Dental Education News: 
December 2019
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Launches Implant Fellowship Program

In October 2019, the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) marked the start of the CDM Implant Fellowship Program, a first-of-its-kind program for early-career faculty. Supported by Zimmer Biomet and led by Dennis Tarnow, DDS, the director of implant education and a clinical professor of dental medicine at CDM, the program aims to foster deeper understanding of and experience with dental implant restorative technology.   Read more.
NYU College of Dentistry: UN Side Event Hosted by NYU and The Lancet Calls for Oral Health to be Integrated Into Universal Health Coverage

Incorporating oral health care into universal health coverage (UHC) and examining the challenges health systems face, the influence of the sugar industry worldwide, and highlighting the importance of public-private partnership were central topics of discussion at the September 22, 2019, United Nations (UN) side event on oral health, jointly organized by the NYU College of Dentistry's World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center and The Lancet .   Read more.
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Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College Partners with New York State to Improve Oral Health Care for Special Needs Communities

On November 8, Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) partnered with the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to host Overcoming Obstacles to Oral Health, a train-the-trainer continuing education event. An initiative of the Task Force on Special Dentistry, the event was designed to equip oral health professionals, caregivers, community organizations and others with tools to help improve the oral health status of individuals with developmental or developmental disabilities, therefore helping them to fully integrate into the medical system.   Read more.
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Strengthens Care Experience Through Addition of Patient Advocate

Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine has welcomed Margaret (Meg) Stern to its teaching clinic, the Dental Care Center, as Patient Advocate Coordinator. The addition of this role is part of the School of Dental Medicine's ongoing commitment to providing the most comfortable and satisfactory experience for patients and their families throughout treatment. Ms. Stern will work closely alongside Dental Care Center patient care coordinators and providers to ensure patient satisfaction. In this role, she serves as a direct representative of the patient.   Read more.
NYU College of Dentistry's Dr. Lorel Burns Awarded NIDCR Grant to Study Root Canal Therapy in Children

Lorel Burns, DDS, MS, assistant professor of endodontics, has received a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to study the prevalence and outcomes of root canal therapy in children. The award, which began September 1, provides more than $805,000 over five years. Root canal therapy-a procedure that treats tooth pain and infection to save natural teeth-is the most common endodontic procedure, with more than 15 million performed annually in the United States.   Read more.
NYU College of Dentistry: NIH Grant Brings New Scanning Electron Microscope to Dr. Timothy Bromage's Lab at NYU Dentistry

NYU College of Dentistry's Department of Biomaterials has acquired a field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) - a high-resolution, high-sensitivity microscope to be used in studying tooth, bone, and related materials - thanks to a $581,000 National Institute of Health grant and an approximately $150,000 credit for the Zeiss microscope it replaces.   Read more.
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Eastman Institute For Oral Health, University of Rochester: Resident Applies Multiple Times, Refuses to Settle for any Program but Eastman

Never ever give up. While Winston Churchill is often credited for coining the phrase, there have been countless parents, coaches, teachers, mentors and dream seekers who have thought it, said it, and even screamed it. Mayank Kakkar is one of them. Giving up on becoming a resident at Eastman Institute for Oral Health was never an option for him. After he finished his training as a dentist in India, where he spent many hours volunteering at a school for children with special needs, he applied at Eastman but was not accepted.   Read more.
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Forensic Dentist Uses Experiences Decoding Murder Evidence as Inspiration for First Crime Novel

Mary Bush has always been fascinated by murder. As a teen, Bush devoured Agatha Christie murder mystery novels and penned chapters of fan fiction. She later pursued a career in forensic dentistry, during which she analyzed evidence from criminal cases from across the country and became an expert on the admissibility of bite mark evidence in the U.S. court system. Now the University at Buffalo professor has again traded fact for fiction, publishing her first novel, "A Simple Lie," the beginning of her new crime series.   Read more.
Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College's 4th Annual Gala Honors Leading Technology Innovators

On Sunday, November 17, Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) hosted its fourth annual Gala at The Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook, NY. This year's event was TCDM's largest Gala to date, bringing together more than 300 supporters and leaders from through the region's dental community to raise funds that will support student scholarships and help provide vital dental services to underprivileged patients.   Read more.
Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College and Pharmacy Students Collaborate on First Annual Flu Clinic

Touro College of Pharmacy (TCOP) students administered 150 free flu vaccines to Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) students, faculty and staff on Thursday, November 14, at the first annual flu clinic involving the two schools. The event was part of a broader Interprofessional Education Initiative to encourage collaboration between dental students and other medical professionals.   Read more.
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