2021 Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Graduates

The following 3 students completed the requirements for the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences MS degree. Congratulations!

Thesis Projects:

Dr. Patrick Grady: Advanced Education Orthodontics Program Curricula Pre- and Post-COVID-19

Dr. Grant Severs: Orthodontists’ Perceptions of Teledentistry and Remote Dental Monitoring in Orthodontic Treatment

Dr. Megan Welk: Digital Technology and Digital Workflow Application in the Current Landscape of Private Practice Orthodontics

Photos from their defenses here.

Getting in the Fall SPIRIT

On Friday, October 29th, the School of Dentistry got into the spirit of fall by wearing costumes and elaborate hats. Residents and staff in Ortho came dressed as Cruella De’Ville, dalmatians, superheroes and the guards from Squid Game. Elsewhere, staff got festive by decorating hats and participated in the contest sponsored by the School of Dentistry Staff Council.

Hat Contest Winner:
Jennifer Brown, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Runners Up:
Monica Johnson, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Sue Simonds, Advanced Educataion Program in General Dentistry
Verna Crowder, Clinic Dispensary

Find photos here.

Dental Students and Faculty Make a Great Team

TeamSmile outreach event provides much needed oral health care

Pearly whites were plentiful as well as Chiefs red at the TeamSmile event at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 26. Students from the UMKC School of Dentistry volunteered at the event, delivering much-needed dental care to 200 local elementary students.

Sponsored by the United Way, more than 40 students and faculty from UMKC participated, providing initial dental screenings, X-rays and recommendations for what care the kids would need that day. Each year, dentistry and dental hygiene students participate in three TeamSmile events: at the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and Sporting KC.

Started in Kansas City, TeamSmile is a national advocacy group that works with professional and college sports teams to provide children in need with a life-changing dental experience. For those youngsters who may have a fear of the dentist, seeing their favorite athletes can help put them at ease. The friendly faces of UMKC students help, as well.

Since the organization’s inception in 2007, UMKC School of Dentistry students and faculty have volunteered their time with TeamSmile. The organization provides comprehensive care to the children who participate, from preventive care such as fluoride treatments and cleaning to extractions and root canals.

“We’re incredibly proud to have been involved with TeamSmile for over a decade,” said Becky Smith, one of the faculty members who accompanied the students at the event. “It gives our students the opportunity to hone their skills, provide dental care to some of our youngest citizens of Kansas City, and help instill the importance of volunteerism going forward.”

Photos here.

School Staff Hosts Breakfast to Welcome Dean Haas

As the School of Dentistry staff has navigated throughout the past 18 months, there have been many changes and we have all adjusted and kept moving along. In introduction and celebration, the new dean of the SOD, Dr. Steven Haas, treated the staff to breakfast and hosted a meet & greet. Special thanks to Racquel Adams—(acting president of SOD Staff Council), Stephanie Stewart-Towns—UMKC Staff Council representative, Alexander Zier—Dean’s Office, Jeff Primos—Director of Business Administration, and of course Dean Haas for all of the breakfast event arrangements. Thank you to all of the staff for participating to celebrate one another as such an awesome team!

Photos here.

Dental Student Volunteers are Key Providers for the KC Eastside Community Health Initiative

The “Our Healthy KC Eastside” Project is a community-wide initiative that provides COVID-19 vaccinations and other health services in Jackson County Missouri. The DDS Class of 2025 has dental students volunteering at events sponsored by more than 60 community partners. In addition to dental screenings, students are screening for high blood pressure and diabetes. This provides dental students an opportunity to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and apply what they are learning in their didactic courses in a real-world setting.

Additionally, dental students from the Classes of 2022 and 2023 are applying their didactic coursework by volunteering to serve as COVID-19 vaccinators.

Sarah Godwin, Afra Hussain, and Andrew Thompkins, dental students in the Class of 2024, are serving as the inaugural School of Dentistry Health Equity Scholars. They provide just-in-time training to conduct the health screenings, serve as vaccinators, oversee and distribute supplies for 5-7 events weekly, and are assisting with a research project that is examining the perceptions of oral health providers and administering vaccinations.

To date there have been over 150 student volunteers. They have identified 273 people in the community who need dental care. These individuals have been referred to the School of Dentistry Dental Clinic where the grant is providing resources to pay for dental care for uninsured and underinsured patients. The grant has paid for nearly $8000 of dental services.

Additional Information about the Project: Our Healthy KC Eastside – Working together, we can Protect the Eastside! (umkc.edu)

Photos from one of the clinics here.