Farrow’s project was directed by Dr. Kevin Rowland, Associate Professor and Section Head of Physiology at SIU SDM.
"Patrick's dedication for research stems from a sincere desire to help people, especially individuals suffering from pain," said Dr. Rowland.
The Hinman Student Research Symposium featured oral and poster presentations of research projects by dental and graduate students from dental schools across the nation. At this year's Symposium, 104 students represented 47 dental schools in 29 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces. Eight awards were given for the most outstanding student presentations, four in clinical research and four in basic science research, in addition to an award from the National Students Research Group (NSRG) of the American Association for Dental Research.
The Symposium is sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society. Support is also provided in part by grants from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the ADEAGies Foundation, the Procter & Gamble Company, the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Alumni Association, and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation.
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Photo Caption 1: Dr. Timothy L. Hottel, Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, and Dr. Jane C. Puskas, President of the Hinman Dental Society, present the Most Outstanding Presentation in Clinical Research Award to Patrick Farrow.
Dr. Poonam Jain presented at the World Congress on Preventive Dentistry (WCPD) in Budapest, Hungary from October 9-13, 2014.
A Professor and Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine , Dr. Jain delivered the results of her survey of dental schools in the United States and Canada. The survey’s objective was to examine the inclusion and integration of information on soft drinks in dental curricula.
Consumption of sugared beverages contributes to several non-communicable diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and dental caries, and has become a major public health issue.
“It is critical that health care providers are trained well on the oral and systemic effects of consumption of these drinks,” Dr. Jain said. “My survey revealed that much more needs to be done to ensure this is occurring.
“It was interesting to discover that dental educators from various parts of the world agreed that the same problem exists in their pre-doctoral curricula as well.”
One of the major foci of the conference was to examine the inequalities in health outcomes based on social determinants.
“It was truly wonderful to interact with professionals from all over the world and learn their perspectives,” Dr. Jain said. “Attending the WCPD and visiting Budapest were both beneficial experiences for me. I am grateful for the support of (SDM) Dean Bruce Rotter and the University to attend that event.”
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine served 118 children at our Give Kids A Smile Day on Monday, October 14, 2013 at the School’s Main Clinic in Alton. The total dental treatment provided was valued at $47,362.
Free dental care—including examinations, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions—were provided by SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty, staff, students and residents; members of the Madison and St. Clair District Dental Societies; SIU SDM alumni; Lewis and Clark Community College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene faculty and students; and Missouri College of Assisting faculty and students. Professionals and volunteers from the community also participated. Children qualified to participate in the event are those eligible for free and reduced-priced meal programs.
“Parents are pleasantly surprised with the comprehensive treatment that they receive at no charge,” said Dr. Poonam Jain, Professor and Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. “It is what sets us apart and is extremely rewarding.”
“I had three different sets of parents say that they were amazed that we could provide all of these services on the same day without all the red tape. We had one single mom, who could only bring three of her five children in the morning. We told her to bring the other two later, and she did.”
Give Kids A Smile Day is a national event sponsored by the American Dental Association to provide free dental treatment for underserved children. The event is organized to promote community awareness of the need for dental services among the underserved. State Representative Dan Beiser of Alton was among the community leaders in attendance at the event this year.
First-year dental students from the SIU School of Dental Medicine hosted a “Smile Station” featuring fun, educational activities and games to help children learn the importance of a good diet, oral hygiene and the connections between their mouths and bodies. The Smile Station was hosted next door to the Main Clinic in the Gym on the Alton Campus.
“The Smile Station offers many fun activities for the children. It is also a fun day for our dental students, and they truly enjoy it,” Dr. Jain said.
Photo Caption 1: Dr. Poonam Jain (left) and SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe (right with sunglasses) visit with tooth fairies at SIU School of Dental Medicine’s Give Kids A Smile Day. The tooth fairies were Year I dental students (left to right), Sara Frerichs, Mikal Bell, and Shaina Rennegarbe.
Photo Caption 2: Tyler Crews, SIU SDM Class of 2013 and current AEGD Resident, poses in the Main Clinic with a young, happy patient
Photo Caption 3: Lindsey Mason, Year IV dental student, providing dental care during the 2013 Give Kids A Smile Day
Photo Caption 4: Drew Evans, Cody Gass, and Bailey Eilering—Year I dental students—entertain and educate a young guest (and his mother) at the Smile Station
Photo Caption 5: Dr. Daniela Reigel, SIU SDM Class of 2013, returned to campus and volunteered at the 2013 Give Kids A Smile Day, featured here with a young, happy patient
Photo Caption 6: Elizabeth Moore, Year III dental student, and Nicholas Feller, Year IV dental student, providing dental care during the 2013 Give Kids A Smile Day
Photo Caption 7: Sean Crawford, Year I dental student, entertains and educates a young guest at the Smile Station
Photo Caption 8: Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of SIU SDM, and State Rep. Dan Beiser enjoy a light moment during the 2013 Give Kids A Smile Day
Photo Caption 9: Mikal Bell, the Tooth Fairy and Year I dental student, made the rounds in the Main Clinic, bringing smiles to kids wherever he went
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The Main Clinic of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine was truly a sight to see on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, as faculty, staff and students donned pink scrubs and other pink attire in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The School of Dental Medicine faculty, staff and students continued to recognize the awareness campaign by wearing pink on every Tuesday during October.
