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BY DULCE ACOSTA MSW ’14 My pursuit of higher education stems from an early relationship established with University of Southern California. While in high school, my brother attended Med-COR, a USC program that academically prepares students of color and socioeconomic disadvantage for professional health careers. Once a month on Saturday, my mother and I would […]

A Place All Their Own

It’s been three decades since Dr. Roseann Mulligan MS ’87 set out to create one of the world’s first dental school-based programs providing treatment to special-needs patients. BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 On any given afternoon in one of the eight operatories at USC’s Special Patients Clinic, you might find a woman with Down’s syndrome […]


Editor’s note: Carmen Molina works for Ostrow’s Community Oral Health Programs, where she serves as a promotora. In that role, Molina functions as a liaison between dental professionals and the community, helping to educate community members about the importance of oral health. We asked her how her job inspires her. BY CARMEN MOLINA When I was […]

The Dental Detective

Ostrow clinical associate professor C. Michael Bowers spends his evenings and weekends consulting as a forensic odontologist for the Ventura County Medical Examiners’ Office. BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 His line of work is not for the squeamish. If C. Michael Bowers ’71, DDS ’75 gets a call from the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office, […]