Dental Education News: 
October 2019
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Urges Congress to Fund More Oral Health Training Programs and Increase Funding for Dental Research

On Wednesday, September 18, Dr. Dan Colosi, Associate Professor in the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and Director of the Division of Diagnostic Imaging, visited Capitol Hill in conjunction with the American Dental Education Association's Hill Day to advocate for more oral health training programs and increased funding for dental research.   Read more.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine has Developed an Algorithm to Optimize the Matching of Patients and Students

The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) has developed an innovative algorithm that matches a patient based on his or her needs assessment with students who are most in need of experience with the particular procedures associated with that patient's assessment. Previously this matching process took heroic levels of manual effort by faculty to keep the needs of over 100 students in mind, while constantly updating that understanding as student needs changed with each completed procedure.   Read more.

Education & Training
Eastman Institute For Oral Health, University of Rochester: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Adds Two Programs

The Oral and Maxillofacial Department within the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry's Eastman Institute for Oral Health has added two new programs. A new six-year program awards a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) and a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), providing successful candidates the ability to expand their basic knowledge of complex medical conditions and integrate with our medical colleagues.   Read more.

NYU College of Dentistry Launches 12-Month Advanced Standing Track in Dental Hygiene

NYU College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) will offer an accelerated degree track within its dental hygiene program for advanced students, creating a path for dentists with international dental degrees who want to pursue careers in dental hygiene in the United States. Students will earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in dental hygiene in the 12-month program.   Read more.

Oral Health Care Access
Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College Announces Partnership with Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program

Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) the nation's newest dental school established in 2016, recently launched a partnership with The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program, a public-private partnership that seeks to increase underserved Holocaust survivors' access to oral care, therefore enhancing their overall quality of life.  Read more.

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Expands Access to Care for Schoolchildren Through Department of Health Grant

Many underserved families on Long Island face barriers to healthcare, including an ongoing obstacle: a lack of adequate public transportation. As an integral part of its mission, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine maintains a commitment to the expansion of access to care, particularly within Suffolk County, a region experiencing economic disparities among the greatest in the nation.   Read more.

NYU College of Dentistry and NYU Langone Health Collaborative Research: Fungal Invasion of Pancreas Creates Cancer Risk

Certain fungi move from the gut to the pancreas, expand their population more than a thousand-fold, and encourage pancreatic cancer growth, a new study finds. Published in Nature on October 2, the study is the first to offer strong evidence that the mycobiome - the local mix of fungal species in the pancreas - can trigger changes that turn normal cells turn into pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma or PDA. This form of cancer is usually deadly within two years.  Read more.

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine: Lack of Toothbrushing for Seniors in Nursing Homes may Sound Gross, but it's a Serious Health Risk

Elderly people in nursing homes often go without a good toothbrushing.  While it might be icky to imagine the horrible way that feels to the oldsters, there are consequences worse than grossness. The mouth and other parts of the oral cavity are a gateway into the body, allowing bacteria inside our bodies that can cause serious disease.   Read more.

NYU College of Dentistry's Shulamite Huang Awarded NIDCR Grant to Study the Economics of School-Based Dental Programs

Health economist Shulamite Huang, PhD, a research instructor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion at NYU Dentistry, has received a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to study the cost-effectiveness of school-based cavity prevention programs. The award, which began September 1, provides $842,400 over five years.   Read more.

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