Category: Schoolwide News

Julie Coe recognized for outstanding published work

Media contact: Nan Johnson, director of communications, nljohnson@vcu.edu (804) 828-0324

Julie M. Coe, D.D.S., M.S., M.B.A., assistant professor in the department of general practice, was one of four recipients of the Olav Alvares Award in March at the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Chicago. Dr. Coe was recognized for the article “Impact of Community-Based Clinical Training on Dental Students’ Confidence in Treating Pediatric Patients.”

Each year, to encourage predoctoral and allied dental early career faculty, students, residents and fellows to conduct publishable research and recognize those who have published outstanding work, the Journal of Dental Education (JDE) presents the “Olav Alvares Award for Early Career Scholars Who Published Outstanding Articles in the Journal of Dental Education.

Dr. Olav Alvares served as JDE Editor from 2000–2009. During his time as editor, he was a strong advocate for the publication of articles by early career faculty and students. This mentoring of the next generation of dental educators and professionals led to the creation of the annual award in 2010.

Tiffany Williams named Big Sister of the Year

[View Image]Tiffany Williams and her little sister spend time together every week through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Tiffany Williams, D.D.S. (M.S.D. ’14), has been selected as Big Sister of the Year by local non-profit mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. She will be celebrated at the organization’s Fall Gala on Oct. 18 at VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art.

As honorees, Williams and her “little sister” will be featured in various media outlets distributed by Big Brothers Big Sisters through 2021.

“This honor was totally unexpected and I am super humbled to have received the award,” Williams says. “My decision to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters was a no brainer since I had done so in the past when I lived in North Carolina. My “little sister” is such a wonderful 7-year-old. Full of spirit and super adventurous. I love hanging out with her weekly and the honor is just the icing on the cake to the time that I get to spend with her.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. serves almost 600 youth annually in Greater Richmond, Hampton Roads, Virginia Peninsula, and the Tri-Cities. Youth (Littles) are committed, along with their parent/guardian and mentor (Bigs) to discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them.

“The 2019 honorees were selected out of nearly 600 mentors based on nominations by Big Brothers Big Sisters professional staff,” says Ann Rohde Payes, the organization’s executive director. “Each year we honor our top mentors who have demonstrated commitment to our mission of creating one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Tiffany has created consistent meaningful interactions with her little sister to empower her to make positive choices.”

About the School

Founded in 1893, the VCU School of Dentistry educates practitioners to meet the oral health care needs of the communities they serve. The school provides opportunities for selected qualified individuals to study dentistry, advanced dental specialties, and dental hygiene in accordance with the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Consistent with the mission of Virginia Commonwealth University, the School of Dentistry’s programs are guided by the education of highly qualified dental professionals, research that advances the understanding of oral health, disease and effective treatment, service to the community and improved oral and health general health of our patients and the general population. To learn more, please visit dentistry.vcu.edu

Dental hygiene students show off research skills, bring home 1st place

Media contact: Nan Johnson, director of communications, nljohnson@vcu.edu, (804) 828-0324

VCU School of Dentistry dental hygiene students presented three research posters at the June meeting of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association in Louisville, Kentucky.

Under the faculty advisement of Joan Pellegrini, R.D.H., B.S.D.H, M.S., Ph.D., Cassandra Cooper, Regina Dixon, Helena Nefferdorf, Denise Thieleman and Christina Tulloch, all of the Class of 2020, prepared and presented research related to oral health issues with systemic impacts including oil pulling, the effect of musical instruments, and vaping.

Denise Thieleman and Christina Tulloch received first-place recognition for their work in the student research category.

“It was an unforgettable collaborative experience,” Tulloch says.

[View Image] Denise Thieleman, left, and Christina Tulloch, right, presented “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: vaping away gum tissue” and brought home a 1st place win.
[View Image] Helena Nefferdorf, left, and Cassandra Cooper, right, presented “Oil Pulling: Fact or Fad?”
[View Image] Regina Dixon presented “Analysis of Wind Instruments on Orofacial Anatomy: A Review of Literature.

