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MUSC College of Dental Medicine


The following is a list of important events in MUSC College of Dental Medicine history. The information is updated regularly. Please report any errors or omissions to the Waring Historical Library.



1952 South Carolina Dental Association recommended establishment of a dental school at the Medical College.
1953 SC General Assembly approved the establishment of the Dental School at the Medical College of South Carolina
1964 State legislature passed funding for dental school
1967 First class of dental students admitted
1968 First residency program began in Oral Surgery
1968 Construction began on the dental school
1970 Basic Science Building opened to house dental school
1971 First class graduated
1971 3 year curriculum implemented
1972 First clinic
1973 Prosthodontic and pediatric dentistry residency programs began
1974 First African-American male graduate, Dr. George McTeer
1974 First female graduate, Dr. Cathy Moss Owens
1975 General practice residency began
1977 Returned to a 4 year curriculum
1980 Periodontics residency began
1983 First female African American graduated, Dorothea Gertrude Taylor
2006 Groundbreaking for new clinical building
2006 Orthodontics residency began
2007 Construction began on new clinical building
2008 Department of Oral Health Sciences established.
2010 New clinical building dedicated and college renamed after President Emeritus James B. Edwards
2010 Endodontic residency program began


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