Breast cancer has affected the School of Dental Medicine faculty, staff and students, directly and indirectly, and the SIU SDM community has chosen to actively participate in the efforts to find a cure. Through our campus awareness campaign, we are hopeful that greater knowledge of the disease will lead to earlier detection of breast cancer, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates, and that money raised for breast cancer will produce a reliable, permanent cure.
Photo Caption 1: SIU SDM faculty, staff and students donned pink scrubs and other pink attire in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On October 5, 2013, the SIU School of Dental Medicine hosted the 7th Annual SIU SDM Alumni Homecoming. The 2013 Homecoming successfully welcomed back many alumni and friends to the School of Dental Medicine’s Alton Campus.
The day started for many of the guests with a picnic lunch on the lawn in front of the Science Building. Students provided campus tours and everyone enjoyed a good meal.
Lunch was followed by an exciting and well received Continuing Education program format, featuring lecture and clinical presentations by SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty members. Alumni and guests enjoyed the “Build Your Own CE Program,” which allowed them to choose between nine different CE presentations—three hosted during each of the three educational sessions. The diverse range of educational topics offered alumni and guests an opportunity to learn from some of our amazing faculty and experience some of the new technology available to our students.
After the CE program, alumni, faculty and friends gathered to share an enjoyable evening with classmates and colleagues at the Alumni Homecoming Reception. The SIU SDM Alumni Council once again hosted a Silent Auction and a Wall of Wines in support of the SIU SDM Alumni Association. The two events continue to contribute to the excitement of the Homecoming atmosphere.
The 2013 Alumni Homecoming Reception also served as a welcome party for two Class Reunion events this year. The Class of 1988 and the Class of 2003 were both well represented at the event. Following the reception, the two classes enjoyed dinner with their respective classmates.
Thank you to all the alumni, faculty and friends who helped to make the 2013 Homecoming special.
“I shall at all times and in all places conduct myself with honesty and integrity.”
--Excerpt from the Professional Oath of the Class of 2017
On October 8, 2013, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine hosted its annual White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017. Fifty new dental students were joined by hundreds of family and friends, as well as many SIU SDM faculty members, to celebrate the distinguished occasion.
Each year, the White Coat Ceremony underscores the unique ethical responsibilities of health care professionals espoused through the Professional Oath. The ceremony also serves to formally welcome the entering class into the profession of dentistry.
Dr. J. Barry Howell, Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Dental Society, served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. During his tenure as the President of the ISDS, Dr. Howell served as an Ex-Officio member of the ISDS Foundation Board. Dr. Howell is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, DENT-IL-PAC and ADPAC, and is currently serving on the American Dental Association’s Council of Governmental Affairs.
Following Dr. Howell’s remarks, Dr. Cornell Thomas, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services at the School of Dental Medicine, called the new dental students individually to the stage. Following tradition, two alumni and faculty members of the SIU School of Dental Medicine—Drs. Susan Rieken (Class of 1995) and Kathy Weber (Class of 1995)—helped the students don their white coats.
Once each student was fitted with their respective white coat, they proceeded to sign the Professional Oath. With all the members of the Class of 2017 assembled on the stage, Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine, led them in the recitation of the Professional Oath.
Erin Syzdek, a Year III dental student and President of the Student Body, offered closing remarks. Following the ceremony, family and friends in attendance were invited to the
SIU School of Dental Medicine, Alton Campus, for lunch and campus tours.
The Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, the Central Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, the Eighth District of the International College of Dentists, and the Illinois Section of the American College of Dentists served as sponsors for the event. The SIU School of Dental Medicine is sincerely grateful for the generosity exhibited by each of the sponsors.
Photo Caption 1: The Class of 2017, reciting the Professional Oath
Photo Caption 2: Jasmine Abdullh was proud to be the first member of the Class of 2017 to receive her white coat.
Photo Caption 3: Tucker Smith, signing the Oath
Photo Caption 4: Dr. J. Barry Howell, Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Dental Society, offered the keynote address at the White
Photo Caption 5: Katie Wilson received help donning her white coat from Dr. Kathy Weber.
