“Hearing” the deaf at Arizona’s Mission of Mercy

ASDOH ASDA at AZMOMSure life is random, but in its chaos, it has often shown me that it is prepping us for something else. Such a building block was revealed to me when I volunteered at Arizona’s Mission of Mercy (AzMOM).

This past December, ASDOH ASDA volunteered at AzMOM, Arizona’s largest dental charity event. Although I was registered to volunteer as an x-ray technician, fate had another plan. And, the reality of what it really means to be underserved made itself ever more present to me. Read on to learn more about Mykel’s experience.

Student’s iPhone photo goes viral for a cause

SnowyDowntownBirminghamOriginal.JPGAlabama is not known for its winter weather. But on the night of Feb. 12, about 5 inches of snow fell on Birmingham. AJ Fennell, a third year dental student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, braved the icy roads to pick up his friends from a high rise building in downtown Birmingham. They planned to go sledding at a local park.

Find out how a simple photo of the skyline raised more than $7,000 for a colleague in need…

It’s a jungle out there [or reflections on clinic]

dental student clinicIt’s 8:30am on an otherwise lovely Tuesday morning in Birmingham, AL. I carefully peak my head around the corner . . . It seems so peaceful. So innocent. The calm before the storm.

For in a mere 30 minutes, what I see before me will transform into something quite terrifying. A black hole where chaos reigns and confidence and tranquility go to die.

Papers will be flying. Students will be running. Patients will be grunting. Ohhh the horror.

Medicaid’s exclusion of patients with special needs

predental week bannerImagine for a minute that you have an adult family member who has a neurodevelopmental disorder, such as autism, or an intellectual disability (ND/ID). This individual with special needs must see a dentist to alleviate pain or treat oral disease but you cannot afford care and don’t qualify for Medicaid. What do you do now? How long will your loved one have to suffer?

Now come back to reality. You are a dental student who has the ability to learn, provide care and advocate for patients with special needs. Currently, those with an intellectual disability are the most underserved medical and dental population (MUP).