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    Graduates: Where They are Going

    (94  out of 105 students responding)
    2019 DDS (Dental Graduates):
    24 = Group Private Practice 24
    7 = Solo Private Practice 7
    11 = Public Health 11
    18 = Corporate Dental Office 18
    4 = Other 4
    15 = Residencies (AEGD, GPR) 15
    4 = Special (OMS, Ortho, Ped) 4
    11 = Military 11
    (27 of 28 students responding)
    2019 Dental Hygiene:
    9 = Group Practice 9
    10 = Solo Practice 10
    5 = Public Health 5
    3 = Temping 3


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    Stay Connected: Alumni Events

    New Student Welcome Game at “The K”
    Tuesday, Aug. 27

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    2019 CE Courses

    Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist
    Three-Day, Lecture/Hands-On Course
    Liz Kaz, RDH, EdD, MS; Danielle Grotheer, RDH
    July 26 – 28, 2019

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    Making the Transition

    The dental class of 2021 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 were welcomed to the clinical phase of their educational programs during the annual Transitioning Into the Profession Ceremony, held June 7 at the Unity Temple on the Plaza. Dr. Bill Busch, owner of North Kansas City Dental and co-founder and creator of TeamSmile, was the keynote speaker. Representatives of each class took turns reading their Code of Ethics. All class members signed their code as they crossed the stage and then received their white coat for DDS students or scrubs for DH students. After the ceremony, participants and well-wishers adjourned to the School of Dentistry for a reception.

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    Past AEP Participants

    Four 2019 graduates of the UMKC School of Dentistry participated in the school’s Admissions Enhancement Program, which has been expanded and renamed Students in Training, in Academia, Health and Research, or STAHR. This year's graduates, with the year they participated in the AEP Program: Rashin Alipour, 2014; Mohammed Nuru, 2014; Arianna Jackson, 2014; and Andre Paredes, 2013.

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    Congratulations, 2019 Graduates!

    Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

    BSDH-Clinical Entry
    Bonnie J. Bennett
    Brooke Ashley Borel
    Rachelle Marie Bragg
    Brittany Nicole Burns
    Kyleigh Nicole Campbell
    Taylor Kristine Casey
    Kendra Anne Castle
    Katelyn Cates

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    Q&A - JESSICA AYALA Here’s a Switch: a Poet at the Switchboard

    While students are busy learning the arts of dental surgery and dental hygiene, there’s another artist — an award-winning poet, teacher and musician — at work at the school's switchboard.

    She’s Jessica Ayala (BA ’00), whose poetry flows from her experiences and those of other immigrants. Her family immigrated to the United States from Colombia when she was just 3 years old. She soon found she could express herself through poetry, and her first poems were published when she was in grade school.

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    MLK Service Day a Big Success

    The inaugural UMKC School of Dentistry MLK Day of Service exceeded all expectations as volunteers from the community and the school’s students, faculty and staff joined together to assemble and deliver 1,000 dental hygiene kits to local service organizations. Nearly 100 volunteers assembled the kits in the school canteen.

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    Minute to Win It

    Faculty, staff and students from across the School of Dentistry collected nearly $1,500 for the Dr. Jacob McGuire Scholarship at the annual Students Take Action Minute to Win It Lunch. The series of five games ended with the DDS Class of 2020 claiming first place. The donation of the proceeds honors the memory of Dr. McGuire, who left a legacy of caring as a doctor, mentor, teacher and friend.

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    McArthur is Kiwi of the Year

    Dr. Carole McArthur, MD, professor in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, was named a 2019 Kiwi of the Year Award recipient from the University of New Zealand. Dr. McArthur, who teaches immunology and immunopathology, has set up research and treatment clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon. She is the director of AfriHealth Partnerships International and regularly visits the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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