About the School

Founded in 1893, the VCU School of Dentistry educates practitioners to meet the oral health care needs of the communities they serve. The school provides opportunities for selected qualified individuals to study dentistry, advanced dental specialties, and dental hygiene in accordance with the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Consistent with the mission of Virginia Commonwealth University, the School of Dentistry’s programs are guided by the education of highly qualified dental professionals, research that advances the understanding of oral health, disease and effective treatment, service to the community and improved oral and health general health of our patients and the general population.

To learn more, please visit dentistry.vcu.edu.

Philips Institute investigator wins Presidential Research Quest Fund award

Media contact: Nan Johnson, director of communications, nljohnson@vcu.edu, (804) 828-0324Yue Sun [View Image]

Yue Sun, Ph.D.

Yue Sun, Ph.D., a principal investigator at the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research, has been named a 2019 VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund awardee for his phosphoinositide research.

“This year’s diverse group of 18 faculty represent every VCU academic unit and include assistant, associate and full professors,” says P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D., VCU vice president for research and innovation. “The fund supports faculty research projects across the university and its institutions that specifically align with the goals and key strategies presented in VCU’s Quest 2025: Together We Transform strategic plan. The total amount awarded from the fund of $500,000 will be matched, 60 to 40, by faculty departments and schools.”

Projects range from testing new theories and interventions addressing critical health problems such as breast cancer, leukemia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as societal issues including suicide prevention, housing stability and internet security, Rao explains.

The research interests of the Sun Lab are abnormal signaling transduction in cancer development and targeted therapies to treat cancer as well as the role of phosphoinositide signaling and receptor tyrosine kinases signaling in oral cancer.

A decade of tracking previous awardees, Rao says, shows that they are likely to reach new levels of success. Past awards have collectively generated nearly $50,000,000 in outside funding, a return on investment of nearly 7 to 1. This is in addition to more than 200 published works and a dozen patent applications. “Supporting early-stage projects with great promise is just one tangible way by which VCU promotes a vibrant and diverse research environment.”

About the School

Founded in 1893, the VCU School of Dentistry educates practitioners to meet the oral health care needs of the communities they serve. The school provides opportunities for selected qualified individuals to study dentistry, advanced dental specialties, and dental hygiene in accordance with the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Consistent with the mission of Virginia Commonwealth University, the School of Dentistry’s programs are guided by the education of highly qualified dental professionals, research that advances the understanding of oral health, disease and effective treatment, service to the community and improved oral and health general health of our patients and the general population.

To learn more, please visit dentistry.vcu.edu.

New name for Oral Health Promotion

Media contact: Nan Johnson, director of communications, nljohnson@vcu.edu, (804) 828-0324

The School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach is now known as the Department of Dental Public Health and Policy.

The change, effective Aug. 1, 2019, more accurately reflects the department’s activities and developing research focus and highlights the emphasis on oral health policy and research at the community and population level. The change does not involve significant modifications to institutional mission, curricular offerings or budget.

About the School

Founded in 1893, the VCU School of Dentistry educates practitioners to meet the oral health care needs of the communities they serve. The school provides opportunities for selected qualified individuals to study dentistry, advanced dental specialties, and dental hygiene in accordance with the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Consistent with the mission of Virginia Commonwealth University, the School of Dentistry’s programs are guided by the education of highly qualified dental professionals, research that advances the understanding of oral health, disease and effective treatment, service to the community and improved oral and health general health of our patients and the general population.

To learn more, please visit dentistry.vcu.edu.

Frank Macrina – a feather in our cap

Professor, researcher, scientist, author, administrator… friend.

