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
"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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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.
Member States at the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, Inc.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Save the Date for the AAMC Integrating
annual Association of American Medical
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
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).
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.