Dear Colleagues in Dentistry,
Greetings from UTSD!
On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, 2014, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston and the Greater Houston Dental Society will host a combined Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) and Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day. Our goal is to treat 500 adults each day, plus 150 children on Saturday, making it the largest TMOM in history!
To our knowledge, UTSD is the first dental school to host a TMOM, and we are particularly pleased to be able to offer our new, state-of-the-art building as the venue. As always, the event will rely heavily on volunteers from the dental community to provide care for these needy patients, but I can’t think of a better example of our partnership with the practicing community than the turnout of volunteers we always see for events like this.
Our students will be heavily involved as well, especially with pediatric care through the GKAS component of the weekend. As such, both events will yield benefits far beyond the care provided or its value. By example, every dental professional who volunteers will be encouraging future dentists, dental hygienists and other members of the oral health care team to do the same when they are called.
I hope you’ll join us as we work together to make a difference!
John A. Valenza, D.D.S.
William N. Finnegan III Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Dental Sciences
The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston