Dental Education News: 
September 2019
Delaware Adds Dental Benefits for Adult Medicaid Patients

On Aug. 6, Gov. John Carney (D-DE) signed legislation that granted dental benefits to adult Medicaid patients in Delaware. The bill allows patients to receive up to $1,000 in annual assistance for preventive and restorative treatment, and allows the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services to authorize an additional $1,500 per patient for emergency treatment. Adult patients will be required to pay a $3 copay for dental treatment.   Read more.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: Shared Medical-Dental Health Record to Promote Integrated, Patient-Centered Health Care

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) is a participating organization, along with ColumbiaDoctors, New York-Presbyterian, and Weill Cornell Medicine, in the implementation of a single electronic health record (EHR) across all three institutions, using the Epic platform and software to provide the integrated EHR. The project of the tripartite consortium, called EpicTogether, will provide a unified, coordinated patient experience that facilitates providers' care for their patients and will enhance coordination between departments and institutions.   Read more.

Education & Training
Eastman Institute For Oral Health, University of Rochester Adds Dental Public Health Residency to its Specialty Programs

Eastman Institute for Oral Health, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, has added public health to its wide range of post-doctoral dental training programs. Formerly sponsored by the New York State Department of Health, this residency program is designed for dentists planning careers in dental public health. This program prepares dentists, who have a master's degree in dental public health, with a broad scope of didactic instruction and practical experience in dental public health practice.  Read more.

Touro College of Dental Medicine Brings Together Regional Healthcare Leaders for First Oral Health Forum

On July 26th, Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) hosted its first Hudson Valley Oral Health Forum with the goal of bringing together students, faculty, Health Commissioners and other leaders from throughout the region for an important discussion on the oral healthcare issues impacting local communities. The event was an opportunity for TCDM students to learn about the oral health disparities uniquely facing each county, including those that exist among low-income racial/ethnic minority groups, in medically and dentally underserved rural and urban areas, within different age groups and among those living with developmental disabilities .   Read more.

Oral Health Care Access
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine: Smiles Shine Brightly Ahead of Back-to-School Days for 250 Children 

During a time of year when back-to-school lists are full of school supplies and to-do items, one important task often remains unchecked: a visit to the dentist. Unfortunately, for many parents of young children, oral healthcare is out of reach. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in four children under the age of five already has cavities, and many children receive no dental services throughout the year.   Read more.

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine  to Offer Free Services to Veterans, Spouses in Mayville

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will return to the Southern Tier to provide one week of free dental care to veterans and their spouses in the area through the Dentistry Smiles on Veterans program.
In honor of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women to the country, the UB S-Miles to Go dental van will travel to Mayville, New York, for the third year to offer dental exams, cleanings and fillings at no cost .   Read more.
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Students Provide Care to Hundreds of School Children in Guatemala

Following an eight-hour ride on a crowded bus through the Mayan Highlands, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine students arrived to begin their weeklong service program within Guatemala in partnership with Kids International Dental Services (KIDS). KIDS, a nonprofit volunteer program providing oral healthcare services and education to underserved communities globally, was founded in 2009 by retired Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine faculty member, Dr. Robert P. Renner.   Read more.

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Dental Van Provided Free Care in Buffalo in August

The University at Buffalo S-Miles to Go dental van provided free dental care throughout August to hundreds of members of the Western New York community.  The program, provided through a partnership with the New York State Dental Association, New York State Dental Foundation, and Seneca-Babcock Community Association, is available to people of all ages.  Read more.

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine: Buffalo Biotech Startup Guides UB Discoveries to Market for Dental Patients

Praveen Arany and Daniel Chan would have never guessed that a friendship forged over badminton would lead to the formation of an emerging biotechnology startup.  The pair, who coached together for nearly five years at Rally Niagara Badminton Club in North Tonawanda, are the co-founders of OptiMed Technology. The company utilizes nanotechnology to develop toothpaste and 3D printed denture material that treat irreversible gum overgrowth and fungal infections, conditions that affect millions of people each year.   Read more.
Faculty News
NYU College of Dentistry: Dr. Nigel W. Bunnett Named Chair, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology

Dr. Nigel W. Bunnett, an internationally known expert on the mechanisms of pain, itch, and neurogenic inflammation, has been named chair of the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology at the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry), effective October 1, 2019.  Dr. Bunnett's research focuses on primary sensory neurons, the first cells in the pathways to pain, itch, and neurogenic inflammation and the cells that they innervate .   Read more.

NYU College of Dentistry: Dr. AndrĂ© V. Ritter Named Chair, Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

Dr. AndrĂ© V. Ritter, a distinguished dental educator, clinician, researcher, and executive administrator, has been named chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry), effective November 1, 2019. The Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care is the largest department at the College and is responsible for a major portion of the pre-clinical and clinical curriculum in the dental education program.   Read more.

NYU College of Dentistry: Dr. Analia Veitz-Keenan to be Honored with ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Award

Dr. Analia Veitz-Keenan, clinical professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine and director of evidence-based dentistry in the Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, will receive the 2019 ADA/AADR Evidence-based Dentistry (EBD) Accomplished Faculty Award at the annual ADA meeting in San Francisco in September. The award is presented to educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implementing and advancing evidence-based dentistry.  Read more.

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