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 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.
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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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On October 19, 2012, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and the Upward Bound Math and Science Center from East St. Louis collaborated on a program called “Dentists for a Day.” The program included oral health education, nutritional information and career counseling for the youth of the Upward Bound program by the students of the School of Dental Medicine.
“The students from the Upward Bound Program are truly the ‘cream of the crop’ and have the potential to succeed in college and professional careers, given the right opportunities and guidance,” said Dr. Poonam Jain, Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
The primary objective of the Dentists for a Day program is to help to address the access to dental care issue in underserved communities, such as the East St. Louis community. The program proposes to encourage the Upward Bound Math and Science participants to pursue a career in a health-related field and serve the community in which they were raised.
The young “Dentists for a Day” learned what dentistry is all about; what the educational requirements are to become a dentist; and the need for more dentists to serve underserved communities in our area. The program also included hands-on, educational activities related to oral-systemic connections, diet and nutrition, oral hygiene and oral health in general.
For many of the Upward Bound students, the highlight of day was when they had the opportunity to pour alginate impressions of Dentoform models. Each of the 23 Upward Bound students was paired with a Year IV dental student for the activity.
Later the dental students shared lunch with the aspiring “Dentists for a Day.” The dental students also talked to the Upward Bound students, one on one, about dentistry and life as a dental student.
“The dental students were excellent role models and influenced the kids in a very positive way,” said Dr. Jain
Each group of Upward Bound students also received a campus tour, offering a little history of the campus and the area. The tour offered a fun way to wrap up a successful day.
Congratulations to Dr. W. H. (Bert) Milligan, Class of 1979, for earning induction into the 2012 Class of the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame. The SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame annually honors those alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen field.
The SIUE Alumni Association honored the recipients of the 2012 Class of the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame at an awards dinner held on Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Conference Center in the Morris University Center on the main campus of SIUE. While Dr. Milligan was unable to attend the awards dinner, his daughter, Shelley Milligan, Ed.D., Associate Provost at Washington University in St. Louis, was able to attend the event and accept the award on his behalf.
After earning his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. W. H. (Bert) Milligan began his career as a faculty member at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine prior to the enrollment of the first class of dental students in 1972. He helped develop the curriculum for the SIU SDM and played a role in the education of the first graduating classes.
Unique to Dr. Milligan’s story, after serving as faculty member at the dental school for four years, he decided to enter the dental school as a student, and he obtained his D.M.D. from the SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1979. He was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, one of the highest honors earned by members of the graduating class.
After eight years as a faculty member, Dr. Milligan returned to Pennsylvania where he spent 25 years practicing general dentistry; lecturing part-time; and giving continuing education courses at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He formerly served as the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and he has recently transitioned from that position to serve as the Director of the Center for Continuing Dental Education.
Dr. Milligan is a lifetime member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). He serves as Counselor for the Clinic Administration Section of ADEA and chairs the Environmental Issues Committee of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. He has served as a test constructor with the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations. He is a fellow in the International College of Dentists, and he is a consultant for the ADA Council of Dental Accreditation.
In addition to his current role as the Director of the Center for Continuing Dental Education, Dr. Milligan serves as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, where he teaches microbiology; ethics and professionalism; practice management; and pathobiology. He has been an advocate for interdisciplinary and inter-professional education and patient care throughout his 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, please feel free to e-mail Dr. Keith Dickey (email@example.com), Director of Alumni Services at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
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On October 8, 2012, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine hosted our annual Give Kids A Smile Day. The one-day community event was tremendously successful this year. The SIU SDM faculty, staff, and students, in cooperation with a host of volunteer dental professionals and kindhearted individuals, offered much needed dental care for 188 kids.
“Our Seventh Annual Give Kids A Smile Day was a huge success,” said Dr. Poonam Jain, Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry and the Chair of the Give Kids A Smile Day event at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. “We genuinely appreciate all the hard work and enthusiasm of all the volunteers, as well as the commitment and dedication of all the faculty, staff and students.”
“Without the participation of so many caring individuals, it would be impossible for us to host this event and render much needed dental treatment, preventive services and education to local children every year.”
The range of preventive, restorative and surgical care provided for the children during the SIU SDM Give Kids A Smile Day included examinations, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, crowns and extractions. The 188 children served during the 2012 Give Kids A Smile Day received free comprehensive dental care, valued at nearly $75,000.