Photo Caption 6: Members of the SIU SDM Class of 2017 with members of the SIU SDM faculty
Each year, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Hall of Fame honors alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen field. Dr. William “Bill” Schmidt, SIU School of Dental Medicine Class of 1976, was recognized as a member of the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2013 for his contributions in the field of dental medicine.
The SIUE Alumni Association honored the members of the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2013 at an awards dinner held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Conference Center in the Morris University Center on the main campus of SIUE. Dr. Schmidt traveled from Seattle to attend the event, and he was joined by his wife, Alicia. The mighty Class of 1976 was also well represented at the event.
“As I reflect on this recognition, what comes to my mind, first and foremost, is a sense of gratitude. I am grateful to the SIU School of Dental Medicine to have had the trust in me to accept me into the program and to invest in my training,” Dr. Schmidt said. “The dental school saying ‘yes’ to me has made it possible for me to have a fulfilling career.”
The SIU SDM Alumni Council is charged with the task of reviewing all alumni nominations from the School of Dental Medicine and, ultimately, selecting a candidate for the award. If you are interested in submitting a nomination for the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2014, please feel free to e-mail Dr. Keith Dickey (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Alumni Services at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. William Schmidt graduated from SIUE in 1973 with a B.A. degree in Biology. He received his D.M.D. degree from SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1976. He was awarded membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. After completing a General Practice Residency with the US Public Health Service, he continued his education at the University of Washington where he received his M.S.D. degree in Prosthodontics.
Dr. Schmidt has lectured nationally and internationally on various prosthodontic, restorative and implant topics. He is a past president of the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics and the Washington State Society of Prosthodontists. As a member and advisor for several study clubs and dental organizations, he continues to work toward enhancing the level of dental excellence locally and nationally. For over thirty years Dr. Schmidt has enjoyed his private practice in Seattle specializing in fixed and removable prosthodontics and implant restorations.
Dr. Schmidt and his wife, Alicia, have three grown sons. Their youngest son, Nathan, has Cystic Fibrosis. Dr. Schmidt and Alicia volunteer with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help raise awareness and funds for research to find a cure for this disease. They have been past presidents and have served on the Washington Chapter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board for over 20 years.
Photo Caption 1: Photo of Dr. Schmidt with the Mighty Class of '76: Dr. Glenn Parker, Dr. Bob Stelfox, Dr. Dale Claussen, Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Kevin Kays, Dr. Mark Porter, and Dr. Tom Riley
On September 13, 2013, Dr. Toni Roucka assumed responsibility as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Roucka most recently served as an Assistant Professor and the Predoctoral Program Director for General Dentistry at the Marquette University School of Dentistry
Dr. Roucka has had extensive experience administering the curriculum for the Department of General Dental Sciences, including design, direction and remediation plans for the predoctoral curriculum at the Marquette University School of Dentistry. She has been intimately involved in the development of a team-based curriculum; critical thinking and ethics curricula; and formal grand rounds programs; among others.
Dr. Roucka also has experience in faculty development and calibration. She has also been a key leader in the planning and execution of Marquette’s Commission on Dental Accreditation Self-Study under the new 2013 Commission guidelines.
“Qualifications such as teaching; research; administrative and leadership experience; and knowledge of clinical dentistry and dental curriculum planning are all essential for moving our efforts forward successfully,” said Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
“Dr. Roucka possesses these qualifications and is well suited to assist us in continuing to build educational excellence.”
Dr. Roucka reports directly to the Dean. Her responsibilities will include oversight of the curriculum, student academic and clinical progress, faculty development, outcomes assessment and accreditation, among others. She will also hold teaching responsibilities as a member of the SIU SDM faculty.
Dr. Toni Roucka is a 1990 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Her undergraduate work was in Nursing at the College of DuPage, where she received her RN in 1982. She worked as a Registered Nurse—first at the Loyola University Hospital and later at the University of Illinois Hospital—for seven years, including the first couple of years of her dental education.
Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Roucka served three years of active duty in the United States Navy, stationed at Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview, IL. After completing her active duty service in the Navy, Dr. Roucka has spent most of her career in public health and dental education.
Dr. Roucka helped found the Spang Center for Oral Health, the first clinic dedicated exclusively to the treatment of HIV positive individuals. She is also a co-founder of Compassionate Dental Care International, a non-profit organization started in 2004 with the hope of bringing dental care to the places in the world that need it most.
Dr. Roucka served the Marquette University School of Dentistry in a full-time capacity from 2004 until 2013. She served as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Johnston and Parkway Dental Clinics—community outreach clinics at the Marquette University School of Dentistry. She also served in the Advanced Care Clinic and as a Comprehensive Patient Management Group Leader during her time at Marquette.
In 2007, Dr. Roucka received her MA in Population Health / Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Class of 2017 Arrives On Campus!
