Name: Will Owen IV.
School: College of Dental Medicine (CDM).
What did you want to be when you were little:
Both of my parents were dentists, so I sure didn’t want to be a
dentist. ... But that’s what I ended up becoming; and I am very glad
What was your first job:
I was a lifeguard in high school and college (Clemson), but after
college I worked as an operations manager for Sonoco Products in
Who influenced you: Both
of my parents finished MUSC dental school. My mom was the first female
dental school graduate from MUSC. I had always planned on practicing
dentistry with my parents in Camden, but my dad got cancer in the
beginning of my final year and died soon afterward. I decided that this
is the toughest thing I’ll ever experience, and if that's the worst
thing I've had to handle, then everything else should be pretty easy.
While I will miss Charleston, I’m glad to be going to Camden to
practice with my mom.
Something you collect: Student loan debt.
Favorite possession: My boat.
Favorite room in your house: Sun porch, which has a hot tub on it.
Mentor whom you most admire: Tariq
Javed, DMD, the CDM dean of academic and student affairs. I would not
have made it through dental school without his guidance and support.
How do you spend your free time: At the beach, in my boat or fishing. Anything having to do with water.
Personal accomplishment at MUSC:
We had the best intramural football team in the four years I’ve been at
MUSC. We pretty much dominated all the other colleges the past four
Biggest moment: May 15, graduation day.
An experience you have cherished: My
mom and I went on a dental mission to Quito, Ecuador. I performed more
procedures during that week than I ever had during a month at the
dental school clinics.
Something you do that is silly but really fun:
I performed a Jennifer Beals’ Flash Dance act for an American Student
Dental Association senior awards banquet video that ended up on YouTube.
Friday, May 15, 2009