to her husband for his endless encouragement. After graduation, she and her husband hope to move to the Shenandoah Valley, VA.


Orthodontic residents interested in learning more about the Orthodontic Resident Essay Scholarship can visit wildsmilesbraces.com/doctors/residency-program.
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