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Dr. Todd Abbott

Dr. Todd Abbott was a clinical assistant professor in restorative

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Dr. Todd Abbott

The college lost one of its own Jan. 30 with the passing of Dr. Todd Abbott, clinical assistant professor in restorative sciences. Abbott, who was still in the early years of his career, didn’t take long to return to Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry after his graduation in 2005. By fall 2008, he was back at the dental school, contributing as a faculty member.

Abbott was a 1996 graduate of Highland Park High School and a 2000 graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Outside TAMHSC-BCD, Abbott was known for his contributions as a counselor and assistant director of Camp Country Lad, a rustic residential camp in Tennessee for boys ages 8 to 15. Abbott also was an Eagle Scout and Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 70, and a National Merit Scholar.

Funeral services were Feb. 3 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Abbott’s name to the Malcolm R. Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, Camp Country Lad, 24 Union B. Road, Monterey, Tenn., 38574.


Donald Pearson

Heartfelt sympathy is offered to Annette Pearson, administrative coordinator in clinical affairs, whose brother, Donald Pearson, passed away Jan. 30. Funeral services were Feb. 3 at Heritage International Christian Church in Chicago.


June Devoy

The college offers condolences to Senior Facilities Services Technician Rick Stone and Dental Dispensing Technician Brandon Stone for the loss of June Devoy, Rick Stone’s mother-in-law and Brandon Stone’s grandmother. Devoy, who passed away Jan. 31, was the wife of Bernard “BJ” Devoy, who retired from the college in 2000 as a carpenter I for facilities.

Funeral services were Feb. 6 at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Mesquite, Texas.



Site visit by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is March 5

Site visitors with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 5 to tour the building and interview students, faculty, staff and administrators. Visitors will be in College Station, Texas, from March 6 to 8, with a videoconference link to the dental school at select times.

During the site visits, evaluators will assess the health science center’s compliance with standards and evaluate the Quality Enhancement Plan, titled "CARE" — Critically Appraise Relevant Evidence, designed to develop students’ critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making skills.


Save the date for the March 20 BibloChat meeting 

BiblioChat book club meetings are open to all Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry and Baylor University Medical Center faculty, staff and students. Scheduled midmonth, all lunchtime meetings are in the Baylor Health Sciences Library.

The second meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. on March 20. Bring your lunch and discuss “How Doctors Think,” by Dr. Jerome Groopman. In this nonfiction work, Groopman considers patient-doctor communication and all the things that can — and, unfortunately, do — go wrong. The library will soon have three copies of this book available.

The library is located on the first floor of the Truett building, between Beasley Auditorium and TAMHSC-BCD. To RSVP or get more information, contact Shae Martinez at smartinez@bcd.tamhsc.edu.


Classroom to clinic: Class of 2014 recognized in White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony
Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association President-Elect Dr. Carmen Smith, a member of the
White Coat Ceremony stage party, helps D2s into their coats, which were funded by
the alumni

Photo by Steven Doll


After nearly two years at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, the Class of 2014 took pause to recognize the upcoming transition from the classroom to patient care.

During the Feb. 10 White Coat Ceremony at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, nearly 600 students, family members, friends and faculty gathered to recognize the 102 students of the Class of 2014, who will begin applying the knowledge they’ve gained as they enter the clinical phase of their dental education.

During the celebrated event, Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky, dean, urged dental students to view their education as an ongoing process, and Dr. Jon Clemetson, clinical assistant professor and president of the Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association, which sponsors the ceremony and purchase of the coats, encouraged students to be fully committed to the communities in which they will practice.

As the event drew to a close, students stood before the audience in crisp white coats, where they recited “The Dentist’s Pledge."


Faculty retreat concludes with awards, renewed focus on change

2012 Faculty Awards

From left to right: Dr. Jordan Schweitzer, associate professor in endodontics and recipient of the Teaching
Excellence Award; Dr. Danette McNew, clinical assistant professor in general dentistry and recipient of the
Clinical Teaching Excellence Award; Dr. Charles Berry, professor and associate dean for academic affairs;
Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky, dean; Dr. Lavern Holyfield, associate professor in public health sciences and director
of faculty development for academic affairs, and recipient of the Institutional Service Excellence Award; and
Dr. Dean Hudson, associate dean for clinical affairs.

Photo by Steven Doll

Read about the 2012 Faculty Retreat presentations, discussion and focal points

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