Bulletin of Dental Education

ADEA's Advocacy Update - Winter 2011

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Thanks to concerns raised by ADEA, the American Dental Association (ADA), and other oral health organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversed its decision to downgrade the Division of Oral Health (DOH). On January 14, 2011, ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic wrote to CDC Director Thomas Frieden and stated that “we strongly believe that DOH’s role should be preserved and the division should not be placed under the Division of Adult and Community Health where the issue of oral health care will have to compete with other pressing health issues.”

ADA Seeking Faculty Volunteers for Developing Tanzanian Curriculum

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The American Dental Association (ADA), in cooperation with Health Volunteers Overseas, is assisting dental faculty at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in developing programs to provide chair-side instruction and lectures to undergraduate and advanced dental education students, as well as continuing education for the faculty.

Delta Dental Grant Supports IU Sealant Program for Underserved Children

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The Delta Dental Foundation has given the Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry a $50,000 grant to operate the university’s Seal Indiana mobile program. The initiative brings vital preventative dental care to Indiana children in key underserved areas while enabling dental students to help alleviate disparities in access to healthcare. Gifts from the foundation to the school now total $250,000.

RWJF Expands Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program to Include Dentistry

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One of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s longest running national programs, the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP), will offer support to dental scholars starting with its 2012 application period. For more than 25 years,  AMFDP has fostered diversity among U.S. medical school faculty, and that well-known program will now work to do the same among dental school faculty.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Subsidies to Stafford Loans to Graduate and Professional Students End

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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.

Annual Golf Classic Raises Over $80,000 for Kids in the Klinic Endowment

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Nearly 200 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently gathered to show their support for the school's Kids in the Klinic Endowment as they enjoyed a round of golf at the Olympic Club.

New IOM Report Outlines Opportunities for Dental Education Community to Address Access to Care Challenges

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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.

New Manual Provides Strategies to Combat Faculty and Minority Shortages in Academic Dentistry

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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.

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