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Around the Dental Education Community - May 2012

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Nominations Open for the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research

The Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research was established to recognize investigators whose clinical research has had a meaningful impact on some aspect of clinical dentistry. Twenty-one distinguished recipients have received the award since its inception in 1991. 

The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas. 

The American Dental Association sponsors the award with the generous support of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. Nominations must be received at ADA headquarters by June 15, 2012. The recipient will receive a $5,000 honorarium and a plaque. 

Demand for Dentist Anesthesiologists on the Rise

There is a growing demand for dentist anesthesiologists to treat pediatric patients but a lack of available practitioners able to meet it in every region of the United States, according to a study in Anesthesiology Progress.

Nearly 70% of the pediatric dentists that participated in the study stated that they would use a dentist anesthesiologist if one were available (AP, Spring 2012, Vol. 59:1, pp. 12-17).

Old Dominion University School of Dental Hygiene Receives Health Care Heroes Award

Old Dominion University's (ODU) Dental Hygiene School never overlooks the underserved communities in its own backyard. Founded in 1969, the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene developed one of the first graduate programs in the field. Textbooks, peer reviewed articles, and book chapters penned by its award-winning professors are required reading worldwide. The school is home to the only dental hygiene research center in the United States. The school recently was recognized as a 2012 Health Care Hero by INSIDE BUSINESS, the Hampton Roads Business Journal.

"This faculty, they're always one step ahead," says Shelley Mishoe, Dean of ODU's College of Health Sciences. "They really are the leaders in dental hygiene internationally." That includes community outreach. Last year, students and faculty donated $65,480 in free dental hygiene services and education at schools, churches, senior centers, social service agencies and community events.

Volunteer Dentistry Overseas: Students and Faculty Participate in Mission Trip to Fiji

Dentistry students volunteer in Fiji

A group of University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students and faculty spent the recent school spring break volunteering their time and talents overseas. For 10 days in March, 22 students, eight faculty and three guests traveled  across the Pacific Ocean to provide dental care to villagers in the remote island area of Moala Village, Fiji. The Fiji trip has taken place unofficially for many years, but recently has become an international trip officially recognized and endorsed by the dental school.

Throughout this year's trip, volunteers treated nearly 230 unique patients, with many patients visiting the clinic over multiple days for extensive treatment that could not be accomplished in one visit. In total more than 270 teeth were extracted and nearly 200 fillings were placed by Dugoni School volunteers. Patient ages ranged from young children to elderly villagers.

Université Laval Moving from Paper to Electronic Dental Records

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

The Executive Director of the Faculté de Médecine Dentaire, Marie-Joseé Ro, along with Systems Information Consultant Judith Lemay and Director of Projects Roch Du Mont, are 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.

National Advisory Dental & Craniofacial Research Council Meeting to be Held, May 21

The 200th session of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council (NADCRC) will be held on Monday, May 21, 2012 on the NIH main campus in Building 31C, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, Maryland.  The morning session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public.  There will also be a live videocast of the open session available for remote access at:   http://videocast.nih.gov/.

Dentistry Faculty, Students and Alumni Volunteer at Remote Area Medical Event in Oakland

Students volunteer at remote area event in Oakland

Faculty, student and alumni volunteers from University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently joined forces with hundreds of other medical and dental volunteers at Remote Area Medical (RAM),  a four-day event held March 22-25 at the Oakland Coliseum. This is the second year Dugoni School volunteers have participated in RAM Oakland, and the first year the dental school has had an official, organized presence at the event. A Tennessee-based organization, RAM provides a wide range of free health services to underserved populations around the world.

Eight Doctors to Become First University of Louisville Graduates of Program Aimed at Strengthening Diversity in the Health Professions

Eight health sciences students graduating this Saturday – four dentists and four physicians – are achieving a milestone that has special meaning because they all came from rural, minority, or disadvantaged backgrounds. The eight are the University of Louisville’s (UofL) first group to complete the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), a health sciences program aimed at creating a more diverse medical and dental workforce. Funded by grants totaling more than $2 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and matched by the UofL Foundation and individual donors, SMDEP began at UofL in 2005. Direction and technical assistance for SMDEP is provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Association

SMDEP gives undergraduate students exposure to the academic realities of medical or dental education through participation in an intensive six-week summer program that offers academic credit, books and supplies, a stipend, housing and meals. Each summer, UofL accepts 80 potential medical or dental students to the program.

“This program helps freshman and sophomore undergraduate students understand how math and science are integrated and applied in medical and dental school studies and careers,” says Mary Joshua, SMDEP director, Office of Minority and Rural Affairs. “Our goal is to produce a more competitive and highly motivated pool of medical and dental applicants from underrepresented and disadvantaged populations.”

Dr. Devin Hall, a University of Louisville School of Dentistry graduate from Calvert City, KY, says he was looking for a program that could help prepare him for dental school.

“SMDEP was my first exposure to UofL,” Dr. Hall says. “The program gave me a strong connection to the School of Dentistry and made me feel comfortable before becoming a student.”

UofL is one of 12 medical and dental institutions nationwide that participate in SMDEP. Learn more by viewing a YouTube video about SMDEP at UofL.

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