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College Students Learn About Dental, Medical Careers

UTHealth medical student Alexis Tovar (far left) leads a simulation exercise that was part of the 2013 Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at  UTHealth earlier this summer. Tovar was one of eight UTHealth students who served as mentors and tutors.

UTHealth medical student Alexis Tovar (far left) leads a simulation exercise that was part of the 2013 Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at  UTHealth earlier this summer. Tovar was one of eight UTHealth students who served as mentors and tutors.

Seventy-nine college students from 18 states converged on the Texas Medical Center for six weeks earlier this summer to participate in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry and Medical School. 

Funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SMDEP is an academic enrichment program for talented, under-represented students interested in dentistry or medicine. The program is offered at UTHealth and 11 other sites across the nation. UTHealth received $315,000 in support of the program this year. Students attend at no charge and receive stipends over the six weeks.

Admission is highly competitive; more than 1,000 students applied for the program at UTHealth, but only 58 pre-med and 22 pre-dental students were chosen. Read more

 

Save the Date: Oct. 25 Program on Student Stress, Burnout for All Faculty

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UTHealth faculty are encouraged to reserve Oct. 25 for a program at the School of Dentistry on student stress, burnout and suicide.

Faculty members across The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are invited to save the date for a special presentation, “What You Need to Know About Student Stress, Burnout and Suicide,” scheduled for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the
Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge.  Pre-registration details will be announced soon.

UTHealth School of Dentistry Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, heard the presenter, Mayo Clinic Associate Professor Liselotte N. Dyrbye, MD, speak on this topic at the 2010 Dean’s Conference hosted by the American Dental Education Association and felt the message may be of great interest to other faculty and leaders of UTHealth.  Read more

 

Educators Learn to Lead at ADEA Summer Programs

From left: UT School of Dentistry faculty members Dr. Gisela Velasquez, Dr. Bhavini Acharya, Joanna Allaire, RDH; Dr. Ariadne Letra and Dr. Amity Gardner recently completed ADEA’s Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders.

From left: UT School of Dentistry faculty members Dr. Gisela Velasquez, Dr. Bhavini Acharya, Joanna Allaire, RDH; Dr. Ariadne Letra and Dr. Amity Gardner recently completed ADEA’s Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders.

Five members of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston faculty have successfully completed the 2013 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders, held this year in Kennebunkport, Maine, while two department chairs, Drs. Gary Badger and Kalu Ogbureke, completed ADEA’s Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP) for managers in Atlanta, Ga.
 
The five in the Emerging Academic Leaders Program included Dr. Bhavini Acharya of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry;  Joanna Allaire, RDH, MDH, Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene; Dr. Amity Gardner, Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health; Dr. Ariadne Letra of the Department of Endodontics; and Dr. Gisela Velasquez, Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Read more

 

Blue Bell Gift Certificates for Aug. 26 Blood Drive Donors

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Blood donors will receive gift certificates for Blue Bell Ice Cream.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will conduct a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 in the Fullerton Classroom (Room 4310) at The University of Texas School of Dentistry, 7500 Cambridge St., Houston. Everyone who donates or attempts to donate will receive a gift certificate for a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream.

Potential donors should eat and drink before coming to the blood drive and make sure to bring ID. Read more

 

Three Dental Students Awarded Scholarships in Memory of Dr. Kroeger

Associate Professor Vahn Lewis, PharmD, PhD, with Kroeger Award winners Duncan Shepherd, Rachel Bishop and Austin Ledingham, plus UT School of Dentistry Dean John A. Valenza, DDS. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

Associate Professor Vahn Lewis, PharmD, PhD, with Kroeger Award winners Duncan Shepard, Rachel Bishop and Austin Ledingham, plus UT School of Dentistry Dean John A. Valenza, DDS. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

Three University of Texas School of Dentistry students have been awarded the Dr. Donald Charles Kroeger Student Research Scholarship in recognition of contributions to scientific research projects and/or outstanding academic achievement, all particularly in pharmacology. Fourth-year students Duncan Shepard, Rachel Bishop and Austin Ledingham received the award earlier this year. Read more

 

Dr. Angelov Awarded Distinguished Professorship in Periodontics

Dr. Nikola Angelov

Dr. Angelov

Nikola Angelov, DDS, MS, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, has been appointed holder of the Raul G. Caffesse, DDS, MS, DrOdont Distinguished Professorship in Periodontics. UTHealth President Giuseppe Colasurdo, MD, announced the appointment, which was effective June 1.

Angelov is a native of Macedonia and earned his DDS and master’s degree in periodontology, followed by a PhD in oral pathology and periodontology, from Saints Cyril and Methodius University, where he was also a clinical dentist and faculty member. Read more

 

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