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Regents Approve Oral Health Care Center at UT Health Science Center

The University of Texas System Board of Regents this month authorized a $95 million oral health care center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. The new facility, to be constructed adjacent to the university’s Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC) on Floyd Curl Drive, will improve dental education and training and enable the Dental School to sustain its top-tier ranking, said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center. 

The MARC is the flagship location of UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center. The proximity of the new dental facility to the MARC outpatient medical care clinics will greatly assist referrals and management of patients with oral health conditions, said Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., Dean of the Dental School.

The new facility will allow the Health Science Center to enhance educational and clinical interactions between clinical specialties. “The Health Science Center’s schools work together to educate the entire health care team, and we are excited about the opportunity to care for the region’s oral health needs and conduct clinical research studies in a new facility that is closely inter-related with our medical colleagues,” Dean Kalkwarf says.

Dugoni School Faculty Lead New Oral Health Lecture Series at Stanford University School of Medicine

A new collaboration is bringing together medical and dental professionals in Northern California. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has partnered with the California Dental Association (CDA), American Dental Association (ADA) and Stanford University School of Medicine to spotlight the many connections between oral health and systemic health in a new lecture series.

Medical students and faculty at Stanford's School of Medicine have been invited to six different lectures led by faculty from the Dugoni School of Dentistry. The lecture series, spanning January through June 2012, is being held on the Stanford campus. Sessions are designed to give attendees a helpful overview of what a physician should know about oral health including the link between oral health and certain diseases; dental trauma; considerations of prescription medication; perinatal/maternal oral health; and other topics.

NIDCR Launches New Toolkit for Clinical Researchers
If you are an National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) grant applicant or awardee planning to conduct clinical research, please visit NIDCR's new Toolkit for Clinical Researchers. The toolkit contains study start-up documents you will need, as well as those needed during the conduct of clinical research and for study completion and close-out. 

Université Laval moves to Electronic Dental Records with Two-Ten Health

As of 2011, the Université Laval Faculté de Médecine Dentaire, Quebec, have taken the first steps towards overhauling their clinical information system and moving from paper charts and files to electronic dental records.

The Faculté de Médecine Dentaire is working closely with Two-Ten Health and local partner SOLABS to plan the roll-out of Two-Ten Health’s Salud Dental Information Management System, the only such system developed specifically for the current and future needs of dental schools.

Salud will be deployed in French for the first time, making this a breakthrough partnership for Two-Ten Health in several ways as they are proud to name Université Laval as their first client in Canada.

Université Laval, the birthplace of French higher education in North America, will be able to maintain its proud tradition of high standards in education and research while ensuring patients at its dental clinic receive high-quality care.  Salud’s Electronic Health Record system will ensure the clinic runs efficiently and smoothly, making it even easier for patients to receive the care and treatment they need.

Faculty members at the dental school are looking forward to reaping the benefits of a system that allows the students to work with the latest technologies, while ensuring the supervising clinicians oversee all diagnoses and treatments.  Students will benefit when they complete their training and enter the workforce.  As healthcare around the world moves into the digital era they will be prepared for a career in modern oral healthcare using the latest innovations and technologies.

In addition, Salud’s research module prepares Université Laval for global connectedness and collaborative research, with the electronic database and report-generating function enabling Laval to continue to further their international reputation as a quality research institution in the health sciences.

Kansas Initiative for New Dentists Offers $50,000 Grants

The Kansas Initiative for New Dentists (KIND) was launched in 2012 as a program to assist dental graduates with paying off student loans and providing other startup grants, while helping fulfill the need for dentists in rural Kansas communities. KIND is funded by the Delta Dental of Kansas (DDKS) Foundation and sponsored by the Kansas Dental Association (KDA).

KIND provides two $50,000 grants to dental school graduates who agree to start a practice in one of five designated "dental deserts", or Kansas communities not served by a dentist within 20 miles. Dentists also agree to a minimum of three years in the community and to designate 35% of services to underserved patients.

In 2012, two grants will be awarded: one $50,000 grant for a dental school graduate to assist in loan repayment and one $50,000 grant to help fund practice start-up for a practicing dentist who wishes to move to an underserved area.

The 2012 KIND application deadline is May 15. Grants will be awarded in June.

Young Students Explore Dental Careers at Annual Dental Camp

Junior high and high school students from throughout Northern California recently gathered at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry for Dental Camp, an annual program hosted by the Dugoni School and the California Dental Association.  Due to high demand for the program, the 2012 event increased its attendance capacity to nearly 80 young students, who spent the day of Feb. 11 immersed in hands-on dental activities.

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