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Fairly Odd Halloween
RSDM celebrates the season with tricks and treats 

Dr. Harry Zohn as the Tooth Fairy (Photo Credit Nam Hoang)
As expected, there was no candy circulating the halls and clinics of RSDM this Halloween season. But we did have Dr. Harry Zohn in a silvery-white Tooth Fairy costume, complete with a magic molar wand, dancing to Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll (Part I)" and exhorting prospective students here for interviews to do the same. From pumpkin painting to dress-up day in the pediatric clinic, RSDM proved that dental school doesn't have to be grim on Halloween.   LEARN MORE

RSDM increases efforts to combat patient tobacco use
Photo by Wickimedia

Y ou might have seen the ad where a teen pays for cigarettes by yanking out his tooth. Created by the FDA to prevent kids from smoking, it graphically underscores the damage that cigarettes can inflict on oral health.   To help patients kick the habit, three RSDM faculty received intensive lessons this month on the best methods to combat tobacco use. They'll train students to lead counseling  sessions  and prescribe anti-smoking aids.  LEARN MORE


Students react to stereotypes of dentists
From left, Jason Liang, Michael Israel and Siddhi Shah

Even before they apply to dental school, students are well aware that dentistry isn't considered a glamorous profession. While there have been countless TV shows and films about doctors, dentists have never starred in their own series (although "Dental Anatomy" has a certain ring....) Then there are the false statistics about dentistry having the highest suicide rate of any profession, and the mistaken belief that medical school is harder than dental school. Three RSDM students confront the stereotypes and misperceptions in the second installment of our two-part series. LEARN MORE

Special Honors
Dean Feldman Receives Award for Commitment to Education, Patient Care

Dean Cecile A. Feldman
RSDM Dean Cecile A. Feldman this month received a Shils Award for her commitment to training the next generation of dental care providers and her focus on access to care and clinical excellence. She was also noted for her efforts to increase cultural competency among students and other caregivers. The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to innovative leadership in health care, annually honors people, organizations, and programs that positively influence the dental community and the public oral health arena. LEARN MORE

RU Ready For a Football Viewing Party?

The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Alumni Association is having a RUTGERS FOOTBALL VIEWING PARTY on November 7th, when Rutgers will be playing away against the University of Michigan. All alumni and RSDM students are invited!! The free event,  held at Maxwell's in Hoboken, starts at 12 p.m.  LEARN MORE