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Student Scene - May 2009

CMDA groupStudents from the Christian Medical and Dental Association chapter at HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry spent their spring break in New Orleans helping residents continue to rebuild physically and emotionally from Hurricane Katrina.

Among their activities, the students volunteered at First Baptist Church of Chalmette, where they helped replant its landscaping and gardens. The students also set up a booth at a local Walgreens, where they provided blood pressure readings and a friendly listening ear for senior citizens.

New Orleans was chosen as an alternative location for the CMDA annual mission trip, usually bound for Mexico. The group heeded travel advisories from the U.S. State Department, issued because of increased violence near the U.S.-Mexico border.

In addition to doing mission trips, CMDA members meet regularly for fellowship every Wednesday at noon on campus. On Thursday nights, the dental students join Baylor nursing students and UT Southwestern medical students for dinner at Dr. Stan Cobb’s home, where his family prepares a home-cooked meal for the students.

CMDA-workThe Christian Medical and Dental Association is a group of students, staff, faculty and practitioners committed to ministering to people and to personal growth. CMDA extends opportunities for fellowship and growth through short-term mission trips to provide medical and dental care to selected villages in Latin America. CMDA membership at HSC-BCD is open to dental professionals and students who are interested in linking their Christian faith with their profession.

The CMDA’s 2008-2009 leadership committee included:
  • Kim Self ’09
  • Kathryn Luse ’09
  • Jay Leftwich, D3 student
  • Jonathan Oudin, D2 student
  • Josh de Graffenried, D1 student


The CMDA faculty adviser is Dr. Stan Cobb, associate professor in restorative sciences.

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