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HCC dental seminar teaches students and community about oral pathology

Hagerstown Community College recently held an oral pathology seminar geared towards dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. The seminar was led by Brad Neville, DDS, who currently serves as the director of the oral pathology division and the director of the oral pathology biopsy laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina.

“Dr. Neville was chosen as guest speaker based on a recommendation by HCC’s dental advisory committee, which consists of dental community members who offer advice and support for the dental program area,” says Theresa Marks, lead instructor for the dental assisting program. “Dr. Neville has special expertise regarding oral cancer and actually co-authored the oral and maxillofacial pathology textbook that is used by dental students throughout the United States and around the world.”

At the seminar, Neville spoke about current trends in oral pathology manifestations, differential diagnoses of oral and maxillofacial diseases, oral manifestations of systemic diseases, and current treatment procedures in oral diseases. Several members of the local dental community attended the event, as well as 24 students in HCC’s dental assisting program.

“HCC’s dental program faculty works closely with its dental advisory committee to select nationally known dental speakers to address local educational needs,” says Angela Stoops, director, health sciences division. “The Cumberland Valley Dental Society often sponsors our dental assisting students’ attendance to these professional dental seminars, which helps to create pathways for lifelong learning.”

HCC’s dental assisting program began in 2009. The goal of the program is to develop skilled professionals who assist the dentist during dental procedures. For more information about the program, go to www.hagerstowncc.edu/academics/divisions/health-science/den.