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.
Faculty Lead New Oral Health Lecture Series at Stanford University School of
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
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.
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
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
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
Kansas Initiative for New Dentists Offers
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
The 2012 KIND application deadline is May 15. Grants will be awarded in June.
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