During their eight-day outreach visit to Jamaica, West Indies, in January, NYUCD students and faculty, along with dental students from Columbia University and the University of Michigan, a team totaling 35 people, provided care for a staggering 2,000 adults and children, most with acute dental needs.
Participating NYUCD students from the Class of 2006 included Drs. Min Chung, Pamela Barias, Margaret Funny, Sonia Bhamba, Khadine Alston, Jason Gordon, Melissa Wilson, Beth Herko, Pey-Ru Kao, Kittima Boonsirisermsook, and Mustafa Mukata. The Class of 2007 was represented by Eric Niver, Soo Jin Kim, Cornelius Yen, and Esther Yang. NYUCD faculty included Dr. Ralph P. Cunningham, Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, who has led the annual Jamaica outreach for many years, and Dr. Haig H. Rickerby, Clinical Assistant Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. Also participating were two Advanced Education Program students, Dr. Melani Kapetanakos, Jonathan and Maxine Ferencz Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics Class of 2007, and Dr. Yigal Zibari, Advanced Education Program in Endodontics Class of 2006.
A few months later, Drs. Alston and Funny went on to make outreach history at NYUCD by spearheading the first-ever New York City Oral Cancer Walk. See related article.