OHSU Students at MOM


Dozens of dental students were excused from class pre-Thanksgiving to volunteer at the fourth annual Mission of Mercy, the large-scale free oral health care event sponsored by the Oregon Dental Association. This year’s event was held on Nov. 25 and 26 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Dental students from all four classes worked in such areas as patient education, bio-hazardous waste, and post-operative care, said fourth-year dental student Karley Bedford, who helped coordinate the dental student volunteers, and was troubleshooting on Nov. 25 looking for extra mouth mirrors and coordinating recycling.

“The school was good about making sure dental students were able to take time off from class to volunteer,” said Karley. “We gave each class a time slot in which they could volunteer so there were only a few classes that needed to be cancelled over the two-day event.

“MOM was very organized and everyone was helpful.”

Dental students said it felt good to lend a hand. “I am interested in doing community service,” said first-year dental student Anna Hildebran. “I wanted to help out.”