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Dr. Kowolik to Lead Indiana University School of Dentistry’s Expanded Internationalization Efforts

Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) Dean John Williams, D.M.D., M.B.A., has turned to a faculty member with a diverse international background to lead the school’s expanded internationalization efforts.

Dr. Williams says Michael Kowolik, B.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Education, will lead those efforts from the recently renamed Office of Graduate Education and Global Engagement.

“Indiana University is actively extending the principles and practice of internationalization on several fronts,” Dr. Williams says. “It is appropriate that the dental school align itself more formally with the university in its vision and mission regarding a commitment to global education and scholarly activity.”

Having an office with this designated responsibility gives a positive signal to potential external partners that the dental school has a serious commitment in the global arena, Dr. Williams says.

Dr. Kowolik grew up in England and Scotland, where he earned dental and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He worked often with colleagues in Europe as well as the U.S. for more than a decade.

Dr. Kowolik says expansion of the dental school’s international efforts will begin with building on existing partnerships. Those partnerships include two that are designated as Strategic Partners at IU and IUPUI: Moi University and AMPATH partnership in Kenya, and Sun Yat-Sen University in China.

Several dental faculty and departments have well-established relationships through formal or informal collaborations with colleagues and schools around the world, Dr. Kowolik says. The school also has an existing collaboration in Japan, and is exploring the possibility of providing training to some junior dental faculty at King Saud University and developing a joint Ph.D. program between the IU School of Dentistry and King Saud University, the largest higher education center in Saudi Arabia.

Dugoni School of Dentistry Announces Launch of School App

University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Information Technology Department recently announced the launch of a free mobile application designed to help students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and prospective students easily access information about the dental school.

The app is now available in the iOS App Store and the Android Market. Featured content includes school news, event listings, directory, campus map, wallpaper photos, school references and helpful links, videos, live Twitter feed, admissions checklist, and alumni resources.    Dugoni App Icon 1

Recognizing the importance of using new technologies to share information, the Dugoni School conducted a survey of students, faculty, and staff in the spring of 2012 to gauge interest in a school mobile app, as well as preferred features and content. The app was officially released in October 2012, and is the result of close collaboration among numerous school departments, including Information Technology, Marketing and Communications, Human Resources, Design and Photo, Admissions, and Alumni.


Dugoni School of Dentistry Launches Study to Analyze Webcam Instructional Technology

University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is always considering what instruction for dental students might look like in the future. Now the dental school is examining webcam technology and how it might play a role in dental education.
The school announced it is conducting a new one-year study, "Evaluation of Effectiveness of a High Definition Webcam in Preclinical Dental Training," which began in November.    Dugoni SimLab2

The purpose of the study is to gather research on new training and instructional methodology–in this case, the use of high-definition web cameras that instructors will use to teach students preclinical dental skills.

Students participating in the study will be exposed to both traditional instruction methods and webcam instruction. Participants will evaluate the effectiveness of each method. Webcam technology will also be incorporated into the dental Simulation Laboratory at the Dugoni School of Dentistry campus in San Francisco.

The study is being conducted under the investigation of Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Nader Nadershahi, D.D.S., M.B.A., as well as faculty members Anders Nattestad, Ph.D., D.D.S., Parag Kachalia, D.D.S., and Shika Gupta, D.D.S. Another investigator in the study is Dr. Mark Genuis, the CEO of ICE Health Systems, which is providing technological support for the duration of the study.

Exhibit at University of Michigan School of Dentistry Features Role of Women Dentists

What do Drs. Marilyn Woolfolk, Sharon Brooks, Nisha D’Silva, and Jeanne Sinkford have in common? Or Drs. Jane Slocum Hayward, Ida Gray, and Clara McNaughton?

Each of them, along with 16 other female dentists, is featured in a new exhibit, Women Dentists: Changing the Face of Dentistry, in the Sindecuse Museum at the University of Michigan (U-M) School of Dentistry. Unveiled in October, the new exhibit complements Inside the Dental Practice: 1860-1940, which has been open to the public since March 2011.

“As we gathered information for Inside the Dental Practice, it was very clear that women have played a significant role in the growth and development of dentistry,” says Museum Curator Shannon O’Dell. As the Women Dentists exhibit moved from planning to reality, Ms. O’Dell recalls “we collected an incredible amount of data on more than 60 women whose determination and achievements had a major impact on dentistry.”

