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Around the Dental Education Community - February 2013

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Volunteers Treat Children at University of Louisville School of Dentistry

About 60 children from Shawnee Newcomer Academy and Trimble County schools received free screenings, treatment, and dental education February 7, 2013, at the University of Louisville (UofL) School of Dentistry through  Smile Kentucky!  They were the first of 300 children from 23 schools in Louisville and surrounding counties who in February and March will participate in the program at private dental offices and at the dental school.

The Louisville-based program began in 2002 as a community partnership to provide free dental education and dental screenings at school and free, comprehensive treatment to under-served children. Now a statewide effort, it has more than 50 partners and has provided more than $1 million dollars of free dentistry. The American Dental Association (ADA) calls Smile Kentucky! a model for community partnerships.

"One of our top goals in Louisville is to create a much healthier city for people of all ages, no matter their background or where they live," says Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer before the event. "Making meaningful progress takes entrepreneurial thinking and strong public-private partnerships. Led by our own Louisville Water, Smile Kentucky! has been a world-class model of collaboration."

"Our dental school is dedicated to improving the oral health of Kentucky’s children—that’s why we suspend our normal clinical operations the first Friday in February—in order to focus our facility, faculty, staff and students, more than 300 people, on the Smile Kentucky! effort," says John J. Sauk, D.D.S., M.S., Dean, University of Louisville School of Dentistry.

The ADA’s national Give Kids A Smile® program provides oral health services to children in need and emphasizes the need for government agencies to allocate adequate funding for those services. The Louisville event is just one in the national Give Kids A Smile® initiative, a signature program of the ADA in which approximately 10,000 dentists and their teams volunteer to provide free oral health services to more than 400,000 underserved children across the nation all year long. 

Call for Applications for the Harold Amos Faculty Development Program

The  Call for Applications  for the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program has been released and is open to junior dental faculty. The program was established to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine and dentistry and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians and dentists.

Four-year postdoctoral research awards are offered to universities, schools of medicine and dentistry, and research institutions. The awards support the research and career development of physicians and dentists from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and dentistry and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar background. The program defines the term “historically disadvantaged” to mean the challenges facing individuals because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or similar factors.

University of Washington School of Dentistry launches Center for Global Oral Health

The University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry has announced the formation of the Center for Global Oral Health (CGOH), a new organization designed to promote collaborations in dental research and education, including faculty and student exchanges, with partners around the world.


The CGOH will be headed by Timothy A. DeRouen, Ph.D., Professor of Oral Health Sciences in the School of Dentistry and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, who was Interim Dean of the School of Dentistry in 2011-2012.

“We’ll be looking for more opportunities to work with other institutions and countries, and for more opportunities for our faculty as well,” Dr. DeRouen says. “The idea is to enhance what we do, and increase the range of possibilities through research and education.”

The School of Dentistry is already an active international player in oral health, with collaborations and interactions involving more than 40 other countries. Faculty members conduct dozens of international research partnerships and lecture abroad, while dental students and professionals from around the world visit Seattle.

Many come here for the school’s Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, which Dr. DeRouen founded in 1992. The Summer Institute has drawn nearly 500 students from more than 40 other countries, along with 30 states in this country.

Dr. DeRouen anticipates establishing working ties between the CGOH and the Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network of the International Association for Dental Research. He also expects to be working with the Global Oral Health Interest Group of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, as well as UW’s Department of Global Health, in which Dr. DeRouen recently received a joint faculty appointment. King Holmes, Ph.D., M.D., the department’s William H. Foege Chair, calls the CGOH “an exciting initiative.”

“Tim DeRouen has been an outstanding leader in oral health research and education,” says Joel H. Berg, D.D.S, M.S., Dean of the School of Dentistry. “I believe that he is uniquely suited to build on our strong tradition in this field and to further enhance the UW’s standing in the international oral health community.”

