James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

College of Dental Medicine News

Keyword: charity

For a fifth straight year, the South Carolina Dental Association held its annual Dental Access Days (‘DAD’) event, a 2-day free dental clinic meant to provide dental care to the underserved.

This year over 1,500 patients from around the state were treated. The event was held at the North Charleston Coliseum on August 23rd and 24th. MUSC faculty and students were among those who volunteered from around the state. Over 100 junior and senior dental students worked with faculty to provide care to those in need.

Dr. Mark Barry, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, says of the importance of the event for students: “Participating in Dental Access Days gives our students the opportunity to serve and provide dental care for those who are less fortunate. This is an extremely important part of their education.”

All patients who showed up for the event were treated. Services provided included fillings, extractions, root canals, cleanings and transitional partial dentures. By the end of the second day, approximately $800,000 of free care had been provided.

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Over 3,500 toys and bicycles were donated to the Salvation Army as a result of the Angel Tree Program of 2012.

On December 7, 2012, the College of Dental Medicine’s (CDM) staff, faculty, students and residents joined together to support the local community by contributing toys for families and children in need to the school-wide MUSC Angel Tree program and the Salvation Army. These donations will give happier holidays to those who may not have been fortunate enough to receive gifts otherwise.

An Angel parade was held at MUSC to celebrate these donations on December 7th, with performances by the Burke High School Drum Corp. and the Charleston Police Department bagpipers. Even Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit.

CDM staff and faculty competed for the best decorated cart, which was used to transport the toys in the parade. Recipient of the “Best Decorated Cart” was Jeanette Craparotta.

Joe Vuthiganon, Bridget Inman and Jeanette were among the many who contributed to the CDM’s participation in the event.


Recipient of the Best Decorated Cart: Jeanette Craparotta


Some of the toys and bicycles donated


The CDM Gives Back!