Longtime member of the VCU community and founding director of the Philips Institute for Oral and Craniofacial Molecular Biology, now the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research, Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D., received the Presidential Medallion at VCU’s May Commencement exercises. Established in 1984 by the VCU Board of Visitors, the award honors outstanding contributions of members of the university community and recognizes extraordinary achievement in learning and commitment to the mission of VCU.

“Frank Macrina has been a good friend to the School of Dentistry and to me personally as dean,” says David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S.

Now retired, Macrina joined VCU as assistant professor in 1974 and was appointed professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 1983 and served in that position until 1995. From 1995 to 1997, he served as interim director of the Massey Cancer Center. In 1999, he was designated the Edward Myers Professor in Dentistry in 2000. In 2005, he was appointed vice president for research and innovation and served in that position for more than 13 years.

During his 45-year career, Macrina taught extensively and received multiple VCU awards for excellence in teaching and is the author of a widely used textbook in research ethics, now in its fourth edition. His research was continuously supported by the NIH for 33 years, and included prestigious Research Career Development and MERIT Awards.

“We’re very proud of Frank,” says Sarrett. “From a dental faculty member he rose to direct the research operation of the entire university. It’s a real feather in our cap. He continues to be supportive of the school and its work. We’re very grateful.”

Macrina’s service contributions to his profession and the Commonwealth of Virginia have included multiple terms on NIH study sections and chair of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Board of Scientific Counselors. He served as director of the Virginia Center of Innovative Technology Institute of Biotechnology and a board member of the Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation, and was appointed to multiple advisory boards of the Virginia Bio+Tech Park.

Revere Scholars Named

Glass and Jain named Revere Scholars

Recognizing outstanding achievements of junior faculty

RICHMOND, Va. – June 25, 2019Sarah H. Glass (D.D.S ‘14), assistant professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences, and Sameer D. Jain, B.D.S., M.S., M.S.D., assistant professor and Urgent Care Clinic director, were named Revere Scholars at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

The Revere Scholars Program recognizes outstanding achievements of junior faculty members at the rank of assistant professor and provides funding for their research, scholarship and professional development efforts. Recipients receive $5,000 per year for four years allowing them to nurture their interests in pursuit of becoming career academic faculty.

The program is funded by the Dr. James H. Revere Jr. Professorship for Faculty Excellence, an endowment fund, named for James H. Revere (D.D.S. ’65), MCV Foundation board member, former instructor, interim dean, fundraiser, friend and mentor at the VCU School of Dentistry.

Opportunities for growth

Both Glass and Jain have specific plans to further develop their professional growth as Revere Scholars.

“I am incredibly grateful to be faculty at VCU and I strive every day to cultivate and fine tune my role,” Glass explains. “My research, clinical aims and service all involve oral cancer. I plan to pursue research projects related to cancer and to educate the community about oral cancer.”

Jain’s professional development path also includes research.

“As a Revere Scholar, I can continue work to establish the country’s first dynamic navigation model for minimally invasive endodontics,” he said. “The long-term goal is to develop a lab dedicated to guided endodontic research and clinical procedures.”

Both newly-named scholars were nominated by Dr. Clara Spatafore, endodontics department chair and interim chair of the Department of Oral Diagnostics Sciences.

“Both Dr. Glass and Dr. Jain represent the best of our future oral health care leaders,” Spatafore says. “These rising stars have proven clinical track records and have dedicated themselves to academics in dentistry. I couldn’t be more pleased with this well-deserved recognition for Sarah and Sameer.”

Made possible by alumni and former students

The Revere Professorship was made possible by alumni and former students of Dr. Revere, James C. Burns (D.D.S. ’72; Ph.D. ’80) and John A. Svirsky (D.D.S. ’73; M.Ed. ’79). In 2009 Drs. Burns and Svirsky gave $200,000 over several years to honor Dr. Revere and create a lectureship. The fund has grown to more than $1 million and now provides funding for the Revere Scholars Program.

