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News at One Kneeland

News at One Kneeland

August 24, 2015

Welcome to the Class of D2019

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TUSDM Receives HRSA Grants

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Campus Notes

  • TUSDM remembers Sharon Dailey: The TUSDM community was saddened to learn that Sharon Dailey, Scheduling Coordinator and longtime staff member in the Office of Clinical Affairs, passed away on July 19. Dailey had worked at TUSDM for 15 years in various roles around the school, where she received numerous awards and was known for her friendly, upbeat, and kind character. Funeral services were held on July 27, attended by many past and present dental students, faculty and staff members. "Her vivacious personality and her teamwork will be dearly missed by everyone who worked closely with her," said Dr. Mary Jane Hanlon, Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and Assistant Dean of Pre-doctoral Clinical Administration. Dailey is survived by her parents, Mildred and Charles Dailey; children, 10-year-old Brianna Rose Dailey and three-year-old Nathaniel Charles Mark; partner, Michael Mark; and a large extended family of siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. For those wishing to make a contribution to Sharon's family, donations can be made out to: Brianna Rose Dailey and/ or Nathaniel Charles Mark and mailed to 90 Blake Street Hyde Park, MA 02136 C/O Mildred Dailey.
  • Tufts signs off on Delta Dental Endowed Scholarship: Northeast Delta Dental, in collaboration with the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), has established a $1 million endowed scholarship for students from northern New England with a goal of helping to improve access to oral healthcare in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The Northeast Delta Dental Endowed Scholarship, created from a generous $600,000 gift and matched by $400,000 from the Tufts University Financial Aid Initiative, enables TUSDM to offer up to five scholarships to students from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont each year. Scholarship recipients are expected to have a strong connection to the region, a superior academic record, an externship experience in rural northern New England, and a commitment to practice in one of the three northern New England states upon graduation. TUSDM and Northeast Delta Dental hope the scholarship will help establish a pipeline of high-quality oral health care practitioners to care for residents in rural northern New England for generations to come. Northeast Delta Dental and TUSDM celebrated at a recognition event attended by Northeast Delta Dental President and CEO, Tom Raffio and Manager of Oral Health and Wellness Solutions, Heather Brown; TUSDM Executive Associate Dean, Mark Gonthier; Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Betty Ann Kearney; Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Kathleen Corcoran; and Clinical Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and Northeast Delta Dental consultant, Robert Urbon, DMD. The first group of Northeast Delta Dental Scholars will be chosen this fall.
  • CSI: Tufts Dental: Students and faculty members from TUSDM and University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine (UCONN) helped area kids fight crime last month. "Crime Scene Boston" a weeklong summer camp introducing middle school students to forensic science, hosted a session at the Museum of Science. The dental students and faculty members provided a program on dental forensics, featuring UCONN's traveling dental forensic laboratory and models of jaws and teeth. The TUSDM students involved included Yamila Garber, D16, Sibelius Arditi, D16, Jaime Valencia, D17, Ethan Sturm, D17, Holly Fadie, D18 and Jason Wong, D16. They were overseen by Dr. Carolyn Cottrell and Dr. Melissa Ing, both Associate Professors in the Department of Comprehensive Care. Eric Silver, a UCONN student, and Dr. Mike Goupil, Associate Dean at UCONN's School of Dental Medicine, provided assistance to the project. See photos from the event.

  • New faculty appointments: There were several faculty promotions and appointments approved this past month. Dr. Cheen Loo, Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, was promoted to Professor. Dr. John Morgan was promoted to Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Service. Dr. Mark Caddell was promoted to Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. Dr. Ruby Ghaffari, Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care, was also appointed as Interim Assistant Chair of the Department. The school is also pleased to welcome Dr. Daniel Lim, who was appointed as Clinical Instructor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and Dr. Gabriela Lagreca, who was appointed Instructor in the Department of Prosthodontics.

  • New department to focus on marketing the clinic and continuing education: Executive Associate Dean Mark Gonthier recently announced the creation of a new office dedicated to meeting the marketing and communications needs of the school and clinic. The Office of Continuing Education, Marketing and Communications is part of the larger effort to improve patient outreach and patient experience within the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral clinics. Aligning Continuing Education with Marketing and Communications brings together two offices that focus on external outreach, and improving customer service and experience. Samuel Ruth, previously the Associate Director of the Office of Continuing Education, has been appointed as Director of Continuing Education, Marketing and Communications, and Michael Chin has been appointed Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications. Emma Johnson will be joining the unit as Communications Specialist, and the office is in the process of hiring a new Web Content Specialist to replace Chin.

