Meharry’s Dean Sees Quality, Technology, and Community as Keys to School’s Future

In January 2011, Janet H. Southerland, D.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., was named Dean of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. Meharry’s School of Dentistry is known for emphasizing comprehensive care that is not contingent on social or economic circumstances, geographical origin, or ethnicity. Graduates have moved on to noteworthy international acclaim, serving society with a special focus on providing care for the underserved. Recently, Meharry was awarded funding for one of four Regional Research Centers for Minority Oral Health in the United States. These research centers aim to improve the oral health of ethnic minorities by expanding research opportunities and strengthening relevant research capacity of minority dental schools.

7th ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Class Completes Program

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 19 new graduates of the ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Program (ADEA ADFLDP) celebrated the accomplishments of the three-and-a-half-day, intensive educational event designed to heighten their connection to their profession, develop leadership skills, and elevate their standing in the allied dental education community.

LECOM Breaks Ground for School of Dental Medicine

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has broken ground on its new state-of-the-art School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. With construction under way, the school is scheduled to open in July 2012.

Dentistry in the News - July 2011

Dr. Maria Emanuel Ryan and her patient Ms. Joanne Maglares shared the dramatic story of oral health problems foreshadowing Ms. Maglares’s heart attack with millions through the WebMD website. The patient expected a routine repair of a broken tooth, but assessment showed multiple tooth fractures and rapidly advancing periodontal disease.

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