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Class of 2017 arrived on campus on August 1, 2013 for the first day of the annual Orientation Program. Upon arrival, the class was introduced to the dental school through an intense two-day program. Each year, the Orientation Program provides the entering class of dental students with an overview of the educational curriculum, financial aid, student services, organized dentistry, and professional ethics, among other topics.
This year’s entering class totaled 50 enrollees, including 30 male and 20 female dental students. The class had an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.65. They earned an average score of 19.2 on the academic section of the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) and an average score of 19.6 on the perceptual ability section of the DAT. A strong pool of 585 applicants completed the application process to become an entering student this year at the SIU dental school.
Procter & Gamble (Crest + Oral B), the Illinois State Dental Society, the Central Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, GlaxoSmithKline, and the U.S. Air Force served as sponsors for the 2013 Orientation Program. Each sponsor provided a meal for the Class of 2017 during the Orientation.
SIU SDM Introduces New Department
Beginning July 1, 2013, the Department of Graduate Education will join the Departments of Restorative Dentistry; Applied Dental Medicine; and Growth, Development and Structure as the fourth Department on the SDM campus. The creation of the new department represents the first restructuring of the School of Dental Medicine since 1993, when the School adopted the three-department structure.
The Department of Graduate Education will take on primary responsibility for all activities related to the graduate programs on our campus, including admissions, scheduling, curriculum development, and evaluations, among other activities. Dr. Robert Blackwell, Director of Implant Dentistry at SIU SDM, has been appointed to serve as Interim Chair of the new Department.
In addition to Dr. Blackwell, the Department of Graduate Education will include Dr. Gary Fischer, SIU SDM Class of 1982 and Director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry; Dr. Douglas Miley, SIU SDM Class of 1983 and Director of the Graduate Periodontic Program, and Dr. John Hatton, SIU SDM Class of 1982 and Director of the Graduate Endodontic Program. Additional full or part-time faculty will be added to this roster as appropriate.
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Commencement 2013: Esteemed Alumni, Past and Present
On June 1, 2013, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine celebrated Commencement for the Class of 2013. The 2013 Commencement Ceremony recognized 46 new graduates-46 new alumni. The ceremony embraced the nostalgia of the moment and the excitement for the future.
The Class of 2013 distinguished themselves throughout the four year dental education program at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. As students, they excelled on the National Board Dental Exams (NBDE), Parts I and II. The Class of 2013 earned a 100 percent first time pass rate on the NBDE Part I and a 98 percent first time pass rate on the NBDE Part II.
The Class of 2013 Commencement Ceremony also featured 12 new alumni graduating with honors. Among this distinguished group of honors graduates, Dr. Peter Lotowski earned Magna Cum Laude.
During the ceremony, five past alumni played a special role in the ceremony, hooding relatives among the new graduates. Dr. Christopher Balda was hooded by his father, Dr. Brian Balda (Class of 1986). Dr. Graham Beard was hooded by his father, Dr. Darryll Beard (Class of 1983). Dr. Kellen Bosma was hooded by his spouse, Dr. Ramona Bosma (Class of 2008). Dr. Anthony Elger was hooded by his spouse, Dr. Nicole Elger (Class of 2011). Dr. Kendall Schumacher was hooded by his brother, Dr. Ryan Schumacher (Class of 2001).
Another past alumnus, Dr. Wilbert H. "Bert" Milligan (Class of 1979) was invited to offer the Key Note Address during the ceremony. Dr. Milligan noted that 34 years ago, he had served as the Class of 1979 Speaker at his own Commencement.
After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Milligan began his career as a faculty member at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1972. He helped develop the curriculum and played a role in the education of the first graduating classes. Unique to Dr. Milligan's story, while serving as a faculty member, he entered the School as a student and earned his D.M.D.
After serving SIU SDM for eight years, Dr. Milligan spent 25 years practicing general dentistry, lecturing part-time, and giving continuing education courses at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He was recruited and served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and presently serves as the Director of the Center for Continuing Dental Education.
"You are the future of our profession," remarked Dr. Milligan. "That is an awesome responsibility. Do what is right for your patients and be ethical and honest in all you do. I wish you every success and reward. Your rewards will be many."
Dr. Tyler Crews served as the Class of 2013 Speaker, representing the new alumni.
"One thing is for certain," said Dr. Crews. "For all we experienced, we went through it together, and as a class, we became very close. I am not only proud to share in the profession of dentistry as colleagues, but also as my friends."
Dr. Dean Drake, President of the SIU SDM Alumni Council and an alumnus from the first SIU SDM graduating class-the Class of 1975, welcomed the new alumni into the profession.
"From this day forward, the SIU School of Dental Medicine will serve as the tie that binds us in fellowship with a common educational and professional heritage in dentistry," said Dr. Drake.