  • First health literacy course completed: Students in the first Health Literacy Intensive course celebrated the completion of their seminar on June 26. The course, a year-long elective for first and second year students, had students meet once a month to discuss issues related to health literacy and effective communication in the health sciences. The group included 14 D17 students and four D18 students, who engaged with health communications literature and in discussions and, took part in group activities. During the June 26 event, the students presented a list of recommendations to the dental school's leadership, based on their evaluations of health literacy within the dental school, and received their certificates. Dean Huw Thomas, Executive Associate Dean Mark Gonthier, and Dr. Robert Kasberg, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs, all attended the presentation. Dr. Nicole Holland, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Service and Director of Health Communication, Education and Promotion, developed the course utilizing a Tufts Innovates! Grant.

  • MHDA holds career symposium at TUSDM: The Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association (MHDA) held their 5th Annual Dental Career Symposium at TUSDM on June 26. The symposium, "Promoting Dentistry as a Career for Minorities" was attended by more 70 people including dentists, college and high school students, dental assistants, hygienists and foreign dentists. Dr. Aidee Herman, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontology and Dr. Zuzana Mendez, D08, were recognized for founding the symposium. Additionally, the board recognized students for their participation in research and volunteering with awards and scholarships. Dr. Myron Allukian, A60, and Dr. Charles Millstein, D62, were also recognized for their participation and Leadership.

  • New diplomate of American Board of Orofacial Pain: This past May, Dr. Chao Lu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, presented two abstracts at the 2015 Annual meeting of American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP): “Acute onset of bilateral partial facial paralysis with jaw pain secondary to Lyme disease, initially diagnosed as myofascial pain and bruxism,” and “Dental manifestation of myasthenia gravis initially diagnosed as dentures with insufficient vertical dimension of occlusion.” After completing the Board Examination, he received a diplomate certificate from the academy in June. He plans to attend the AAOP annual meeting in 2016, which will include a session for new diplomates.

  • TUSDM alum bikes across America: Dr. Bill McDonald, D75A, recently completed a bicycle trek across the United States, a trip that lasted from June 15 to July 25. The dental alum shared some of his photos from the trip.View photos from his trip.

  • Faculty member publishes book chapter: The Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, first edition included a chapter written by Dr. Daniel Oreadi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The chapter, "Superficial Parotidectomy" details the history and evolution of the surgical procedures for removal of the superficial lobe of the parotid gland for the treatment of benign and malignant tumors, including surgical anatomy. Dr. Oreadi was also recently selected to be a member of the Pathology Section for the Special Committee on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Parameters of Care, the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the specialty.

  • New roles in Development and Alumni Relations: Betty Ann Kearney, Senior Director for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, recently announced promotions for two of her staff members. Marianne Blaney, previously Assistant Director of the Tufts Dental Fund, was promoted to Director of the Dental Fund, and Catherine McLaughlin, previously Interim Senior Director of the office, was promoted to Director of Development. In her new role, Blaney will continue to work with volunteers, maintain a portfolio of donors and develop strategies to grow the Dental Fund. McLaughlin will work closely with Kearney in managing some of the school's most important prospect and donor relationships, maintaining a portfolio of major gift prospects, building a campaign volunteer infrastructure, and supervising the director of the Dental Fund and associate director of alumni relations. "They have both worked tirelessly over the past year to advance the goals of the development and alumni relations office within our dental community," Kearney said. "Please join me in congratulating them for this well-deserved acknowledgement of excellent work."

  • Tufts shines at SNDA Convention: Tufts' Student National Dental Association (SNDA) travelled to Chicago, Ill. to participate in the 43rd National SNDA Convention. An annual event, held simultaneously with parent organization the National Dental Association (NDA), this convention accommodates hundreds of dentists, dental students, pre-dental students and exhibitors from all over the country. The NDA promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color, and raising the profile of the profession in the community. Alexis Irby, D17, was elected the National President-Elect, and Saadia Aziz, D16, was elected as the SNDA Representative to the NDA Board of Trustees.

