New dental clinics
VCU Health’s new adult outpatient facility is coming out of the ground and floorplans for our dental clinics have been approved. Now comes the fun part where spaces become “reality” through the developmental design phase. All of our clinics with the exception of pediatric dentistry will occupy the eighth and ninth floors of the new building.
The elevator shaft is out of the ground from the parking deck area and soon steel will be going up to create the framework of the building.
Be sure to visit our YouTube channel to see what it looks like in the latest edition of The Dental Fill-In vlog.
You can also track the construction progress and see a time-lapse video.
We’ve had some administrative changes this summer with the merger of the Departments of Prosthodontics and General Practice. Mark Barry (D.D.S. ’85) is now serving as interim chair of the combined departments.
There are a number of reasons we’re doing this and a lot of it has to do with the new way we’re teaching restorative dentistry, particularly the integration of CAD/CAM and digital dentistry and the way we need to evaluate the competency of our students in these areas. All in line with changing technology and the way dental practice and education is evolving. Whenever you merge groups together there’s always lots of tension that needs to be managed and we thank Dr. Barry for stepping up to the plate and helping the transition become a smooth one.
The research portion of our new strategic plan is complete and our next steps are to develop our service and educational components. We’ll be launching the complete plan in about a year.
New pediatric dentistry clinic
Our new pediatric dental clinic in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Pavilion on the 6th floor has been designed and construction bids have gone out to get the work done. The clinic is expected to move in a year or so.
Good luck and welcome
Congratulations and the best of luck to our 2019 D.D.S. and D.H. graduates and to our residents who’ve completed their time with us.
Please join me in welcoming our new residents, who are already here, and our D.D.S. and D.H. students who just arrived this week.
We’re happy for all of you and wish you much success.
Congratulations to Frank Macrina, Ph.D., who was awarded the Presidential Medallion at the May VCU Commencement. We’re proud of Frank, a retired dental faculty member, who rose to direct the entire VCU research operation. It’s a real feather in our cap and we’re very proud of his dental school roots.
Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel where you’ll find my latest vlog post.
Welcome Home Alumni and News Around the School
Welcome Home Alumni
Reunion 2019 begins in just a few days, so we’re rolling out the red carpet for our alumni and looking forward to their visit.
From Friday’s Golf Tournament, individual class parties, and school tours, to a Jamaica Project luncheon, the Bash from the Past and our 50-Year Memorial Service and Brunch, it’s a weekend of memories and of rekindled friendships. We hope to see YOU at Reunion. Photos from this weekend’s events will be posted on our website in several weeks, so be sure to take a look.
Planning for the future
This summer begins our strategic planning process, based, in part, on a very extensive project published in the Journal of Dental Education in 2017 and 2018. Conducted for, but independently of, the American Dental Education Association, “Advancing Dental Education in the 21st Century,” covered an array of factors impacting dental education including student debt and the number of graduates, to the number of dental schools and the roles of faculty.
To streamline the data for use with our strategic planning process, I created my own summary notes of the ADEA project, which you’re welcome to review.
New adult outpatient facility
After jump-starting the planning process – thanks to our new architectural team – we now have floor plans showing the dental clinics in the new VCU Health adult outpatient facility. This new facility is coming out of the ground at the corner of North 10th and East Leigh streets where the former Virginia Treatment Center for Children once stood. It’s good to have something tangible in hand that shows our two dental floors. I suspect there will be adjustments before I can unveil the completed plans, so stay tuned. The new building is slated for completion in late 2020.
News around the school
Opioid prescribing policy
Concurrent with Virginia’s dental practice act and regulations, we’re developing an opioid prescribing policy for the school, which will provide guidance to providers prescribing opioid treatment in outpatient and emergency settings. This work is in line with current national policy and legislative reviews
We’re updating our HIPPA policies and making sure everyone is aware of the changes in those policies and what’s required by law. This is a constant educational process to make sure we’re on top of the requirements and that we’re all protecting the health information of our patients. Thanks to Wendy Montague, our HIPPA compliance specialist, for leading these efforts.