The 2013 Commencement was hosted in the Meridian Ballroom of the Morris University Center on the main campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A reception honoring the Class of 2013 was held in the Goshen Lounge immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.
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On May 17, 2013, the outstanding achievements of the Class of 2013 were recognized at the annual SIU SDM Senior Farewell & Awards Banquet. Each year the event offers the administration and faculty of the SIU School of Dental Medicine the opportunity to bid farewell to the graduating class. The students, faculty and guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner reception and celebrated excellence in dental education.
The highlight of the Senior Farewell Banquet is traditionally the Awards program, which serves to recognize those students who demonstrate exemplary qualities in specific areas of the dental school curriculum. During the Class of 2013 Awards & Honors program, 26 different students earned 37 awards in honor of their accomplishments.
Peter Lotowski, Dominic Philpott, and Alec Rice shared the distinguished Alpha Omega Award, awarded to the senior dental student who has attained the highest grade point average for four years of study at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
Earning a total of six awards during the evening Peter Lotowski clearly demonstrated clinical excellence, especially in restorative dentistry, as a student at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. He earned the American College of Prosthodontists Award; the James R. Schmidt Award for Excellence in Restorative Dentistry; and the Hanau™ Best of the Best Prosthodontics Award. Lotowski also earned the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Award.
Additionally, Lotowski, along with classmate Rima Mounsef, earned the Delta Dental of Illinois Award. The award recognizes two outstanding dental students who have demonstrated a commitment to oral health in Illinois and are among the top 25 percent of the Class of 2013 academically and/or clinically.
Jillian Rigert earned four awards during the Class of 2013 Senior Farewell Evening. She earned the Quintessence Award for Research Achievement and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award, presented to an outstanding dental student who has exhibited leadership and dedication to the advancement of dental literature.
Rigert also earned the American Student Dental Association Award for demonstrating the spirit of volunteerism and providing leadership in service to the School and the community. She also earned the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Implant Award.
Also of note, Amanda Coyle and Brandon Dreier each earned three awards. Coyle earned the American Association of Women Dentists Award for demonstrating an enthusiasm for her career in dentistry; the Odontographic Society's Walter E. Dundon Memorial Award for demonstrating leadership and clinical ability; and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Award.
Drier earned the Quintessence Award in Restorative Dentistry; the Academy of Osseointegration Award; and the Dentsply Removable Prosthodontics Award.
The SIU dental school was honored that Dr. Susan Bordenave Bishop, Deputy Regent for the Eighth District of the International College of Dentists, was able to attend the Class of 2013 Senior Farewell & Awards Banquet. Dr. Bishop presented the International College of Dentists Award and the Dental Lifeline Network of Illinois/Brian D. Stone Memorial Award.
The Senior Farewell & Awards Banquet was held in the LeClaire Room of the N.O. Nelson Campus of the Lewis & Clark Community College. Dr. Cornell Thomas, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services at SIU SDM, hosted the Presentation of Awards.
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On May 3, 2013, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine hosted the 18th Annual Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament. To suggest that the weather failed to cooperate with the event would be a considerable understatement. Nonetheless, a surprising number of teams persevered in the cold and rain and challenged a difficult course.
A Special Thank You to the Gold Sponsors of 2013 Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament :
"We are immensely grateful for all the sponsors and participants who made the golf tournament a success, despite the weather," said Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine. "We genuinely appreciate everyone making the best of a bad situation in support of a worthwhile cause."
"Thanks to your support, proceeds from the event will allow us to make yet another sizable contribution in support of our faculty recruitment and retention efforts at the SIU School of Dental Medicine," Dr. Rotter added. "In this light, the forecast for this event is rather bright."
With the collective contribution from all the sponsors of and participants in the 2013 Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament, the SIU SDM faculty recruitment and retention fund -supported exclusively by proceeds from the golf tournament-will exceed $200,000. This fund remains critical to the success of our immediate and enduring goals for faculty recruitment and retention at the SIU dental school.
With your support, the School can continue to pursue faculty members of the highest caliber who will add to the growing reputation and impact of the School. Your contribution will ensure that our tradition of excellence in dental education continues and that our graduates are positioned to become regional and national leaders in the field.
The cold and wet weather effectively narrowed the field of challengers for the coveted Prophy Cup. The persistent rains also forced course officials to end the golf tournament after nine holes of play, as some of the greens became unplayable.
Two teams managed to shoot an impressive 6 under par. By comparing the holes that both of the teams completed during the abbreviated tournament, the course officials declared the team of Tyler Crews, J.R. Keller, Jake Higginson and Sean Thoms-all Year IV dental students-the 2013 Prophy Cup Challenge Champions. The same team won the event as Year I dental students at the 2010 Prophy Cup Challenge.
