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Columbia University (College of Dental Medicine)

Oftentimes when we think of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, we think of clinics, classrooms and laboratories. But we are much more than that. Our alumni, faculty, predoctoral students, postdoctoral students, hospital residents and staff are what truly define us. We've done our best to keep in contact with this large and diverse group over the years. Today, We would like to report to you on our recent efforts to strengthen the links between the alumni and the School, as well as on recent initiatives aimed at improving the environment for predoctoral students.

Always a critically important part of the School, the Alumni Association has focused its efforts on activities in and around New York City, as many of the Officers of the Association live and practice here. Recently, we've been working with the Alumni Association to broaden SDOS’ outreach and have organized three new regional alumni clubs in New Jersey, Rockland-Westchester, and Long Island. Each of these clubs met in the spring, with faculty from the School featured as guest speakers. The good turnout at the meetings—35 to 45 attendees at each meeting—encourages us to continue in this effort, and form additional regional clubs.

The School has also begun to sponsor receptions for alumni at major annual meetings, such as the American Dental Association, the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, and the Greater New York Dental Meeting, as well as at the major specialty meetings. This initiative has given me the opportunity to meet and talk with alumni and friends of SDOS who might otherwise not visit us in New York.

Since the predoctoral curriculum at the School is demanding, We have sought ways to improve the environment for our students. This past spring we introduced Professional Societies at SDOS. The meetings of the Societies are envisioned as social gatherings,
where dental students, residents and postdoctoral fellows and faculty can meet outside of the classroom or clinic environment. As first and second-year dental students spend a great deal of time with their basic science courses, they can occasionally feel isolated from the School. The Societies are a way of helping minimize this problem.

School name:Columbia UniversityCollege of Dental Medicine
Address:630 West 168th Street
Zip & city:10032 New York

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