White Coat ceremony
It’s always a pleasure to be a part of our White Coat Ceremony. Celebrating this student milestone makes us all very proud. The 2019 ceremony for the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 and the Doctor of Dental Surgery Class of 2021 was held on March 1. Congratulations!
For more news around the School of Dentistry, be sure to check out my latest Vlog – The Dental Fill-in for March 2019.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDV7vHLcmFs
Farewell to Jim Burns
With much appreciation for his robust 47-year career in oral health and with my personal thanks for his friendship and guidance along the way, I am honored to pay tribute to Jim Burns.
While we already miss him here at school, I have no doubt that he and his family – wife Karen and four sons – will enjoy his well-deserved retirement.
Jim was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from VMI, his DDS degree from VCU, a master’s in education from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from VCU. He completed his oral pathology residency at VCU as well.
His military career included a rotating dental internship at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. He received the European Outstanding Clinician Award and was Assistant Dental Clinic Commander in Baumholder, Germany. He retired from the U.S. Army Dental Corps at the rank of major.
Please join me in expressing gratitude for Jim’s service to our students, to our faculty, to our staff and our friends.
Celebrating the “First 100”
As Black History Month comes to a close, I’m especially proud to announce an upcoming celebration of accomplishments, achievements and trailblazing.
The “First 100 Dentists of Color” Celebration Brunch on Saturday, April 27, at Richmond’s Black History Museum and Cultural Center, recognizes Erma Freeman (D.D.S.’77), the school’s first black female graduate.
And because several of our “First 100” are paving the way for the “Next 100” through scholarships for students who are members of the VCU Chapter of the Student National Dental Association, we’ll be celebrating their efforts at this special event.
Attendees will hear from Darriel Cannon, the school’s first African American class president, who will share his experiences and vision for the future of African Americans in the oral health profession. His Class of 2019 peers elected him president all four years of their time in dental school.
Through his consistent commitment to community service, access to oral health care, and leadership, Darriel is a source of pride for all of us and we wish him great success as he enters the oral surgery residency program at UCLA this fall.
For more information about the “First 100 Dentists of Color” Celebration Brunch and the “First 100 Dentists of Color” initiative, get in touch with Barbara Payton at (804) 827-1537 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As Director of Development for Major Gifts in our Advancement Office, Barbara can share the rich history of the initiative and how it came to be a major driver in our efforts to provide scholarships, mentorship and fellowship for the “Next 100” and beyond.
Yearbooks and Social Media
Dear School of Dentistry Students, Staff and Faculty,
We appreciate that there have been some informal discussions regarding events of this past week, which have cast public light on medical student behaviors, class yearbooks and the like. As President Rao affirmed earlier in the week with his university-wide communication, VCU has pride and commitment in enabling our learning environment to be a place of dignity, mutual respect and inclusivity. Additionally, in last week’s state of the university address, Dr. Rao highlighted the professionalism and accomplishments of our academic community as well as our commitment to be a university that is transparent, accessible and a true resource to our community.
Key to what we accomplish together is respect and professionalism for one another and behaving accordingly. The communities we serve count on us to be leaders and role models. Madeline Bell, CEO, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, observes, “As a leader, people are always watching you. They’re listening to you, they look at what you wear, what you say, your body language. I think that leaders sometimes forget that people watch them not just when they’re on, but all the time. I think that you have to really understand that and be intentional about how you carry yourself.”
Accordingly, it is important to remember in this digital age our memories are posted all around us for continual access. It is vital in this current era to refrain from any potentially hurtful communications that could be perceived as derogatory of race, ethnic group, religion, gender identity or other way an individual identifies oneself. I refer you to one of my previous blog posting regarding Respect, Tolerance, and Inclusiveness in the VCU School of Dentistry.
