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FALL 2019 | Volume 8 | Issue 3 Photo Credit: Megan Huynh, ’22


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The RAM Confidential Serving Memphis New Faculty Spotlight Say “No” to Dental School Debt Bluff City Brunch Memphis Lovin’ Bitewing Recipe

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Falling for Fall As the beauty of fall sweeps us away, here are a few of my most favorite parts of fall in Tennessee: 1. Dollywood (East TN): From the gorgeous changing leaves of the Great Smoky Mountains to the shows, food, and hospitality, fall at Dollywood is one of a kind. 2. Jack’s Pumpkin Glow: A Pumpkin Wonderland (Middle TN): This event is definitely LIT. Check out the thousands of decorated Jack-O-Lanterns at this awesome event! 3. Chimes Square Fall Movie Series (West TN): Overton Square is one of my favorite spots in Memphis, so what could be better than cozying up in such a cute space for a fun movie with friends? All parts of Tennessee like to show off this time of year, so get out there and enjoy the beauty that this time of Allison Poget, ‘21 year brings! Chapter Editor-in-Chief

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Photo Credit: Kayla Webb, ’22

Photo Credit: Dollywood

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The RAM Confidential Remote Area Medical (RAM) is an incredible organization founded by Stan Brock in 1985. Brock envisioned his mission after suffering an injury while living with Wapishana Indians in Guyana, South America. The nearest medical care he could reach was a 26-day journey. This experience inspired him to find a way to provide medical care available to all people, regardless of location—domestic or international. The RAM organization mission is simple, “To prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free quality healthcare to those in need.” The core values of the organization include: Compassion, Respect, and Integrity. The principles are to serve humanity, empower communities, providing FREE quality services and generate a movement of compassion and service. Aren’t those principles that all of us want to endorse as healthcare students? Remote Area Medical has treated over 785,000 individuals and delivered more than $135 million worth of care. These numbers are growing every weekend. We entered this career field to help those in need and use our abilities to provide a better life for others. Bayli Phillips, ‘21 Chapter Social Media Chair

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This organization is a great opportunity to do just that. RAM’s philosophy is “to be a part of a larger effort to bring people together to address healthcare issues in their community and see those communities transformed for a better and healthier future.” These communities are literally in our backyard. So many of us grew up right down the street from areas where clinics are held. So often, patients get in line the day before the clinic opens to ensure they can be seen. We can start making a difference now, as dental students. Volunteering is so easy and you are so needed. As a first or second year student, you can assist other dental students/dentists, sterilize instruments, work in the optics lab, or triage. All of these roles are critical for each clinic to run smoothly! As third and fourth year students, you can actually work and see patients of your own, as long as a school faculty member is present. This is an environment where we are able to put more practical knowledge to use and learn from our professors in a very different way. What a learning experience! How awesome would it be to grow this organization here at UTHSC? The principles of RAM are part of why we decided to become healthcare professionals. Go to to learn more and sign up as a volunteer! Also, you can join our Facebook group for information about our chapter here at UTHSC: RAM UTHSC Campus Chapter **Official** theTENNESSEALANT | 7

Each year our RAM club dedicates a week to raising money for RAM clinic trips so that we can serve in more and more clinics! Photo Credit: Bayli Philips, ’21

We most recently served in Rutledge, TN

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Photo Credit: Joyce Lee, ’21

Our RAM club attends several clinics across the state of Tennessee each year helping to provide dental services to hundreds of people!

Photo Credit: Juliana Fitzgerald, ’20


Serving Memphis

Community is a pillar of what makes the city of Memphis so special, so if you’re looking to get involved in serving the community this fall, look no further! Here are some great ways to plug in and give back. 1. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tour Guide: Have a passion for serving the kids & families of St. Jude, volunteer for this weekly role as a campus tour guide!

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2. CLOUD 901 and the Memphis Library Initiatives: Check out the program CLOUD 901 at the Memphis Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. This creative initiative allows kids to explore the world of digital technology and creativity. If this sounds like your cup of tea, learn more at

! 3. Memphis Grizzlies TEAM Mentor Program: Area youth are broken up into groups of 6 and paired with 3 mentors to form a “team.� Mentors agree to a one year or one semester commitment of 90 minutes each week to engage with their team and encourage and empower their mentees. Applications and more information can be found at teammentorprogram/



New Faculty AP: Tell me a little about your job on the UTHSC campus. What's your job title and what do you do? RG: I want to first thank-you for the opportunity of your time.  My title is Assistant Professor in the Prosthodontic Department and Director of the Dental implant Course.   My responsibilities include training the Predoctoral third and fourth year dental students in the field of implant  dentistry  in  the Dental Implant Clinic  as well as educating them through didactic training in the Dental Implant Course during their second year.   My responsibility extends to training the students to become professionals, providing the best care for the patients while assuring that they realize they are treating a human being and getting to know them.  It includes setting the example to others of our discipline and of our institution, The University of Tennessee, while being a beacon in the community they serve.   I hope to instill that dentistry  and  taking care of others is a privilege and a beautiful discipline that can alter someone’s life and give them confidence in themselves.   AP: What are some of the challenges you remember from being in dental school?  RG: Time management was one of my biggest challenges. So,   I forced myself to get a calendar and to write down every class, event, exam etc. on it.   Then, I worked on establishing routines I could keep to regulate my daily schedules.   That learned discipline helped me tremendously throughout my studies and it's still paying off today.  Another challenge was when I had an instructor who was not willing to patiently explain some material I had trouble understanding.  The solution to that was to humbly seek help from others.

