musc student chapter
The Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine has an active student chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry. The South Carolina AGD constituent pays the membership fees for the student member dentists. We meet several times each year, usually on or around the MUSC campus. Our goal is to assist recent graduates and residents in becoming involved early in organized dentistry and helping them develop a passion for lifelong learning and quality patient care.
The student AGD chapter at MUSC holds various CE courses throughout the year for students, many of which are open to dentists as well.
MUSC AGD Student Chapter President
Erica Rader is from Greenville, South Carolina and is currently a D4 at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. Erica is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Student Dental Association. She is a huge Carolina Panthers fan and is hopeful for a good season this year.
MUSC AGD Student Chapter Vice President
Michael Azzer grew up in Alexandria, Egypt and currently he is a senior Dental Student at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. Actively engaged in various student organizations, Michael is a valued member of the student chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, and the American Student Dental Association. Outside of his community services and clinical work, Michael loves spending time with family and friends and watch soccer matches.
Laura R. Brailsford
MUSC AGD Student Chapter Secretary
Laura R. Brailsford is currently in her third year of dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina. Originally from Lexington, South Carolina, she grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and returned home to South Carolina for dental school. Laura is an active member of the student chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Student National Dental Association, and the American Student Dental Association. When not studying or in clinic, Laura can be found spending time with her rescue dog, Henry.
MUSC AGD Student Chapter Treasurer
Nicholas Bautz is currently a third-year dental student at the MUSC James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. He hopes to learn as much as possible during his time spent in dental school, while surrounding himself with goal-driven peers and mentors. He is a student member of the Academy of General Dentistry, ASDA, and Discussion In Medical Ethics (DIME). He serves as Treasurer for the Academy of General Dentistry chapter at MUSC. He also serves as Content Creator for ASDA District 4 Cabinet as well as Producer for the Class of 2025 Tooth Time Follies video.
John C. Comisi, DDS, MAGD
MUSC AGD Student Chapter Advisor
Dr. Comisi practiced general dentistry successfully in Ithaca, NY for 35 years before relocating to Charleston, South Carolina in August 2017 to join the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine where he is an Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry. He is the Course Director for the College’s Operative Dentistry II (adhesive and esthetic dentistry) Course, Chair of the Oral Rehabilitation Department’s Dental Materials Committee, Course Director of the Dental Sleep Medicine Elective, the first of its kind interdisciplinary course at MUSC and past Infection Control Officer for the College. Dr. Comisi is currently the President of the South Carolina Dental Association. A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Fordham University. He is a respected Thought Leader, author, speaker, and consultant who contributes regularly to the dental literature. He is an Editorial Board Member and a reviewer for several peer reviewed dental publications and a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Dental Materials, the American Academy of Cariology, the American Association for Oral Systemic Health, the International Association of Dental Research, the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disease Disorders and the Academy Sleep Breathing Academy. Dr. Comisi is an Emeritus Member and Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, and holds Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International College of Dentists. He holds a Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine from the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disease Disorders (C-ACSDD) and is a Diplomate of the American Sleep Breathing Academy (D’ASBA).
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