Bulletin of Dental Education

Manitoba Health Supports Collaborative Oral Systemic Health Curriculum

Curriculum, Faculty, Oral Health, Students, Technology | Permanent link

Manitoba Health announced $500,000 in funding (over five years) to the faculties of Medicine and Dentistry toward development of a groundbreaking online curriculum to educate nondental health care providers about oral health. Diseases and conditions of the oral cavity can have a profound and pervasive impact on overall health, especially in high-risk populations where access to dental care may be limited.

UNC Researchers Produce New Findings in Large-Scale Jaw Pain Study

Oral Health, Research | Permanent link

Researchers at the Center for Neurosensory Disorders, a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, served as the lead researchers in the first large-scale clinical jaw-pain study, called the Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA). The study, led by Dr. William Maixner, Director of the CND at UNC, provides new insights into potential causes of tempromandibular joint disorders.

RWJF Expands Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program to Include Dentistry

Access, Faculty, Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships, Oral Health | Permanent link

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.

Assessing the Impact of Community-Based Education on Dental School Finances

Finance, JDE Preview, Oral Health | Permanent link

Published as a supplement to the October issue of the JDE is a report from the Pipeline, Profession, and Practice: Community-Based Dental Education Program, edited by Dr. Howard L. Bailit, D.M.D., Ph.D. and Prof. Taegen L. McGowan, M.P.H. The studies described in this supplement were devised to address the apprehension from deans who have been reluctant to support community-based dental education out of concern that it would result in losses to clinical income.

Advocacy: A Primer for Aspiring Student Leaders

Advocacy, Involvement, Leadership, Oral Health, Students | Permanent link

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.

Last Call for Meetings in the Fall [September 2011]

Conferences and Meetings, Finance, Involvement, Leadership, Oral Health | Permanent link

This is it: Registration closes September 12, 2011, for the ADEA BFACA Mid Year Meeting, and September 16, 2011 for the ADEA Fall 2011 Meetings.

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

Access, Oral Health | Permanent link

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.

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