ADEA Celebrates Dental Students

This special issue of the Bulletin of Dental Education Online focuses on the lives of dental and allied dental students, residents, and fellows, within and outside academic dental institutions. Their interests and accomplishments are varied and indicate a diverse pool of future practitioners and educators. While this issue focuses specifically on students, the BDE welcomes submissions from and about students year-round.

Academic Dentistry Can’t Win If You Don’t Play

Many educators, administrators, and students in the dental education community have outstanding achievements or demonstrate exceptional commitment—they simply have not yet been recognized. How will that happen? As the saying goes, you can’t win if you don’t play. Academic dentistry as a whole won’t gain the broader benefits of your work if no one knows about it. So now is the time to nominate for recognition through ADEA’s programs. Self nominations are encouraged.

ADEA Members Can Again Participate Remotely in ADA Education in the Round

Once again, in October 2011 dental faculty, students, residents, and fellows will access Education in the Round from the American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session in Las Vegas online and at no cost. This unique educational opportunity for ADEA members is created in partnership with the ADA and sponsored by Philips Sonicare. Online access information will be distributed to deans and program directors of academic dental institutions in September 2011.

ADEA Unveils Online Community for Dental Students and Applicants

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) announces the launch of, an interactive multimedia resource to guide and connect future and current dental students. GoDentalSM is a dynamic website and official resource sponsored by the only association representing academic dentistry.

ADEA’s Transforming Admissions Offers Tools for Updating Admissions, Accreditation, More

Despite a significant increase in applications from underrepresented minority (URM) students, total URM enrollment in dental schools has yet to significantly rise. An online publication available free to members of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), ADEA’s Transforming Admissions: A Practical Guide to Fostering Student Diversity in Dental Students, provides information and tools to improve the admissions process and create a more diverse student body.

Advocacy: A Primer for Aspiring Student Leaders

Opportunities for student leadership are not restricted to the dental school campus or local community. Students looking for ways to make an impact on public policy don’t have to wait until after graduation. Advocacy begins with a desire to help others through activities that can influence public policy and be accomplished on the local, state, and national levels of government.

All About ADEA’s Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and now Google + are great tools for receiving and sharing dental education news and information. Both ADEA staff and ADEA members are active on these services, and terms such as “tweeting,” “friending,” and “Web 2.0” are becoming commonplace. Below is a more information about each social network’s unique strengths, and how ADEA is using these venues to enhance communications.

Creating and Exploring the World of Dentistry

At the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, six students have undertaken a challenging program that exposes and engages them to “real life” teaching and learning, with the hope they will pursue academic dentistry in the future.

Looking Ahead to ADEA Fall 2011 Meetings

The Crowne Plaza Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, will host the ADEA Fall 2011 Meetings, including the Fourth ADEA Summit on Advanced Dental Education, from October 20-22, 2011. This year's opening plenary on Thursday afternoon will be given by Dr. Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus of The George Lucas Edcuational Foundation (GLEF), promising a lively question-and-answer session on modern innovations in education.

NDA Faculty Forum and NDAF/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Awards

The National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF), in collaboration with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, sponsored the 15th Annual Faculty Recognition Awards Luncheon and Minority Faculty, Administrators & Practitioners Forum (formerly named the Minority Faculty & Administrators’ Forum) at the 98th Annual National Dental Association (NDA) Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

New Customized Portal—Find Resources Faster!

MedEdPORTAL has launched a customized version of MedEdPORTAL for dentistry in partnership with the American Dental Education Association. This new website provides ADEA's constituency with a centralized location for ADEA's relevant news, updates, and featured publications.

New Look for Journal of Dental Education Online

The Journal of Dental Education Online has a new look, courtesy of its upgrade to an XML-based platform by the journal’s online host, HighWire Press. The new platform positions the JDE to take advantage of the latest publishing innovations—and those yet to come. For instance, XML-based content can easily appear on a variety of devices, such as the iPhone, the iPod, and Amazon’s Kindle. It is also easy to disseminate XML-based content through feeds, widgets, blogs, and networking sites.

Opening the World of Academic Dentistry to UDM Students

University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry, a small core of predoctoral dental and dental hygiene students completed a monthly series of workshops. The Workshops in Academic Dentistry were designed to engage dental and dental hygiene students and faculty in an informal discussion of topics related to academic dentistry.

Subsidies to Stafford Loans to Graduate and Professional Students End

On August 2, 2011, President Obama signed into law S. 365, the Budget Control Act of 2011. The legislation ended subsidies on Stafford loans for graduate and professional students for periods of instruction starting after July 1, 2012. Students in degree programs that take lengthy periods to complete (such as dental, medicine, law, and doctoral programs) will be hardest hit.

The Ohio State University School of Dentistry’s Star Students

The Ohio State University School of Dentistry showcases the talent of its students in a unique music video set to the music of “Carmen, Ohio,” the school’s alma mater. The admissions office invited 21 dental students to participate in the video, which highlights the artistic side of dentistry and promotes the admissions recruitment philosophy of people, excellence, and tradition.

Dentistry in the News - September 2011

Even the Tooth Fairy cut back in 2011. Survey results recently released by Visa, Inc., found that this year she leaves an average of $2.60 per tooth, a 40-cent decrease from last year’s $3 per tooth.

Around the Dental Education Community - September 2011

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has received a $3.5 million gift, the largest in the school’s history, from Delta Dental of Minnesota Trust. The gift will support the construction of the state’s only hospital-based pediatric dental clinic.

September 2011 Kudos

Dr. Chiayeng Wang, Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, was included in a June 2011 article in International Innovation, “Delving into Rhabdomyosarcoma,” as well as a sidebar entitled “Childhood Cancer.”

September 2011 Transitions

Dr. Judith A. Buchanan, a Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, has been appointed Interim Dean of the school. Dr. Buchanan, who was recruited to Minnesota from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she was Academic Dean from 1997 to 2005, is an expert in dental accreditation and virtual technology and curricula.

September 2011 Classifieds

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (UDMSD) invites applications for a new full-time position as the Director of the International Dentist Program, which provides the opportunity for foreign trained dentists to earn a D.D.S. degree.

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