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
New outpatient clinic approved
With August comes students, orientations, classes and active hallways here at the VCU School of Dentistry. On behalf of the entire school, a hearty “Welcome!” to new students and residents, and a warm “Welcome Back!” to the familiar faces of future dental health care providers.
Breaking News – New Outpatient Clinic in the Works
If you’ve seen the latest edition of The Dental Fill-In, it will come as no surprise that there’s excitement brewing here on campus. We’ve been given an opportunity to capitalize on a once in a century opportunity to build a patient care facility that is integrated with the primary and specialty care systems of VCU Health.
Thanks to the support and vision of Dr. Marsha Rappley, VP for Health Sciences, and a host of interprofessional leaders here on the MCV Campus, we’re on the forefront of a growing national trend to share knowledge, resources and facilities to improve patient outcomes.
In the not too distant future, a diabetic patient, for example, can receive his medical and dental care in one location. In one visit.
Stay tuned for more announcements about groundbreaking, construction and progress on this first-of-its-kind facility in the country.
Until then, take a look at the renderings of our new building, which will house entire floors dedicated to dental clinics for students, residents and faculty practices and much more.
Edmund G. Brodie Research Professorship
Please join me in congratulating Iain Morgan, Ph.D., director of the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research. Dr. Morgan was appointed to the Edmund G. Brodie Research Professorship in July. In the words of VCU President, Michael Rao, Ph.D., in his congratulatory letter to Dr. Morgan, “In awarding you this endowed professorship, your professional peers and your colleagues at VCU are pleased to recognize your exemplary contributions to teaching, research and public service. You are an integral part of our vision to make a difference as a major research university. I am grateful for your commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the world.”
We’re all grateful for Dr. Morgan’s work.
Department Chair Certification
I had the pleasure of being a part of the Department Chair Certification Program of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute in July where I shared information about the role of chairs as academic leaders. It was an honor to participate. (Apparently, I did a good job!)
“David – Thank you for your outstanding presentation. [It] really set the tone for chairs to think of themselves within the broader context of VCU. We really appreciated your integration of major university themes, [which] was a nice addition to our other narrowly focused themes. Your reflection on your time as chair offered a valuable perspective of the need for mindfulness throughout the process and your advice to engage with the dean offered valuable lessons in building allies of support for their work.”— Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute director, and Amy Unger, VCU Faculty Personnel Administration, Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the university’s work to reverse the opioid epidemic, which has been declared a public health emergency in Virginia. In a series produced by VCU Public Affairs, Omar Abubaker, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor and S. Elmer Bear Chair, oral and maxillofacial surgery, shares a family tragedy in hopes of educating others.
Dr. Abubaker earned a graduate certificate in international addiction studies in May 2016 and was a keynote speaker at the Dental Schools Addiction Education Summit in Washington, D.C., last month.
Tegwyn Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of the Oral Health Services Research Core of the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research: Health Resources and Services Administration, Predoctoral Pediatric Training in General Dentistry and Dental Hygiene – Integrating Interprofessional Education and Social Behavioral Enhancements with a Pediatric Community Health Selective; National Children’s Oral Health, IQ Dental Supply Toothfairy Grant
Philips Institute for Oral Health Research:
Anthony Faber, Ph.D., assistant professor: American Cancer Society, novel targeted therapy combinations for fatal pediatric cancers; Foundation for Childhood Cancer, MYCN is synthetic lethal to ABT – 199 in MYCn – amplified neuroblastoma; Sarcoma Foundation, targeting EWS – FLI1 Ewing Sarcoma through a rational targeted therapy combination
Todd Kitten, Ph.D., director of biomedical sciences and professor: Intracellular Invasion by Streptococcus mutans, significance in disease
Janina Lewis, Ph.D., director of faculty advancement and professor: Metal-oxidative stress interplay in periodontal pathogen Prevotella intermedia
Yue Sun, Ph.D., assistant professor: A novel phosphoinositide- regulated pathway in Mig6 expression and HNSCC response to anti-EGFR therapy
Bradford Windle, Ph.D., associate professor: Novel Structures of the Human Papilloma Virus Genome in HNSCC
Ping Xu, Ph.D., professor: Drug development against a periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis
Welcome new faculty
Aderonke Akinkugbe, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach
Rodney McDaniel (D.D.S.’08), assistant professor in the General Practice Department
Alaaaldin Radwan, D.D.S., M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Chunhao Li, M.S., M.D., professor in the Department of Craniofacial and Molecular Biology
Please join me in congratulating these colleagues for their significant research efforts.
Be sure to check backor more news, updates and information about your School of Dentistry.
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