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Darryl Caesar, DDS '12, Wins ICD Student Leader Award

Written by Adam Zewe

Darryl Caesar, DDS '12, has been recognized by the International College of Dentists (ICD) with the annual student leadership award. The award honors a graduating dental student who exhibits both student leadership and future leadership potential. "I feel honored to be recognized. I've put a lot of hard work into my academic career, so I appreciate being selected for the award," he states.

Leadership has characterized Caesar's four years of dental school. He has served the class of 2012 as a representative to the Undergraduate Student Government Association and American Student Dental Association. He also gathered invaluable experience as a member-at-large of the Student National Dental Association. Drawing on the leadership skills he developed at UMSOD, Caesar plans to become active within organized dentistry. "In order to see the dental profession continue to improve, it's important to be a part of these organizations that can actually make a difference," he remarks.

Caesar looks forward to building strong relationships with his patients and helping to improve their lives. He harbors a strong desire to give back and plans to devote some of his time to treating underserved patients. On a recent student externship to the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, the islands where his parents were born, Caesar saw firsthand how poverty can lead to severe oral health disparities. "As dentists, we've been given a set of skills, and I feel responsible to put my skills to use for those in need," says Caesar.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, Caesar plans to enroll in a general practice residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City and then establish a private practice. He looks forward to applying the knowledge he has gathered as he launches a career. Caesar, an avid movie watcher, also enjoys listening to music and visiting with friends and family in his spare time.


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