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DentalUM Fall 2011

DentalUM Fall 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 ofcio
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 officio
University of Michigan School of DentistryAlumni Society Board of Governors:
Terms Expire 2012:
Metodi C. Pogoncheff, ’76 DDS, Lansing, MIWayne Olsen (Chair), ’81 DDS, Traverse City, MISheree Duff (Secretary), ’80 BSDH, Grand Blanc, MIDavid O. Cramer, ’93 DDS, Grand Rapids, MIScott Schulz, ’96 DDS, 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
Terms Expire 2014:
Frank Alley, ’81 DDS, Portage, MIMichael Cerminaro, ’86 DDS, Muskegon, MISondra Moore Gunn, ’78 DDS, ’80 MS, Ann Arbor, MIM.H. “Reggie” VanderVeen, ’76 DDS, Grand Rapids, MIJackie Solberg, ’86 DH, Grand Rapids
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
ach year I have the privilege of welcoming our D1students on the first day of dental school. This annualevent always reminds me that our students are part of a very select group, attending one of the truly great dentalschools, in one of the great universities of the world.The University of Michigan is renowned for itsgroundbreaking research, its unique educational programs,and prestigious professional schools. Our studentsexperience what is perhaps the most progressive dentaleducation program in the country. These eager minds areour future and we must encourage them and celebrate their journey.This new educational experience sets a very high bar. Tobe successful our students must be self-reliant, collaborative,and willing to explore and apply the science of dentistry andmedicine much more deeply. The journey will not always beeasy.Our students represent a new generation of health careproviders and we will prepare them to deliver care basedon early intervention and sophisticated diagnostics andtherapies. We expect our students to explore the boundariesof the profession, explore new opportunities for professionalpractice and challenge existing paradigms with the intent of redefining the future of dentistry as a health profession.As future leaders some of them will formulate andinfluence oral health care policy at the regional and nationallevel, or we may even find some of them leading teams of health care providers developing new strategies to improveoral health in global communities.Most importantly we expect that each aspiring dentistwill espouse the highest standards of professionalism andcommit to the well being of patients, in particular thoseindividuals that are in most need of compassion and care.I know you join me in extending a warm welcome to the Classof 2015. Be mindful that these special individuals could haveattended other dental schools and discovered what othershave created. However, they chose Michigan and at Michiganwe create what others will discover!Sincerely,
Peter J. Polverini, Dean
Fall 2011 Volume 27, Number 2
1 Why I Stayed in Michigan...or Not
Recent dental graduates explaintheir decisions
5Grand Rounds 
Encouraging crical thinking
aculty Profle
Dr. Nisha D’Silva
10U.S. Army Surgeon GeneralImpressed 
Praises students, faculty, technology
11Grand Rounds14White Coat Ceremony18
Dr. George Yellich
Dental Hygiene
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