Bulletin of Dental Education

National Recognition for VCU SOD Dental Hygiene Students

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Dental hygiene faculty and recent graduates from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry (VCU SOD) attended the National Oral Health Conference® (NOHC) in Tennessee this year. The conference focused on dental public health and improving public oral health. VCU SOD took home two prizes in the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s Dental Student Hygiene Merit Awards. Christian Waterman, RDH; Brittany Badders, RDH; and Mackenzie Blackwell, RDH, took second place for their work as students on “Improving Caregiver Dental Hygiene Knowledge in a Long-Term Care Facility for Residents With Irreversible Physical Disabilities.” Tuongvi Tran, RDH; Alexandra Mason, RDH; and Erin Lewis, RDH, took third place for their work on “Community Service Project: Petersburg Home for the Ladies.” Mr. Waterman and Ms. Tran attended the conference to accept the awards. They were accompanied by Patricia Bonwell, RDH, Ph.D., adjunct faculty at VCU SOD and Director of the Introduction to Public Health and Community Dental Health courses. 

In June, five current VCU dental hygiene students had the opportunity to attend the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Session in Louisville, KY. Helena Nefferdorf and Cassandra Cooper presented an informative research poster on “Oil Pulling.” Regina Dixon presented a poster entitled “Effects of Wind Instruments on the Orofacial Anatomy.” And Christina Tulloch and Denise Thieleman, who won first place for their undergraduate student informative research poster, presented a poster entitled “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and the Effects on the Periodontium.” The students were accompanied by Associate Professor Joan Pellegrini RDH, Ph.D. This was an exciting accomplishment for the students and the VCU Dental Hygiene Program.

Courtesy of Michelle McGregor, M.Ed., Associate Professor and Director of the Dental Hygiene Program, VCU SOD

Published on September 11, 2019

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