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Advancing Dentistry: The Commitment of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine to Education, Innovation and Service

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The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine (CWRU SDM) uses new technologies to educate students and innovate patient care while actively serving the Cleveland, OH, community to forge tomorrow’s dental leaders and prepare for the future of oral health education.

The CWRU SDM Department of Periodontics, under the direction of Gian Pietro Schincaglia, D.D.S., Ph.D., FACD, the Professor, Chair and Director of the Graduate Residency Program, performed its 53rd Yomi dental robot implant surgery in October 2023. The event was livestreamed and covered by Fox 8 News. While HoloLens technology has been used to teach anatomy at the school, Theresa Roma Jasinevicius, D.D.S., M.Ed., and Scott Pelok, D.D.S., both are Associate Professors in the Department of Comprehensive Care, and Mike Landers, D.D.S., Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, worked with the CWRU Interactive Commons team to create a dental specific CWRU technology application named “JAWS at work” to be used in masticatory dynamics classes. CWRU SDM is the only dental school in the United States to use epeds. These computer-assisted augmented reality dental teaching units guide and evaluate the operational procedures of beginning dental students as they develop their pre-clinical technical skills. 

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The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine Health Education Campus Samson Pavilion.

Committed to providing services to the community, CWRU SDM dental students travel to Cleveland Metropolitan schools several times per week to provide sealants to young students in the Healthy Smiles program. This is the 21st year that CWRU SDM has provided these services to all schools in the district. In early November 2023, the school returned to its annual tradition of hosting Give Kids A Smile Day and made travel arrangements for 150 students from the East Cleveland School District to be transported to the dental clinic for exams and cleanings. The event was a collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Dental Society. The school also works with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital to operate the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile dental van that provides dental care to children ages 3 to 18 years old in Head Start programs, schools and clinics. The school’s Lifelong Smiles Program uses a mobile van to provide dental care to seniors in nursing and assisted-living centers. Dental students also completed over 62,000 appointments in the CWRU Dental Clinic in 2023. 

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The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine Dental Clinic.

Andres Pinto, D.M.D., M.B.A., M.S.C.E., Professor and Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, was selected for the inaugural ADEA Council of Deans Fellowship. Ali Syed, B.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor in the Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostics Sciences Department, recently completed the ADEA Emerging Leaders Program.

ADEA President and CEO Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H., visited CWRU as the featured lecturer of the Dean Kenneth B. Chance, D.D.S., Endowed Distinguished Lectureship to speak to faculty, staff, residents and students about looking ahead to the next 100 years of oral health and positioning themselves to counter threats and seize opportunities. Preparing for the future, the school recently unveiled its new strategic plan, The Business of Dental Education, which will continue to drive the school forward in its mission to educate, innovate and serve.

Published on March 13, 2024

Courtesy of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine 

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