The team of Nick Baker (Class of 2008), Dan Lovell (Class of 2008), Joel Lovell (Class of 2012) and Steve Workman (Class of 2008) placed second. Nick Baker and Steve Workman were both part of the team that won consecutive championships in 2005 and 2006. Joel Lovell won a championship trophy in 2009.
In other contests at the rain-soaked event, Joe Sokolowski earned the trophy among the men in the Closest-to-the-Pin contest. Jake Higginson added a second trophy to his day by winning the Longest Drive contest among the men.
Gina Orland earned the trophy among the women in the Closest-to-the-Pin contest. The marker for the Longest Drive contest among the women remained blank at the end of the tournament.
The SIU School of Dental Medicine genuinely appreciates the support we received from the sponsors and participants of the 18th Annual Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge Golf Tournament.
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The Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Awards are made to tenure-track SIUE faculty members in order to recognize and support individual programs of research or creative activities. These awards recognize faculty members whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study and to SIUE in general. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dan Welch as one of the 2013 Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator awardees.
Dr. Dan Welch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Growth, Development and Structure at the School of Dental Medicine, joined the faculty in 2011 after earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside. Welch currently serves as the course director for neuroanatomy and has two peer-reviewed articles submitted for publication. Welch has previously published in the Journal for Experimental Biology and has presented research findings at several neuroscience conferences.
Welch’s current research project, “Underlying Central Nervous System Etiology of Bruxism,” lays a foundation for research on bruxism, the involuntary gnashing and grinding of teeth. According to Welch, untreated bruxism can lead to worn teeth, lost fillings, fractures, headaches, and numerous types of temporomandibular disorders.
As a pathway to understanding bruxism, Welch is examining the physiological mechanisms underlying mastication. He hypothesizes that the network of nerve cells involved in regulating muscles during mastication might be shared with those that produce bruxism and that certain pathological conditions can affect the regulation of those movements. Welch will use intramuscular electromyogram (EMG) recordings and sonomicrometry measurements to create a detailed analysis of jaw movement in rats during mastication and bruxism. The results will create a behavioral assay to observe (in detail) jaw movement. These results will further Welch’s research toward determining the mechanisms involved in the etiology of bruxism.
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Year II Dental Student, Adam Fritzgerald, successfully represented the best of student research at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine throughout the spring of 2013.
Fritzgerald's tour of success began at the 2013 American Dental Education Association's Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle, WA. At the meeting, Fritzgerald enjoyed the opportunity to present his research at the ADEA Poster Board Session on Monday, March 18. He presented a poster entitled "Use of Spatial Analysis to Inform Community Outreach Activities."
Two weeks later, on Tuesday, April 2, Fritzgerald presented at the 2013 SIUE Graduate School Student Research Symposium. The Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi presented the awards for Best Graduate Student Paper Presentation and Best Graduate Student Poster. Fritzgerald was one of the three Graduate Students who received a monetary award for Best Poster.
The 2013 SIU School of Dental Medicine Research Day was held on Tuesday, April 9. As is tradition, the annual School of Dental Medicine Student Table Clinic Competition highlighted outstanding student research during the event. Adam Fritzgerald earned the top prize and was named the overall winner of the 2013 SDM Student Table Clinic Competition.
As the overall winner of the SDM Student Table Clinic Competition, Fritzgerald will enjoy a recognition plaque and monetary award. Moreover, Fritzgerald earned the opportunity to represent the SIU School of Dental Medicine at the 2013 American Dental Association / DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program at the ADA Annual Session, which will be held in New Orleans in October.
Fritzgerald was mentored in his research by Dr. Poonam Jain, Professor and Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Luisa A. DiPietro, the Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, served as the guest speaker at the 2013 Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Research Day and Table Clinic Competition on Tuesday, April 9.
Dr. DiPietro is also a Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the UIC College of Dentistry.
During the SDM Research Day, Dr. DiPietro offered two lectures: "Tissue specific differences in the response to injury" and "Regenerating lost tissue: How advances in oral science will help us grow." The lectures were well attended and well received by faculty, students and staff at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. DiPietro's research, which has received continuous funding from the National Institutes for Health since 1994, focuses on how wounds heal. Her ultimate goal is to develop therapies that will allow humans to regenerate perfect tissue after injury.
The SIU School of Dental Medicine once again celebrated National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) in February. The SIU SDM Community and Preventive Dentistry Program invited local elementary schools to send children to the Alton Campus for free oral exams, as well as a fun, interactive oral health education program.
Traditionally, elementary school students from Kindergarten through Second Grade are invited to participate. New this year, the NCDHM program was expanded to include students in the Fifth Grade. The Fifth Graders clearly enjoyed the experience and presented our dental students with the challenge of adjusting the oral health education program to meet the intellect of the older and wiser elementary school students.
