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World’s first dental school celebrates 175th anniversary

Baltimore — The University of Maryland School of Dentistry, the first dental college in the world, celebrated a new milestone May 30 — its 175th anniversary.

Birthday Candles“In conveying admiration for venerable institutions, people often generously use the word ‘pioneering,’ but there is nothing inflated about applying that term to our School of Dentistry,” said Jay A. Perman, M.D., president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore in a pre-recorded address to the 250 faculty staff, students, alumni and friends who gathered at the Baltimore Hyatt Regency.

“You are, of course, the world’s very first dental college,” he said. “But my deep pride is rooted in the fact that, these many years later, you’re still one of the best.”

Its founders, Drs. Horace H. Hayden and Chapin A. Harris, first established the school in 1840 as the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. According to the School of Dentistry website, BCDS served as a prototype for dental schools gradually established in other American cities. The present dental school evolved through a series of consolidations, the final of which in 1923 when BCDS and the Dental Department of the University of Maryland were combined to create a distinct college of the university.

Dr. Mark A. Reynolds, dean of the School of Dentistry, welcomed the crowd to the celebration, along with Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robison, the evening’s keynote speaker. In addition, several special guests included past deans of the dental school and past presidents of the university.

“Throughout our school’s history, our tradition of excellence in dental education, research and service has been safeguarded by the support of our dedicated alumni and friends,” said Dr. Reynolds. “Your support helps enable our world-class faculty to advance science, offer outstanding service and clinical care and provide an exceptional education for our students.”

UCSF dental student receives Zuckerman Fellowship

San Francisco — University of California San Francisco dental student Jean Marie Calvo was selected for the Zuckerman Fellows program, which will financially support her to pursue a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard’s School of Public Health.

Ms. Calvo

Ms. Calvo

“If I’m going to be a dentist who wants to make a difference, I wanted the (MPH) degree to help me get more people access to care,” Ms. Calvo said. “I want to make a larger impact in improving public health.”

The Zuckerman Fellowship program was established to enable professionals to pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School. Its intent is to bring the perspectives of multiple professions and academic disciplines to bear on public sector problems, according to its website.

Ms. Calvo is taking a leave of absence from her studies at the UCSF School of Dentistry to complete the MPH by May 2016.

Although there aren’t any health care professionals in her family, Ms. Calvo said her mother stressed the importance of good oral health, inspiring her to ultimately pursue a career in dentistry.

“I’ve wanted to become a dentist for a very long time,” she said. “And through dental school and volunteering, I realized that there’s a lot of problems when it comes to access to care.”

Ms. Calvo plans to use her MPH and dental degree to work as a dentist in a community clinic, ultimately becoming a community clinic director.

“Being selected as a future dentist, it made me see that the [Zuckerman Fellows program] considers oral health a pertinent issue in the overall public health,” she said.

Student ethics video contest deadline July 31

The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs is accepting entries for the 2015 Student Ethics Video Contest. The deadline to submit entries is July 31.

Since 2010, CEBJA has annually sponsored the contest to draw student attention to the ethical dilemmas that dental students and professional dentists may encounter and to provide an exercise focusing on appropriate responses based on the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. This year, the contest will include a second competitive category, created for videos that promote patient safety through ethical treatment. A grand prize and an honorable mention award will be available for each category.

The new category is the result of the participation and support of CNA in this year’s Student Ethics Video Contest.

The contest is open to degree-seeking students at, or new graduates of, any ADA-accredited dental school who are 18 or older and U.S. citizens.  Entrants must also be ADA student members or members in good standing of the American Student Dental Association.

To qualify, videos should be no more than four and a half minutes and must portray the application of one or more principle, code or advisory opinion contained in the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. To be eligible in the new category, the video should focus on ethical treatment promoting or enhancing patient safety and treatment outcomes.

CEBJA will announce the winners at the ADA 2015 — America’s Dental Meeting in Washington, D.C. For more information, contest rules and entry forms, contact Earl Sewell at sewelle@ada.org.

To view previous years’ winning videos, click here.

Win a Fitbit Flex office package through the Center for Professional Success

Looking to improve your fitness and the health of your staff? Member dentists have a chance to win a Fitbit Flex office package (six devices) by logging into the Center for Professional Success website and entering the monthly contest.

Center for Professional SuccessTo enter, simply log in with your user ID and password at Success.ADA.org, click the Fitbit image and register by April 30.

Last month, Brett Nelson, a dental student at the University of Colorado, won an Apple iPad Air.

The ADA Center for Professional Success is an ADA member-only interactive Web resource where dentists and dental students can find practice management information and decision support tools and applications, along with online and in-person executive management certificate and life mastery programs. Through the Center, dentists can discover relevant and impactful solutions to the business challenges they face every day in the office. Visit Success.ADA.org to learn more.

UIC dental student receives MLK scholarship

Mr. Dante Brown

Mr. Dante Brown

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry announced it awarded third-year UIC dental student Dante Brown a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship program was established at UIC in 1985 to recognize outstanding minority UIC students, such as African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, who have demonstrated high academic achievement in fields in which they are underrepresented and who have shown strong commitment to community and campus service.

Mr. Brown, who noted he was mentored by his own dentist, Dr. Edward Ruiz, a 1987 graduate of the dental school, applied for the scholarship in 2014.

To qualify for the scholarship an undergraduate must have a minimum 4.0 GPA. Graduate and professional students must also show a record of high academic achievement. Brown was awarded the professional level scholarship of $5,000.

When not in class, Mr. Brown provides free dental services at Community Health-West Town, Goldie’s Place and to homeless individuals in the community. In addition to his community service, Mr. Brown serves as treasurer of the UIC chapter of the Student National Dental Association, and is an active member of the UIC chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.  He also works to help others in his spare time.

