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  • Nashville Dental Hygiene Degree Students Volunteer at RAM Free Clinic Event

    Volunteerism, service, and learning experienced with a smile at McGavock High School

    Eight dental hygiene degree students and two faculty members from our Nashville Campus volunteered their time and services at a free clinic event held in February 2011.

    The event was sponsored by Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps (RAM), through its Reach Across America program. RAM provides free medical, dental, and vision care to thousands of uninsured or underinsured people every year.

    The two-day event, held at McGavock High School, in Nashville, provided a total of $368,631 in dental care services and touched the lives of 1,303 people in need.

    Dental Care and Hygiene Services Provided

    During our Campus's participation on Sunday, February 21, about 500 people received free care. The dental clinic had 50 patient chairs staffed by volunteers who provided cleaning services, fillings, and emergency extractions from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Twelve chairs were dedicated for providing dental hygiene services.

    Along with six other volunteer dental hygienists from Nashville, Chattanooga, and as far away as Florida, our Nashville students were instrumental in providing dental hygiene services to the constant flow of patients and helped to keep those chairs busy throughout the day.

    Our participating students were Margot Caldwell, Christine Cordell, Lissa Greene, Amanda Harding, Maura Kelley, Amanda Maggart, Rachel Raney, and Brittney Robertson. Remington College faculty accompanying the students were Clinical Instructor Christine Hartkemeyer and Ann Dickinson, Nashville Campus Dental Hygiene Program Chair.

    Reflecting on the Volunteer Effort

    Ms. Dickinson said, "Our reflective discussions after the event revealed that day's giving was not a one-way interaction. For students, the event was indeed a service and learning opportunity. The variety of patients and their wide range of needs provided a wealth of clinical and critical thinking experiences for our students in a brief but intense time period. And the opportunity to observe and interact with healthcare professionals who live their ethical philosophy of service to others was invaluable."

    See for more information on this and prior RAM events. Visit our Remington College website for more information about our Dental Hygiene program.