Member Monday: Poppy Carlig–apprentice to dentist

Poppy Carlig is a typical dental student– that is if “typical” involves four NCAA championships and a nine-week stint on public television. As a student at Stanford, Poppy swam on the synchronized swimming team that won the NCAA championships all four of her years on the team. In 2008, she was on the US Olympic training squad but had to step down from the team due to a shoulder injury. In 2010, after earning an MA in Sociology, she was chosen for the tenth season of NBC’s The Apprentice, where she survived all the way to the top six in week nine…

Moral Monday: Discussing differential diagnoses

According to Web MD’s dictionary, a differential diagnosis is “the determination of which of two or more diseases with similar symptoms is the one from which the patient is suffering, by a systematic comparison and contrasting of the clinical findings”. An experience I have had with ‘differential diagnoses’ proved to be challenging not due to… Read more »

Member Monday: Missouri summer research scholars

Exciting research is alive in the hallways, classrooms and laboratories at the University of Missouri School of Dentistry. First year dental students have the opportunity to apply to a prestigious summer internship, working with faculty on various dental research topics. I caught up with a few of these gifted students to find out the inside… Read more »

Media Monday: Dental Medicaid Cuts: What to do?

On August 28, the New York Times published an article describing recent cuts in adult dental coverage through Medicaid. The article told the story of nationwide reductions in dental services offered by states through their Medicaid programs. The focus was on the latest state to cut adult dental benefits, Illinois, and another state that recently… Read more »

Media Monday: Lamar goes to the dentist

Lamar Odom, who is famous for chowing down on sugary snacks with Rob Kardashian, may appear in shape, but his oral health is not. On “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, Lamar went to the dentist and spent 7 hours under general anesthesia to get all of his dental needs taken care of. This included 8… Read more »