On April 7, over 250 students, faculty, staff and administrators participated in an innovative virtual research day sponsored by
A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH). The culmination of two semesters worth of research and scholarly activity conducted by ATSU-MOSDOH, the St. Louis Dental Center full-time clinical faculty and D3 students was presented via app and the Zoom video conferencing tool.
Acting as both instructors and collaborators, faculty mentors worked with D3 dental students from the development of their research questions to the posting of the groups’ work in a virtual format. Scholarly inquiry focused on a wide range of clinical/specialty areas of interest, including digital dentistry, emotional well-being of dental students and oral hygiene sequencing. Numerous projects assessed the impact of social determinants of health in the provision of dental care.
With the support of several A.T. Still University’s research and IT departments, ATSU-MOSDOH was able to adopt
an innovative ePoster format using the Kubify Learning Toolbox app to present faculty mentors’/students’ work, including presentation slides, abstracts and project-specific resources. Unlike a traditional paper poster, the ePosters, abstracts, mini posters and other resources were nested in an app format accessed via tiles on a phone or tablet. Each poster was assigned a unique QR code and can be accessed for years to come. To support further collaboration, all 17 mini posters will be collated into two large, paper posters and hung in the hallway of both the St. Louis and Kirksville dental school buildings.
While the original intention was for D3 students to present live their poster presentations to the Kirksville campus using the Kubify app and Zoom, the COVID-19 pandemic required several adaptations. With Zoom “superpowers” and a great deal of behind-the-scenes work, the complete multi-level event was presented virtually to the ATSU-MOSDOH community. During the meeting, participants were able to ask questions of the research team via the Zoom chat function.
The First Place Award went to a project that took normal dental radiographs and looked for calcium blockages, indicating possible heart disease. This had several strong visual images that could be highlighted and has both medical and dental implications. The Second Place Award in the Poster Competition highlighted the emotional health of ATSU-MOSDOH dental students.
In addition, one of the authors selected for the Second Place Award, Sarah Cork, was chosen as the ATSU-MOSDOH winner of Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) Award. The award is co-sponsored by Dentsply Sirona and the American Association for Dental Research. This is a national award and a high honor.
Courtesy of Joan Davis, Ph.D., Director of Research and Special Projects at A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Published on June 10, 2020