A report released in August 2011 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, details recommendations to meet the oral health care needs of the underserved in the United States. Its motive is to bring into sharp focus the greatest barriers faced by the most vulnerable populations and ensure that oral health care is included in the national conversation that continues around health care.
A faculty shortage and the lack of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty place academic dentistry in the midst of a crisis. The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has identified best practices to recruit and retain URM faculty that highlight the importance of leadership, institutional climate, mentoring, and valuing diversity.
Each year, dental educators share the stories of students with interesting achievements both inside the classroom and out. Who do you know who should be featured in a future edition of the Bulletin of Dental Education Online (BDE) or the 2012 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools?
The executive summary and tables of this annual analysis conducted by ADEA are now available at www.adea.org, in the Publications section under “Free Online Publications.” They include data on key characteristics of applicants and first-time enrollees of entering dental school classes.
Dr. Denton A. Cooley, a world-famous heart surgeon and founder and President Emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, made a large gift to the University of Texas at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry in memory of his father, the late Dr. Ralph C. Cooley. Dr. Cooley was a 1908 alumnus of the school.
Numerous media outlets covered the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Oral Health Access to Services report, Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, on July 13, 2011. Among them were the Los Angeles Times and Fox Broadcasting stations like KVVU Las Vegas and WTVT Tampa Bay.
Taking time from exams and patients, 25 University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students participated in the Pacific One Word Project, a pilot program organized by the school’s Office of Academic Affairs. They were asked to select a single word that describes themselves at their “ideal” or “best” self and write a short explanation of their choice.
Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz, Director of Eastman Institute for Oral Health, was presented with the Foundations of Excellence in Research Award from the New York State Dental Foundation. The award is in recognition of Dr. Meyerowitz’s commitment to applying creative, science-based methods to foster greater understanding of and to improve overall oral health.
Dr. William H. Crawford, Jr., former Dean of University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, died on June 18, 2011. Dr. Crawford was named Dean in 1977 and served in that position until 1990. During his 13 years of leadership, the school underwent several changes, including renovations to the Norris Dental Science Center, the creation of the Special Patients Clinic and the Sterilizer Monitoring Service, and the opening of the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology on the Health Sciences campus.
The Journal of Dental Education, August 2011