Due in part to several years of severely inclement weather in February, which adversely affected the SIU SDM Give Kids a Smile Day in the past, SIU SDM decided to host the 2012 Give Kids A Smile Day in October. With dual goals to offer convenience to parents and to avoid a curricular conflict with local elementary and middle schools, the event was held on Columbus Day—a public school holiday in Illinois.
Also new this year, the “Smile Station” was hosted by our Year I students in the Gymnasium on the Alton Campus. The oral health education related to diet and nutrition, oral-systemic connections and oral hygiene was appreciated. The kids also enjoyed the face painting, coloring station and balloon animals. The live music provided by our students also helped ease the anxiety felt by the kids and parents as they waited for dental treatment.
Much of the success of the day must also be credited to the private practitioners from the Madison and St. Clair District Dental Societies who gave up their Monday and volunteered to provide treatment for local kids who needed dental attention. Many additional volunteers were associated with the Lewis and Clark Community College Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs; the Missouri College Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs; the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Pre-Dental Association; the Zonta Club of Alton-Wood River, IL.
Recognizing that one of the goals of Give Kids A Smile Day is to highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that disadvantaged families face in finding dental care, several local lawmakers were invited to the SIU SDM Give Kids A Smile Day. State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-East Alton) State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) were in attendance again this year.
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The Class of 2016 received a formal welcome into the profession of dentistry on October 6, 2012 at the annual Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine White Coat Ceremony. Each year, the White Coat Ceremony serves to impress on the new students the high standards of integrity and professionalism required in the healthcare profession, as well as a sense of the commitment that they have made by choosing dentistry as their profession.
During the ceremony, each student signed the Professional Oath, and collectively the Class of 2016 recited the Oath. The Oath begins with a promise to observe the code of ethics for the profession of dentistry, and in signing and reciting the oath, each student professes a commitment to “honesty and integrity at all times and in all places.”
Dr. Robert Bitter, Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), provided the keynote address for the ceremony. He presently serves as a Director on the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation Board of Directors and maintains a private practice limited to Periodontics in Skokie, IL.
Dr. Bitter has served as an Assistant Professor and as the Director of the Undergraduate Periodontal Clinic at the Northwestern University Dental School. He also has served as President of the North Suburban Branch of the Chicago Dental Society, Director from the North Suburban Branch to the Chicago Dental Society Board of Directors, and General Chairman of the Chicago Dental Society’s annual Midwinter Meeting.
At the conclusion of Dr. Bitter’s remarks, each student of the Class of 2016 was called to the stage individually and presented with a White Coat, a time-honored symbol of the health profession. The presentation of the white coats was facilitated by Dr. Cornell Thomas, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services at SIU SDM. Following tradition, two alumni and faculty members of the SIU School of Dental Medicine—Drs. Debra Dixon (Class of 1993) and Brian Back (Class of 2008) helped the students don their coats.
Once all the students were assembled on the stage, Dr. Bruce Rotter, Interim Dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine, collectively led the Class of 2016 in the recitation of the Professional Oath. Mr. Tyler Crews, a Year IV dental student and President of the Student Council, offered closing remarks.
The White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2016 was made possible by the following sponsors: the Central Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, and the Eighth District of the International College of Dentists. The SIU School of Dental Medicine genuinely appreciates the support of each of these sponsors.
The SIU SDM Alumni Association hosted the 6th Annual Alumni Homecoming on October 6, 2012. As in the past, the 2012 Homecoming included a Picnic Lunch, a Continuing Education program and an Alumni Reception, all held on the Alton Campus of SIU SDM.
The 2012 SIU SDM Alumni Homecoming featured Class Reunion events for three classes celebrating a Commencement Anniversary. The Class of 1982, the Class of 1987 and the Class of 2002 each were well represented. The Class of 1987 earned the top honors as the best represented class at the 2012 Homecoming Reception. Following the reception, the three classes enjoyed an intimate dinner in historic downtown Alton with their respective classmates.
The day started with a barbeque buffet lunch on the lawn in front of the Science Building. Students provided campus tours and everyone enjoyed a good meal.
Following lunch, alumni walked over to Hoag Hall to participate in a continuing education seminar entitled, “Practical Proven Prevention—Risk Assessment for Children.” The CE was sponsored by Procter & Gamble, Crest + Oral B and was presented by Dr. Carla Cohn, a private practitioner in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The program was well received by those who participated.
