UMKC School of Dentistry sends students to Cass County Dental Clinic
BELTON, Mo., (Jul. 11, 2018) – Cass County Dental Clinic, a program of Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF), has been selected as a Distant Outreach Clinical Site for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry.
Ten UMKC dental students will be placed at Cass County Dental Clinic through October 2018 to observe dental procedures and gain experience in operative dentistry. During the rotations, students could perform restorations and extractions, crown construction, bridges, prostheses, x-rays and periodontal care.
Each student will be under the supervision of Cass County Dental Clinic dentists Dr. Madeline Sloan and Dr. Sky Kurlbaum. Both are graduates of the UMKC School of Dentistry and have earned adjunct faculty credentials to participate in the external rotation program.
“Many other public health facilities use this to aid them in future hires and it is rarely a negative experience,” Dr. Sloan said. “I have been hoping that this would be an option for Cass County Dental Clinic. I was a part of this program previously and believe it to be highly beneficial.”
Cass County Dental Clinic is the first and only full-time safety net dental clinic in Cass County with locations in Belton and Harrisonville, Missouri. In 2017, the clinic treated 3,516 underserved youth in Cass County. The clinic serves low-income and uninsured children and adolescents from birth to age 20. Dental services include x-rays, exams, fillings, extractions, pulp therapy, crowns, cleanings, sealants and fluoride varnish.
“This opportunity exposes local dental students to the oral health needs of our region and provides our patient base with more access to care. It is our hope that we can better serve our patients through this partnership and create an interest in dental safety nets among these future dentists and community leaders,” Cynthia Randazzo, CCHF president, said.