In this session representatives from the University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Howard University dental schools discussed their experience using ADEA’s ExploreHealthCareers.org as a tool for online mentoring. These three pilot projects from ADEA and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation shared the challenges and successes that accompany an online mentoring program. Marita R. Inglehart, Ph.D., from the University of Michigan, spoke about the successful collaboration of ExploreHealthCareers.org with a mentoring program for high school students in an area that lacks access to dental care.
At this ADEA Presidential Symposium, Dr. Sandra C. Andrieu presented three models of interprofessional education (IPE) curricula currently under way at three different dental schools. Faculty from the University of Florida, University of Minnesota, and Western University of Health Services presented their curriculum models and discussed the challenges and successes of each program.
This highly charged session distinguished itself on two fronts. It marked the first use of this format in an ADEA Presidential Symposium, and although no one took a precise headcount, it appeared to draw a larger crowd than any other session—plenaries included—with in the neighborhood of 1,000 members in attendance.
Pamela Zarkowski, M.P.H., J.D., received the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Distinguished Service Award during the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Diego, California. The award recognizes significant contributions to education, research, and ADEA.
This dynamic session focused on the growing interest in adding a new oral health professional to the dental workforce and reported on the educational plan recommended by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD). The report of this panel will be released in April in the American Journal of Dental Public Health.
The idea of bringing New York University’s (NYU) nursing program into the College of Dentistry initially met with skepticism on both sides. In addition to the usual barriers to interprofessional education, NYU would have to overcome the fact that the Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing are more than a mile and a half apart, a significant distance given Manhattan traffic.
Is love on the horizon for Ashley Hebert, a fourth-year dental student at the University of Pennsylvania? Ashley recently competed with 24 other contestants on The Bachelor and is now slated to be the star of the next installment of The Bachelorette, premiering May 23.
The International Dentist Program (IDP) at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLUSD) achieved its 25th anniversary this year—a milestone that was celebrated during the School of Dentistry’s 51st Alumni Student Convention.
Steven Blanchard, D.D.S., Associate Professor of Periodontics at Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry, received the Indiana Dental Association’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of his accomplishments during the 2009-10 academic year. In 2009, he accepted a six-year term as one of the Directors of the American Board of Periodontology.
Creighton University has named Mark A. Latta, D.M.D., M.S., Associate Dean for Research and Professor of General Dentistry, as Dean of the School of Dentistry effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Latta, who has been on the Creighton faculty since 1995, becomes the 18th dean of the school since its founding in 1905. He succeeds Wayne W. Barkmeier, D.D.S., M.S., who will support the transition and continue as a Professor of General Dentistry.