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University of Maryland, Baltimore Hosts First National Conference on Nursing, Dental Hygiene Collaboration

On December 10, 2012, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD), Division of Dental Hygiene, in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing hosted the first national conference on “The Oral Systemic Link: Creating Collaborative Initiatives.” The event attracted 120 dental hygienists and nurses from across the United States. The conference highlighted the many ways that dental hygienists and nurses can collaborate in the realms of education, clinical practice, and research.

The program included content on the oral systemic link, the synergistic effect of the inflammatory process as related to oral and systemic health, models of nursing and dental hygiene collaboration, and faculty facilitated discussion groups. Greetings were offered by campus leadership, including the President of the University of Maryland, Founding Campus, Jay Perman, M.D. 

The conference began with an introduction demonstrating how the oral systemic link serves as a springboard for collaboration and interprofessional education. Mark A. Reynolds, D.D.S, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Periodontics, UMSOD, provided a close look at the inflammatory process, the oral bacteria associated with systemic conditions, and the implications of these findings. With over 50% of the adult population experiencing periodontal diseases and a burgeoning geriatric population, the oral systemic link takes on even greater relevance. Faculty from New York University, Judith Haber, Ph.D., APRN, BC, FAAN, and Cheryl M. Westphal Thiele, R.D.H., Ed.H., presented success stories regarding their nursing/dental hygiene collaborations. Jackie L. Fried, R.D.H., M.S., and Shannon K. Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, conference co-chairs, described the University of Maryland’s dental hygiene and nursing interprofessional efforts, discussing campus infrastructure and curricular integration.  

Faculty-facilitated discussion groups addressed the challenges and opportunities inherent in curricular and clinical innovations, institutional and infrastructure issues, collaborative research, and interprofessional public health care practice. Following the break-out group interactions, all participants reconvened for a debriefing. JoAnn Gurenlian, R.D.H, Ph.D., offered closing remarks, reinforcing the need for all health professionals to work together in pursuit of total patient care. She also stated that we should not treat interprofessional education and collaboration as “the flavor of the month” but pursue them rigorously.  

Attendees left the conference with new ideas, creative ways to establish collaborations with other health professionals, and a recognition that oral health needs to be acknowledged as key to systemic health.  

University of the Pacific Announces a Major Gift for New San Francisco Campus

Former Regent and alumnus Ron Redmond, D.D.S., M.S., FACD, and his wife Margaret have made a leadership gift of $5 million for the creation of the University of the Pacific’s new San Francisco campus. The gift will help fund the $151 million renovation of a building that will be the new home of the university’s prestigious Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry as well as other new academic programs. It is the largest single gift to the university since 2008, and the largest gift ever to the dental school.

“As a Pacific graduate, Ron exemplifies the kind of visionary leadership that comes from the education we provide,” says Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. “He and Margaret are an inspiration to our students, our faculty and staff, and our alumni.”

“Many of the giants in our lives are the educators we were blessed to encounter at the Dugoni School,’ says Dr. Redmond. ”Giving generously to your school is the best way to honor those very special people who inspired you and who will inspire countless others.”

Dr. Redmond is a 1966 graduate of the dental school and has a successful orthodontics practice. He served on the University Board of Regents from 2004 to 2012, where he chaired the Advancement Committee. He is a former President of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation, the dental school’s fundraising arm.


Dugoni School of Dentistry Delivers Free Dentures to Patients in Need

In what has become an annual event, the University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s second year D.D.S. and I.D.S. students combined to provide complete denture prosthodontic services for a group of underserved individuals. The Fall 2012 Denture Block culminated with the delivery of a new set of dentures to 30 pre-identified individuals at no cost to the patient. 

Launched in 2010 as a collaboration between the Dugoni School and San Francisco’s Project Homeless Connect, Denture Block initially aimed to counter the lost treatment opportunities for dental students and dependent patients resulting from elimination of many adult DentiCal benefits. The program has expanded its reach to include an underserved population who are missing their natural dentition and cannot afford dentures.

Patients participating in the Denture Block experience receive an oral clinical screening examination, panoramic radiograph, and attend an orientation group session to prepare them for active participation in the program.    