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AP: What are some of remember from being in d RG: I remember I had som who not only taught the m they also modeled compa traits needed in dentis camaraderie with other st all get through our stud and days we enjoyed. remember the patients I tr at treatments most saw as experiences I cherish and

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the best memories you dental school? ome of the best professors material with patience but assion and other character stry.   I remember the students which helped us dies exams, difficult days,   Most importantly, I treated and their gratitude s life changing.  It's those humbly thank God for.

AP: What attracted you to educating the next round of dental professionals? RG: During my second year of training in prosthodontics, I explained information to someone who was having trouble  comprehending.    To see  that person's eyes light up with comprehension and know that new found knowledge empowered them was inspiring.  I felt privileged to have been a part of that transformation.  

AP: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? RG: It was to get a well-rounded education which would serve me well in life no matter where I chose to live or what I chose to do, one that I could always fall back on to help me move forward.   My Mother gave me that advice and inspired me to strive for excellence in whatever I set out to do.    

AP: Outside of anything dental, what are some of your hobbies? RG: I like spending time with loved ones and friends, traveling, volunteering at events like the Polar Bear Plunge  in the northeast which benefits Veterans, Relief for Haiti, the  Lustgarten  Walk to raise money for pancreatic cancer research, Habitat for Humanity and other worthy organizations that make a positive difference in our world. 

Allison Poget, ‘21 Chapter Editor-in-Chief


Photo Credit: Megan Huynh, ’22

Shelley Johannesson, ‘22 Chapter Predental Chair-Elect

Say “No” to Dental School Debt

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It is no surprise to us that the road to dentistry is an expensive one. According to the American Dental Association the average debt for a dental student attending a public school is $239,895. Students that attend a private dental school, the average increases by $53,086. The American Student Dental Association plays an active role in advocating for sustainable solutions to manage our escalating student debt crisis. In addition to scholarships individual dental school may offer, there are several other scholarships available you may not have heard of. The most commonly known scholarships include the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) and the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) through the U.S Military. Both of these cover the cost of tuition and related costs in exchange for a service commitment following graduation. These also include a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.  If serving the underserved is a passion of yours, the NHSC SP might be the perfect fit. The minimum commitment is two years, in exchange for two years of service. You can apply for this scholarship during any year in school, however, funding is available for all four years if you apply before starting dental school. The application process includes three essays, and two letters of recommendation. Students with extensive experience in community service, or those from a disadvantaged background have an advantage, although those are not the only selection factors. After graduating recipients are required to serve at an NHSC approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area. These include rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, hospital affiliated primary care outpatient clinics, and many other health facilities. Learn more about this scholarship at The HPSP is available through the Army, Navy and Air Force. The application process for the HPSP is more extensive than NHSC SP and requires an interview, overview of medical history and a physical. This scholarship includes funding for two, three or four years of dental school. The commitment includes serving an equivalent number of years as an active duty dentist with a minimum of three years. Each branch requires a separate application. In addition to the year-foryear service commitments, the NHSC and Armed Services also offer loan repayment programs. If you are approaching graduation you might consider programs that forgive dental school debt. The Tennessee State Loan Repayment Program (TSLRP) provides a maximum of $50,000 a year in educational loan repayment in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice full or part time at a non-profit primary care site. After fulfilling the two-year obligation, recipients are eligible to reapply for a maximum of $20,000 per year continuing work at these sites. To learn more about state and federal loan forgiveness programs, visit 


Aren’t those weekend figure out a fun weekend Memphis’ brunch scene and low key? Dressing u something for everyone

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2. Majestic Grille – A other wonderful th nice Old Hollywood

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ck options: A MUST for anyone in Memphis that hasn’t been for Brunch. It highlights everything great st from just a classic breakfast like “The Kitchen Sink” to the variety of fresh biscuit more! $10 here can get you a LOT of food! There’s also rotating drink and food specials ic! They feature a few types of infused liquors to choose from as your Bloody Mary base “Make Your Own” Bloody Mary bar, so grab yourself one and enjoy the music inside

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A great option if you’re in the downtown area. A no frills kind of brunch with a decent of options and the star of their Brunch game- their mimosa tower! So gather up a few ut! 

A fun, tad bit fancier, place to sit down and enjoy a great eggs benedict (among many hings) There’s always a movie or something playing in the background which gives it a d kind of feel. 

- One of Andrew Michael’s restaurants think an interesting mix of Southern Italian food nal southern brunch options! Don’t hesitate to experiment with something new here. mp and grits is one of a kind and all their Pizza’s are all worth a try! A must? The y Twice! They offer Mimosa and Bloody Mary specials during Sunday brunch.

ry The Beauty Shop for their fun theme or Catherine and Mary’s for a classy experience. r options for brunch in the city so next weekend wake up early, grab a few friends, and orning of delicious food and friends that you won’t forget! 


Photo Credit: Kayla Webb, ’22

Memphis Lovin’ A photo gallery of our ASDA members showing our city a little love

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Photo Credit: Anne Larrah Johnson, ’22

Photo Credit: Megan Huynh, ’22

Photo Credit: Katherine Harlan Bolding, ’22


Photo Credit: Bayli Phillips, ’21

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Photo Credit: Britta Ristau, ’20

Photo Credit: Jennifer Lenning, ’21



Southern Peach Cobbler This is one of my favorite fall recipes! Pro tip: The fresher the peaches the better the result

Ingredients: • • • • • •

4 cups of sliced peaches 2 cups of sugar ½ cup of water 8 tablespoons of butter 1 ½ cups of self-rising flour 1 ½ cups of milk

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine peaches, 1 cup of sugar, and water in saucepan. Mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. 3. Put butter in baking dish and place in oven to melt. 4. Mix remaining 1 cup of sugar, flour, and milk. Pour mixture over melted butter in pan. Spoon peaches on top of mixture and do not stir. 5. Let bake for 30-45 minutes until the batter begins to rise and turns golden on top. Photo Credit: (Paula Deen Recipes)


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