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Malita Chaffier is a 2023 dental hygiene graduate of the School of Dentistry.

#UMMCGrad2023: Patient care a passion for dental hygiene grad

Monday, May 15, 2023

Coming from a community college to the bachelor’s program in dental hygiene, Malita Chaffier had a few qualms and anxieties. But thanks to faculty who taught her the skills she needed for clinical training – and life lessons along the way – she’s prepared to begin full-time work as an oral health professional. Read More

Greenville resident Casey Park is a May 2023 graduate of the School of Dentistry.

#UMMCGrad2023: Residency, then private practice in Casey Park’s future

Monday, May 15, 2023

As she nears graduation from the School of Dentistry, Casey Park is focusing on extending her learning through a residency, with the goal of getting more experience in treating medically complex patients. Read More

Lampkin becomes dental trailblazer

After graduating in 2017 from the Medical Center’s School of Dentistry and completing her residency there, Dr. Alexa Lampkin joined the SOD faculty. Fast forward, and Lampkin has shattered yet another glass ceiling by becoming the first woman dentist to serve on the Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners in its history.

Published on Monday, April 17, 2023

Whitlock, Boteler shine as School of Dentistry honorees

Dr. Acie Whitlock is an alumnus of the School of Dentistry, and Dr. William Boteler is a longtime faculty member. The school’s Dental Alumni Board is honoring them for their accomplishments and contributions – Whitlock as Dental Alumnus of the Year, and Boteler as Distinguished Friend of the Year.

Published on Monday, January 30, 2023

Dental hygiene at UMMC turns 50

In 1972, the first graduating class of dental hygienists left the School of Health Related Professions with certificates in hand. A half-century later, these oral health practitioners earn their baccalaureate degrees at the School of Dentistry, learning alongside dental students who share their passion for patient-centered care.

Published on Monday, December 5, 2022

SOD pilot program a culture change for patient needs

Dental school is hard, with a lot of boxes to check. It can leave students focusing on the numbers instead of their patients, something driven by culture and systems. A pilot program for integrated patient care, however, puts the patient first by allowing students to take care of multiple issues crossing departmental lines in a single visit, creating efficiencies for both.

Published on Monday, October 17, 2022

A study in wax: SOD first-years get early lessons

Published on Monday, August 29, 2022

Photo Gallery: Graduates smile after reaching educational milestone

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2022

UMMC celebrates 959 May 2022 graduates across six health sciences schools

Published on Friday, May 27, 2022

Innovative dental scan helps providers find root of problem

Published on Monday, May 9, 2022

#UMMCGrad2022: Road to SOD paved with hard work

Published on Monday, May 2, 2022

Message to new SOD graduates: Patients, not you, wear the crown

Published on Monday, April 18, 2022

School of Dentistry alums shine in their community and profession

Published on Monday, February 7, 2022

‘Care’ has double meaning during Dental Mission Week

Published on Monday, February 7, 2022

Smiles polished up for vets during Dental Mission Week

Published on Sunday, February 6, 2022

The size is right: Campus enrollment climbs

Published on Monday, November 15, 2021

Alumni donors bring much-needed perks to SOD

Published on Monday, October 11, 2021

Seven schools and six ways from Sunday: Students, faculty brazen out COVID surge

Published on Monday, August 16, 2021

UPSTART symposium shines spotlight on student research

Published on Monday, July 26, 2021

SOD honors alums for dedication, passion for teaching

Published on Monday, July 19, 2021

New dean’s experience, expectations to shape SOD's future

Published on Monday, July 12, 2021

SOD development funds honor faculty, community dentists

Published on Monday, June 28, 2021

#UMMCGrad2021: SOD grad has new assignment: Treating patients in the Navy

Published on Monday, May 10, 2021

Horne reaps kudos for classroom ingenuity, problem-solving

Published on Monday, April 12, 2021

Dentures crafted by SOD students something to smile about

Published on Monday, April 5, 2021