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Dental students' Global Initiatives trip featured by university

Dental students (from left) Tamara Mackie, Mythili Bhat, Neha Vazirani and Ehsan Mostaghni during their Global Initiatives program in Brazil.

Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 19, 2018 -– Four students from the School of Dentistry who traveled to Brazil for an international study program earlier this year are the focus of a story featured on the home page of the University of Michigan website.

“A Global Vision of Dentistry” documents the experience of students Mythili Ramakrishna Bhat, Tamara Mackie, Ehsan Mostaghni and Neha Vazirani as part of the school’s Global Initiatives in Oral and Craniofacial Health program. Mackie and Vazirani are fourth-year DDS students; Bhat and Mostaghni are enrolled in the school’s Internationally Trained Dentists Program.

The students spent two weeks with the pediatric team and student dentists at the Bauru School of Dentistry at the University of São Paulo, working at Centrinho, the university’s Craniofacial Anomalies Rehabilitation Hospital. It specializes in the treatment of congenital craniofacial anomalies, especially cleft lip and palate. In Brazil, one in every 650 children is born with the related conditions; worldwide, it is one in every thousand children.

The story, written by Fernanda Pires of Michigan News, details the hospital’s interdisciplinary education and comprehensive rehabilitation process for children it treats.

Bhat said observing how dentists, physicians, speech therapists, local clinics and distant clinics coordinate care for the best possible results was a great learning experience.

Read the full story on the Global Michigan website.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.