Previous Revere Scholars include Tiffany Williams, D.D.S., (M.S.D. 2014); Sonali Rathore, D.D.S., M.S.; Harmeet Chiang, B.D.S., D.D.S., M.S., F.A.G.D.; Aderonke Akinkugbe, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D. and Erica Brecher, D.M.D., M.S.

 

About the School

Founded in 1893, the VCU School of Dentistry educates practitioners to meet the oral health care needs of the communities they serve. The school provides opportunities for selected qualified individuals to study dentistry, advanced dental specialties, and dental hygiene in accordance with the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Consistent with the mission of Virginia Commonwealth University, the School of Dentistry’s programs are guided by the education of highly qualified dental professionals, research that advances the understanding of oral health, disease and effective treatment, service to the community and improved oral and health general health of our patients and the general population.

To learn more, please visit dentistry.vcu.edu.

 

Media Contact

Nan Johnson, director of communications

nljohnson@vcu.edu

804-828-0324

Celebrating the First 100

Celebrating the First 100

The “First 100 Dentists of Color” Celebration Brunch on Saturday, April 27, at Richmond’s Black History Museum and Cultural Center was a celebration of accomplishments, achievements and trailblazing where Erma Freeman (D.D.S.’77/D) was recognized as the school’s first black female graduate.

The “First 100” initiative paves the way for the “Next 100” through scholarships for students who are members of the VCU Chapter of the Student National Dental Association. Donors and friends involved with the initiative were celebrated at the event for their generous support of students and the school.

Darriel Cannon (D.D.S. ’19/D), the school’s first African American class president, shared his experiences and vision for the future of African Americans in the oral health profession.

The First 100 initiative is the major driver in the school’s efforts to provide scholarships, mentorship and fellowship for the “Next 100 Dentists of Color” and beyond.

The event was generously underwritten by DentaQuest, an oral health care company dedicated to advancing oral health for all.

To learn more about the First 100 initiative, contact Barbara Payton (B.S. ‘83/MC), director of development for leadership annual giving, at (804) 827-1537 or bpayton@vcu.edu.

Media Contact: Nan Johnson, director of communications, (804) 828-0324 or nljohnson@vcu.edu

 

 

[View Image]Erma Freeman (D.D.S. ’77), center, accepts the First 100 Trailblazer Award from Dr. Olivia Croom (left) chief dental officer, DentaQuest, and David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., (right) dean of the VCU School of Dentistry.

 

[View Image]Erma Freeman paved the way for other black female dentists who followed in her path. Left to right: Dr. Jacqueline Curl, Renita Randolph (D.D.S.’91/D), Dr. Shanail Allen, Dr. Audra Jones, Erma Freeman (D.D.S.’77/D), Tiffany Williams (M.S.D.’14/D), Dr. Sheilandice Holmes, Tonya Parris-Wilkins (D.D.S.’03/D), Dr. Lori Wilson.

 

[View Image]Dr. Freeman and Darriel Cannon (D.D.S.’19/D). Cannon, four-time president of his D.D.S. class at VCU, is now preparing for his oral surgery residency at U.C.L.A.

 

[View Image]William Nelson (D.D.S.’75/D), Mrs. Hardenia and Jim Watkins (D.D.S.’75/D) and Charles Johnson (D.D.S.’76/D) enjoy Richmond’s Black History Museum and Cultural Center in the city’s Jackson Ward neighborhood. Dr. Watkins was named the dental school’s Alumni Star in 2003 and received the Dr. Harry Lyons Outstanding Dental Alumnus award in 2009.

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Executive Summary – Advancing Dental Education in the 21st Century

In preparation for the VCU School of Dentistry’s strategic planning process, Dean David C. Sarrett, DMD, MS, provides an executive summary representing an analysis of Advancing Dental Education in the 21st Century

This summary provides a “snapshot” of the challenges, trends and issues in today’s dental education.

