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
New Urgent Care Clinic now open at VCU Dental Care
VCU Dental Care opened a new Urgent Care Clinic (UCC), on Monday, May 22, in the Perkinson building. Designed for patients in pain who want to keep their teeth, the UCC targets new patients who do not want comprehensive care, but have a particular dental issue.
This new clinic gives patients an additional access point to VCU Dental Care and simulates the environment of a private practice dental office while providing “real life” experiences to VCU School of Dentistry students.
VCU Dental Care provides services by appointment and walk-ins are welcomed. Morning and afternoon appointments are available Monday-Friday.
Pictured with me at the ribbing cutting ceremony are Ryan Brown, lead dental assistant and clinic manager; Clara Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S., chair of the endodontics department and associate professor; Monica Bridgeforth, director of predoctoral, postdoctoral and private practice clinic operations; and Donnie Parris, director of clinical business services.
It’s all about taking care of patients who don’t have dentists but are looking for dental care. It’s also a great learning opportunity for our students and our residents. The clinic will help us move forward with our educational efforts while we provide access to quality dental care.
Dean’s Update #4 – April 28, 2017
- Dentistry Magazine
- Feature story on technology in dentistry and dental education
- Packed with faculty, donor, student, and alumni news
- VDA Board Meeting
- Brittany Field D4 – Student rep
- David Voth D3 – Student alternate
- Emergency opioid regulation affective 4/24
- Virginia Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Work Group
- Omar Abubaker a member
- Addiction education curriculum for Virginia health sciences schools
- Electric dental handpieces
- Bien Air presentation recently
- Class of 2017 yearbook
- PACME Awards
- CARITAS screenings
- Interprofessional care with medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry
- Oral Cancer Screening April 22
- 8th Annual Revere Lecture held March 33
- Deeb and Sompop on implants and digital dentistry
- ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program
- Year two roll out
- Research Day and Dental Investigator publication
- Swathi Devaki, D3 awarded the VCU International Student Scholarship for 2017
- VCU Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Make It Real Campaign
- Mike Tally promoted to assistant IT director
- Charles Thuku promoted to lead IT analyst
- Bill Dahlke appointed chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry
- Erica Brecher completed Boston Marathon
Dr. William Dahlke Appointed Chair of Pediatric Dentistry
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William Dahlke as chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry effective May 1, 2017. Dr. Dahlke joined our school of dentistry in 2014. Following a national search for chair, Dr. Dahlke was selected to lead our mission in children and special-needs patient care, and education and research programs in pediatric dentistry. He replaces Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse who will now focus full-time directing the Oral Health Services Research Core, VCU Philips Institute for Oral Health Research and VCU’s iCubed transdisplinary core for Oral Health in Children and Adolescents.
Dr. Dahlke earned his dental degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and was honored to be inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. Following several years of practicing general dentistry and teaching at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, he continued his training in Pediatric Dentistry, also at UNLV. Dr. Dahlke then maintained a private practice in Las Vegas while also holding a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at UNLV. He joined the VCU School of Dentistry in October 2014 and prior to this appointment as chairman, he served as Program Director of the postgraduate residency program.
I wish to thank Dr. Brickhouse for her eight years of service as chair and the search committee led by Dr. Fred Certosimo, for their outstanding work. Please congratulate and welcome Dr. William Dahlke as chair of Pediatric Dentistry at VCU School of Dentistry.
Dean’s Update #3 – March 29, 2017
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Give Kids A Smile VCU Style – Another Record Event
Thank you to all that volunteered for Give Kids a Smile Day! We provided care to 197 patients and provided approximately $82,809 worth of care. This included, but was not limited to, 114 fillings, 39 stainless steel crowns, and 75 extractions. This annual effort is led by Dr. Elizabeth Berry in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and includes support from the General Practice Department and other School of Dentistry specialty departments. “I wanted to especially thank the GKAS student coordinators that made this day possible. They will continue to work to provide dental homes to some of the patients seen last Friday” said Dr. Berry. Below are the awards given out for the day, please congratulate those awarded. “Thank you again to everyone for your cooperation for us to have this event” added Dr. Berry.
- GKAS Staff Recognition Award: Julie Soung
- GKAS Dr. Carl Atkins Award (Provided the most treatment for the day): Dr. Meredith Dugoni
- GKAS Student Recognition Award: Lance Cheng
The American Dental Association provided great coverage in ADA News
Respect, Tolerance, and Inclusiveness at the School of Dentistry – 2016
Dear 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 healthcare institution, intolerance should never find a home at the School of Dentistry. The expectation is all people that learn, work, and receive care at the 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?”
Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse Appointed Director of the Oral Health Services Research Core
I am pleased to announce the formal establishment of the Oral Health Services Research Core in the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research and naming of its first director, Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse. The core’s mission is to conduct oral health services research and partner in strategic initiatives with the university, health system, and community to improve and integrate oral health into overall health and healthcare. This is a critical area of research expertise that our school must develop to position ourselves for research and education in oral health services and public health dentistry. Hardly a week goes by that I am not contacted with inquiries on access to care, dental workforce, dental graduates career choices, oral disease statistics, and dental insurance. I am sure you have seen the headlines on the oral health crisis in America, doubling of hospital emergency department visits for dental problems, and declining dentist migration to rural and underserved areas. Adults appear to be seeking dental care at lower rates and only 50% of children with public support for dental care have seen a dentist in the past year.
