Dentistry, ethics and DEI: Catching up with Dr. Carlos Smith

Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., is director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and the ethics curriculum at VCU School of Dentistry. As a trained ethicist and student of history, he examines the context in which societal practices and institutions were constructed through a lens of equality and social justice. Often, he challenges his colleagues and […]

New Oral Facial Surgery Clinic opens at VCU Dental Care and School of Dentistry

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at VCU School of Dentistry recently moved into a newly renovated space on the third floor of Dental Building One. The new clinic consolidates the VCU Cosmetic Care and Facial Surgery clinics previously on the first and second floors into a larger space more conducive to patient care […]

Wise MoM event showcases service at the heart of VCU School of Dentistry

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Missions of Mercy (MoM) returned to Wise, Va., on July 22 and 23 to provide free dental care to residents of Southwest Virginia. Over two days, more than 300 volunteers served 322 patients, providing free oral health care valued at more than $400,000. Dozens of VCU School of […]

Get to know our new IDP Class of 2025!

We’re excited to welcome our International Dentist Program Class of 2025! This year’s class includes 10 students, and they’ve each shared a few facts about themselves.

VCU pipeline program assists underrepresented students in their path to dental school

VCU’s Dental Career Exploration program is a pipeline program for rising 10th graders through graduating seniors from all over the commonwealth who are interested in exploring a career in dentistry. The goal of the free program is to increase diversity in the dental field by removing barriers for high school students from underrepresented backgrounds and underserved communities.

Novel targeted therapy could be effective treatment option for deadly childhood cancer

New research from the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research at VCU School of Dentistry — published this week in Cell Reports — demonstrated that a novel targeted therapy could be an effective treatment option for a deadly pediatric cancer known as neuroblastoma.

Ammoun named Revere Scholar

Program supports junior faculty, encourages continued research Rami Ammoun, D.D.S., M.S., CDT, FACP, has been named a Revere Scholar at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. Revere Scholars exemplify the highest standards of the oral health profession as modeled by James H. Revere Jr. (D.D.S. ’65), former instructor, interim dean, fundraiser, mentor and friend […]

Students get a taste of dental school in the Summer Academic Enrichment Program

SAEP is an intensive six-week summer program that simulates instruction in the first-year of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy professional school. Students on the dental track take professional level dental courses, participate in dental labs, learn interview skills, attend professionalism seminars, and participate in a community service project by providing health screenings to the homeless population in Richmond.

Class of 2022 students reflect on ‘unforgettable’ clinical service-learning program

At the end of their senior year, students are asked to submit reflections on the service-learning program and how it’s impacted them. These are some of the reflections from the class of 2022.

Celebrating PRIDE at VCU School of Dentistry

Contributed by Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., director of diversity, equity and inclusion and the ethics curriculum and associate professor at VCU School of Dentistry Continuing on our path toward a more inclusive VCU School of Dentistry, we wanted to take a moment and reflect upon PRIDE month and recognize our LGBTQ+ community members – patients, […]

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