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UIC student-run clinic honored

March 02, 2015 CommunityHealth Chicago, the largest free medical clinic in Cook County that provides comprehensive medical and dental services for the uninsured, honored the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry for its student-run dental program at the facility.

The 3-year-old student volunteer program received the recognition for providing services once a month at the clinic to those who are uninsured. About 50 dental students volunteer during the course of the year.

The students ideally would like to increase to two to three Saturdays per month, and volunteers typically see up to 10 patients per session, said Dr. Michael Dunlap, UIC clinical assistant professor, restorative dentistry.

"Students from the college's chapters of the Student National Dental Association and Hispanic Student Dental Association volunteer every fourth Saturday to provide free dental services," said Dr. Dunlap, who is also the dental school's faculty member who works with the SNDA and HSDA at the clinic.