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DentalUM Spring/Summer 2011

DentalUM Spring/Summer 2011

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UM magazine is published twice a year by theUniversity of Michigan School of Dentistry.Send comments and updates to:dentistry.communications@umich.edu or Director of Communications, School of Dentistry, Room 1218, 1011 N.University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter PolveriniDirector of Communications . . . . . . Sharon GraydenWriter & Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry MasteyDesigner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris JungEditorial Review Board:
Member publication
Dennis Lopatin - Chair
of the American
Richard Fetchiet
Association of 
Erica Hanss
Dental Editors
Lynn Johnson
Sharon Grayden - ex ocio
The Regents of the University:Julia Donovan Darlow, Laurence B. Deitch, Denise Ilitch,Olivia P. Maynard, Andrea Fischer Newman, Andrew C.Richner, S. Martin Taylor, Katherine E. White, Mary SueColeman, ex officioUniversity of Michigan School of DentistryAlumni Society Board of Governors:
Terms Expire 2011:
Jemma Allor, ‘00 DH, Mt. Clemens, MISondra Moore Gunn, ‘78 DDS, ‘80 MS, Ann Arbor, MIGeorge Yellich, ‘72 DDS, ‘77 MS, Los Gatos, CAMichael Cerminaro, ‘86 DDS, Muskegon , MIJohn McMahon (President), ‘82 DDS, Grand Rapids, MI
Terms Expire 2012:
Metodi C. Pogoncheff, ’76 Lansing, MIWayne Olsen (Secretary/Treasurer), ’81 Traverse City, MISheree Duff (President-Elect), ’80 BSDH, Grand Blanc, MIDavid O. Cramer, ’93 Grand Rapids, MIScott Schulz, ’96 Traverse City, MIStudent Representative: Anh Pham (D3)
Terms Expire 2013:
Kathleen Early, ‘77 DH, Lakeland, MIKerry Kaysserian, ‘81 DDS, Traverse City, MIJeff Smith, ‘82 DDS, ‘85 MS, Grand Rapids, MIJerry Booth, ‘61 DDS, ‘64 MS, Jackson, MIJanis Chmura Duski, ‘89 DDS, Gaylord, MI
Ex Officio Members:
Peter Polverini, DeanJanet Souder Wilson, ‘73 DH, Northville, MIAlumni Association LiaisonSteve C. Grafton , Executive Director, Alumni Assoc.Richard R. Fetchiet, Director of Alumni Relations,Development, and Continuing Dental Education
The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer,complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscriminationand affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equalopportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genderexpression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment,educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints maybe addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX/Section504/ADA Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative ServicesBuilding, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, (734) 763-0235, TTY (734) 647-1388. Forother University of Michigan information call (734) 764-1817.Copyright © 2011 The Regents of the University of Michigan
ur curriculum has generated much interest fromalumni and peer institutions. We are excited about
the enhancements we’ve made and pleased to oer
our students many new options, but always with a focus onthe primary reason they are here – to learn the practice of clinical dentistry.We recognize that the profession needs dentists whowill practice in the traditional private practice model. Wealso recognize that other practice models are emerging andthe profession needs dentists who can serve the professionand the public in many roles – as leaders of the dental healthcare team, in academia and research, industry, business,public health, government and public policy. Thus, we’veintroduced Pathways into the curriculum. Pathways aredesigned to provide additional insights, training, exposures,and opportunities for professional growth and developmentin one focus area: research, leadership, or health care delivery.Time for Pathways has been added to the curriculum eachsemester of the four years. We’ve also extended the academiccalendar to 42 weeks per year. This allows for earlier clinicalexperiences, closer faculty supervision, and better preparesstudents to provide comprehensive care when they get toclinic.
Flexibility and uidity have been built into the Pathways
model. Approximately 80% of the students chose the HealthCare Delivery Pathway this year selecting options such as aclinical specialty, alternative practice models, and teaching.Students are assigned a faculty guide, from our full-timefaculty, who helps them navigate through their Pathways andselect a project mentor chosen from our faculty in the dentalschool and other units on campus, dentists in the community,and U-M alumni with special expertise who will support themas they complete their capstone project.The important take away message is that, for U-Mdental students, the career path is dentistry and Pathways issimply a way to give them additional insights, training, andopportunities within new and emerging areas that are a partof the broadening scope of dentistry.Sincerely,
Peter J. Polverini, Dean
Spring & Summer 2011 Volume 27, Number 1
Leaders in Learning
1 Dental CurriculumChanges Begin
Cariology courses teach studentsto use evidence to supporttreatment decisions.
5Stay in Michigan?11F
aculty Prole
New Denstry Exhibit
treach Denstry at
State Prison27Alumna
Dr. Bonita Davis Neighbors
29Dental Videos EnhanceDental Care in Afghanistan
Dental Hygiene
Cover photo:
Drs. Carlos González-Cabezas andMargherita Fontana teach theintroductory cariology courses and
learning, problem solving, andevidence-based decision making.
Photo by Per Kjeldsen
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