We know that you are proud of our school of dentistry and we are certainly proud of you – each of you as powerful ambassadors for our school and its wonderful reputation. Our past, both good and bad, informs our school’s reputation and helps us share the best for our future. Yearbooks are a part of our past and sadly sometimes reflect moments that we wish we had not had, done or said. Please know that yearbooks have ceased at our school but images and text continue to be posted on social media. We can’t erase our past, yet we can use it to inform and better our future.
As this public reappraisal of school yearbooks plays out in media communications, please know that we are grateful to you for your utmost ethical behavior as current students, faculty, and staff, and hopefully soon-to-be future leaders in our community. Thank for your continued commitment to the values and behaviors of our noble professions and to your support of the VCU School of Dentistry mission and values.
With the very best wishes for your success,
David C. Sarrett, DMD, MS
Dean, VCU School of Dentistry
Updates to close the calendar year
It’s been a busy time at the VCU SoD and it’s hard to believe the school year is halfway over.
Here are a few updates from around the School.
Patient experience is key for new clinics
Coming out of the ground at 10th and Leigh Streets is the new VCU Health Ambulatory Outpatient Clinic.
A new team of architects, space design, and work flow experts is working with us to make sure our patients’ experience is at the top of the planning list.
If you’re in the area, stop by the School and we’ll show you “the big hole in the ground” from which our new dental clinics will take shape.
At the moment, it looks like our Orthodontics and Faculty Practice clinics will move to the Perkinson Building while all others are making the move to Leigh Street.
Stay tuned for further updates and feel free to contact me at (804) 828-9184 should you have questions about our dental clinics in the new building or other matters related to the School.
Changing face of the MCV Campus
At the retirement announcement of the Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions, which is now the College of Health Professions, I’ve been serving as chair of the search committee to fill that key role. It’s been a pleasure.
It’s also been a pleasure to see their own new building come out of the ground, which houses all of their programs under one roof for the first time in the school’s history.
Clearly, the face of the MCV Campus is changing and the School of Dentistry and College of Health Professions are proud to be a part of this evolution.
Meetings around the world and back
Fall is usually a busy time for me and 2018 was no exception. Between ADA and VDA meetings, and our relationships with like-minded dental education institutions in China and Kuwait, it seems like I’ve been around the world and back.
I serve as an alternate delegate for the ADA representing Virginia, specifically District 16, which is made up of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. I traveled to Myrtle Beach to attend the District 16 caucus, where the meeting went smoothly.
Soon after, I attended the ADA’s annual meeting in Hawaii then headed off to the Stomatological Hospital in Qingdao, China, where I presented the latest news in U.S. dental education.
This relationship is part of our International Educational Exchange program with oversight by Ms. Kim Isringhausen, assistant dean for community and collaborative partnerships.
Recently, I returned from a visit to Kuwait where many of our alumni are practicing excellent dentistry. Nearly 100 Kuwaiti students have walked these halls here at the dental school over the years in preparation for their careers in oral health.
Students get a taste of organized dentistry
At the 16th District caucus in Myrtle Beach, I was happy to take two of our students to that meeting.
Here’s what they had to say about that experience:
From Brittany Henderson, Class of 2019
“Attending the 16th District Caucus was such a positive experience. Each delegate was welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. It was great being able to participate in discussions about issues currently impacting dentistry. I especially enjoyed hearing speeches from this year’s ADA president-elects. Thank you for the opportunity.”
From Liara Vinson, Class of 2020
“The ADA’s 16th District Caucus was nothing short of incredible. Seeing the various minds come together on topics that affect the dental profession and its patients was largely inspiring. As an ASDA member, having this exposure incited me to think beyond just my career as a dental student. Moreover, hearing what some of the concerns are on a larger scale has certainly opened my eyes to the bigger picture of dentistry. The need for ASDA members to become official ADA members post-doc is of great importance. We are the future of dentistry, and our involvement in the ADA is not only welcomed – it is strongly encouraged. I truly appreciate the members of the 16th District for welcoming me to this meeting, and I look forward to attending many more – as an ADA member, in the future. Thank you so much for the opportunity to gain insight and exposure to something like this.”
