Irving McKenzie, Ph.D.
Interim Head, School of Oral Health Sciences
Please allow me to extend to each of you, the faculty and students, a heartfelt welcome to the School of Oral Health Sciences (SOHS). I hope that you will all share in the excitement and experience of our new and improve facilities for training Dental Surgeons and Oral Health Care Professionals. This year we will be rolling out a suite of postgraduate programmes to be offered as Residency Programmes in Paediatric Dentistry, Implant Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology to name a few
It is an honor and privilege to serve as the first “Head of School”, even thought is may be an in-terim position, this position would be impossible if not for the selfless and undying dedication of our Programme Director for the Caribbean Center for Strategic Planning and Research in Oral Health Sciences Adjunct Associate Professor Winston Grey and Dr. Doryck Boyd Programme Director for the DMD programme, who together make the strong backbone of this School. Thank you!! I would also like to thank the Dean, Vice Dean, the staff and faculty of the College of Health Sciences and all our Committees for their many valued contributions of time and talent to the SOHS. I must also acknowledge Professor Christian Stohler, Dean of Maryland Dental School, Associate Professor Neville Graham, Professor Emeritus Dr. Hugh Norton Duhaney, Adjunct Professor Ramon Baez form the University of San Antonio, Texas and Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Shulman, Professor Leonard Linkow, form NYU School of Dentistry, and The American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics and Professor Sheldon Winkler without whom we would not have reached so far in our quest to establish a School of Oral Health Sciences.
On behalf of the entire SOHS I would like to congratulate our Adjunct Associate Professor Winston Grey, who along with the Hon. Professor Dr. Errol Morrison, President of UTech, whom were both, conferred as Fellows of the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics.
With regard to our various programmes; the School of Oral Health Sciences boast a suite of programmes for Oral Health Care Professionals namely: 1) BSc in Dental Hygiene, 2) The BSc in Dental Therapy/Oral Health Therapy 3) BSc degree in Dental Technology and the Diploma in Dental Assistant - level 2. I think we are in great hands. Dr. Annita Salmon is the programme director for the Oral Health Care Professional Programmes and she is fully supported by well blended group of professionals from Canada, USA, India, Jamaica and the United Kingdom. We have an outstanding scientific program with a new twist in the interactive presentation. The American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics has fully endorsed the School of Oral Health Sciences as an affiliate of the Academy.
The SOHS strives to have interesting and innovative programmes and appreciates your critical and constructive input. It is our intent to foster the science and art of dentistry by integrating the tried and true with new advances and ideas.
Welcome everyone to the School of Oral Health Sciences. I hope you enjoy this chance to meet other colleagues and that you will experience dentistry at its best
Adjunct Professor Dr. Irving F. McKenzie MD, MSc (Ortho), MSc (Health Admin), Dip. BCCM, CCM, FICOI, FADI, FAAIP
Chief Dental Officer and Head of School