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W. Peter Hansen, D.D.S., and Gene LaBarre, D.D.S., associate professors in the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, spearheaded the project, which this time involved 30 patients and 160 dental students.  

The Denture Block is funded in part through the generosity of private donors David and Jane Jackson, the Middleton Foundation, and Richard and Linda Leao; corporate support from Salesforce.com and the Myerson Corporation; and interest from an endowment from Henry Sutro. The Dugoni School contributes support staff, supplies, and other clinic resources.

“The Denture Block experience is replete with unanticipated consequences for involved students and patients,” says Dr. Hansen. “Patients are very expressive of their gratitude for not only the denture service, but for the care, concern, and expertise they receive.” 

Future Denture Block programs remain contingent on funding. The Dugoni School hopes to continue the program due to overwhelming positive feedback. 

AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting–Save the Date and Call for Abstracts

The annual Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Integrating Quality Meeting  is a highly interactive, interprofessional program that brings together health care leaders, faculty, trainees, and students from teaching hospitals, medical schools, health professions schools, and other health care organizations to share strategies for enhancing the culture of quality in clinical care and health professions education. The 2013 meeting will be held June 6-7, 2013, at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. 

The 2013 meeting is planned in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), ADEA, Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). 

The Keynote Speaker is Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., FCCM. Dr. Pronovost is Senior Vice President for patient safety and quality and Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

Abstracts for poster presentations, interactive workshops, and presentations are sought in the following areas:  

  •  Innovative Approaches to Improving Value and Educating for Quality 
  •  Aligning Your Organization’s Quality Strategy for Health Reform and Changes in the Regulatory Environment 
  •  Team Based and Interprofessional Approaches to Quality Improvement 
  •  Student and Trainee Initiatives in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 
  •  Faculty Development and Scholarly Careers in Quality Improvement and Implementation Science 

The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday, January 18, 2013. Registration will be available online in March. Visit the  meeting website  for additional program details and instructions for submitting an abstract online. 

First Two Grants for University of Utah School of Dentistry Announced

As the new University of Utah School of Dentistry readies to open the doors to its first four-year class in fall 2013, the program has landed more than $5 million in two grants: one focused on drug addiction and a second to study systems involved in pain regulation and reward functions in the brain. 

Glen R. Hanson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty and lead investigator on the reward/pain grant, says research is a priority for the school. “These first two grants are a beginning,” he says. “We want to be very competitive in getting grants, and we’re very interested in collaborating with other schools and programs on campus.” 

The grant provides money to set up an Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). The ATTC will cover a six-state region: Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The center’s multifaceted mission includes providing technical assistance and educating clinical supervisors, addiction counselors, physicians, dentists, nurses, and others to recognize when someone has an addiction problem; assessing the training and workforce development needs for addressing addiction problems in each of the six states; and promoting awareness and use of evidence-based practices for counselors and health care providers.

The second grant, $1.5 million for five years from the National Institutes of Health, will allow Dr. Hanson to study neuropeptides systems in the brain and their relation to reward mechanisms and pain. Neuropeptides are small protein-like molecules that brain cells use to communicate, and they appear to be important in regulating pain and reward perception and in affecting particular brain functions such as learning, memory, food intake, and analgesia.

Penn Dental Medicine Establishes Dual-Degree with Penn Law

Building on its interprofessional programs, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine) has expanded its dual-degree options to include a joint DMD/JD degree with University of Pennsylvania Law School (Penn Law). The program was officially established in November 2012 and interested D.M.D. students can begin applying to the 6 to 6½-year program starting in January 2013.

Accepted students will complete the first and second years at Penn Dental Medicine and the third year at Penn Law. Years four and five will be at Penn Dental with a six-week refresher course prior to reentering dental school and will include one or two law courses each semester. Year six and an additional semester if required will be at Penn Law. 

This new D.M.D./J.D. degree brings the total number dual-degree programs at Penn Dental Medicine to six. There are a limited number of spaces each year available for Penn Dental Medicine students to enter the dual-degree programs. Interested D.M.D. students apply to the dual-degree programs during their first year of dental school. A competitive application process, students must first apply through the School’s Office of Academic Affairs, and if recommended for a program by the Penn Dental Medicine Dual-Degree Admissions Committee, they then must apply to the respective program, each with its own admissions criteria. 

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