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Eric Orbison Receives Inaugural Alpha Omega Scholarship

Written by Adam Zewe

Eric Orbison, DDS '14, has been honored as the inaugural recipient of the Alpha Omega Award. The scholarship was established by a $100,000 donation to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) from the Baltimore Alumni Chapter of the Alpha Omega Fraternity. Alpha Omega is a Jewish dental fraternity that was established in Baltimore more than 100 years ago. Bradley Trattner, DDS '88, and Adam Eisner, DDS '89, spearheaded the establishment of the scholarship fund.

"A cornerstone of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity is the ability to provide community service and the pursuit of academic excellence. We are pleased to be able to provide a yearly scholarship to a rising senior who exemplifies these traits. Congratulations to Eric Orbison for being the inaugural recipient of the Alpha Omega Baltimore Chapter Dental Scholarship," states Dr. Trattner.

Orbison received the award from Alpha Omega trustees Todd Sarubin, DDS '85, and Arthur Goldvarg, DDS '80, during the Evening with the Stars celebration on May 13. "I'm very grateful to receive this award. The scholarship will be a huge help for me," remarks Orbison.

Orbison, a native of Lewisburg, Pa., decided to pursue a career in dentistry because it combines his talents for engineering with his interest in helping his fellow man. While he was a biomedical engineering major at Bucknell University, he developed a strong interest in developing one-on-one relationships with patients.

For Orbison, the highlights of dental school have been his opportunities to improve the oral health of his patients. He strives to help his patients overcome their fears about dentistry. "If you can effectively communicate a situation to a patient, you can make treatment that much easier. It's a good feeling to treat a patient and know that they fully trust you," Orbison states.

His love of engineering has inspired him to enroll in an orthodontics specialty program after he graduates from UMSOD next spring. When he's not busy in class or clinic, Orbison enjoys spending time with his wife, Jenna, snowboarding, playing basketball and going for walks in the woods.

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