The elementary schools that participated in our NCDHM program this year were Lovejoy Elementary from Alton, West Elementary School from Alton, South Roxana Elementary School from South Roxana, and Central Elementary from Roxana.
All of our Year III and Year IV dental students were involved with the NCDHM program this year. We had a total of 488 children visit the SIU School of Dental Medicine during the one-month program. All of the children that brought signed parental consent forms received a free oral exam, conducted by our students under faculty supervision. Our dental students screened 331 elementary school children.
The elementary school children enjoyed five interactive, hands-on learning centers, hosted by SIU SDM dental students. The learning centers focused on oral-systemic connections, appropriate dietary and beverage choices and oral hygiene.
At the end of each session, all participating children received an oral health kit. Also, each participating teacher received a set of educational resources for follow up oral health instruction.
Midwinter Alumni Reception in Chicago!
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Midwinter Alumni Reception in Chicago was attended by over 130 guests, including over 75 SIU SDM alumni. The event was held at the InterContinental Hotel on Chicago's Magnificent Mile on February 22, 2013.
Alumni representing 24 of the 37 graduating classes from the SIU School of Dental Medicine were at the reception. The Class of 2007 was the best represented class at the event with 9 members in attendance.
The School of Dental Medicine Midwinter Alumni Reception is held each year on the Friday evening of the Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting. Each year, the event is co-sponsored by the SIUE Alumni Association.
Please plan on joining us next year at the annual Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Midwinter Alumni Reception. We will return to the Hotel InterContinental Chicago on Friday, February 21, 2014. We hope to see you there!
On November 30, 2012, Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard, SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and SIU School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Rotter broke ground for the SIU SDM's new simulation laboratory. Nearly 50 supporters gathered in the mild autumn afternoon on the site located at the corner of College Avenue and Annex Street on the Alton Campus.
The $9.5 million facility will serve as a primary site of instruction for approximately 100 preclinical dental students. Along with the simulation lab, the 18,000 square foot addition includes a ceramic reconstruction room, x-ray room, casting and dispensing areas, and the replacement of the school's fitness center.
"The School of Dental Medicine is a major healthcare provider in southern Illinois, because it is one of only two state supported dental schools in Illinois," President Poshard said. "This project was necessary, because the current lab isn't large enough to house the necessary current technologies for our students. This project signals a recommitment of SIU to deliver excellent and progressive healthcare."
President Poshard added, "The mark of a great University is cooperation, communication and continuity. Chancellor Furst-Bowe has tenaciously worked to complete the project begun by her predecessor Vaughn Vandegrift. Provost and Vice Chancellor Ann Boyle helped bring the School of Dental Medicine to prominence. Dean Rotter is already taking the School of Dental Medicine to greater heights."
"This new pre-clinical laboratory promises our dental students a more authentic simulation of patient treatment experiences," Chancellor Furst-Bowe said. "This lab is critical to the continued successful delivery of the dental education curriculum in an increasingly sophisticated field. The School of Dental Medicine is poised to continue to provide outstanding dental education for our students for many years to come."
"We are grateful for the educational opportunities that will be afforded by this new lab," Dr. Rotter stated. "The use of this facility will enhance our students' preparation to be outstanding healthcare providers."
Among the dignitaries attending were State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), State Representative Dan Beiser (D-East Alton) and Jim Underwood, Executive Director of the Illinois Capital Development Board.
Simulation Laboratory Groundbreaking Video
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In November 2012, after months of hard work and preparation, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine successfully completed its accreditation process. The SIU School of Dental Medicine received a preliminary status of continued full accreditation with no reporting recommendations from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Site Visit Panel, pending full commission review.
After the CODA site review, Dr. Bruce Rotter, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine, commented on the outcomes of the accreditation process.
"Overall, the visiting team was quite complimentary of our school and our program," said Dr. Rotter. "They were particularly complimentary of the faculty, staff and students with whom they interacted."
As stated on the ADA website, CODA works to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards in all of the nation's dental schools through a collaborative peer review accreditation process. All accredited programs, such as the SIU School of Dental Medicine, receive a follow-up site review every seven years.
Dr. Ann Boyle, Interim Provost of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and former Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine, added her congratulatory comments after meeting with the CODA Site Review Panel.
"The site visitors expressed their many positive impressions of the School of Dental Medicine, noting the strength and quality of the programs," said Dr. Boyle. "A site visit with no recommendations is a notable accomplishment that again confirms the excellence that exists at SIU SDM."
Dr. Rotter promptly shared his appreciation with the faculty and staff.
"Thank you, again, for all of your hard work, your collegiality and your support for our school," said Dr. Rotter.