The CGOH will oversee existing activities such as the Summer Institute, along with a clinical, behavioral, and public health research training collaboration with several universities in Thailand. The latter program is funded by a training grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. The CGOH agenda also encompasses a study of orofacial clefts in Thailand, proposals for oral health disparities research in Peru, and ongoing student exchange programs in Chile, Taiwan, and Thailand. 

New York University Announces the Launch of the JADE

The inaugural issue of the  Journal of the Academy of Distinguished Educators  (JADE) has been published by the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry’s Academy of Distinguished Educators. JADE is an open-access, online-only journal that will serve as the publications arm of the Academy.

The NYU College of Dentistry Academy of Distinguished Educators was founded in May 2010 at the impetus of Charles N. Bertolami, D.D.S., D.Med.Sec., who was determined to address the undervaluation of teaching within higher education. The Academy’s mission is to encourage excellence in teaching within the NYU College of Dentistry and to foster excitement about the intellectual content of the courses taught there.

JADE’s editors hope that the journal will reinforce that goal, and provide a medium for the exchange of ideas about the theory and practices of higher education.

The first issue of JADE, which will serve as a model for those forthcoming, features a three-article debate about a ratings system for dentals schools proposed by Dr. Bertolami, and about the direction of dental education in the United States.

Migraine Pain App Wins 1st Place in University of Michigan Tech Challenge

A pain application that allows persons suffering from migraine headaches and facial pain to precisely record the location of the pain in real time on an iPhone or iPad, as well as quantify the intensity and impact of the pain, has won first prize in a University of Michigan (U-M) Mobile Apps Challenge.

The free application, PainTrek, was developed by Alexandre DaSilva, D.D.S., D.Med.Sc., Director of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s Headache and Orofacial Pain Effort (HOPE), who collaborated with a team with the University’s 3D Lab.

The PainTrek app has a menu that allows patients to describe the intensity of the pain, how the pain is affecting their lives, what triggers the pain, and other symptoms, such as nausea. The patient’s information is recorded, tracked, and analyzed so the pain can be more effectively treated and a clinician can develop a long-term pain management plan.

“For 15 years I have been working to try to better understand the mechanisms in the brain that trigger headaches and facial pain disorders,” DaSilva says. “However, equally important is being able to apply these mechanisms clinically so patients and doctors can monitor, in real time, what is occurring and any of the nuances about these pains.”

Fifteen years of research and advances in technology converged three years ago when Dr. DaSilva came up with the PainTrek concept. Working with Eric Maslowski, director of the University of Michigan 3D Laboratory and other members of his team, Dr. DaSilva says some fundamental features were critical in developing the application.

Taking advantage of touch screen technology, the app launches a three-dimensional model of the head with vertical and horizontal coordinates superimposed over anatomical landmarks. Similar to geographical coordinates on a map, the individual touches the location on the screen to pinpoint the location of the pain and rate its intensity. The app also has a series of questions about the signs and symptoms associated with the pain, the impact the pain is having on the patient’s life, a description of the pain, and what may have triggered it.

Wade Cooper, D.O., Director of the U-M Headache and Neuropathic Pain Program and an Assistant Professor in the Medical School’s Departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology, has been working with Dr. DaSilva for two or three years developing the PainTrek app.

New Member States at the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, Inc.

The Board of Directors of the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, Inc. (NERB) is pleased to announce the addition of three states, Kentucky, Mississippi, and New Mexico, to its membership. The addition of these states to the membership was unanimously approved during the NERB annual meeting, held January 10-12, 2013. These new member states, along with recent additions Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Wisconsin, result in a total membership of 22 jurisdictions. NERB member states, through their representatives, guide the organization in the development, innovation, and administration of competency assessments for the oral health professions.

NERB currently administers the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) examination for initial licensure of dentists and dental hygienists. The ADEX examination is accepted for licensure in 41 jurisdictions. Additionally, NERB develops and administers examinations on nitrous oxide utilization and administration; injectable local anesthesia; jurisprudence, ethics, and risk management; and state specialty examinations. 

