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New dentists sought for UCSD dental fellowship

New dentists with a passion for working with the underserved and is interested in education are encouraged to apply for a one-year stipend dental fellowship with the University of California, San Diego.

Those eligible are new dentists who are General Practice Residency (GPR) or Advance Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) graduates with a California license or is eligible for a California license.

Spanish language skills are a plus, but not required; experience in teaching or working with the underserved is also a plus.  The fellow will work in UCSD’s free dental clinics and learn first-hand about delivering high quality preventive and restorative dental care with the underserved.  This will be a full-time commitment.

UCSD’s free dental clinics have been in existence since 2002. The UCSD-Run Free Dental Clinic Project provides comprehensive dental services to underserved, unemployed, uninsured and the homeless. The clinic functions as part of a transdisciplinary model in partnership with the UCSD School of Medicine and offers medical, dental, pharmacy, social work and law. The patient population is mixed, which includes children, elderly, middle-aged, and some with special needs.

To date, the Free Dental Clinic Project has provided over 5.7 million dollars of free dental care.  Dental services include exams, x-rays, hygiene, restorative care, root canals, crowns, orthodontia, periodontics, dentures, pedodontics and more.

Based on longstanding community partnerships, the dental clinics are located at four sites including the First Lutheran Church in Downtown San Diego, the Pacific Beach United Methodist Church, Baker Elementary School, and Lemon Grove Academy; both schools serve low-income underserved students and their families. The newest clinic is at Lemon Grove Academy, which is a public pre-school through eighth grade where we also provide a one-week elective for 7th and 8th graders about oral health and staying in school, going to college and considering careers in health care, especially dentistry.

Fellows will also participate in a 3-week faculty development course in underserved dentistry and complete a project related to an area of focus. The application will be a multi-step process.  As a first step, send a letter of interest and their CV to dsilverstein22@cox.net and cbloomwhitener@ucsd.edu. UCSD hopes to fill this position and start the fellow in the clinics July 1 or as soon as feasible. For more information about our programs, visit http://fdc-pds.ucsd.edu/.  For any further information, contact Dr. Donna Kritz-Silverstein at 619.838.0822.

October issue of New Dentist News available online

The latest issue of the New Dentist News is now available online.

The October 2014 issue includes articles to help new dentists with marketing, finances and handling ethical dilemmas.

October 2014 New Dentist NewsInside this issue include:

  • Marketing snapshot — How one practice does it.
  • Marketing the dental practice: Know the rules.
  • Working with a marketing firm.
  • Advice from a lender: Be prepared before seeking a practice loan.
  • Tap the ADA Ethics Hotline for ethical dilemmas.

To read the New Dentist News, click here.

What tips have you learned when it comes to marketing your dental practice or yourself as a dentist?

Over 200 federal dentists welcomed at ADA 2014

Over 200 federal dentists attended the ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio, with many attending the Federal Dental Services reception held Oct. 11 at the Marriott Rivercenter.

Dentists who are in full-time military or federal government service are eligible for direct ADA membership at the national level. In 2013, there were 2,816 FDS members in the ADA.

For more information on the Federal Dental Services, click here.

Take a look at the photos from the Federal Dental Services Reception held during the annual meeting.

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Register now for 2014 Give Kids A Smile Day

Registration is open for the 2014 Give Kids A Smile Day. The national celebration is set for Feb. 7, 2014.

Give Kids A SmileRegister at online by Nov. 8 to be considered for free product donation. A list of product recipients will be posted on the website in December and recipients will recieve their products the week of Jan. 20, 2014.

Give Kids A Smile is made possible through the generous support of corporate sponsors, Henry Schein, Colgate and DEXIS; dentists; and other oral health care professionals who volunteer their time and services to provide needed oral health care to underserved children.

For more information, email gkas@ada.org or call 312.440.4600.

Have you participated in Give Kids A Smile programs in the past? What was your experience like? Share in the comments.

2014 New Dentist Reception

New dentists around the country connected with their peers and enjoyed the big and bold Texas ambiance during the New Dentist Reception at the ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio. The event was a time and place for new dentists and dental students to network, exchange ideas and enjoy the fun atmosphere, which included food, drinks and music.

Here are some photos from the event:

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ADA accepting applications for Investigators in Dental Informatics Award

The American Dental Association is accepting applications for the 2015 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award, created to encourage interest in dental informatics standards among dental students, new dentists and dentists pursuing post-doctoral studies.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2015, and a recipient will be selected in May 2015.

The recipient of the 2015 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award will receive airfare and accommodations to present the winning project in November 2015 at the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI) annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Robert Ahlstrom

Dr. Robert Ahlstrom

Through the Ahlstrom Award, the ADA aims to highlight the crucial role that dental informatics standards play in improving the quality of patient care, assuring patient health and safety and increasing efficiency through use of information technology.

The ADA defines informatics as the health information technology discipline that makes appropriate health information available as needed to authorized users with the assurance of confidentiality safeguards. The goal of the ADA SCDI is to help dentists streamline and empower their practices through the use of information technology. The SCDI develops standards for choosing the hardware, software and digital imaging solutions to create a fully computerized practice.

As the first chairman of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics, which was formed in 1999, Dr. Ahlstrom brought together dental informatics experts from across the dental profession, representing dentists, government, academia, and industry. He led the group’s successful efforts to develop standards for information exchange, clinical informatics systems and knowledge management. Dr. Ahlstrom served as chairman of the SCDI until 2006.