Areas of Challenge

Finances

  1. In past 20 years, public support decreased from 57% to 18%
  2. 2004 to 2011 tuition at public schools increased 67%

Student Debt

  1. In 2014, average is $247K
  2. 20% of grads exceed $350K
  3. 44% of students from families with $100K to $200K income
  4. 15% of students from those with less than $50K
  5. 54% of 1996 grads had paid off their debt 17 years after graduation

Number of Graduates

  • 1980s and 90s school closure reasons:
  1. Budget
  2. Relevance to university
  3. Decline in applicants
  4. Perception that caries is no longer a national problem
  5. Dentists report lack of business
  • 1970s and 80s grads climbed to 6300 per year
  • 1994 dropped to 3744
  • Current: 6000 per year

Dental Schools and the University

  1. 42 of 66 schools are in research intensive universities
  2. New schools are not in research intensive institutions

Pre- and Post-Doctoral Education

  1. Broader integration of biomedical and clinical sciences happening
  2. Number of basic science faculty reduced by 47% in last decade
  3. Community-based experience growing
  4. IPE
  5. Poor preparation of students to treat children
  6. Is goal of “practice ready” still realistic?
  7. Majority of clinical experience in school clinics that lose money
  8. Pre- and post-doctoral and DH clinic income only 13% of average budget
  9. 50% variability in clinical time for students – lack of agreement on amount needed
  10. In 2015, 47% of grads attended post-doc program
  11. Positions have increased to 3616 from 2836 in 2004
  12. 15% of post-doc students are international graduates
  13. Specialist income 67% higher than GPs
  14. School-based advanced education programs have high tuitions

Enrollment of AA and HIS Students

  1. DDS AA 4.7%
  2. DDS HIS 7.7%
  3. One-third of schools enrolled 1 or no AA
  4. Similar percentages for advanced education enrollment

Dental Schools as Safety Nets

  • 1.2M treated by schools

Faculty

  1. 2005 to 2014 at 3% in full-time to part-time clinical faculty
  2. Basic science faculty decreased 50%
  3. Students rose 30% but faculty only 3.8%
  4. Student-to-faculty ratio increased from 7.3% to 8.7% from 2005 to 2014
  5. These are cost cutting measures
  6. Average faculty associate professor income $146,875 while private practitioner is $179,900
  7. 2014 39% of full-time faculty were 60 years or older

Bailit: How Many Dentists Are Needed in 2014?

  1. In 2013, there were 195K active dentists
  2. With current graduation rates the number of dentists is expected to increase from 62 per 100K people to 63
  3. 35% to 40% of dentists report they are not busy enough
  4. Estimate based on trends
  • Oral Health Trends
  1. 188% decline in DMFT
  2. Prevalence of periodontal disease 46% with 9% severe
  3. Severe mainly in people older than 50 and smokers
  4. Prevelance or perio disease expected to decline but number of people with disease increases
  5. Edentulism 5% in 2012, by 2050 at 30% decline
  6. 2012 only 8% had one or more missing teeth
  • Utilization of Dental Services
  1. Restorations and crowns have declined 30% to 35% in past 21 years
  2. Extractions and root canals declined 20% to 30%
  3. Bridges and partial dentures have declined 50%
  4. Future services: botox, sleep apnea?
  • New Technologies
  1. No clear trend on how this may affect demand for services
  • Trends in Practice Organization
  1. By 2040, 25% of care may be provided by large corporate dentistry companies
  2. The data supporting this is not robust
  • Trends in Demand for Dental Care
  1. US population expected to grow to 340M by 2040
  2. Per capita dental visits are expected to grow very slowly, less than 1% by 2040
  • Number of dentists needed in 2040
  1. Surplus estimated to be 32% to 110%
  2. HRSA estimates shortage of 15,600 by 2025 based on disease to be treated, not demand and payment for dental services

