Bulletin of Dental Education

Dentistry in the News - July 2012

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Pacific Dental Services, Inc. and America’s ToothFairy Form Partnership to Help At-Risk Children
In an effort to expand oral health services for children, My Kid's Dentist/Every Kid's Dentist (MKD/EKD) announced a partnership with National Children's Oral Health Foundation: America's ToothFairy (NCOHF) through the Students United for America's ToothFairy (SUAT) Pediatric Dental Residency Program. As a result of this alliance, NCOHF will become the primary charitable partner for the Pacific Dental Services-affiliated MKD/EKD offices.

Designed to provide critical oral health educational and preventive services for at-risk children, this new program also cultivates interest in the oral health field. It also unites future dental professionals in a concerted effort to break the cycle of pediatric dental disease in their communities. Guiding chapter activities, members of the SUAT Pediatric Dental Residency Program will serve as mentors for dental, predental, dental hygiene, dental assisting, and high school student volunteers.

“We are proud to partner with My Kid’s Dentist/Every Kid’s Dentist through this exciting program and applaud their commitment to children’s oral health,” says Fern K. Ingber, M.Ed., NCOHF President and CEO. “Their support will enable NCOHF to mobilize graduate, undergraduate, and high school students throughout the country in an effort to reach thousands of underserved children with the resources, services, and education necessary to prevent pediatric dental disease.”

University of Wyoming Dental Program and Satellite Medical Clinics Jeopardized by Budget Cuts

Funding for dental school students in the WYDENT program and satellite medical clinics could end due to proposed budget cuts at the University of Wyoming (UW). The WYDENT program is a joint dental school program with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and College of Dentistry and Creighton University School of Dentistry. Included could be an outreach clinic in eastern Laramie County. UW's administration was recently asked to provide a plan for a possible 8% budget cut by Governor Matt Mead. The 8% reduction would cost the university about $15.7 million in general fund money from the state. Separate programs, including medical education, that are administered through UW also would face cuts. “They're individual entities,” UW spokesman Chad Baldwin, Director of Institutional Communications, says. “It's not like the university specifically picked out medical education; those are separate accounts.” In medical education, the total cut amounts to almost $1.3 million.

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