Dental care where it’s needed most
Providing access to dental care is critical to overall good health and I couldn’t be more pleased to announce the opening of the Family Dental Clinic at the new Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Virginia.
For the past four years we’ve been working to create this new dental clinic and to see it as part of a collaborative medical environment is outstanding.
Our own Natasha Grover (D.D.S.’17/D) is the inaugural director of the dental clinic. Congratulations Dr. Grover. We couldn’t be more proud.
Recognition for stellar service
Congratulations to Margaret Poland, manager of research administration and industry relations, who was named the 2018 Dorris Douglas Budd Award winner at the annual VCU recognition and awards ceremony.
Thank you for your service! We’re very proud.
Your career and your life is important to us. Please keep us up to date by submitting a class note. We’d like to hear from you. From this link, go to “Update Your Information” and tell us what’s been going on.
It’s not unusual to see our faculty, staff and students out in the community doing great things. Many of them are athletic and sports fans. Congratulations to those who ran in the 2018 Richmond Marathon and Half-Marathon.
- Erica Brecher
- Ronke Akinkugbe
- Tegwyn Brickhouse
- Janina Lewis
- Claire James
- Ross Blevin
- Erin Block
- Jacob Mirpanah
- Oonagh Loughran
As our calendar year comes to a close, I’m touched by the professionalism and dedication of our students, faculty and staff. Please enjoy your break and have wonderful holidays with those you hold close.
I know you’ll come back refreshed and ready for 2019.
Thank you for all that you do.
Don’t forget to tune in to my latest Vlog on YouTube: The Dental Fill-In where you’ll find more news from around the school, new building updates, and more. And if you’re not already subscribed to our YouTube Channel (dentistryatvcu) please do. You won’t want to miss a single video!
Student YouTube Stars
Speaking of our YouTube channel, I had the pleasure of chatting with many students as the school year hit the halfway mark. You can find those conversations on our YouTube channel, so tune in. See what they’ve been up to.
Never Forget. Always Respect.
On this day of 9-11 remembrance, I thought it appropriate to re-post an entry from 2016.
Because every day marks an opportunity to see the world with clear and open eyes, I hope that this timeless message encourages you to reflect, refresh and respect.
Posted on Nov. 8, 2016:
Dear VCU School of Dentistry Community,
Intolerance and bias comes in all forms such as religious, racial, sexual orientation or identity, age, gender, and educational or social status. It is important for us to demonstrate our exemplary character and values in all we do, to all we meet, and to all with whom we interact. As an academic and health care institution, the VCU School of Dentistry should never be a home to intolerance. The expectation is all people that learn, work, and receive care at the VCU School of Dentistry and VCU Dental Care are treated with respect and dignity, provided privacy of their health and personal information, and enjoy freedom of expression without fear of retaliation. This is my expectation and I ask that everyone join me in that expectation. The establishment and maintenance of a humanistic environment is everyone’s responsibility and each and every person must take ownership of ensuring a school culture of inclusiveness and tolerance.
According to the VCU Creed: Philosophy for a University Community
“Academic institutions exist, among other reasons, to discover, advance and transmit knowledge and to develop in their students, faculty and staff the capacity for creative and critical thought. At Virginia Commonwealth University, members of the community should strive to exemplify the following specific ideals in addition to other worthy ideals:
- To demonstrate academic and personal integrity.
- To respect the rights and property of others.
- To be open to others’ opinions.
- To uphold academic freedom and freedom of intellectual inquiry.
- To appreciate diversity and to value and learn from the uniqueness of each person.
- To uphold the right of all persons to be treated with dignity and respect and to refrain from all forms of intimidation, harassment and illegal discrimination.
- To demonstrate and respect intellectual courage in situations that demand it.”
The VCU Code of Conduct is explicit and defines Real Expectations of all employees. Similarly, the VCU Student Code of Conduct sets expectations for students. All members of the VCU Community are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon the University community and to model good citizenship in any community.
