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Give Kids a Smile Day, held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the JBECDM, helped 75 children in need and provided over $30,000 in treatment. Approximately 100 volunteer dentists, students, hygenists and staff participated.

Give Kids a Smile Day is designed to provide free and accesible dental care to local chidren in need. In addition, its goal is to raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring locally and nationally and create local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.

The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine has been hosting Give Kids A Smile events for 12 years in the community as a way to provide free dental care to local children who desperately need it.

The American Dental Association (ADA) began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for ADA members to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. Each year, approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers nationwide.

Give Kids a Smile Day 2014 at MUSC, lead by Dr. Katherine Renne, was another success. For those interested in getting involved or partnering with MUSC for future Give Kids a Smile days, contact the MUSC Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at 843-876-8815.

More pictures from the event:

On December 6, 2013, the College of Dental Medicine’s (CDM) staff, faculty, students and residents joined together to support the local community by contributing toys and clothing for families and children in need during this holiday season. 

Dental carts were decorated, loaded with toys and transported by several of our CDM staff and students. A total of three bicycles and three carts overflowing with gifts were donated from the College of Dental Medicine.  

Way to go CDM!

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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The 2013 College of Dental Medicine Alumni Homecoming weekend will be held on Thursday, February 21st through Sunday, February 24th. 

Online registration and more information is available for the event here.

Here is the agenda of events for the weekend:

Thursday, February 21st

  • Third annual CDM Scholars Day (8:30am to 2pm) – Keynote speaker will be Martha Somerman, DDS, PhD. She is the Director of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research. Alumni are encouraged to attend the free event. Three CE credit hours will be awarded for attendance. This event will be held in the Drug Discovery building.

Friday, February 22nd

  • Dean’s Welcome Reception (7pm to 10pm) - Alumni from all classes welcome! Heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar; cocktail attire. This event will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel.

Saturday, February 23rd

  • Continuing Education (8am to noon) – Speakers Dr. Edward J. Swift, Jr. (class of ’79) and Rita Zamora will speak. Dr. Swift will will discuss how the development of new materials has proceeded so rapidly that many clinicians are left confused by the wealth of new products that are available in many areas. Rita Zamora is an authority in social media and relationship marketing for dental professionals. This event will be held in the Drug Discovery building.
  • Guided tours of the newly renovated classrooms (12:00 noon) – Lunch will be provided. Meet in rooms 347 and 355 in the Basic Science building.
  • Gift Planning Seminar (12:30pm) – Held in Basic Science rooms 347 and 355.
  • Class reunion parties (for the classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008) (5:00-7:00 pm) – Held at Lighthouse on Shem Creek. Come enjoy some time catching up and getting reacquainted with your classmates prior to the Oyster Roast. Light hors d’eouvres, beer and wine provided. Dress is casual. Advance registration required.
  • Low Country Oyster Roast and Boil (7:00 – 10:00 pm) – Held at the Lighthouse on Shem Creek. Everyone is welcome for an informal evening of fun with lots of good low country food, oysters, and live music. Don’t like oysters? Don’t worry. There will be a menu for non-oyster eaters too!Ample parking is available in the lot in front of the Lighthouse. Advance registration is required. No tickets will be sold at the door. See registration form.

Sunday, February 24th

  • ASDA Golf Tournament at Stono Ferry – February 12th Registration Deadline. 

MUSC is proud to encourage diversity in its students, faculty and staff. Two events were held at MUSC in 2012 to encourage underrepresented minority pre-dental students to consider applying to the College of Dental Medicine.

The first was called “Impressions” day which was held on June 23rd at the school. The primary goal of the Impressions Program was to expose underrepresented minority pre-dental students to a career in dentistry and familiarize them with the dental school application process.

During the day, participants had the opportunity to receive information about applying to and being a student in dental school, to have their questions answered by dental students and members of the faculty, to tour our dental clinics, and to receive hands-on experience. Hands-on activities included waxing a tooth, learning to use a handpiece, taking impressions, and pouring stone models. Forty-two pre-dental students participated. The event was sponsored by the SNDA. 

Second-year student Kenitra Betts and fourth-year student Brandon Hagan 
show students how to work with wax

The other event held was the 14th annual Dental Day and was held on November 2nd. This event provided students with information about the process of applying to dental school and what life is like as a dental student. Pre-health advisors and parents were also welcome to attend the event.

Eighty-six students registered for the attended the program and 15 schools were represented, including: Coastal Carolina, USC-Columbia, College of Charleston, Columbia University, North Carolina State University, Clemson University, Cape Fear Community College, UNC-Pembroke, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill, Presbyterian College, University of Alabama, Wofford College, Winthrop University, South Carolina State University, Charleston Southern and Fort Dorchester High School.

This event was sponsored by the College of Dental Medicine’s Office of Diversity.

Mar 2014