James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

College of Dental Medicine Student Organizations

American Association of Women Dentists
The American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) has two objectives: first, to offer opportunities for professional growth through association with women in the dental profession; and second, to support the goals of the AAWD, to aid in the advancement of women in dentistry, to promote professional support and cooperation among its members and to promote the fundamentals of good oral health.

American Student Dental Association
The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is a national organization representing all dental students. The organization began from student membership in the American Dental Association (ADA). Members of ASDA automatically become student members of the ADA with all the privileges of association membership.

The local chapter at MUSC provides input to the national organization, assists members with obtaining membership benefits and serves as the Student Government Association of the College of Dental Medicine. MUSC ASDA sponsors the Freshman Welcome Party, the ASDA Dental Manufacturers Display, the ASDA Sports Weekend, the College of Dental Medicine Newspaper, Clinic Day and the C.C.C. Run/Walk.

The governing body of MUSC ASDA is the Executive Council, composed of ASDA representatives, MUSC SGA representatives, dental fraternity presidents, and representatives from the American Association of Dental Schools and the Student National Dental Association.

Delta Sigma Delta
Delta Sigma Delta, the oldest of the dental fraternities, was founded November 15, 1882. Its objective is to encourage high standards of ethical and professional conduct, as well as, to offer special activities to its student and professional members.

Alpha Beta Chapter of the Medical University of South Carolina's College of Dental Medicine is one of the newest chapters of this international brotherhood.

Dental Student Alumni Council
Composed of representatives from each class, the Student Alumni Council's primary functions are to help ease the transition from being dental students to becoming active alumni and to serve as liaisons between the student body and alumni.

The council assists the Office of Alumni Affairs in organizing and hosting events sponsored by the MUSC Dental Alumni Association for students, especially the dental career seminars held during the year. These evening seminars feature alumni speakers from the community who offer advice on residency and career choices and practice information. Council members also assist the alumni liaison for the College of Dental Medicine with the continuing education weekend event, co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the American Student Dental Association each spring. Dr. Monica Cayouette serves as faculty advisor for the group for the College of Dental Medicine and assists in coordination with the ASDA organization. New members from the entering class are solicited each fall.

Omicron Kappa Upsilon
Zeta Eta Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society was chartered in 1970 at the College of Dental Medicine of the Medical University of South Carolina. Its purpose is to honor dental students who exhibit excellence in scholarship and other exemplary traits.

Alumni members are chosen from the upper 20% of the class who rank highest in scholarship for the entire period that they have been in attendance at the dental school. From this list, the active members of the component chapter may elect no more than 12% of the entire senior class to alumni membership.

Psi Omega
Psi Omega, a professional dental fraternity, was chartered at the Medical University of South Carolina on April 6, 1973. Sigma Chi Chapter of the College of Dental Medicine is presently the largest dental fraternity at the university.

Yearly activities include expert lectures in all phases of dentistry, various social events and sponsorship of numerous community projects.

Student National Dental Association
The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) was founded by concerned dental students at Meharry Medical College in 1970, and was incorporated in 1972, over 50 years after its parent group, the National Dental Association. SNDA was created to encourage and promote minority recruitment/retention, to meet dental health needs of minority and underserved communities, as well as to create a relationship between the National Dental Association members and the students of this organization.

SNDA members across the country are composed of African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, only to name a few. The organization has become a helpful tool in establishing and providing a network of communication among and between students as a means of improving dental care among under-represented individuals and communities.