As I stated last evening during the Dean’s Dinner with our student leadership, the deans in the dean’s office are there to help any student who feels they need to discuss any problem, including those related to respect and inclusion. In addition, these are resources available to student, staff, and faculty at VCU to discuss or assist you with these issues:
Division of Inclusive Excellence (http://www.inclusive.vcu.edu/)
University Counseling Services (http://www.students.vcu.edu/counseling/)
Wellness Resource Center (http://thewell.vcu.edu/
The VCU Dean of Students, Dr. Reuban Rodriguez (email@example.com)
The VCU Student Assistance and Support Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Equity and Access Services and Title IX Compliance (http://equity.vcu.edu/)
VCU Employee Relations (email@example.com or 828-1510)
VCU Dental Care Employee Relations (828-8873)
VCU Ombudsperson (http://ombudsperson.vcu.edu/)
VCU Helpline (www.vcuhelpline.com)
VCU Employee Assistance Program (http:// www.anthemeap.com)
VCU Dental Care Employee Assistance Program (1-800-327 2255)
I welcome your thoughts on this message and the accompanying expectations. Please take a moment to view this short video of what your fellow VCU community members said “What does respect look like at VCU?”
Back to School
Summer may be winding down here in River City, but at the School of Dentistry, things are in full swing for new and returning students, residents, faculty and staff.
Meet the D.D.S. Class of 2022
60 Virginia residents (more than half of the class)
12 states other than Virginia
16 countries of origin other than the United States
Total class size 95
Average age 24
Age range 21 – 40
African American 5.3%
Meet the D.H. Class of 2020
Out of state 1
Total class size 16
Average age 21
Age range 20-31
African American 3
Class of 2020 Dental Hygiene students hear from Kim Isringhausen, assistant dean for community and collaborative partnerships, during orientation week.
Pedo clinic progressing at CHoR
The new pediatric dentistry clinic in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is on schedule to open next year.
In July, I gave visitors from the Cultural Ministry of Kuwait a hard hat tour of the new clinic, which has striking views of Richmond’s Old City Hall. Photo: University Relations, P. Kevin Morley.
Urgent Care Clinic relocates
The Urgent Care Clinic, which opened within the Douglas Clinic in May 2017, recently relocated to the first floor of the Wood building.
With me at the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the new Urgent Care Clinic are, left to right, Ryan Brown, practice manager; Charity Hunter, dental assistant; Dr. Steve Marinelli, oral diagnostic services; and Dr. Sameer Jain, clinic director.
Open wide. New mannequins, handpieces and sim units await students in the Woolwine Sim Lab.
July renovations in the Woolwine sim lab included the installation of 109 new A-dec sim units, new Frasaco mannequin heads, and Bien-Air electric handpieces. Thank you’s to Bien-Air for their donation totaling nearly $1 million for handpieces in Woolwine and in the grad endo and faculty practices.
Join me in celebrating the achievements of our recently promoted faculty.
- Susie Goolsby – From Assistant Professor Term – to Associate Professor Term
- Janina G. Deeb – From Assistant Professor Term – to Associate Professor Term
- Patrice Wunsch – From Associate Professor Term – to Full Professor Term
- George Deeb – From Associate Professor Tenure Track – to Full Professor Tenured
- Esra Sahingur – From Associate Professor Tenured – to Full Professor
- Chris (Chunhao) Li – From Professor Tenure Track – to Full Professor Tenured
Celebrating 15 years
I’m proud to share this news item from our celebration at the Free Clinic of Central Virginia marking 15 years of partnership.