After the CE program, alumni, faculty and friends gathered in the Alumni Reception Hall in the lower level of the Administration Building to share an enjoyable evening with classmates and colleagues. The SIU SDM Homecoming Reception saw over 75 guests. Including the anniversary class years, 24 different class years were represented at the event.
The Alumni Reception featured a Wall of Wines and a Cruise Raffle for the 2013 SIU SDM Continuing Education, Cruise and Celebration in sunny, tropical Bermuda. Proceeds from the Wall of Wines and the Cruise Raffle will be used to support the SIU SDM Alumni Association and the School.
We are grateful once again for the commitment and dedication of Dr. Keith Dickey and the members of the SIU SDM Alumni Council who helped to organize the event and also contributed generously to the event fundraisers. We genuinely appreciate all the alumni, faculty and friends who helped to make the 2012 SIU SDM Alumni Homecoming special.
For the first time, the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Pharmacy at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have combined to offer seminars in Ethics as part of their respective interprofessional education plans.
The first seminar was held on August 24 at the Meridian Ballroom at SIUE. The seminar included 51 Year I students from the School of Dental Medicine and 80 Year III students from the School of Pharmacy. The students from the two schools were mixed by discipline around 16 tables to discuss and comment on two cases that presented ethical dilemmas.
The second seminar was held on September 21 and it was also hosted in the Meridian Ballroom at SIUE. The seminar included a similar mix of students from the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Pharmacy. Two new ethical dilemmas were discussed and reviewed.
Organizers for the program were Drs. Allen Otsuka and Kevin Rowland from the School of Dental Medicine and Drs. Teri Poirier, Miranda Wilhelm, Chris Lynch and Walter Siganga from the School of Pharmacy. Plans for next year may include further integration of the Ethics course at the School of Dental Medicine with a new Ethics course proposed by the School of Pharmacy.
Introducing the Class of 2016!
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine is pleased to introduce the Class of 2016. During the first week of August, the Class of 2016, represented by 51 new students, participated in the annual Orientation Program at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Each year, the Orientation Program marks the official start of the entering SIU dental student’s four-year journey through a rigorous and rewarding dental education program.
On average, the students of the entering class earned outstanding scores on the Dental Admission Test (DAT). They earned an average score of 19.4 on the academic section of the DAT, the highest average score on this section of the DAT ever achieved by an entering class at the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
The class also earned an average score of 19.7 on the perceptual ability section of the DAT, second only to the average score of 19.8 earned by the entering class in 2011. The average total grade point average for the entering class was 3.64 (on a 4.0 scale), which is also among the best earned by an entering class at SIU SDM.
During the application cycle, the SIU School of Dental Medicine Office of Admissions received 562 applications. Clearly, each student in the entering class worked hard during their pre-dental education to earn admission to the SIU School of Dental Medicine. We wish each of them much success as they strive to achieve their fullest potential as dental students.
Procter & Gamble (Crest + Oral B), the Illinois State Dental Society, the Central Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force served as sponsors for the 2012 Orientation Program. Each sponsor provided a meal for the Class of 2016 during the intensive, two-day program.
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Class of 2012 Commencement Defined by Humility
“It seems that every class that goes through the dental school has its own dynamic. What truly makes our class unique, in my mind, is our humility,” said Dr Jeffrey Howenstein, the Class of 2012 Speaker for the Commencement Ceremony. “This is a great and very difficult quality to have, but I believe our class has exhibited this throughout the past four years.”
“[We are] always striving to learn the most that we can. And that is what I believe makes our class most humble—our unending desire to learn, … learning the most that we could these past four years to ultimately be the best practitioners that each of us can be. I challenge us, the Class of 2012, to stay humble—ask for help when we need it, but have the confidence to succeed when we know we can.”
Indeed, the Class of 2012 met with much success during their four years at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. The Class of 2012 earned a 98 percent first time pass rate on the National Board Dental Examination, Part II. In addition, 17 members of the class graduated with honors at Commencement.
Seven past SIU SDM graduates enjoyed the opportunity to hood relatives among the new graduates. Michael Howenstein (Class of 2006) hooded his brother, Jeffrey Howenstein. Dan Lovell (Class of 2008) hooded his brother, Joel Lovell. David Milner (Class of 1983) hooded his son, Ty Milner. Melinda (Petersen) Hochgesang (Class of 2009) hooded her brother, Craig Petersen. Bradley Roberts (Class of 1983) hooded his daughter, Emily (Roberts) Martin. Kenneth Sensenbrenner (Class of 1978) hooded his son, William Sensenbrenner. Jonathan Wong (Class of 2009) hooded his brother, Michael Wong.
