Since opening its doors in 1967, the MUSC College of Dental Medicine has grown into one of the top dental colleges in the country, by almost every measure. Academically, its students consistently rank in the top quintile on their national board exams. As South Carolina's only dental school, the college is an important source of dentists in a state that is currently under-served in terms of dental care. About 75 percent of the college's graduates have chosen to remain in South Carolina, and over half the dentists now practicing in the state are MUSC graduates. Meanwhile, the college has rounded out its instructional and clinical programs with a greater emphasis on research, a step that is sure to put the college on the cutting edge of dental treatment and training.
Our loyalty fund supports the college in myriad ways. It benefits students by providing funding for scholarships, fellowships, travel, instruments and books. It also provides dollars for building renovations and overall improvements that elevate the college’s standing – which, in turn, makes MUSC more competitive in securing grant funding. For alumni, the loyalty fund only enhances the value of their degrees. We aim to expand the fund’s capabilities in the years to come.
Our dental students manage a plethora of extracurricular organizations which provide important educational programs, host stress-relieving social events, perform community service, and help students prepare for careers in dentistry. To continue each year, these activities require the generosity of individual and corporate sponsorships. If you would like to support a specific student group and/or event, please indicate so in the “Special Notes/Comments” section when you make your donation.
The Dental Legacy Society includes alumni and friends who have planned to make gifts to the college through their estates. Those gifts include contributions from inheritance, retirement, life insurance, property, stocks and other vehicles. In addition to investing in the future of the college, these donors also can claim tax benefits or payments for life by designating the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine as a beneficiary. We want to educate more people about this type of gift and also identify donors who already have included the college in their estate plans so that we may honor and recognize them.
The prestigious McTeer scholarship, named in honor of our first black graduate, provides financial assistance to deserving students. We recently endowed this fund but hope to grow it to $1 million to offer a larger tuition award, which will ensure our ability to recruit the most talented aspiring dentists who otherwise might be unable to attend.
Finding a dental health provider is a challenge for children and adults with special health care needs, especially those in rural communities. One major obstacle to access to care is lack of providers willing and comfortable in treating those patients. The college addresses that provider shortage through our pediatric dental clinic and our special care clinic for patients with all types of disabilities, from adolescents with autism to seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients receive care from students and residents under the supervision of trained faculty. In addition to providing dental care to those in need, this addition to the clinic curriculum also increases qualified providers throughout South Carolina, since 70 percent of our graduates remain in state.
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The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine is one of the most advanced dental education centers in the United States.
For nearly 50 years, the College of Dental Medicine’s reputation has garnered and commanded respect and continues to be highly sought after by students seeking to receive their dental training through MUSC.