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Dr. William Boteler, left, and Dr. Acie Whitlock were honored by the Dental Alumni Board during a Jan 27 celebration. Whitlock is the 2023 Dental Alumnus of the Year, and Boteler is the 2023 Distinguished Friend of the Year.

Whitlock, Boteler shine as School of Dentistry honorees

Monday, January 30, 2023

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. Read More

Senior dental hygiene student Mary Breland Cross, left, treats patient Zhenguo Xu at the Jackson Free Clinic as junior Morgan Leach assists.

Dental hygiene at UMMC turns 50

Monday, December 5, 2022

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. Read More

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

They’ve just dipped their toes into the School of Dentistry laboratories, but beginning students waste no time in learning how to manipulate warmed wax with a dental tool. It’s a lesson that will be repeated and built upon as they progress to their fourth year.

Published on Monday, August 29, 2022

Photo Gallery: Graduates smile after reaching educational milestone

Family and friends were on hand to cheer on UMMC’s 2022 graduates for earning degrees ranging from baccalaureate to doctorates. Ceremonies Friday at Mississippi Coliseum were the first to include six health sciences schools since 2019.

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2022

UMMC celebrates 959 May 2022 graduates across six health sciences schools

Hundreds of UMMC graduates earned degrees in the health sciences Friday during a ceremony at Mississippi Coliseum. The number of degrees conferred this year showed an increase of 97 from 2021, reflecting the Medical Center’s efforts to meet the state’s health care needs.

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

Second chance at life: Surgeons rebuild cancer patient’s jaw

Published on Monday, March 15, 2021

Jackson Free Clinic dental services now have more 'teeth'

Published on Monday, February 22, 2021

Veterans served their country; now, UMMC's SOD serves them

Published on Monday, February 8, 2021