Bulletin of Dental Education

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.

Hospital Dentistry Established in Oral Surgery Clinic at UIC

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A new Hospital Dentistry program was recently established on the first floor of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, within the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS).

Closing the Gaps in Women’s Oral Care Education and Research

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Emerging data indicate the unique effects of oral cancer, periodontal disease, obesity, violence, and other factors on women’s health. The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health sponsorship, will identify current knowledge gaps to fill so that the next generation of North American oral care providers better meets the unique health needs of women. 

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.

Interprofessional Education Reports Detail Competencies and Strategies for the Health Professions

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Six national health professions associations and three private foundations released new reports detailing their recommendations for interprofessional education in the health professions. These reports provide the new competencies and action strategies to be implemented in educational institutions in the United States, providing the foundation for improved patient care and services. 

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.

University of Maryland Dental School Praised for Bringing Oral Health Research Home

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On April 25, 2011, Dean Christian S. Stohler, D.M.D., DrMedDent, and the University of Maryland Dental School (UMDS) hosted a town hall meeting on behalf of the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR). The forum was entitled “Bringing Oral Health Research Home” and was the first in a series of proposed nationwide town hall meetings.

ADEA Supports National Oral Health Report

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The American Dental Education Association welcomes the release of Advancing Oral Health in America, the first of two new reports on oral health undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration, the report builds on and supplements the 2000 Surgeon General’s Report, Oral Health in America, and the National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health in 2003.

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