Seated with Dean David Sarrett are Kim Isringhausen, asst. dean; Christina Delzingaro, Free Clinic CEO; Dr. Gus Petticolas, DDS, dental director; Wynn Burtner, Dental Clinic Coordinator; Second row: Carol Birce; Malissa Thomasson; Dr. Ryan Anderson, DDS; Dr. Daniel Grabeel, DDS; Ashley Milstead; Dr. Richard Zuchini, DDS; Dr. Joshua Binder, DDS; Third Row: Dr. Steve Hatch, DDS; Dr. John Salmon, DDS; Dr. Raj Guraya, DMD; Dr. John Dean, DDS; Dr. Keith Austin, DDS; Dr. Lewis Arthur, DDS; Dr. Dustin Reynolds, DDS; Dr. James Peery, DDS; Dr. Ronald Hendricksen, DDS; Dr. Lee Saunders, DDS; Dr. Daniel Savage, DDS photo courtesy of K. Jugar
The Free Clinic of Central Virginia and VCU School of Dentistry celebrated 15 years of partnership at a Dental Program Reception on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Free Clinic in Lynchburg, Virginia. The event included remarks by Dr. David Sarrett, Dean of the VCU School of Dentistry, and recognition of VCU adjunct faculty appointments for the Dentist Mentors that volunteer at the Free Clinic.
Fifteen years ago, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia became the first of now 16 Service-Learning sites. The VCU School of Dentistry clinical service-learning program works with interested friends of the school to develop collaborative clinical service-learning sites that allow their senior dental and dental hygiene students to participate in community-based and private-practice clinical experiences. The clinical service-learning experiences provide opportunities to continue the development and integration of skills and professional judgment required of the entry-level practitioner in a real-world dental practice environment.
Since 1987, the Free Clinic Dental Services Program has provided essential dental services to low-income uninsured or underinsured adults. Using a Dental Mentor model, dental services are provided to patients who do not have dental insurance, or whose dental insurance does not cover the medically necessary service they are requesting.
In the Dental Mentor Model, services are primarily provided by fourth-year dental students and dental hygiene students from VCU and Howard University under the supervision and direction of 24 volunteer dentists who act as Dental Mentor/Professors. Last year, 166 dental students and dental hygiene students donated a total of 7,077 hours of service. Evening clinics are staffed by volunteer dentists. The total value of volunteer dentist and dental student time last year was over $298,000.
In 2017, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia provided 4,714 dental visits to 1,877 unduplicated patients at a value of $1,414,200. The dedication of hundreds of volunteer health care providers who give of their time enables every $1 raised to be the equivalent of $6 in necessary goods and services.
The Free Clinic of Central Virginia envisions a community where everyone has access to quality healthcare services. Its mission is to provide primary medical, dental, pharmacy, and health education services to those in Central Virginia who do not have the resources to obtain these basic health care services.
Don’t forget to tune in to my Vlog on YouTube: The Dental Fill-In where you’ll find more news from around the school, new building updates, and more.
March Madness Update
VCU may not have made it to the Final Four this time around, but there’s plenty to celebrate here at the School of Dentistry on the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
ADEA GIES AWARD
I had the privilege of accepting a 2018 Gies Award presented at the ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Orlando earlier this month.
The Gies Awards, named after William J. Gies, Ph.D., honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.
For our work in partnership with the VDA to create the nationwide MOM Project movement, we were honored with the Gies Award for Vision – Public or Private Partner.
It was a bittersweet moment not only for the School of Dentistry, but also for the friends, colleagues and family of the late Carol Brooks, D.D.S., whose passionate care and vision for providing oral health access to those who need it most led to the creation of the first MOM Project in Wise, Virginia, in 2000. Today, MOM Projects take place across the nation.
Congratulations and appreciation to our dedicated faculty.
Michelle McGregor, R.D.H., B.S., M.Ed., director of dental hygiene, was selected for the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Allied Dental Educators Fellowship. She will work alongside ADEA staff in Washington, DC, for a three-month assignment involving issues affecting allied dental education.
Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., M.Div, director of ethics curriculum, was selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. The Forum is an initiative of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
I am pleased to report that the OMFS program came through the CODA accreditation site visit earlier this month in full compliance with no recommendations or suggestions.
Congratulations to the department and hospital leadership and in particular, to Dr. Robert Strauss, program director, and Dr. Omar Abubaker, chair.
