Great Things at UDM

Great Things at the School of Dentistry

Dental Student Groups Win Recognition

The UDM chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) was recognized in March with a national award as the most improved chapter, during the ASDA's annual meeting in Atlanta. Across the country, at the annual meeting of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Seattle, the UDM ADEA student chapter was honored with both the Distinguished Chapter Award and Best Membership Communication Award by the ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows, March 18.

ADEA/Zimmer Dental Implant Education Teaching Award

The Department of Restorative Dentistry received the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/Zimmer Dental Education Teaching Award in the amount of $25,000. The national award was presented to the dental educator team and the institution in recognition of their commitment to excellence and innovation in the field of implant dentistry education. 

Renewed Funding to the Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs received renewed funding of over $300,000 for UDMSD’s pipeline programs. The grant funds assist pre-doctoral and pre-hygiene students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programs help underrepresented minorities (URM) learn about the opportunities in the oral health care profession. Additionally, the funding will assist in the educational development of URM allied health faculty, along with providing resources for the UDMSD Sealant Program.

Recruiting on a National Level

UDMSD hosted 12 students from the University of California-San Diego for a weeklong pre-dental externship experience. The externship allows interested prospective students to explore various facets of the dental program in an effort to encourage these highly qualified applicants to attend the School of Dentistry. 

Restorative Registered Dental Hygiene Pilot (RRDHP)

The School’s Restorative Registered Dental Hygiene Pilot (RRDHP) program was highlighted in in the July edition of the MDA Journal’s “A United Voice for Oral Health.” The article focused on the School of Dentistry’s “pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of expanded-function dental hygienist providing care under the direct supervision of a dentist.” The yearly update is provided by MDA and its Special Committee on Access to Care Issues.