The information included photos, notes, and articles from university alumni journals and dentistry publications; information from state and national dental organizations and government agencies, historical societies, and publishers; and artifacts in the Museum collected or borrowed from School of Dentistry alumni and families related to the dentists featured in the exhibit.

“Since space in the exhibit is limited, we had to make some difficult decisions about who would be featured and what would be displayed,” Ms. O’Dell says. She narrowed the focus for the new exhibit to 23 women.

Some were on what she labeled as “a must include list.” These include:

  • Dr. Lucy Beaman Hobbs, the first woman in the country to receive a dental degree (1866).
  • Dr. Ida Gray, the first African-American woman to earn a dental degree and U-M graduate (D.D.S. 1890).
  • Dr. Jeanne Sinkford, the first female Dean of any dental school (1975, Howard University College of Dentistry). Dr. Sinkford is Senior Scholar in Residence at ADEA.
  • Dr. Geraldine Morrow, the first woman president of the ADA (1991).

Earning a dental degree was a challenge. “Since they wanted to become dentists in a profession that was exclusively male, these women pioneers had a tough road to travel,” according to Ms. O’Dell. “Fortunately, there were some leaders who were strong advocates for women in dentistry, including Dr. Jonathan Taft.” Dr. Taft was the U-M School of Dentistry’s first Dean (1875-1903).

Under Taft’s leadership, women were members of nearly every dental class at U-M beginning in 1880. “Because of Dr. Taft’s pioneering mindset and focus more colleges and universities with dental schools began accepting more and more women into their dental programs beginning in the 1880s,” Ms. O’Dell says. 

In the process, these female dental pioneers became role models. “They were not afraid to be the only woman in their dental class. They also showed young girls that there were new career opportunities for them, not just in dentistry, but also in dental education, administration, and even specialized areas of dentistry,” Ms. O’Dell says.

Women Dentists: Changing the Face of Dentistry will be on display until December 2014. For more information, including making arrangements in advance for tours for donors and groups, contact Shannon O’Dell, at dentalmuseum@umich.edu, or visit the Museum’s Web site

Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Hardt Share NIH Grant to Collaborate with Informationists

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded a joint administrative supplement grant to Brian Schmidt, D.D.S., M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research at the New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD), and Markus Hardt, Ph.D., a protein chemist at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute, to collaborate with informationists at the NYU Health Sciences Libraries in their study of the role of the molecular mechanisms of cancer pain in general and oral cancer pain in particular.

Informationists are medical librarians who provide in-depth research and knowledge management services to clinical or biomedical research teams. While scientific literature has become increasingly easy to access through computer-based systems, the vast amounts of information available, coupled with the increasing complexity of library systems, frequently prevent researchers from effectively accessing the required data. Informationists use data management systems to bridge the gap between available scientific information and relevant scientific information.

The grant builds on a $1.25 million, five-year NIDCR parent grant awarded to Drs. Schmidt and Hardt in 2010 to spur the development of more sophisticated analgesics (pain medications) to alleviate the pain that is so often manifested in patients with oral cancer. 

The project involves 10 scientific collaborators from New York and Boston working to transfer complex data files, manuscripts, specimens, and citations between the New York City and Boston laboratories. The informationists will streamline this process by developing Web-based systems to enable the researchers to efficiently share data and citations, and automated literature searching processes to quickly and effectively identify and elucidate the role of specific molecular mechanisms in cancer pain.

According to Aileen McCrillis, a Research Librarian at the NYU Health Sciences Libraries and a member of the team of informationists joining the NYUCD-Boston research team, an informationist’s role is going to gain importance in the coming years, as data management systems become more complex. 

“Informationists are essentially a more evolved librarian,” explains Ms. McCrillis. “They take a more active role in the research than a traditional librarian and are more deeply involved with the research team. They typically also have an in-depth understanding of the medical literature.”

IPE PORTAL Advances Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Education

High-quality, peer-reviewed, competency-based learning modules for interprofessional health education are now available through a new innovative online portal launched by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). Based on Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, these materials are designed to provide tools to prepare tomorrow’s health professions work force for interprofessional, team-based, patient-centered, and community- and population-oriented care.

Funding support was provided by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and IPEC. IPEC is a national organization connecting health professions for better care. The founding members include ADEA, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Schools of Public Health.

The IPE PORTAL collection is open for submissions. Inquiries should be directed to mededportal@aamc.org.

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