Oral Health Services Research Core
Tegwyn W. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of the oral health services research core, has been selected as a 2018 Translational Research Fellow in the Office of Public Policy Outreach in the Wilder School.
Eser Tufekci, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., M.S.H.A., professor, is currently serving as President of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists.
Tom Koertge, D.M.D., Ph.D., has assumed the position of interim chair of the Department of Periodontics. Harvey Schenkein, D.D.S., Ph.D., is stepping down from the chairmanship but will continue as Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Periodontics. This change is part of a planned succession for the department and for Dr. Schenkein who will continue his NIH funded research for at least three years.
Dr. Schenkein joined VCU in 1978 as assistant professor of periodontics and microbiology and quickly rose to be an internationally known researcher and has been continually funded by the NIH. He was named the Paul Tucker Goad Professor in the School of Dentistry in 1993 and has served as our associate dean of research since 1986. Dr. Schenkein was appointed chair in 2003 and has served as both chair of periodontics and associate dean since then.
On behalf of the school and university, we thank Dr. Schenkein for his outstanding leadership, teaching, scholarship and service to our institution and profession. I appreciate Dr. Koertge’s leadership during this transition period and thank him in advance for his service.
The school’s research faculty members have won competitive federal and foundation awards to support their research work. Our ranking among schools of dentistry in total awards from the National Institutes of Health has improved from 42 to 24 of 48 dental schools receiving NIH awards. There are about 65 dental schools in the US so some receive no NIH funding.
VCU School of Dentistry NIH funding and rank among US. Schools of Dentistry
The total sponsored program awards (all external grant funding to support research and education) has risen from below $1 million per year to over $4.6 million.
If you haven’t seen the latest Dental Fill-In Vlog, be sure to take a look.
End of Year News
Though the calendar year is quickly coming to a close, I have a lot of news to share as we begin to slow down for winter break.
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
Thanks to our entire team, led by Ellen Byrne, R.Ph., D.D.S., Ph.D., professor and senior associate dean, we came through the exhausting accreditation process with flying colors and no recommendations for improvement.
As you read through the following list of 22 strengths the accreditation team found in our departments, please take a moment to reflect on the excellent work done here at the school. I’m proud to represent such a talented group of professionals. Congratulations and thank you.
CODA 2017 STRENGTHS BY PROGRAM
Faculty that inspire interdisciplinary learning in diverse educational settings through service learning
Interprofessional education through the Interprofessional Education (IPEC) courses
Team-based patient care with new general practice integration
ADVANCED EDUCATION IN GENERAL DENTISTRY
Dedicated and committed program director
Interdisciplinary collaboration with oral pathology
Collaboration with pediatric dentistry with dedicated microscope in pediatric clinic
Preparation of residents for the specialty board examination
Comprehensive resident evaluation system that includes self-assessment
Efficient program director and full-time faculty members
Practice and business model with incentives and private office simulation
Paired residents share a dental assistant in team care delivery
Dedicated faculty with high clinical and educational standards
Department chair has implemented positive changes
Well-structured program with dedicated program director
High scores on the in-service exam – not a common finding in other programs
All graduates who have challenged the specialty board exam in the past five years have passed
Coordination of biomedical/behavioral sciences instruction with the Schools of Medicine & Allied Health Professions
Solid financial resources
Support to assist students with developing an appropriate family of patients
Lines of communications among faculty and staff that benefit the student learning experience
Comments regarding meetings with our students:
Proud of the clinical program
Listened to by the administration
Want more digital dentistry
Students work together to accomplish the program
Comment regarding meeting with junior faculty members:
Impressive junior faculty members
South Hill, Virginia, gets a new hospital
We recently took a hard hat tour of the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill where we saw the proposed space for their new dental clinic. Design is underway. This new hospital is first new medical facility in that area since 1954. We’re proud to be bringing greater access to oral health care to this region which includes northern North Carolina. This new Family & Specialty Dental Center will be a cooperative effort between the hospital and the School of Dentistry.
