Bulletin of Dental Education

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.

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.

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.

National Museum of Dentistry Launches New Oral Health Resource

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The National Museum of Dentistry has created a new resource to help parents of children with autism spectrum disorder succeed in teaching good oral healthcare. Healthy Smiles for Autism is a free guide that helps parents teach children with autism spectrum disorder how to brush and floss with the help of step-by-step instruction, social stories, and visual sequencing cards for brushing.

Dugoni School Hosts Community Screenings, Wellness Activities to Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

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The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry participated in the 2011 National Women's Health Week, which took place in early May. Women's Health Week activities included three lunchtime sessions focused on women's wellness, a day of free dental screenings for Bay Area women, and a handful of fitness activities for students and employees.

Feasibility of Dental Hygiene Students in Long-Term Care Facilities Studied in Pilot Program

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By 2030 the number of people 65 years or older in the United States is expected to rise to 72.1 million, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. This growing segment, which will compose 19% of the U.S. population, will present unique challenges to the next generation of oral care providers.

News from University of Maryland’s Division of Dental Hygiene

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Each summer, three rising senior dental hygiene students and a faculty member from the University of Maryland satellite campus in Princess Anne travel by boat to Smith Island on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to provide dental hygiene care to island residents. Smith Island's population decreases each year due to lack of employment and the slow decline of the crabbing industry.

California Dental Pipeline Program II Evaluation Symposium: Outcomes and Implications

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Most rural areas in California have shortages of dentists, and the state has many low-income urban communities with concentrations of racial and ethnic minorities. In response, the California Pipeline Program Phase II was implemented to reduce the disparities in access to oral health care in California. ADEA was then charged in 2007 with leading a three-year evaluation of these efforts and “bridging the gap” between California and national policy issues.

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