Dr. Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, served as the Keynote Speaker for the 2012 Commencement Ceremony. Dr. Thomas is also a professor of pediatric dentistry at Tufts University, a highly respected leader in dental education, an accomplished researcher and a skilled administrator. His remarks offered the new graduates praise for their accomplishments to date and a challenge for the profession in the years to follow.
“My message to you today is, do not be afraid—take advantage of every opportunity offered to you,” said Dr. Thomas. “Our profession is facing significant challenges and we need individuals with your skills to play a leadership role in addressing them.”
Without question, strong leaders with a keen sense of humility can have a tremendous, positive impact in the community and the world. We wish the Class of 2012 all the best in their future endeavors and we wish for them the confidence to succeed when they know they can.
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Class of 2012 Commencement was held on June 2, 2012 in the Meridian Ballroom of the Morris University Center on the main campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The celebration recognized 46 new graduates.
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Watch the 2012 Commencement Ceremony on YouTube
Outstanding Students of the Class of 2012 Celebrated!
On May 18, outstanding individual achievement among the students of the Class of 2012 was celebrated and awarded at the annual Senior Farewell Evening. The annual event offers the administration and faculty of the SIU School of Dental Medicine an evening to dedicate to the graduating class of dental students. The students, faculty and guests in attendance enjoyed a wonderful dinner reception, which was followed by the Class of 2012 Awards Program.
The Awards Program recognizes those dental students who demonstrate exemplary proficiency and outstanding achievement in specific areas of the dental school curriculum. During the 2012 Awards Program, 21 different students earned 37 distinct awards in honor of their hard work and accomplishments.
Clint Martin and Jeffrey Howenstein were the most often celebrated students during the evening. Collectively, the pair of exceptional dental students earned 13 awards. Clint Martin earned six awards and Jeffrey Howenstein earned seven awards.
Clint Martin earned the Academy of General Dentistry Award, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain Award, the Odontographic Society’s Walter E. Dundon Memorial Award, the Dentsply Removable Prosthodontics Award, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award, and the American Association of Endodontists Award.
Jeffrey Howenstein earned the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Award, the American Association of Oral Biologists Award, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Award, the Special Care Dentistry Award from the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, the Brian D. Stone Memorial Award from the Dental Lifeline Network of Illinois and the Delta Dental Plan of Illinois Award.
Jeffrey Howenstein also earned the final award of the evening, the Alpha Omega Award, recognizing the senior dental student who has attained the highest grade point average for four years of study.
“Although the Senior Farewell Evening provides an opportunity to highlight the individual accomplishments of our graduating dental students, the Class of 2012, collectively, represents a remarkable group of students,” said Dr. Bruce Rotter, Interim Dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “As a class, this group of students compares quite favorably with some of the best classes that have ever graduated from the SIU School of Dental Medicine. I commend the entire Class of 2012 for their hard work and many achievements in dental school.”
The Senior Farewell Evening was held in the LeClaire Room on the N.O. Nelson Campus of the Lewis & Clark Community College.
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On May 2, 2012, five new members were inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), Nu Xi Chapter at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. The Class of 2012 Alumni Members of OKU included Clint Martin, Michael Wong, Lucy Komorowski, Joel Lovell, and Jeffrey Howenstein.
To be considered for election to OKU, graduating students must rank among the highest in scholarship for the entire period that they have been in attendance at the dental school. In addition to scholarship, students must demonstrate exemplary traits of character and potential qualities of future professional growth and attainment. Election to OKU is one of the highest honors earned by members of the graduating class.
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Once again, the annual SIU SDM golf tournament was successful on several levels. Participation was strong and the event helped the School of Dental Medicine raise additional funding to support faculty recruitment and retention efforts.
The golf tournament continues to be one of the School’s best attended events, and we always see a good mix of alumni, students, faculty, and friends. Dr. Bruce Rotter, Interim Dean at the School of Dental Medicine commented on the attendance.
A Special Thank You to the 2012 Tournament Sponsors:
“We are always pleased to see familiar faces at the event, including past champions and fun-loving duffers,” said Dr. Rotter. “We also enjoy seeing the first time participants, whether they are new students or new to the event.”
