James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

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Zakery James and Rebecca Shamis, both in the Class of 2016, have been awarded grants to travel to Nagpur, India in Spring 2014 by the Center for Global Health.

More information about the two students can be found below.

Zakery James

James, a second year dental medicine student, has a strong desire to make an impact on public health dentistry in rural and low resource settings. He co-founded the MUSC chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) and hopes to use AAPHD as a launching pad for trips to Central India and other underserved areas around the globe.

James will travel to Nagpur, India in the summer to provide dental health services at Lighthouse Children’s Home, a small orphanage in the city.  In serving communities of need, he hopes to gain a thorough understanding of the proper methods to assess the full spectrum of oral health care and its effect on population health over time.

“The MUSC Global Health Trainee Travel Grant not only has awarded my team and me valuable financial assistance for extensive travel costs to India, but the grant application process and timeline offered a concise, constructive platform to organize our thoughts, desires and goals into deliverable objectives for our project,” said James.

Rebecca Shamis

Shamis is traveling to Nagpur, India in spring 2014 to provide oral health care to an orphanage in the region. She will assist a group of roughly 20 students to perform extractions, operative work, and oral hygiene procedures under the supervision of licensed dental professionals, in compliance with American Dental Association standards.

Shamis is a second year dental medicine student and co-founder of MUSC’s chapter of American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD).  She currently serves as Community Service Chair for both the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and Delta Sigma Delta Dental Professional Fraternity. Shamis is looking forward to gaining a clearer understanding of dental public health in a low resource setting by traveling to rural India.

“I believe that learning to be culturally competent is a skill that is hard to obtain in a classroom,” said Shamis. “It requires knowing where people are coming from, acknowledging and accepting that we all stem from different life experiences. Traveling abroad and spending time with community members allows us to see not only what is different about the people we are caring for, but what we have in common with them.”

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!

E4D and Sirona Dental have made revolutionary advancements in dental education at the College of Dental Medicine.

Our dental students have access to 14 E4D NEVO systems and 35 E4D design stations, seven CEREC systems with 35 CEREC design stations, 35 3Shape design stations and a D800 scanner.

Freshman dental students begin learning digital dentistry in dental morphology where they utilize digital software to virtually wax. In addition, they use grading software to evaluate how close their physical wax-ups are to the ideal. As they advance to fixed prosthodontics, they use E4D Compare to evaluate their preparations. This software utilizes 3D surface mapping technology to evaluate a student preparation against a gold standard preparation, over and under reduction (Fig 1).

With removable partial dentures, all students use 3Shape software to scan and design RPDs digitally. This mirrors the new digital RPD workflow in the clinic where frameworks are printed from the local lab based on student digital designs. During the second semester of the students’ second years, there is an entire course dedicated to chairside CAD/CAM dentistry, teaching 70 hours of material on digital dentistry and modern ceramics. In this class, CEREC and E4D are taught side by side in great detail.

Before students enter the clinic, they will have scanned approximately 100 quadrants and designed and milled several cases. By the time they get into the clinics, they are thinking CAD/CAM dentistry.

The technology has been revolutionary to education and has truly taken hold at MUSC. In fact, some students graduate doing more single visit CAD/ CAM restorations than conventional restorations. Last year a student completed in excess of 20 restorations.

We have recently expanded our CAD/CAM clinic to seven chairs with a CAD/CAM system in each room. Thanks to Patterson Dental and Sirona Dental, students now have access to a CEREC Omnicam color scanner and are utilizing it heavily (Figure 2) along with CEREC Bluecam systems. We have a dedicated CAD/ CAM assistant, Gail Ward, who is highly trained to assist students with single visit dentistry (Figure 3). A typical day in the seven- operatory MUSC CAD/CAM clinic is very enjoyable for everyone. Our patients appreciate a single three-hour appointment for an e.max crown, rather than multiple three-hour appointments for a conventional crown. There is no question CAD/CAM is here to stay and MUSC is making it a top educational priority.

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!

Many students work so hard to be accepted to dental school and become a dentist, but most don’t give a second thought to life after school as a new dentist.

But after students get through the didactic courses at the College of Dental Medicine and into the clinic, they start the process of deciding what they will do and where they will go after graduation.

Twenty-three of the fifty-six graduates of the Class of 2012 decided to further their education at a residency program. Fifteen started an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) or General Practice Residency (GPR) programs. The remaining residency-bound students went into orthodontic, pediatric and endodontic programs.

The average nationwide for new graduates entering residency programs is 37% and MUSC’s average for 2012 was 42%.

While around 8% of new dentists in America enter the military or other government service each year, the 2012 CDM graduate level was 12% (seven out of fifty-six).

43% of MUSC’s 2012 class went into private practice, including working as associates or in a corporate dental chain like Dental Smart. The national average for private practice is 49%.

The process of becoming an excellent dentist does not stop once a dental student graduates. No matter what a new dentist does after finishing school, the process of learning the craft is life-long.

MUSC offers several residency programs, including AEGD, orthodontic, periodontic, pedodontic, endodontic and oral surgery programs.

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