Doing the ‘Loco-motion’ for a good cause
It’s not uncommon for faculty, staff and students to work together toward a common goal. It’s just that at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, teamwork typically transpires in the school’s clinics or classrooms, not on a stage. Then again, this wasn’t your average educational assignment. It’s not every night you can watch your dental school dean belt out the lyrics to “Earth Angel” or your longtime department head dub as the lead guitarist for the evening’s headlining act.
On Nov. 17, nearly a dozen College of Dentistry faculty, staff, student and alumni musicians performed as “Mickey & the Molars” during a sock hop and concert for the Baxter-Crowley Agape Clinic, one of the dental school’s community partners. The concert was part of the clinic’s annual gala, with proceeds bolstering its work in the Dallas area. In 2017 alone, this meant more than 17,000 patient visits and $6 million worth of care. Of the medical, dental and social services provided at the clinic, the college accounts for 6,000 of those visits with attending faculty and D3 and D4 rotations.