Dear Alumni:

Dean Huja

Greetings from your home at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. We are always excited to communicate with you through our quarterly newsletter. Over the summer and early fall, we have made tremendous progress due to our diligent faculty efforts, our staff, and engagement with our students.

On August 10, we held a ribbon-cutting for our new Dentaroid, a simulation robot that will greatly enhance our teaching and clinical education (article below) efforts. This was a well-attended ceremony, and is the first robot of its kind in our hemisphere. Dr. James Lemon, who was recently appointed as vice chair of the MUSC Board of Trustees and his fellow board member, Dr. Paul Davis, both alumni of the College, as well as many other dignitaries were in attendance.

We continue to build internal and external partnerships to ensure our future success.  By collaborating with MUSC Health, we hope to ensure bi-directional clinical integration and expand our current clinical experiences for our pre-doctoral students, so that they are well-trained to integrate into our communities and are prepared to join residencies throughout the nation. We are engaging with our faculty at outreach sites such as Horry-Georgetown Technical College, the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, and various locations in the Lowcountry, while inviting them on-site to begin conversations and receive feedback. We are also inviting private practitioners to help us understand how best we can prepare our students to enter the workforce. Our pre-doctoral students and their education remain our focus and top priority. Our community outreach efforts have exponentially increased due to the efforts of one of our stellar faculty, Dr. Amy Martin.  Dr. Martin has recently received two large community-based grants that will make a tremendous impact on the citizens of South Carolina.

I was delighted to see so many of you at the recent reception in September held in Columbia. Thank you for your generosity and continued support. I also attended the 16th District Caucus in Myrtle Beach, which gave me an opportunity to listen to and meet our dental leaders. Shortly, we will embark on a funding campaign for scholarships within the College of Dental Medicine. You will be hearing from us and it is our hope that you will join us in this campaign so that we can help support our students. We had the first meeting of the resurrected Dean’s Diversity Council and many excellent ideas have come to the forefront. Our intentions, though well-meaning, have to be implemented to allow us to impact our future.  I look forward to helping this group implement many of their ideas and will keep our alumni updated as this group moves forward on progress towards meeting their initiatives.  This will be our responsibility and pledge to all alumni.