In competitive action at the golf tournament this year, Aaron Pieper (Class of 2002) earned his seventh Prophy Cup Challenge Championship. Dr. Pieper partnered with Dr. Keith Bryant (Class of 1994), Dr. Kyle Hagen (Class of 1996) and Erik Pieper, Aaron’s brother. Dr. Bryant, a Clinical Assistant Professor at SIU SDM, claimed his second championship trophy with the victory. The team shot an amazing 18 under par.
Three other teams in the field of 30 teams shot better than 15 under par. Six other teams in the field shot 10-under par or better.
After capturing the Duffer Flight Championship—an award for the best of the worst golfers in the tournament--last year, the team of Drs. David Pierson (Class of 1990), Phil Valicoff (Class of 1986), Scott Wolter (Class of 1990) and Terry Barnfield (Class of 1986) earned the victory in the Competitive Flight/Flight A set with a score of 4 under par.
In other contests during the tournament, Dr. Katie Kosten (Class of 2009) won the Longest Drive contest among the women on Hole 15. Jeff Howenstein (Year IV student) shot the Longest Drive on the hole among the men.
Dr. Paul Mason (Class of 1982) won the Closest-to-the-Pin contest on Hole 16 among the men. Dr. Deb Schwenk (Class of 1985, the Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs at SIU SDM, won the Closest-to-the-Pin contest on the hole among the women.
Proceeds from the golf tournament this year will again support the Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge Faculty Recruitment and Retention Endowment and Development Funds. This fund continues to allow us to address some significant short- and long-term issues in maintaining quality faculty support and providing assistance for faculty development and research.
To ensure that our dental students reach their full potential and are best prepared for careers in dental medicine, the School must continue to find innovative ways to attract and retain faculty members with the latest knowledge, skills and passion to motivate and engage students.
Also of note, two regular participants in the tournament were memorialized prior to the start of the event. Dr. Allan Ranz, a Clinical Associate Professor at SIU SDM, passed away late in March.
Dr. Christopher Maurer (Class of 2011) passed away late in April. Both individuals had registered to participate in the tournament this year and were deeply missed at the event.
We remain grateful for all of the sponsors and participants of the 17th Annual Mac McKenzie Prophy Cup Challenge. Thank you for your support of the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
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On April 30, 2012, the School of Dental Medicine participated in the annual Southwestern Illinois Special Olympics Spring Games by hosting the Special Smiles Tent. The Special Smiles tent provides dental screenings, patient education, oral health care instruction and nutritional counseling for the Special Olympics athletes.
For over fifteen years, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine has provided screenings and education at a comfortable and familiar environment for the Special Olympics athletes. This year the volunteers at the Special Smiles Tent served 90 athletes during the one-day event.
The School of Dental Medicine crew included 16 dental students this year. Dr. Poonam Jain, Director of Community Dentistry at the SIU dental school, coordinated the crew and the training for the event.
“The students really did a wonderful job providing tailored educational messages for the athletes on oral hygiene, as well as on diet and nutrition,” said Dr. Jain.
Dr. Adam Snyder, a 2007 SIU SDM graduate, joined the SIU SDM Specials Smiles crew this year as a volunteer. Additionally, Marcia Huelsmann, mother of Patrick Huelsmann—a Year III dental student, helped with patient-intake all day.
For the first time this year, pre-dental students from SIUE volunteered at our event. They helped at the registration and patient education stations. They also helped to distribute oral hygiene supplies to the Special Olympics athletes.
“It was great to have students, who are choosing careers in dentistry in the future, participate in this event with us,” said Dr. Jain.
The 2012 Southwestern Illinois Special Olympics Spring Games were held at Korte Stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Special Smiles is a national program designed to provide preventive oral health services and education on site to the athletes competing in the Special Olympics. The Special Smiles program brings attention to the importance of oral health for overall health.
The 2012 SIU School of Dental Medicine Research Day was held on April 10, 2012. The 2012 Research Day featured guest speaker, Dr. Jeffrey L. Ebersole, President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). The annual Student Table Clinic Competition again highlighted the outstanding research of the SIU SDM dental students.
In addition to serving as the President of the AADR, Dr. Ebersole is the Alvin L. Morris Professor of Oral Health Research, Director of the Center for Oral Health Research and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Dentistry at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Jeffery Ebersole shared two presentations during the SIU SDM Research Day.
