The University of Texas Police Department is collecting donations of new, unwrapped gifts to share with juvenile/pediatric patients at Harris County Psychiatric Center and LBJ Hospital. Gifts will be collected through Dec. 15.
Donation boxes at the School of Dentistry are the following locations: Suite 5.330 (General Practice and Dental Public Health/Kathleen Henshaw); Suite 6130 (Office of Continuing Education/Kassie Broussard); and at the guard station in the Elliott Lobby (first floor). Suggested gift items include:
Clinical Assistant Professor Yasmine Haddad, DDS, PhD, and two first-year dental hygiene students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry volunteered for a Thanksgiving Day health fair at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Jennifer Tran and Denise Murray gave up some of their holiday time to join Haddad in helping all who showed up for the annual Thanksgiving event. Dr. Jeffery Chang of the TZU CHI Foundation invited UTSD students and faculty to participate.
University of Texas School of Dentistry students Jedidiah Allen, Helia Koleini, Bryan Sendelbach, Gazelle Shabani, Tae Song and Terrall Thurman participated in Project Saving Smiles at Good Neighbor Healthcare Center earlier this fall in connection with a new course, “DENF 2501 Second Year Fall Clinic,” directed by Associate Professor Deborah Franklin, DDS, MA, of the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health.City of Houston Sharpstown Health Services and City of Houston La Nueva Casa de Amigos Dental Clinic have also served as clinical sites for the course, marking “a rebuilding of a partnership with City of Houston clinics,” Franklin said. “It was also the first time second-year students have delivered patient education to adult patients at these clinics.”
Pediatric dentistry residents at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston recently used the SimMan® human patient simulator to test their skills at managing anesthesia-related complications in the dental chair. These included anaphylactic reactions, respiratory distress from oversedation, laryngospasm, aspiration of foreign material, and asthma attack. SimMan® is a high-fidelity simulation mannequin that can speak, cough and even snore. Devices inside the simulator and its accompanying equipment can be programmed to exhibit various vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure and respirations. The mannequin can complain of chest pains, make wheezing noises to mimic breathing problems, and can be connected to intravenous lines or breathing tubes.
Nine students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston traveled to Boston earlier this fall to attend the Hispanic Dental Association’s 23rd Annual Meeting, where two UTSD students received scholarships and a UTSD graduate became the HDA’s new president — the second alum to hold that post in recent years. Class of 2004 graduate Tyrone Rodriguez, DDS, is the new HDA president for 2014. In 2011, UTSD Community Outreach Director, Clinical Associate Professor and Alumna Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd served as HDA president. While a student at the School of Dentistry, Rodriguez was president of the Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) chapter. He currently practices dentistry in Yakima, Wash.
Associate Professor Magda S. Eldiwany, DDS, MS, of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics was the keynote speaker for the Egyptian Dental Association’s 16th International Dental Congress Nov. 5-8 in Cairo, Egypt. Despite political turmoil in the region, approximately 4,000 attendees from many Arab countries made it to the event. Eldiwany’s keynote address was on “Bleaching and Patient Demand.” She also led a workshop, “Precision in Color Selection,” and gave another lecture on “Excessive Gingival Display: Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatment.”
An interview with Endodontics Department Chair and Professor Samuel Dorn, DDS, appears in the January 2014 edition of Bottom Line Health newsletter, which is already in print. The article, “A Toothache Can Turn Deadly,” discusses abscesses and how to prevent and treat them. Dorn is president-elect of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations and will become president in May 2014. He is the 2013 recipient of the Edgar D. Coolidge Award, the highest honor given by the American Association of Endodontists. The award recognized lifetime achievement. In connection with the Coolidge Award, Roots, the international CE magazine of endodontics, published an interview with Dorn earlier this year, describing his background and the influential people and experiences that helped shape his career.