AAMC Announces Call for Submissions [October 2011]

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, announces a call for submissions for instructional resources to support an oral health in medicine model curriculum, disseminated through MedEdPORTAL, the association’s publication repository for peer-reviewed open-access educational resources.

ADEA Honored by Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine

The American Dental Education Association was honored by the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine (IAMMM) with their Soar High Leadership Award on September 28, 2011, in Washington, DC. ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., received the award on behalf of the Association.

ADEAGies Foundation Now Accepting Nominations [October 2011]

The ADEAGies Foundation is accepting nominations through November 1, 2011 for the 2012 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., recognize exceptional contributions to and support of oral health and dental education around the world.

Assessing the Impact of Community-Based Education on Dental School Finances

Published as a supplement to the October issue of the JDE is a report from the Pipeline, Profession, and Practice: Community-Based Dental Education Program, edited by Dr. Howard L. Bailit, D.M.D., Ph.D. and Prof. Taegen L. McGowan, M.P.H. The studies described in this supplement were devised to address the apprehension from deans who have been reluctant to support community-based dental education out of concern that it would result in losses to clinical income.

Delta Dental to Fund New Simulation Center at Meharry Medical College

Delta Dental of Tennessee donated $770,000 towards a new dental simulation center at Meharry Medical College. The new center plans to use a multimedia teaching system that incorporates manikins with computer simulators to provide a reality-based experience. This training will shorten the learning curve for students and allow for a smoother transition from training to patient care.

Dr. Clifton Dummett, Leader in Academic Medicine and Dental Education, Passes Away

Clifton O. Dummett, D.D.S., a pioneer in academic dentistry, former dental dean, and humanitarian, passed away on September 12, 2011. Dr. Dummett was Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. His teaching career in periodontics began at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, where he ultimately became Professor of Periodontics. He became Dean and Director of Dental Education at age 28 in 1949, establishing a record as the youngest dental dean in the United States.

There’s an App for That?

A new pilot project at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has brought iPads into the school's main clinic. Students are using iPads equipped with a special application that gives them a new way to communicate with patients, discuss oral health topics and dental procedures, and educate patients about the health of their mouths.

Dentistry In the News - October 2011

Three universities have planned to work together to fill in the gaps in dental care in eastern Kentucky. The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry is partnering with Morehead State University and the University of Pikeville as part of the Appalachian Rural Dental Educational Partnership Plan.

Around the Dental Education Community - October 2011

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant for $500,000 to replace its 14-year-old Mobile Dental Unit—the van that gives the children of Chautauqua County access to oral care.

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