On October 7, a group of students from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry became the first to complete a new six week-long program practicing in private dental clinics throughout the state. The Community Outreach Dental Externship is in its infancy, but it is already providing wins for all involved: the students, the school and rural Mississippians.
As his mother tells it, 3-year-old David Felton was a decisive fellow. Upon returning from visiting a family friend’s dental practice in Charlotte, N.C., he announced, “I’ve decided I want to be a dentist when I grow up because all they do is sit around and make money.”
Mississippi has 1,361 practicing dentists. Of those, 78 are orthodontists. Of those, 14 percent are female. Of those, only one is African-American: Dr. Chandra Minor, a 2012 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.
Originally published by UMMC on Thursday, December 3, 2015 Dr. David Felton has been chosen to be the new dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Felton will begin his leadership role on Jan. 19, 2016. “My wife, Sue, and I are absolutely elated…