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Wofford program prepares future
Eight Wofford College students completed a successful four-day
shadowing experience that introduced them to dental school at MUSC.
Students, all chemistry and biology juniors and seniors, took part in
this annual program that offers under-graduates an opportunity to
attend classes, mingle with students and talk with dental faculty,
admissions staff and key people within the College of Dental Medicine.
Since 1995, dozens of chemistry and biology-major students have
partici-pated in a collaborative experience that provides a bird's eye
view of dental school.
Matt Nimmich, from left, Brandon Chasteen, Julia Moroz, Brandon
Haubner, Ashley Price, Tyler Perry, Hilna Patel and Brent Johnson stand
in front of the site of the new James B. Edwards College of Dental
Medicine Clinical Education Center.
“It’s always a pleasure to welcome this talented group of Wofford
students to the dental school,” said Tariq Javed, DMD, associate dean
for academic and student affairs. “We’re very proud of our multi-year
collaboration with Dr. [Charlie] Bass and the Biology and Organic
Chemistry department and the extraordinary students that participate in
The annual program is part of a special partnership between the dental
school and Wofford College’s Department of Biology and Organic
Chemistry and Bass, Ph.D. It was originally established in 1995 and
provides a pipeline for students interested in careers in dental
Wofford biology major Ashley Price of Erharhdt volunteered last summer
at a community health clinic in her hometown. The program provided
specialized services in pediatric dentistry, which got her attention.
“It was a great experience,” Price said. “I liked it so much that I
signed up for Dr. Bass’ program to learn more about dental school and
its possibilities for me. The visit helped me understand what’s
expected in becoming a dentist.”
Greenville native Brandon Chasteen heard about the MUSC dental visit
from his peers.
A member of the department’s pre-dental society, Chasteen volunteered
with the organization’s Halloween Carnival, local Give Kids a Smile Day
event, community free health clinic and participated in student
While visiting MUSC, he and his peers met and talked with Wofford
College alumni and other students—learning the value of networking
among other dentists in the Greenville area. A junior biology student
from Greenville, he hopes to apply the experiences from his visit to
MUSC to prepare for a career in dentistry.
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008
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