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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.

During my visit to China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

Kirk Norbo, left, ADA 16th District trustee, with our students, Liara Vinson and Brittany Henderson, at the ADA meeting in Myrtle Beach. I was proud to be there with them.

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.

At the CMH Family Dental Clinic grand opening in Nov. 2018. Left to right, Dean David C. Sarrett; Scott Burnette, CMH CEO; Brenda Palmore, CMH VP of practice management and business development; and Dr. Natasha Grover, inaugural director of the dental clinic, VCU D.D.S. Class of 2017.

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.

Margaret Poland accepts her well-deserved honor from VCU President Michael Rao.

Thank you for your service! We’re very proud.

Class notes?

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.

Richmond Marathon

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

Warm wishes

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.

NOTE: For updates about openings and closings over the holidays, be sure to visit our website at dentistry.vcu.edu and check our Facebook page at VCU Dentistry.

Tune In

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.

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

Residency

60 Virginia residents (more than half of the class)

12 states other than Virginia

16 countries of origin other than the United States

Demographics

Total class size            95

Females                       42

Males                           53

Average age                 24

Age range                   21 – 40

African American          5.3%

Asian                             26.3%

Hispanic                        9.5%

White                             58.9%

Meet the D.H. Class of 2020

Residency

Virginians                     15

Out of state                   1

Demographics

Total class size             16

Females 14

Males 2

Average age                 21

Age range                   20-31

African American             3

Asian                                1

Hispanic                           1

White                               10

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.

A big thank you to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Foundation and the VCU Health System for their support of this new clinic.

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.

Woolwine renovations

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.

Congratulations!

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.

There’s more….

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.

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

DENTAL HYGIENE

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

ENDODONTICS

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

ORTHDONTICS

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

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Dedicated faculty with high clinical and educational standards

Department chair has implemented positive changes

Institutional support

Dedicated residents

PERIODONTICS

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

DDS

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!

News Roundup

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.

Be sure to follow the links for more information where available. NOTE: If you have a news item to share, please send it via email to dentistry@vcu.edu.

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 StudentsPros – 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.

 

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