“I tutor on campus and am one of the teachers for the post-baccalaureate Dental Anatomy course,” he noted.
After his graduation in May of 2016, Mr. Brown has well defined goals.

“I plan to practice general dentistry for a few years, complete my Masters’ in Public Health, and then consider residency programs in dental public health,” he said.

University of Florida dental student earns 2015 Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award

Andres Jorge Alvarez, a first-year dental student at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, is the 2015 Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award recipient. The ADA Foundation bestowed the award Feb. 27 in cooperation with the Academy of Operative Dentistry, according to ADA News.

From left, Andres Alvarez, 2015 winner of the Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award, shares a moment March 12 with ADA Foundation Executive Director Gene Wurth and Mr. Alvarez’s mentor, Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, during the International Association for Dental Research meeting in Boston.

From left, Andres Alvarez, 2015 winner of the Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award, shares a moment March 12 with ADA Foundation Executive Director Gene Wurth and Mr. Alvarez’s mentor, Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, during the International Association for Dental Research meeting in Boston.

Mr. Alvarez received the award for his proposed research project “A New Arginine-based Bonding Agent with Long-lasting Anti-caries Activity.”

“I am thrilled to have received this prestigious award. It is a true honor,” said Mr. Alvarez in an ADA Foundation press release. “I look forward to the opportunity to further my research interests and to represent the University of Florida College of Dentistry on this national landscape.”

The ADA Foundation awards the Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award every two years. Dental students at all levels are eligible to apply, including residents and Master of Science degree candidates, who wish to undertake research relevant to contemporary operative dentistry. The award provides $6,000 to the awardee to perform the proposed research and an additional $1,000 to help defray the cost of presenting a table clinic based on the research proposal at the Academy of Operative Dentistry’s scientific session. The student must have a research mentor at his/her institution who is also a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry to provide guidance and act as a co-investigator.

To read the full story, click here.

Register for 2015 ADEA Dental Student Virtual Fair

Dental students interested in learning about what comes after graduation, and how to juggle residency applications, writing a resume, leadership and different types of dental careers, should register for the 2015 ADEA Student Virtual Fair.

The free, live, online event will be held 4-10 p.m. EST on April 2. To register, click here.

The 2015 ADEA Dental Student Virtual Fair is designed to give dental students free access to information and connect them with professionals from ADEA, dental specialties and dental companies who can answer their questions in real time.

In addition, two ADA New Dentist Committee representatives — Drs. Kendra Zappia and Jon Pascarella — will be participating in a panel presentation from 7-7:30 p.m. The ADA will also have a booth for attendees to visit.

All dental students are welcome to attend the event. Recent graduates interested in learning about different career options are also welcome to attend.

Students will be able to:

  • Log in to the event from any Internet connected device.
  • Speak directly with dental specialty program directors and association professionals, military recruiters and corporate sponsor exhibitors in live text chat rooms.
  • View presentations about financial aid, interviewing for residencies, ADEA PASS and much more.
  • Download and save resources from dental professionals to access after the live event.
  • Learn about the ADEA PASS application process.
  • Listen to a keynote presentation from the ADEA Chair of the Board, Dr. Lily Garcia.

For more information, including the exhibitor list and presentation lineup, click here.

ASDA elects 2015-16 executive committee, House speaker

Boston — The American Student Dental Association House of Delegates elected its 2015-16 national president, vice presidents and speaker of the House of Delegates at its Feb. 21 annual session.

ASDA Christian Piers, of University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, was elected president. Mr. Piers previously served as ASDA’s 2014-15 editor-in-chief and ex-officio member of ASDA’s Board of Trustees and also as Colorado ASDA chapter president. He is an ASDA liaison to the American Dental Association Council on Communications.

ASDA’s 2015-16 vice presidents are Adrien Lewis, of University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, and Niveditha Rajagopalan, of Midwestern University, College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.

Ms. Lewis had served as president of the Baylor University Predental Club. She helped launch the first National Predental Week as associate and then chair of ASDA’s Council on Membership.

Ms. Rajagopalan served as ASDA’s 2014-15 speaker of the House of Delegates. She is also the ASDA liaison to the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs.

Paula Cohen, of University of Florida College of Dentistry, was elected speaker of the House of Delegates. Ms. Cohen is the ASDA District 5 legislative chair and serves as her chapter’s vice president-elect, Professionalism Committee chair and legislative and advocacy liaison.

Former ADA president receives ASDA’s 2015 Paragon Award

Dr. Calnon accepts this year's Paragon Award Feb. 20 in Boston.

Dr. Calnon (left) accepts this year’s Paragon Award from ASDA past president Kristopher Mendoza Feb. 20 in Boston. Photo by Caught in the Moment

The American Student Dental Association named Dr. William Calnon, the 2011-12 ADA president, as this year’s recipient of the Paragon Award, the highest and most notable award given by ASDA.

Dr. Calnon received the award, which recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the advancement of the rights, interests and welfare of dental students, at ASDA’s annual session Feb. 20 in Boston.

“Dr. Calnon has been an excellent mentor for dental students both in New York and across the country throughout his career in organized dentistry,” said Greg Shank, ASDA District 2 trustee.

Dr. Calnon, of Rochester, New York, has served as past president of the New York State Dental Association, the 7th District Dental Society and Monroe County Dental Society. He served four years on the ADA Board of Trustees before becoming ADA president. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He serves as the current president of the Eastman Dental Center Foundation.

“Over the last few years, I have witnessed a tremendous increase in involvement of more and more dental students in the issues facing the profession,” said Dr. Calnon. “I am receiving this wonderful award, but you have been giving me my rewards for years. I take great pleasure in watching student leaders impact audiences, whether it be at the ADA House of Delegates, a reference committee or a state legislature.”