Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Student Emergency Fund

As we face this difficult time together, we appreciate and rely more than ever on the value of our strong, supportive community. Much has changed at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC during recent months, and the entire Trojan dental community has made significant strides to continue upholding our academic and clinical mission while navigating unavoidable changes to the ways that our education is delivered, our patients are encountered and our research is conducted. 

In recent months, the USC dental school has successfully shifted didactic coursework online, begun to graduate fourth-year students and senior residents, reopened our urgent care clinic with additional precautions to care for those who need immediate treatment and launched new continuing education courses online to facilitate lifelong learning for our alumni, faculty and friends at home.

Through it all, we remain steadfastly committed to our students while also acknowledging the very real challenges they are facing.

To help address those challenges and to support USC Dentistry students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve launched the USC Dentistry, OT and PT Student Emergency Fund.

This fund serves as a lifeline, helping Ostrow students across all of our academic programs who are experiencing unexpected and overwhelming financial challenges, such as struggling to pay rent, provide for young families, finance necessary emergency travel or afford basic necessities as they continue or complete their education—both during the current crisis and into the future.

The University’s COVID-19 Response

USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs FundKeck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response FundUSC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.

Students celebrated the unveiling of the new Hutto-Patterson Mobile Dental Clinic trailer, a self-contained facility believed to be the second largest of its kind in the nation. (Photo by Glenn Marzano)

Care in Underserved Communities

USC Dentistry maintains an expansive network of community outreach programs to extend quality oral health care to those who cannot usually afford to visit a dentist’s chair. These programs meet a critical need in local and regional communities and expose USC dental students to clinical experiences that shape their ability to think critically and provide exemplary care. As families and communities across California have been impacted by COVID-19, we expect that the need for oral healthcare will likely grow in the coming months, especially as families face income instability and have been challenged in locating the care they need during the pandemic.

The USC Community Oral Health Programs have provided a platform for USC Dentistry students to lend a helping hand to some of the most vulnerable populations across central and southern California with a mobile fleet and an array of community partnerships for more than fifty years. Through the USC Mobile Dental Clinic, students, faculty and staff provide comprehensive preventive care and restorative services to improve oral health and preserve smiles free-of-charge. Typically, nearly 90 percent of children who participate in a mobile dental clinic are visiting a dentist for the first time and some require immediate treatment.

Take a listen to hear pediatric patients and students interacting at a Herman Ostrow School mobile clinic visit in Pasadena, California.

Ostrow student Kayla Lau and a young patient celebrate after they finish treatment at a mobile clinic site (Photo by David Sprague)

At sites like the USC Dental Clinic at Union Rescue Mission and the school’s clinic within the John Wesley Community Health Center, USC dental students also serve nearly 1,500 homeless adult and pediatric patients per year completely free-of charge. With your support, USC dental students and faculty will be prepared to reopen mobile and community clinics impacted by the pandemic and meet a critical need for oral health care among underserved groups in communities throughout central and southern California.

Trojans Making an Impact

We are continually grateful for the investments our alumni, friends and supporters have made in the past that have given us the capabilities necessary to adapt during this current crisis. Amidst unprecedented challenges and unexpected change, USC Dentistry continues to focus on training skilled clinicians who are leaders in the dental profession. As we continue to engage current and future students in the education of providing exemplary patient care and drive the evolution of dental practice, gifts to the USC Dentistry Innovation Fund allow the school to direct resources where they are most needed.

Every gift makes a difference and we invite you to partner with the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry today as we assist students who are facing overwhelming financial challenges—both now and after the current crisis—adapt to provide outstanding educational experiences in every era and prepare to continue offering much-needed patient care to communities both near and far.

Thank you for your support. Fight On!