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UMKC School of Dentistry: Online Prep and Review Courses for Dental Admissions and National Boards

The University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry is in its fourth year of delivering online courses for the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE), Parts I and II. UMKC School of Dentistry professors develop and teach the courses. The UMKC School of Dentistry has teamed up with CEWebinar™ for technology support. The CEWebinar web page can be accessed by going to http://www.cewebinar.com/umkc/.

The courses cover all content areas outlined in the Dental Admission Test (DAT) Program Guide and the guides for National Board Dental Examination, Parts I and II. Once a year, courses are offered in a synchronous (live) format allowing students to participate on Saturday mornings, ask real-time questions, and receive real-time answers from faculty presenters. Each lecture is recorded and made available to course participants for a period of three months. All three courses are also offered in an on-demand format (asynchronous) that is available at any time of the year, where participants have access to all the course lectures and handouts for a period of three months.

Vino de Mayo Auction Raises About $100,000 to Support Care for Underserved Children

The Kids in the Klinic Endowment at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry will receive nearly $100,000 thanks to a successful Vino de Mayo wine auction and dinner held on May 5, 2012. More than 230 wine and food enthusiasts gathered at the biennial event held at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The fundraiser supports much-needed dental care, education, and oral health prevention for socioeconomically disadvantaged children throughout northern California.


Students and Guests at the Vino De Mayo Auction 

The Vino de Mayo event helps the Kids in the Klinic program move toward its goal of raising $2 million to support oral health care for children at the school's pediatric dentistry and orthodontics clinics. The clinics provide access to care for approximately 1,500 children each year. For many working families without dental insurance, regular care is an unaffordable luxury, and many patients have never seen a dentist prior to visiting the school's clinics.

“The Kids in the Klinic Endowment allows us to provide dental treatment to children regardless of their family's ability to pay,” says Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo. Jr. “Without the generous support from the Vino de Mayo attendees, donors, and sponsors, much of what we do to help these underserved children would not be a possibility.” For the complete story, please see this link.

UCSF’s School of Dentistry Repeats Global Oral Health Symposium Success

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Dentistry repeated and expanded on the success of last year's inaugural event, bringing greater visibility not only to vital oral health issues worldwide but also to the extraordinary international effort to address them. Nearly 100 campus and visiting participants—including some from China, Germany, and India—attended the second annual Global Oral Health Day and Symposium at UCSF on April 23.

“This second event confirms UCSF’s leading role on global oral health,” says John S. Greenspan, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Global Oral Health at UCSF, which aims to improve oral and craniofacial health worldwide.

Named to lead UCSF's Global Oral Health program in October 2010, Dr. Greenspan is working to build, strengthen, and coordinate activities in global oral health; to develop and support programs of excellence in global oral health sciences and international health within the school; and to interact with the UCSF campus, system wide, and with other initiatives in global health through educational, research, and public service programs. For more information about this symposium, please click here.

Loma Linda Dentist Recognized for Treatment

Patients who get root canal treatments at a dentist’s office may have their teeth partially or completely filled with a nontoxic material to prevent reinfection and to save their teeth.

This is a standard procedure at dentists’ offices, but perhaps less known is that a specialist from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Mahmoud Torabinejad, D.M.D., M.S.D., Ph.D. is responsible for developing this advance in dental care at Loma Linda University several years ago.

In an assessment of scientific articles that have exerted the most impact on the field of endodontics, the Journal of Endodontics identified Dr. Torabinejad as the most cited journal author. Dr. Torabinejad was the lead author of 12 articles on the top 100 most-cited list.

“I am interested in saving teeth,” says Dr. Torabinejad, Professor and Director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. “As a researcher, I am interested in what’s going on in our field so that we can help people take care of their teeth.”

Dr. Torabinejad, who grew up in Iran and received his dental degree from the University of Tehran, has performed research that led to major breakthroughs in the field. Almost two decades ago, he developed a special substance called mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA), to replace the mercury and lead-laden amalgam then used for root canal surgery. He also developed an irrigant to wash away bacteria and debris from an infected root canal, which replaced potentially dangerous household bleach that had been used until then. Additionally, he has conducted numerous studies to help reduce inflammation and pain. Those studies have led to new standards in dental care.

Dr. Torabinejad now works on research that could help lead to the regeneration of tissues inside the tooth.

Marquette Alum Donates $1M to Dentistry School Expansion

Marquette University announced that a School of Dentistry alumnus will donate $1 million toward the school's 40,000-square-foot expansion. The $1 million gift, donated by Rick A. Kushner, D.D.S, to the Building for the Future Expansion Project campaign will help create a fifth clinic—to be named the Comfort Dental clinic—within the School of Dentistry. This new entity will allow the school's patient care practice to increase by 24 stations.

Dr. Kushner, who also funds a scholarship at the dental school, says that his relationship with William K. Lobb, D.D.S., M.S., Dean of the Marquette University School of Dentistry, was a catalyst for his support of the school. Under Dr. Lobb’s leadership, the school has developed a curriculum that focuses on evidence-based care, as well as on caring for the whole community.

One of the state’s largest dental Medicaid providers, the Marquette University School of Dentistry treats more than 26,000 individuals annually in 64 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The school operates three clinics—one on the Marquette campus and two others on the north and south sides of Milwaukee—and is affiliated with four additional clinics caring for underserved patients throughout the state.

Howard University Hospital Staff Among Those Working in Haiti

Haiti, still struggling two years after a devastating earthquake, is receiving needed health care assistance from Howard University Hospital (HUH) staff members and students, as well as from United States-based Haitian immigrants. A team of 25 physicians, dentists, and medical students, along with 75 nonphysician volunteers, traveled to Haiti in June to provide medical care and clinical training. Howard University officials announced that the effort is being organized by HUH, the New York chapter of the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH NY), and the Haitian Healthcare Alliance.

“We think it’s vital that we keep a focus on Haiti as its people try to recover from this horrible tragedy,” says Shelly R. McDonald-Pinkett, M.D., interim Dean of Howard University’s College of Medicine. “Even though it was two years ago, the residents of Haiti are still struggling with a variety of issues exacerbated by this earthquake, and health care is one of them. “That’s why these physicians and the scores of volunteers have given their time and skills for this effort. They want to help. It’s that simple.”

Major League Baseball Team Gives A.T. Still University Pediatric Dental Suite $50K

A $50,000 Grand Slam Award from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is helping to support the new Arizona Diamondbacks Pediatric Dental Suite at the A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) dental clinic in Mesa. The dental suite consists of two child-friendly rooms that offer a warm environment for children to receive care, according to the university. The pediatric dental suite, which will allow a 20% increase in the existing clinic's capacity, will help ATSU-ASDOH students gain knowledge about pediatric dentistry.

A portion of the funds from the award will go toward providing uncompensated oral care for children from low-income families. Children from birth to 12 years of age from low-income, working-poor families receive care at ASDOH's pediatric clinic. Most (94%) are uninsured or have parents who are either unemployed or are struggling to pay their bills.

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