The morning session was entitled, “Ontogeny of the Innate Immune System in the Oral Cavity,” and the afternoon session was entitled, “Salivary Biodiagnostics in Oral and Systemic Diseases.” Both sessions were well received by the faculty, staff and students in attendance.
Immediately following Dr. Ebersole’s afternoon presentation, the overall winner of the Student Table Clinic Competition was announced. Each year, the Table Clinic Competition is the hallmark of the School of Dental Medicine’s Research Day. Nine dental students competed in the competition this year.
Mr. Eric Castle, a Year II student, was named the overall winner of the School of Dental Medicine Annual Table Clinic Competition for his research entitled, “The Application of a New Hydrogel to a Bone Deficit Model in the Rat.” Mr. Castle also received the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) Foundation’s Basic Science Award for his research efforts.
In addition to a recognition plaque and monetary award, Mr. Castle will represent the SIU School of Dental Medicine at the 2012 American Dental Association (ADA)/Dentsply Student Clinician Program at the ADA Annual Session, which will be held in San Francisco in October. Mr. Castle was mentored in his research by Drs. William Whitson and Douglas Miley.
Ms. Kristi Golabek earned second place overall among table clinic competition participants. Her research was entitled, “A Comparison of Sports and Energy Drinks—Physiochemical Properties and Effects on Enamel.” Ms. Golabek’s research also earned the ISDS Foundation’s Clinical Science Award. As second place overall winner, Ms. Golabek will present her table clinic at the Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, TN. Her faculty mentor was Dr. Poonam Jain.
Mr. Chris Safranski earned third place overall and first place among Year II participants for his table clinic research entitled, “Dentinal Tubule Penetration of Enterococcus faecalis in Mineralized and Demineralized Root Tissue.” As third place overall winner, Mr. Safranski will present his table clinic at the Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, TN. Mr. Safranski was mentored in his research by Drs. Jane Gillespie and Charles Poeschl.
Among other award winners, Ms. Jillian Rigert earned the ISDS Foundation’s Literature Review/Dental Education Award and First Place among Year III participants in the table clinic competition. Ms. Rachel Ward earned First Place among Year IV participants.
The ISDS Foundation award winners each earn a monetary award and a trip to the ISDS conference in Schaumburg, IL in September. The ISDS Foundation also enlisted the help of Drs. Sue Bishop, Darryll Beard and LuAnne McClean to serve as judges for the Student Table Clinic Competition.
From the SIU School of Dental Medicine faculty, Drs. Cyril Pandarakalam and Dr. Dan Welch served as judges. The SIU dental school is always grateful for those individuals who serve as judges for the Student Table Clinic Competition.
We are pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Dr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Sim Scholarship recipients: Ms. Kristen Beversdorf, Ms. Britly Barton and Ms. Ana North. On March 13, 2012, the Sim Scholarship recipients were recognized at a lunch reception held at Castelli's Moonlight Restaurant in Alton.
Dr. Joseph Sim, a well-regarded former faculty member at the SIU School of Dental Medicine, had established a tradition of awarding this annual scholarship before he passed away in December, 2002. Mrs. Pat Sim has generously continued this tradition every year since that time.
The Dr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Sim Scholarship recognizes high academic achievement among dental students at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Congratulations to Kristen, Britley and Ana!
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Each year during the National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) of February, Alton area elementary school children are invited to take a fun-filled, yet educational field trip to the Main Clinic on the Alton Campus of the SIU School of Dental Medicine.
This year during NCDHM, Dr. Poonam Jain, Director of Community and Preventive Dentistry at the SIU School of Dental Medicine, worked with three local elementary schools and hosted seven field trips. Each field trip was led by a team of dental students.
The field trips provided an enjoyable and informative experience for 300 children from 16 kindergarten through second grade classes. During the course of the month, 91 dental students participated in the NCDHM program, offering oral health screenings in the clinic and facilitating interactive learning centers in the classroom.
All of the children that brought signed parental consent forms received a free oral health screening. Almost all of the 300 children received the screenings this year.
The school children also had the opportunity to experience four interactive, hands-on learning centers. The learning centers focused on oral-systemic connections, appropriate dietary and beverage choices and oral hygiene. From each learning center, each child received a “take-home” message.
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.
Elementary school children from Lovejoy Elementary in Alton, Central Elementary in Roxana, and South Roxana Elementary participated in our NCDHM program this year.