The rising cost of dental education and the national average educational debt of $250,000 of graduating dental students have negatively impacted the distribution of dentists and are fueling the development of alternative providers and practice models. The Commission on Dental Accreditation recently announced it is implementing accreditation of Dental Therapy Programs. The 2016 Virginia General Assembly adopted a bill to expand remote supervision of dental hygienist beyond the Virginia Department Health and into certain venues to increase access to preventive care for underserved populations. The effectiveness of our current and future models of care delivery require ongoing study and assessment.
Over the past two years, Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse and I have conducted meetings and conference calls with researchers, academic leaders, leaders in the insurance industry, leaders in government agencies, and political people to understand the need and to create a vision for this research core. There is so much that is needed to be learned regarding dental public health and dental services utilization, particularly in Virginia. Additional exploratory projects are underway with the Chesterfield County Schools Systems and the VCU Health System’s Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, VA to bring needed dental services to underserved individuals.
With VCU School of Dentistry the only dental school in Virginia, we must become experts in oral health services and disparities research. Dr. Brickhouse is being appointed full-time to lead the development of this initiative effective July 1, 2016 as a member of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Brickhouse will continue to serve as the Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry while we conduct a national search for a new department chair.
Dr. Brickhouse has served as department chair since 2010 and she led a number of key initiatives and has been recognized for her work. These include:
PI of HRSA grant for VCU to receive $2.4 million grant to increase dental care access for underserved children and adolescents and to improve inter-professional training for pediatric dentistry students
Founding Chair of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition, a state-wide non-profit which strives to:
- Change perceptions of oral health
- Remove known barriers between people and oral health services
- Build an effective oral health infrastructure by ensuring that Virginia’s dental health system can meet the needs of underserved populations
- Under her leadership this organization secured over $1M in grant funding, contracts, and donations.
Established a relationship with Children’s Hospital of Richmond and VCU’s pediatric dental program that led to integration of faculty support and resident patient care rotations at the Brook Road hospital practice.
Created the Pediatric Dentistry Board of Advisors and led the fund raising effort which resulted in the establishment of the Farrington Mourino Distinguished Professorship.
Serves as a member of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid) Dental Advisory Committee and established a data sharing agreement with DMAS to examine dental utilization in Virginia’s Medicaid program.
VCU Health’s representative to the Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee of Virginia (CHIPAC).
On-going collaborations with VDH Division of Dental Health related to their needs assessments, sealant programs, and courses for training dentists to treat patients with disabilities.
Chair for the Council of Scientific Affairs of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Jerome B. Miller For the Kids Award awarded by Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Foundation.
The Professional Achievement Award for Women in Dentistry, WISDM Virginia Commonwealth University.
Fellow of the Virginia Dental Association and Fellowship in the American College of Dentists
Served on the scientific advisory board of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, awarded Affiliate Site of the Year and received grant funded for five years to support community outreach and engagement.
VCU iCubed Program Trandisciplinary Core Team Member for Oral Health in Children and Adolescences
“Quote” from Sarah Bedard Holland-Executive Director of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition
“I applaud the VCU School of Dentistry for putting resources towards the oral health access issues and the future of oral health. VCU is uniquely suited to address issues related to access, disparities and workforce; the Coalition looks forward to working collectively with the school and Dr. Brickhouse to seek solutions to improve oral health for all Virginians. Dr. Brickhouse has a long-standing, demonstrated commitment to furthering evidence-based solutions to complex oral health access issues. She is the perfect fit to lead this new initiative.”
The cores’ activities will include:
- Analysis of health care claims data to understand the impact of healthcare reform and innovations in healthcare delivery, including a focus on solutions to dental workforce and oral health disparities among vulnerable, rural, and under-served populations.
- Explore additional educational programs and curriculum for students in the area of dental public health.
- Support the School of Dentistry’siCubed Core of “Transdisciplinary Oral Health in Childhood and Adolescence”. This core supported by the provost’s office will promote diversity and inclusion in urban-focused research, creative activity and scholarship and focus on:
- Broadening access to education for students of diverse backgrounds.
- Creating an inclusive environment for diverse faculty.
- Being a catalyst for connections within the university community and with the community at large.
- Fostering innovative research and solutions to societal problems across boundaries.
- Partner with local and national organizations (e.g. ADA, VDA, Virginia Oral Health Coalition, Virginia Health Care Foundation) to connect national data with state-level needs and initiatives.
- Engagement in the broader university and health system to increase capacity for dental care to children and individuals in rural and underserved populations (e.g. South Hill).
- Fundraising and Advocacy related to student pipelines for dental careers and support for clinical training opportunities and dental care for underserved populations (e.g. general assembly, middle schools, community foundations)
- Representation of the school of dentistry and health system for children’s insurance and safety net programs. (e.g. Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee, DMAS Dental Advisory Committee, VDH, Virginia Oral Health Coalition)
- Continue as PI of the school’s HRSA grant grant to increase dental care access for underserved children and adolescents and to improve interprofessional training for pediatric dentistry students. https://news.vcu.edu/article/VCU_receives_24_million_grant_to_increase_dental_care_access
- The Director will lead the development of proposals to seek additional extramural funding to support the core’s mission.