  • New soap dispensers to be installed: After a year of planning by TUSDM's Risk Management and Safety Committee, the dental school will be installing new hands-free soap dispensers in all of the school's restrooms in an effort to increase hygienic conditions within the clinic. There is some evidence that hands-free soap dispensers (which automatically distribute hand-soap instead of using a pump) help prevent cross-contamination, and can lead to higher compliance in hand-washing. The school piloted the new dispensers on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors in July, and will be installing dispensers in the remaining dental school restrooms sometime this fall. Shannon Balletto, Infection Control Administrator for the Office of Clinical Affairs, said that the pilot has already received positive feedback from students, faculty and administrators around the school.

  • TUSDM emerging faculty leaders receive guidance at ADEA retreat: Four faculty members from TUSDM had the opportunity to take part in this year's American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Emerging Leaders' Retreat, which took place in Freeport, Maine July 8 - 11. The annual retreat is designed for faculty members who have been identified as having potential to make significant contributions to academic dentistry, and wish to take on leadership roles at their institution. The four participants from TUSDM were Dr. Aikaterini Papathanasiou, Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care; Dr. Tanya Wright, Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences; Dr. Ala Ali, Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics; and Dr. Archana Viswanath, Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Carroll Ann Trotman, Professor and Chair in the Department of Orthodontics, was also at the retreat as an advisor. The retreat included presentations on leadership in academia, mentorship and networking, conflict resolution, interpersonal relations, and career and life management. "It's something I wish I'd done sooner," Dr. Viswanath said. "I'd recommend this to any junior faculty member. It was invaluable." Dr. Papathanasiou and Dr. Wright both agreed, calling the retreat "life-changing" and an "eye-opening experience." The four participants will work with their retreat groups to complete a research project that they'll present at the 2016 ADEA Meeting, set to take place in Denver, Colo. March 12 - 15.
  • New employee in Student Affairs: Tufts Dental School is pleased to welcome Erin Scott, who recently joined the Office of Student Affairs in the role of Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services. Erin previously spent seven years working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Assistant Director of Prehealth Advising within the Office of Global Education and Career Development. At Tufts, she will be developing a database of career opportunities for Tufts dental students, and streamlining communication between Tufts alumni. Scott will also counsel students on licensure examinations and data outcomes, help to coordinate the International Externship Exchange programs, and manage the approval process for students participating in the Postgraduate Observation Programs for risk management compliance. She will also now become the primary coordinator for the two Commencement ceremonies. TUSDM is thrilled to welcome Scott to the Student Services division.

  • New Morita Laser in Perio department: The Department of Periodontology is pleased to receive a state-of-the-art Erbium-Yag laser on loan from the President of the J. Morita USA company, Yuzo Hirukawa. The laser can be used for many applications; over the next year, faculty members and students will initiate testing of the instrument in order to assess its efficacy in clinical situations. The proposed uses for laser treatment include root hypersensitivity and detoxification for treatment of failing implants. The J. Morita USA company and the Department of Periodontology recently co-sponsored a full-day training session for the faculty and students in the department. Dr. Hector Sarmiento, Clinical Associate at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, who also maintains a specialty periodontal practice in New York City, conducted the course. The department will soon begin providing options for treatment with the laser. The availability of this laser opens up new avenues for training periodontal specialty students and faculty, and provides the opportunity to compare the quality of laser treatment to other approaches. Dr. Bjorn Steffensen, Professor and Chair of the department, and Dr. Charles Hawley, the Professor and Interim Postgraduate Program Director in the Department of Periodontology, are excited to utilize the instrument in clinical practices taught at the school.
  • Farewell to Dr. Najla Chebib: On August 31, the Tufts Dental community says farewell to Dr. Najla Chebib, Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics, who will be moving to Switzerland with her family following the birth of her daughter in July. Dr. Chebib worked at TUSDM for two years, and her presence will be greatly missed. She will be working for the University of Geneva, and her husband will continue working with the International Red Cross. Dr. Chebib said she was grateful for her time at Tufts Dental. "It's a very difficult decision that I had to make," she said. "Tufts has been my home and family for the past two and a half years; and I have met so many outstanding professionals, and wonderful people at the school."

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