Dental Education News: 
September 2017
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine: Work in Greek Refugee Camp Transforms View of Health Care for Students, Faculty

Before returning to campus for their first week of classes, nine UB nursing and dental students traveled 5,000 miles to the Greek island of Lesvos to take part in an experience that can't be recreated in a lab or lecture hall.  The students, along with several UB faculty and staff members, journeyed across the world to provide free screenings and emergency dental and health care to hundreds of refugees displaced by the civil war in Syria and ongoing conflict in the Middle East.   Read more.

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine to Pilot "Digital Dentistry" Curriculum

The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine has been selected as one of five dental schools nationally to pilot a Digital Dentistry Curriculum developed by the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Digital dentistry has been in practice for more than 15 years. However, this is the first time a curriculum has been developed nationally to train future dentists in a uniform way on the uses of digital dentistry in practice.   Read more.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: Data-Driven Dentistry
For the field of dental medicine, the ability to harness mounting troves of data is the wave of the future. Data analysis will one day help dentists easily make clinical decisions-such as whether to perform a costly and painful implant surgery- based on thousands of data points that can help predict and improve outcomes.
To prepare its students to lead the changing field, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) will roll out a new course that incorporates data science into its curriculum.  Read more.

NYU Dentistry Bluestone Center Researchers Discover That Skin Color Affects Skin Sensitivity to Heat and Mechanical Stimuli
Researchers at the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research at the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) have identified a novel molecular mechanism which explains why dark-skinned and light-skinned people respond differently to heat and mechanical stimulation. The f inding may have implications for the clinical treatment of pain.  Read more.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: NIH Funds Oral Cancer Test Research at Columbia Dental Medicine
Angela J. Yoon, DDS, MPH, MAMSc, director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Division at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, has been awarded a R01 research grant from the National Institute Of Dental & Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health totaling $1,368,000 over four years. Dr. Yoon is developing a prognostic tool to help doctors provide personalized treatment for oral cancer. Read more.

NYU Dentistry's Lauren Feldman Receives Nearly $1M HRSA Career Development Award
Lauren Feldman, DMD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry), has received a five-year, nearly $1 million Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry Clinician Educator Career Development Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The award will enable Dr. Feldman to develop a formal curriculum that will refine pediatric interprofessional education at NYU Dentistry, the most comprehensive oral healthcare center in the U.S . Read more.

Other News
Touro College of Dental Medicine: Building the Clinical Training Facility−
from the Inside Out  
Preparations for theJanuary 2018 opening of theTouro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College (TouroCDM) state-of-the artClinical Training Facility are almost complete. General construction is scheduled to be substantially completed by the end of September, with finishing touches to be done between October and December.

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