The North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) portable free dental program is an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society. Faculty, residents, students, and staff of the ECU School of Dental Medicine participate in NCMOM regularly. The clinics are held in varying locations across the state annually. For more information on the NCMOM, visit www.ncdental.org.
Faculty and Students Volunteer for NCMOM Dare County
Nine ECU dental faculty members, twenty-nine students, and four residents were among the small army of volunteers at the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) portable free dental clinic organized by the North Carolina Dental Society in Dare County on October 25-26, 2013.
Over 600 patients waited outdoors overnight for extractions, fillings, cleanings, and partial dentures at a Dare County Recreation and Parks gymnasium in Kill Devil Hills, braving chilly weather in sleeping bags or under piles of blankets.
Many ECU faculty dentists and students volunteer regularly for NCMOM. “We are proud to support the program,” said Dean Greg Chadwick. “These clinics are not only a way to serve many patients in serious need, but the volunteer experience and contact with patients are invaluable for the overall education of our students.”
“While academics are a large part of our dental education, I also think that experiences such as NCMOM help influence our growth and maturity as we approach clinic,” said Loren Moles ‘16.
“The opportunity to serve at NCMOM clinics allows us as students to apply what we learn in the classroom to real life situations, while providing a great service to people in a learning environment,” said Kevin Patel ‘16.
“NCMOM re-affirms why I want to become a dentist. It makes me strive to be a better student and clinician. The impact we have on oral health in two short days is amazing. NCMOM has shown me that my passion for the profession will be life long,” said Christopher Cook ‘16.