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School of Dentistry Alumni Newsletter

Summer 2014

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) alumni publications are published biannually by the Division of Public Affairs. The publications highlight education, clinical practice, alumni, and research for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Health Related Professions.

Ideas for stories are welcome and may be submitted by email to Tom Fortner.

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SOD students Katie Lee Curtis, left, and Martha Mangum provide dental information to Derrick Hoaud of Jackson.
SOD students Katie Lee Curtis, left, and Martha Mangum provide dental information to Derrick Hoaud of Jackson.

School of Dentistry alumni, faculty, students demonstrate commitment to Mississippi’s disadvantaged

It was far from the ideal patient encounter that Katie Lee Curtis had hoped for as a volunteer at the Jackson Free Clinic, but the lesson it taught the third-year dentistry student was as valuable as any she had learned in the School of Dentistry.

Announcing the 2014 Dental Friend of the Year

I am delighted to recognize Dr. James David Duncan, professor emeritus in the Department of Care Planning and Restorative Sciences, as the 2014 University of Mississippi School of Dentistry’s Friend of the Year.

SOD Arrivals

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is pleased to announce the following faculty have joined the School of Dentistry:

Rural scholarships aim to boost dental care in underserved areas

First-year dentistry student Kyle Neely already had been thinking about opening a private practice one day in his “old stomping grounds” of Star, but the prospect of student loans was a major cause for concern.

Rush to Brush 2014

School of Dentistry faculty, staff and students take part in the 12th annual Rush to Brush Feb. 8 on the Medical Center campus. Proceeds from the 5K walk/run and one-mile fun run benefit the Children’s Dentistry Clinic at Batson Children’s Hospital, the only dental specialty program in the state dedicated to the oral care of children with special health-care needs.

SOD White Coat 2014

Members of the School of Dentistry Class of 2016, from left, Kaitlyn Ellis, Seth Dotherow, Ari Demetropoulos, Joe Collins and Chris Cathey recite the dental pledge during the 2014 American College of Dentists White Coat Ceremony Feb. 21 in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.  

Give Kids A Smile 2014

Taniyah Mixon, 7, a Johnson Elementary School student, listens as UMMC dental hygiene students Tien Hoang, left, and Kristen Hunt speak with state Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson during a dental exam as part of the School of Dentistry’s “Give Kids a Smile” event Feb. 7.

SOD Ethics Pledge 2014

First-year dental student Kellie Watts signs the Dental Code of Ethics during the School of Dentistry Class of 2017 Ethics Ceremony Oct. 24, 2013, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Waiting to congratulate her are, from left, Dr. Gary Reeves, dean of the School of Dentistry, Dr. Joseph Young, president of the American College of Dentists, and Carson Cruise, D3 representative of the Student Ethics Council.

SOD Honors Day 2014

Senior dental student Mary Oyeleye receives a packet and gift from Dr. Gary Reeves, dean of the School of Dentistry, during the schools Honors Day ceremony May 17, 2013, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Oyeleye received the American College of  Prosthodontics Award and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award during the program.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities:

July 12-19, 2014

Mediterranean cruise

Cruise the Mediterranean and earn CE credit at the same time.  Continuing education credit for dentists, hygienists and the dental team

Italy  •  Croatia  •  Greece  •  Turkey

11 CEUs


August 1, 2014

EZ Pedo course

Crowns Esthetically Designed with Children in Mind

Instructors: Dr. Trey Weis, Dr. John Hansen and Dr. Dustin Jansen

School of Dentistry Simulation Suite

Space limited to 32 participants

6.25 CEUs

August 28-29, 2014

Risk Management course

Risk Management Strategies to Reduce Dental Liability

Speaker: Dr. Michael R. Ragan

School of Dentistry classrooms D113 and D114

3 CEUs


September 26, 2014

OMS course

Oral Surgery for the General Dentist

Speakers: Dr. Ron Caloss, Dr. Jeffrey Brown,
Dr. Mohammed Qaisi, Dr. Ravi Chandra

Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center

8 CEUs


November 7, 2014
DENTSPLY Hands-on Endo course
Endo Made Easy
Speaker: Dr. Michael Mimmich
School of Dentistry Bench Lab D521
3 CEUs