The SIU SDM Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program was subject to a separate accreditation process and site review, which was scheduled at the same time as the predoctoral program. The AEGD program also received a preliminary status of continued full accreditation with no reporting recommendations.
The CODA Site Review Panel will be providing the School of Dental Medicine a final report early in 2013. The report will formally provide SIU SDM with the status of continued full accreditation.
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Three faculty members at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine recently collaborated to earn $28,000, funded through the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Excellence in Undergraduate Education (EUE) Award Program, to support the purchase of a virtual dissection table. Dr. Anita Joy, Assistant Professor and Section Head of Anatomy; Dr. Dan Welch, Assistant Professor in the Section of Anatomy; and Dr. Kevin Rowland, Associate Professor and Section Head of Physiology submitted the proposal and were among only 14 recipients to earn an EUE Award in 2012.
Students at the SIU School of Dental Medicine undergo an intensive study of Human Anatomy. Until recently, this educational component has been limited to a combination of dissections and lectures. Drs. Joy, Welch and Rowland suggest that "The Table" represents a novel method of teaching anatomy that can complement the traditional approach. They cite a growing need to adapt teaching methods to accommodate the manner in which dental students access information, i.e.-tablet devices.
"The Table" is a life-sized, iPad®-like tablet, propped on four legs (like a table), that offers an impressively realistic visualization of 3D anatomy. "The Table" takes advantage of 21st century technological advancements in imaging-such as X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging-and combines them for use in a 7' x 2.5' screen. Its creators refer to it as a "reusable cadaver", with the added benefit of avoiding the toxic chemicals used in embalming solutions. The effectiveness of the device in teaching will be assessed and compared with the traditional methods. The results will be disseminated via peer-reviewed journals.
The Excellence in Undergraduate Education program at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville was established for the purpose of funding innovative projects. Since its initiation, the University has allocated nearly $10 Million through this program. Currently, the EUE program is funded at a level of approximately $250,000 per year.
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Dr. Rotter Named Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees met at the Edwardsville campus on November 8, 2012 and appointed Dr. Bruce Rotter as Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton. His appointment was effective November 9, 2012.
"Searches for highly qualified deans are extremely competitive, and we were fortunate to have our most qualified candidate already on campus," SIUE Interim Provost Ann Boyle said. "Dr. Rotter possesses the range of experience in education, research, service and administration to guide the School of Dental Medicine as it continues to excel."
Dr. Rotter stated his fundamental educational philosophy: "The foundation of a properly run School of Dental Medicine must be based on a sound vision of educational quality. As chief educational officer, the dean must be the facilitator of that vision, constantly aware that providing educational excellence to our students is our primary mission."
"The dental profession is encountering changes and challenges at a rapid pace, including rapidly evolving materials and technology, regulatory concerns, and access to care and workforce issues," Dr. Rotter said. "It is imperative that the dental school curriculum remain contemporary. It must be proactively assessed and revised based on the demands of the profession and the marketplace."
Prior to serving as Interim Dean since June 2011, Dr. Rotter had served the SIU School of Dental Medicine as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for six years. Dr. Rotter was a graduate of the SIU School of Dental Medicine Class of 1982. He joined the SIU SDM faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Dental Medicine, Section of Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery in 1993. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997 and to Professor in 2009.
Among the highlights of his academic career, Dr. Rotter was named Director of the Implant Clinic at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1996. In this capacity, Dr. Rotter created and administered one of the first implant fellowship training programs in the country. Also during this time, the School of Dental Medicine built a freestanding implant clinic, which Dr. Rotter helped to design and develop.
While at the SIU School for Dental Medicine, Dr. Rotter also has served the Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education in two roles. First, he was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Graduate Endodontics Program from 1996-2000. Since 2000, he has served as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Graduate Periodontics Program.
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Rotter has continued to be active in the private practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery in order to maintain his knowledge and skills while bringing that experience to the academic setting. He practiced at Southern Illinois Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ltd., in Belleville and Glen Carbon from 2002 until 2011, when he accepted the position of Interim Dean.
Dr. Rotter has also served the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in St. Louis as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and/or consultant since 1994. In addition, Dr. Rotter has contributed his expertise in support of the dental specialty programs in Endodontics and Periodontics that the SIU School of Dental Medicine shares with the St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education since 1996.
After earning his D.M.D. in 1982, Dr. Rotter was awarded a certificate in General Practice Residency in 1983 at Ehrling-Bergquist U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Rotter earned both a Master's degree and an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Specialty Certificate in 1990 from the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. As part of his OMFS residency, he went overseas in 1989 to Aarhus University Hospital in Aarhus, Denmark for an international exchange training in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
As a faculty member at the SIU School of Dental Medicine, he achieved a fellowship certificate in 2000 from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. A member in 15 dental professional associations, Dr. Rotter has been elected to fellowship by the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
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