For application materials for the Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award, including specific submission requirements for eligibility, and more information about the ADA Standards Programs, please visit ADA.org/dentalstandards.

ADA Council on Scientific Affairs extends application period for John W. Stanford New Investigator Award

The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs is extending the application deadline for the 2014 John W. Stanford New Investigator Award to Oct. 31.

Applications for the Stanford New Investigator Award are accepted annually from dental students or dentists who have earned their D.D.S. or D.M.D. degrees no more than five years prior to the time of selection.

The Stanford New Investigator Award underscores the crucial role that dental standards play in patient health and safety and in the efficacy of dental products.

The award pays homage to the legacy of Dr. Stanford, a 40-year ADA employee who is credited with establishing the ADA’s current standards program.

Submissions must be original research that addresses some aspect of the use of standards in dental research or clinical application.

To apply for the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award ore learn more about the ADA Standards Programs, please visit ADA.org/dentalstandards.

In Zambia, new dentist volunteers to treat patients in a truck

Dr. Rachel Hymes poses with a group of children from Kafue, Zambia where she treated residents through International Caring Hands.

Dr. Rachel Hymes poses with a group of children from Kafue, Zambia where she treated residents through International Caring Hands.

Dr. Rachel Hymes had all the dental equipment she needed — two dental chairs, an air compressor, anesthesia and tools to perform extractions safely — inside a trailer on the back of a truck.

She’d park the vehicle, the size of a large U-Haul truck, on the grounds of the Riverside Farm Institute in Kafue, Zambia and open the mobile mini-clinic every morning. Each day, for nearly week, she saw about 40 patients seeking relief from their dental problems — ranging from large cavities to years old broken teeth.

“I decided to only do extractions,” Dr. Hymes said. “I had to make a decision. I can either serve one person in an hour, or several for one hour. The need was just tremendous.”

Since graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2010, Dr. Hymes has volunteered her dentistry skills for a mission trip every year. This year, she went to Zambia with the group International Caring Hands.

Dr. Hymes found the organization through the ADA International Volunteer website. She chose the group because the mobile clinics are equipped with necessary materials and tools. All she had to do was pay for her flight.

Dr. Hymes, of Mountain City, Tennessee, and her husband, flew out of Charlotte, North Carolina to New York City on June 7. From there, they flew to Dubai and then to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. There was another two-hour car ride before they arrived in Kafue — 28 hours later.

“It was quite a journey,” she said. They arrived on a Sunday afternoon and began working in the mobile clinic at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Most of the people she saw lived in a village close to the Institute.

Along with a local assistant and a translator, Dr. Hymes opened the clinic until 5:30 p.m. for four days, treating about 150 people of all ages.

Dr. Hymes and her dental assistant Lucas pose with the International Caring Hands' mobile dental clinic.

Dr. Hymes and her dental assistant Lucas pose with the International Caring Hands’ mobile dental clinic.

“Some people were scared. Others didn’t get the idea of being numb,” she said. “But when they were done, they would thank us and give us a hug.”

By the end of my mission, word had started to spread about the clinic and they had to turn a lot of people away.

“That was the hardest part of the trip,” she said. “We had to close even though there was still a line 20 people deep.”

Because of the need, Dr. Hymes said she hopes other dentists, especially new dentists like her, seek out ways to volunteer and use their skills to treat those in need — whether internationally or locally.

“If dentists are available to go, they should do it,” Dr. Hymes said. “(International Caring Hands) had everything a dentist needs to treat patients, all they need are people to do it.”

Dr. Hymes said International Caring Hands provided the food and a place to stay. Meanwhile, their dental equipment was in great condition.

“I enjoy getting to know people and just helping others get some relief from pain,” Dr. Hymes said. “I think as a human being, as a Christian, I feel the responsibility to help those in need. Volunteering is something I hope I can do for the rest of my life.”

At the end of her trip, Dr. Hymes said, they parked the truck in a garage where the mobile clinic will stay until another dentist comes along to volunteer.

For more information on international volunteering, visit the ADA International Volunteer website here.

Get Involved!

Decisions made today may be affecting new dentists and their patients for the next 30 to 40 years.

New dentists everywhere are making their voices heard in the development of policies and programs through involvement in state and local new dentist committees. These committees advocate for the needs, interests and concerns of new dentists. Volunteer leaders help new dentists transition to and succeed in practice as well as develop and offer continuing education, networking opportunities and leadership development.

To get involved with your new dentist committee, contact your state or local dental society, the ADA New Dentist Committee at newdentist@ada.org or 1-312-440-2779.

Ellsworth, Maine dentist offers free exams

NBC affiliate WLBZ in Bangor, Maine reported on what a new dentist is doing to ensure kids who lack dental insurance receive the dental care they need.

Dr. Timothy Oh provided free exams and teeth cleanings to about 40 children Sept. 27 in Ellsworth, Maine as part of his “Back to School Smiles” program, which he started five years ago, according to the report.

Dr. Oh has hosted the program for 5 years, treating nearly 300 kids. His goal is to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and early prevention for kids. The program is open to 0-18 years old who do not have dental coverage and are not receiving regular dental care.

“We want to encourage kids to start off the school year with clean, healthy teeth,” Dr. Oh told WLBZ. “If they have problems we can fix them, we can get plans to get things taken care of, so those problems don’t turn worse during the school year. Because we feel that a healthy kid, a happy kid is going to be better at learning, they’re going to do better in school.”

To view the report, click here.