Registration Opens for the IPEC Faculty Development Institute

As a founding member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), ADEA is pleased to announce the  IPEC Faculty Development Institute , May 20–22, 2013. The institute will focus on quality improvement and patient safety to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and learner assessment in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care. Faculty across the health disciplines will explore how to embed this content into their curriculums, while learning how to create and assess clinical quality and safety projects.

 Logistics for this meeting are being handled by the  Association of American Medical Colleges  (AAMC). The meeting will be held at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, Virginia. Registration and hotel information is available on the  IPEC website . Contact  Alexis Ruffin , Director, Medical Education, with any additional questions.

ADEA is a founding member of the IPEC along with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the AAMC, and the Association of Schools of Public Health. 

Announcing the DQA “Improving Dental Quality through Measurement” Conference

The Dental Quality Alliance (DQA), a multi-stakeholder alliance of non-profit associations, government agencies, and private organizations with a common mission to improve oral health, will convene a conference on Improving Dental Quality through Measurement on June 28–29, 2013, at the American Dental Association Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

The conference sessions are based on the six aims of high quality healthcare as defined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)—safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable health care. Participants will learn the need for and goals of quality measurement, review measurement techniques, examine emerging trends in quality improvement and patient safety, and develop strategies for successfully leading and influencing health care improvement in dentistry.

This conference will train 100 thought and opinion leaders in dentistry who commit to promoting the implementation of measurement to pursue common goals of quality improvement in oral health. Selection of the 100 attendees will be based on an online application process. More information on the conference and the application process is available on the  ADA website . Tuition is free to attendees, who will earn CE credit. Participants must pay for their own travel, lodging, and meal expenses. The applications will close on May 1, 2013 and will be reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis with rolling admissions. 

For more information on the conference, please contact  Ms. Manesa Douglass  via email.  

Penn Dental Medicine Opens State-of-the-Art Endodontic Clinic

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine announces the opening of the Syngcuk Kim Endodontic Clinic, a new facility for state-of-the-art education, research, and clinical care. The new clinic, which opened for patient care on January 7, 2013, is the first key project of the School’s 10-year master plan for facilities renovations.

“I am thrilled. This new clinic is a state-of-the-art environment that will greatly enhance our educational programs and clinical care resources,” says Syngcuk Kim,
D.D.S., Ph.D., M.D., the Louis I. Grossman Professor of Endodontics, who has led the Department of Endodontics for nearly 21 years. “I am also very humbled by the naming of this clinic in my honor and the tremendous alumni support at all levels that has made it possible.

Syngcuk Kim Clinic Alumni and friends of the Department of Endodontics contributed more than $2 million to fund the renovation. “Our education at Penn Dental has given us so much; it is only appropriate that we give back, and recognize Dr. Kim, who has been such a great mentor,” says Samuel Kratchman, D.M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine, who led fundraising efforts for the clinic renovation among the Penn Endo Graduate Alumni Group.

While featuring modern, leading edge design and technology, the clinic environment also incorporates the architectural character of the school’s historic Evans building. The facility features 23 chairs, two surgical suites, a consultation room, modular operatories with an operating microscope and computer at each chair, and a handicapped-accessible reception room. The clinic is also being outfitted for real-time video streaming of cases to classrooms, continued education programs, and national and international meetings.

The Syngcuk Kim Endodontic Clinic is the teaching clinic for the postdoctoral students in Penn Dental Medicine’s graduate dental education program in endodontics as well as the training center for the Department of Endodontics’ highly respected continuing education programs in microsurgery, which draw clinicians from throughout the world. All Penn Dental Medicine D.M.D. students rotate through the clinic for their endodontic requirements.

ave the Date for the AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting

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. 

Please contact  Meaghan Quinn  for any general program inquiries.

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