Florida recently filed HB 369 and SB 764, detailing student loan repayment programs for dentists practicing in underserved areas of the state. According to dentist Zack Kalarickal, “There’s absolutely no shortage of dentists in the state—or really in the nation. The challenge really is having the dentists in all of the rural communities where people need them.”
UB School of Dental Medicine and other health professions schools are emphasizing interprofessional education more than ever, citing the need for a coordinated response in the face of major public health issues such as opioid addiction. As noted by Michael Cain, M.D., vice president for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, “Why not let them appreciate as students what these other providers do and how they’ll interact with them? That’s the value of interprofessional education.”
Thanks to a grant from Delta Dental, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine was able to purchase a new mobile dental van, with the intention of expanding care to underserved youth in Philadelphia. According to Joan Gluch, Ph.D., RDH, PHDHP, “Our goal is to take dental students in the West and Southwest Philadelphia neighborhoods so that they can understand the social factors that affect children’s health and provide dental care in a convenient manner right outside the children’s schools.”
Pueblo Community College’s dental hygiene program is the oldest in the state of Colorado, with a reputation for producing top notch hygienists who give back to their local communities. It also prides itself on its ability to provide low-cost care to local patients who may otherwise be unable to afford necessary procedures. According to Elsa Eccles, chair of the dental hygiene department, “That’s important, because if you think about it, there are so many patients out there that don’t have dental insurance, and we can provide a great service for people in the community to have their teeth cleaned at a reduced cost.”
LSU Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry has been awarded the William J. Gies Award for Vision – Academic Dental Institution, in honor of the school’s str...ides to incorporate interprofessional education in its curriculum. The two-year interprofessional program is set to expand from 19 to 27 academic programs for first and second-year students. Congratulations, LSU!
The Academy of Osseointegration has awarded UCLA School of Dentistry assistant professor Alireza Moshaverinia, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., the 2016-2017 Basic Science Grant for his research on reducing bone loss in dental implants. “I was truly honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award. It helped my research group obtain very important results to develop a novel treatment modality of peri-implant bone loss,” said Moshaverinia.
Kim T. Isringhausen, B.S.D.H., RDH, M.P.H., ADEA Board Director for Allied Dental Program Directors, penned an article for Research!America detailing the critical role of dental hygienists in the patient experience, as well as the overall health delivery system.
Indulge in Halloween candy guilt-free with these tips from UNLV School of Dental Medicine Associate Professor Cody Hughesm M.S.D., D.M.D.
MUSC Health has reopened its Macauley Museum of Dental History, showcasing how dentistry and its tools have changed over the centuries. Although the tricks of the trade have changed quite a bit, as one visitor remarked, “People still get cavities. You still have the same problems you deal with, with patients.” Some things never change! l
Former Tufts University School of Dental Medicine professor and ADEA member Esther Wilkins has been honored posthumously with the Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni Award for her contributions to dentistry and the city. According to Jim Moriarty, chair of the Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni Board of Directors, “She achieved such a level of success that if you go into almost any dental office, they’ll tell you she wrote the book on dental hygiene.”
This University of New England College of Dental Medicine video does a great job explaining why #IPE is important for the future of healthcare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6fLK-o0CKs
Columbia University in the City of New York has announced that it will commit $100 million to increasing the diversity of its faculty over the next 5 years. “The reality is that you can’t really achieve excellence without diversity. It requires diverse thought to solve complex problems,” says Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Dennis Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H.