Manski and Meyerhoefer: Projecting the Demand for Dental Care in 2040

  • US Population expected to grow to 380M in 2040
  • Age Trends
  1. Under 18 flat
  2. 18-65 lower
  3. Over 65 increased
  • Demographic Trends
  1. Growth of blacks and whites steady but a lower rate
  2. Growth of Hispanics at higher rate
  • Income Estimates
  1. Percent of households with income $35K to $75K are declining
  2. Percent of households with income over $100K are increasing
  3. Other income ranges remained mostly flat
  • Dental visits have declined 7% from 2006 to 2012
  1. 316M in 2004
  2. 278M in 2011
  3. 308M in 2013
  4. Adult visits have declined
  5. Children visits have increased
  • Dental Expenditures
  1. $85B in 2012 compared with $1.3T total health expenditures
  2. Dental expenditures have steadily increased between 1960 and 2012 except for several short decline periods
  • Dental Insurance
  1. 64% of population had some type in 2014
  2. $85B spent in 2012
    1. $35B private
    2. $4.7B Medicaid
    3. $789M Medicare
    4. $41B cash
  • Projections
  1. Visits rise from 294M in 2017 to 319M in 2040
  2. This 8.5% increase is less than the 19% population growth
  3. Visits per person drop from 0.92 in 2017 to 0.84 in 2040
  4. Percent of population with a dental visit per year increase from 42% in 2015 to 44% in 2040

Ecklund and Bailit: Estimating the Number of Dentists Needed by 2040

In 2040, the US population is projected to be 380,000,000.28. If 42% of the population use dental care annually, 160 million Americans would have at least one dental visit that year. Assuming that den­tists average 2,000 patients per year in 2040, 80,000 FTE dentists would be needed to provide care to this population. If 67% of the population seek care in 2040, 255 million people would require 127,000 FTE dentists.

Based on ADA estimates, there would be about 240,000 dentists in 2040 if current trends continue with no further growth in the number of graduates. Some 70% (168,000 dentists) would be in full-time practice. This suggests that the surplus of dentists would likely be between 32% and 110%.

Register now for annual ethics lecture

Zarkowski to present at annual ethics lecture

Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Detroit, Mercy, presents “Go- Stop- Yield: The Intersection of Law and Ethics” on March 1, 2019, as part of the School of Dentistry’s Mirmelstein Ethics Lecture. The annual lecture is part of the school’s continuing education program.

Preregistration is required.

About the Mirmelstein Ethics Lecture

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Cyril R. Mirmelstein graduated from the College of William and Mary then entered the MCV School of Dentistry in 1938. His education was marked by hard work and good friendships.

“With a class of 28 guys, we were a close-knit group and many friendships endured for years,” he said.

After earning his dental degree in 1942, Mirmelstein spent a short time as an instructor in the school before serving in World War II. When he returned from service, Mirmelstein entered private practice in Newport News, Va., and retired in 1990.

Throughout his career, Mirmelstein served his profession, his school and his community through generous volunteer activities. A longstanding member of the Virginia Dental Association, he was also active with the State Board of Dentistry and served as the organization’s president and as a member of the Southern Regional Testing Agency.

The MCV Alumni Association named him its Outstanding Alumnus in 1998 for his many contributions to his alma mater and to dentistry.

Mirmelstein established the Cyril R. Mirmelstein Ethics Lectureship in 1988. His objectives were to educate and stimulate faculty and students to become aware of their responsibility to dental and professional ethics, to pioneer an ongoing program that would be effective in achieving these goals by stressing the satisfaction derived from the dental profession, and to establish an ongoing program that would gain national recognition and serve as a model for other schools.

Through Mirmelstein’s generosity and imagination, the lectureship has grown, nurtured and supported new generations of students, and become an integral part of the school’s curriculum.

To learn more about the school’s lectureships, professorships, special endowments and scholarships, visit Reflections, a special area of the school’s website that showcases alumni and donor philanthropy.

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