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VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica |

February 2017



he College of Oral Health Sciences

continues to advance its position as the

country’s most comprehensive provider of

oral health training at the diploma, undergraduate

and graduate levels. The first cohort of twenty

four (24) dental surgeons successfully completed

the five-year Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD)

course of study delivered by the College and

graduated in November 2015.

The College of Oral Health Sciences offers the

Doctor of Medical Dentistry, (DMD) Master of

Science in Dental Therapy, the Bachelor of

Science in Dental Hygiene, the Bachelor of

Science in Dental Laboratory Technology and

the Diploma in Dental Assisting. The courses of

study at the College of Oral Health Sciences are

of the highest international standards and are

being delivered by a world renowned faculty of

international repute, in teaching facilities that are

among the best in the Caribbean region. The

programme has attracted international students

from the region including the Bahamas, Cayman

Islands, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks

and Caicos.

DMD Students Ace ‘Gold Standard’

ADEX-NERB Dental Examination

UTech, Jamaica’s Oral Health Sciences courses

of study were recently under the microscope

of the Commission on Dental Competency

Assessments (CDCA) which administers the

competency examination, ADEX-NERB. Based

on the assessment of the high standard of the

programme offered at the College and the

exceptional competency level demonstrated by

the students, the ADEX-NERB examination for

the cohort of Doctor of Medical Dentistry students

was administered at the College in May 2015.

Dean of the College of Oral Health Sciences,


Irving McKenzie

notes with pride, that a 96%

pass rate was attained following the sitting of the

“very challenging examination administered by

one of the world’s best competency assessment

boards.” ADEX is a test development board

serving member state dental boards in developing

valid and reliable initial licensure examinations in

dentistry and dental hygiene. Jamaica is the first

country outside of the US mainland to become

a member of the American Board of Dental

Examiner (ADEX) organisation.

Thousands of patients Treated at Dental

Health Clinic and Dental Health Fairs

Among the unique features of the UTech,

Jamaica dental training programme is the

extensive exposure of its students to knowledge

and understanding of the full gamut of oral

health diseases and issues, as well as the

hands on experience gained through service and

outreach both at the dental clinic located at the

College’s Arthur Wint drive campus and health

fairs conducted across the length and breadth of

Jamaica, particularly in rural underserved areas

where many persons have never seen a dentist

in their entire lives.

Over two hundred (200) patients

receive treatment daily at the

College’s Arthur Wint Drive oral health

clinic and thousands of Jamaicans

have benefitted from more than one

hundred health fairs valuing millions

of dollars.

UTech, Jamaica’s College of Oral Health Sciences

has been able to provide ongoing charitable

support to Jamaicans in need, through a number

of partnerships built up over the years with local

organizations such as Food for the Poor, CHASE

Fund and international organizations such

as Great Shape Inc. and a host of individuals

who provide equipment, their time and other


Much to Smile About

Over the past five years UTech, Jamaica has

partnered with Great Shape! Inc. – a USA based

non-profit charitable corporation under the 1000

Smiles Project. Students in years 3 to 5 of their

course of study, under the supervision of faculty

and licensed dentists from the United States and

Canada, provide dental care at clinics set up to

serve communities across the island.

Dr. McKenzie notes that “this is part of our

strategic plan to serve Jamaica which has a

serious oral health problem.”

Happy Smiles:

Members of the first cohort of the Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) course of study who graduated on November 12, 2015.

UTech, Ja’s Oral Health Training Impacting Jamaica

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