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Program Highlight: Old Dominion University College of Health Sciences

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Below is the latest highlighted news for Old Dominion University (ODU) College of Health Sciences.

Award Recognition on Behalf of the ODU College of Health Sciences

The ODU School of Dental Hygiene celebrated two faculty at the ODU College of Health Sciences Welcome Back and Awards Ceremony in September. 

Emily Ludwig, M.S., Assistant Professor, was recognized with the College’s Rising Star Researcher Award, which recognizes a full-time faculty member within the College of Health Sciences who demonstrates outstanding scholarly activity early in their career and excellence in scholarly activity related to original research.  

Brenda Bradshaw, M.S., Assistant Professor, was recognized with the College’s Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, which recognizes a full-time faculty member within the College of Health Sciences who is outstanding in teaching and has excellent teaching records in the classroom and clinical setting. 

Faculty Recognition on Behalf of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine

Tara L Newcomb, M.S., Associate Professor in the ODU School of Dental Hygiene, recently earned the distinction of becoming a Certified Biological Dental Hygienist® by completing course work through the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM). She is also a current member of the IABDM and serves as a committee member for the organization's section on dental hygiene.  

The purpose of the IABDM is to promote biological dental medicine using non-toxic diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the field of clinical dentistry and dental hygiene. With her certification, Prof. Newcomb hopes to center her research on evidence-based, biocompatible approaches to oral health and wellness.

Old Dominion University’s 2023 Dental Health Summer Institute

This year, the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation and ODU’s Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene hosted the second annual Dental Health Summer Institute (DHSI) to grow and diversify the oral health workforce.

Through this free program, approximately 30 high school students learn about oral health professions by spending five half days at the Institute, virtually and in-person, where ODU faculty and staff teach them how to apply to colleges, give them a sample of what college life is like by teaching mini-sessions and expose them to professionals in oral health care.

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When the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation first approached Ann Bruhn, B.S.D.H., M.S., RDH, Associate Professor and Chair, about replicating a similar program by NYU College of Dentistry, Prof. Bruhn stepped up to accept the challenge of hosting this event. Prof. Bruhn recruited an incredible team of faculty who helped develop the curriculum, recruit students and teach the courses. In addition, they received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to follow up with students and see if they choose to pursue a profession or education in oral health.

“Without Ann and the ODU faculty, we would not have been able to get this important initiative off the ground. They have been instrumental in the success of the Institute and have been a wonderful partner. We are so grateful for them,” said Polly Raible, Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation.

Prof. Bruhn added, “The Dental Health Summer Institute is an incredible opportunity for students interested in the dental profession—providing hands-on laboratory experiences along with lectures on dental anatomy, radiology, dental materials, professional oral care, professional roles, values of diverse graduates and specific admissions and financial aid information to assist and connect prospective students. We are thrilled to participate in the program at the ODU School of Dental Hygiene and have already had prior DHSI students attend informational orientations in preparation to apply to our program.”

Planning for the third annual Dental Health Summer Institute begins this fall.

Courtesy of Old Dominion University College of Health Sciences

Published on October 11, 2023

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