Touring the new dental clinic shell spaces in South Hill are W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital; Kim Isringhausen, B.S.D.H., R.D.H., M.P.H., assistant dean for Community and Collaborative Partnerships; Clara Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S., chair, Department of Endodontics; Bill Dahlke, D.D.S., chair, department of pediatric dentistry; Dean David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S. ; Brenda Palmore, assistant vice president, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, practice management and physician relations; Omar Abubaker, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor and S. Elmer Bear Chair, oral and maxillofacial surgery.
New Adult Outpatient Facility Update
With a few more meetings scheduled before the end of 2017, I’m happy to share that the new adult outpatient facility is taking shape. If only in the design stage. The architect and design firms have been meeting with us to learn more about our needs, our hopes for future patient care spaces and future dental clinics, and wish lists of collaborative spaces for enhanced learning opportunities. The space currently occupied by the Virginia Treatment Center for Children at the corner of 10th and Leigh Streets in downtown Richmond, will begin demolition soon. Be sure to stay tuned as I update you on construction dates and more.
Awards and Recognition
The annual ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 17, to recognize faculty promotions, to award the Dean’s Faculty Excellence recipients, and to celebrate this year’s student endowed scholarships. Congratulations to all award and recognition recipients. Well done!
There’s a wealth of knowledge and experience here at the school. From well-deserved promotions to special committee appointments and media features, there’s a lot to be proud of here at the VCU School of Dentistry.
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Omar Abubaker, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor and S. Elmer Bear Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, testified in November before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions. The full committee hearing, “The Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis: Perspectives from States, Communities, and Providers” is online for public viewing.
Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., has been named interim chair, Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach.
The School of Dentistry, along with the Virginia Dental Association Foundation, has been awarded a 2018 William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. The ADEAGies Foundation award recognizes our creation of the MOM project, which kicked off in 2000. Since then, 95 projects have been conducted throughout the state resulting in more than $43 million in free dental services to more than 65,000 patients in underserved communities. To date, the MOM project model, created in Virginia, has been replicated in more than half of the U.S.. The award will be presented in March 2018.
Sarah Brusko and Stephanie Till, both Class of 2019, have been named Hinman Scholars. The Hinman Scholarship was established in 2016 through a $27,000 gift from the Hinman Dental Society.
Dan Laskin, D.D.S., M.S., professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was featured in The VCU Health System’s monthly eNewsletter, The Spirit.
Parthasarathy Madurantakam, D.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of General Practice, has been elected to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. He is now a member of the Council’s evidence-based dentistry and seal subcommittees. In addition, he was one of four dental professionals from around the country invited to teach evidence-based dentistry at the University of Maryland’s annual Fall Faculty Retreat.
Garry Myers, D.D.S., graduate program director of the Department of Endodontics, is serving the American Association of Endodontics as 2017/2018 president.
Shillpa Naavaal, B.D.S., M.S., M.P.H, assistant professor, Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, participated in a round table presentation at a November American Public Health Association meeting. Dr. Naavaal shared details of a study, now under journal review, involving, “current cigarette smoking and quit attempts by type of health insurance type” among U.S. adults ages 18 – 64. Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse, presented a poster at the same meeting.
Carlos Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., assistant professor, Department of General Practice and director of ethics curriculum, completed the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning in Atlanta.
Match Day – Phase I Results: Perio – Erin Block, VCU; Sara Holden, VCU; Nick Yesbeck, VCU; Pros – Clara Bergeron, University of Texas – San Antonio; Ortho – Owais Naeem, VCU; Jennifer Shim, VCU; James Dodd, Montefiore Hospital, New York; Graduated Students – Pros – Ahmad Alawadi, University of Texas – San Antonio; Ahmad Alkanderi, University of Texas, Houston; Carlos Blackmon, Florida.
The latest issue of Dentistry magazine is now available online.
Be sure to take a look at the latest Dental Fill-In on our You Tube channel.
I hope your holidays are restful and safe, and full of warmth and good times with family and friends.