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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.

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 (rbrodriguez@vcu.edu)
The VCU Student Assistance and Support Team (safetycasemgr@vcu.edu)
Equity and Access Services and Title IX Compliance (http://equity.vcu.edu/)
VCU Employee Relations (emprel@vcu.edu 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?”

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.

FACULTY RECOGNITION

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.

DEPARTMENT NEWS

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.

Orthodontics

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.

Periodontics

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.

Research growth

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. 

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.

 

News Roundup

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

Opioid Epidemic

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.

New Grants

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.

Introducing: The Dental Fill-In

Formerly known as The Dean’s Update, the Dental Fill-in is your go-to source of news highlights from your School of Dentistry.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this month’s edition:

Faculty News featuring awards, recognition and appointments such as Dr. Joan Pelligrini, dental hygiene, and Dr. Parthasarathy Madurantakam, general practice.

Program News including the May opening of our Urgent Care Clinic and the Department of Dental Hygiene’s move to the Department of General Practice effective July 1.

Alumni News from Lyubov Slashcheva (D.D.S.’16), Magdalena Llinas (D.H.’17), and a round up of senior awards, ceremonies and commencement comments.

Congratulations to all of our 2017 graduates and residents who are now on their way to an outstanding career.

It was a pleasure and privilege to serve as your Dean as you prepared for the next steps of your lives. Stay in touch.

 

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