The Office of Information Technology at Texas A&M College of Dentistry is located in room 529. They support the computing and network needs of the College. Wireless access is available in most areas of the College of Dentistry campus for email, Internet, and network access on both laptops and smart phones. Off campus access of network resources is made available through Virtual Private Network (VPN). Unfortunately, OIT personnel are unable to service personally owned computers although they are happy to help you configure your laptops and smart phones so you can access network resources. 

General Information and Helpdesk 

Call 1-800-799-7472 if you forget your password or experience problems with a computer, printer or network connection.  The helpdesk can also be accessed via e-mail at helpdesk@tamhsc.edu. The OIT website is found at https://it.tamhsc.edu.

Howdy Portal

This web portal contains information of general interest to students including registration, financial aid and student billing. Howdy Portal is found at http://howdy.tamu.edu.

Blackboard

This Web-based course-management system is designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. Blackboard is used by instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, grades, course announcements, and more.

Instructional Computer Laboratory 

This 30-workstation facility adjacent to the library is available for all College of Dentistry students.  It includes PC’s, laser printers, a flatbed scanner and a LCD video projector.  The ICL is open the same hours as the library for self-directed learning.  It is also used as a computer classroom several hours a week during which times it is not available for general use (these times are clearly posted in the room). Computers within the ICL are fully networked and have Internet access. The HSC maintains institutional licenses for Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office Suite – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access which are maintained on these PC’s.

E-mail

All students have a College of Dentistry e-mail account to facilitate on-campus communication.  The e-mail system used here – MS Exchange/Outlook – facilitates doing local and off-campus e-mail from a single “mailbox”. We provide secure access to TAMHSC email from anywhere through our webmail service available from anywhere at https://webmail.tamhsc.edu/.

Library Resources

The Baylor Health Sciences Library maintains a dental and medical collection of over 8,000 print volumes, over 20,000 electronic journal subscriptions, over 180,000 electronic books and over 140 databases, including Ovid MEDLINE; Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source; CINAHL; Anatomy TV-Dentistry; LexiComp Online for Dentistry; BoardVitals for NBDE I, NBDE II, and NBDHE question banks; Scopus; ClinicalKey; Cochrane Library; and others. The Library’s electronic resources are available for through the Library’s website on or off campus (see the Library’s FAQs page for more information about resource access).

Clinic Management System

Students, faculty and staff use the Axium software system to manage all aspects of patient care – scheduling, charting, accounting, etc. More than 500 PCs and printers are available in the clinics and elsewhere to use this state-of-the-art system.