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CU Dental Commencement Speaker Brett Kessler, DDS, Recognized with Honorary Alumni Award

In his powerful commencement speech to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) Class of 2024, Brett Kessler, DDS, shared that he entered dental school with a substance abuse problem, and graduated with a worse substance abuse problem. “I went from rock bottom to living what I consider my best life possible. It’s possible for any and all of us.”


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date May 29, 2024
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Community    Alumni    Clinics

The Reality of Root Canals: Natural Teeth Are Worth Saving

Root canals often evoke fear, but preserving your natural tooth whenever possible is always preferable to extraction. Nothing looks, feels or functions quite like your natural teeth. Choosing to consult an endodontist for a conservative intervention to save your natural tooth is always advisable.


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date May 22, 2024
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Alumni    Students

Achievements Unlocked: DDS Class of 2024 Student and Faculty Awards Announced

"Tonight, we celebrate the effort, achievements, and accomplishments of each one of the members of the dental class." University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) Dean Denise Kassebaum, DDS, MS, welcomed graduates, families, faculty, staff and friends to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Class of 2024 Graduation Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The venue was buzzing with pride. 


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date May 17, 2024
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Alumni    Students

Crafting Confidence One Tooth at a Time: Soon-to-be Dental Graduates Share Their Stories

It wasn’t easy tackling the first year of dental school online. Listening to virtual lectures for hours on end; finding ways to make connections with classmates through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — but the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Class of 2024 has come a long way since then.


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date May 06, 2024
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Patient Care    Alumni

Mouthguards Protect Your Mouth—and Potentially Your Brain—from Sports-Related Injuries

Matthew Mauck, DDS ’11, says it’s funny that he’s a dentist. Back when he played professional football, he thought wearing a mouthguard was annoying. Now the former NFL and MLB player spends his days encouraging athletes of all ages to protect their heads and faces by wearing a mouthguard.


Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date April 16, 2024
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Community    Alumni    Students    Global Health

Spring Break with a Purpose: Dental Students Experience Oral Health Abroad

While some took to the slopes for spring break, six dental students from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) embarked on transformative service-learning trips to Brazil and Honduras. The school’s new Global Health Initiatives aim to teach students about oral health disparities, the burden of oral health diseases, and equity in access to dental care.  


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date March 29, 2024
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Community    Alumni

CU Dental Couples Hit by Cuspids Arrow

Whether they met in middle school, dental school, through friends or online, these five couples share one common connection: the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM). This Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating the fillings they have for each other, and tooth be told, they are all mint to be.


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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Faculty    Alumni    Students    Dental Medicine

CU Dental ISP Class of 2023 Awards

At this year's Graduation Banquet and Awards Ceremony honoring the Advanced Standing International Student Program (ISP) Class of 2023, we acknowledged every graduate for their remarkable dedication, achievements and resilience. Various individual awards, established by dental organizations and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM), were presented. Select faculty members were also recognized with awards chosen by the graduating class. 


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date December 06, 2023
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Alumni    Students

Celebrating the Remarkable Stories of CU Dental’s Global Graduates

Hundreds of dentists from around the world apply to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s (CU SDM) Advanced Standing International Student Program (ISP) every year. The Class of 2023 was no exception: Out of 572 applicants from more than 20 countries, 39 were selected to join the program in January 2022. After two years of didactic courses, simulated training and direct patient care, they will receive their Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degrees at the ISP Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 8, 2023. 


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date November 28, 2023
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Innovation    Community    Faculty    Alumni    Students

Inaugural Awards Honor Outstanding Contributors at the CU School of Dental Medicine

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) introduced a set of 12 awards to recognize excellence among its faculty, staff, students, residents and alumni. During the ceremony, Dean Denise Kassebaum, DDS, MS, expressed her gratitude and pride: "It is our people who make this school what it is today. Your enthusiasm and dedication drive all of our achievements and make the SDM a special, thriving community."


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date September 26, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Alumni

CU School of Dental Medicine Celebrates 50 Years with Free CE Day

Colorado dentists, alumni and faculty of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) are invited to a free continuing education (CE) program on September 15, 2023, at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Three (3) CE credits are offered, and early registration is encouraged as space is limited. 


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date August 28, 2023
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Research    Innovation    Community    Alumni    Students    Clinics

Future Focused at 50—Merging High Tech and Humanity

As with all forms of healthcare, dentistry is changing rapidly. Factors such as new technologies, higher-quality data and a wider adoption of person-centered care models make our healthcare systems more cost-effective while delivering better outcomes.


Author Robert Thurston-Lighty | Publish Date August 21, 2023
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Community    Alumni    Students

Serving Colorado Communities

When alumni and students are asked about the Advanced Clinical Training and Service (ACTS) program, many share that it was one of the most memorable experiences in the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) curriculum at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM).


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date August 07, 2023
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Alumni

CDA 2023-2024 Executive Committee Announced

At the Colorado Dental Association (CDA) Annual Meeting in Snowmass Village, the newest slate of CDA officers was installed. The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) is proud to have such impactful representation at the state level with four alumni in leadership positions.  


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date June 29, 2023
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Leah E. Schulz, DDS '14, Named CU Dental Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

At her white coat ceremony in 2012, Leah E. Schulz, DDS ’14, said, “Listening to leaders from the dental community talk about our future patients and the ethical standards that will guide us resonated with me more than ever." Eleven years later, the roles were reversed.  


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date June 12, 2023
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Alumni    Students

The DDS Class of 2023 Shines Bright

At this year's DDS graduation banquet and awards ceremony, we recognized each member of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) Class of 2023 for their incredible efforts, accomplishments and perseverance. As is tradition, we presented a number of individual awards established by specialty groups and community partners. Faculty members also received awards, selected by the graduating class. At the commencement ceremony, speaker Leah E. Schulz, DDS ’14, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. 


Author Jaidaa Elbezry | Publish Date May 25, 2023
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Alumni    Students

Leaders in Dentistry Share These Five Qualities

The next generation of dental professionals at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) receive more than an education; they are molded into leaders, ultimately shaping the future of the medical field.


Author Jaidaa Elbezry | Publish Date May 16, 2023
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CU Anschutz Faculty Honored for 25 Years of Service

Thirty-eight faculty members from schools across the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus were recognized at a reception on May 10, 2023. University leadership, deans and directors were in attendance along with many of this year’s honorees. Each faculty member received a commencement medal, emblazoned with the seal of the University of Colorado, in appreciation for their service.  


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date May 11, 2023
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Alumni    Students

A Time to Celebrate: 40 International Dentists Earn DDS Degrees in the US

The Advanced Standing International Student Program (ISP) at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) brings dentists from around the world to Colorado to earn their Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degrees and practice in the United States. This December, celebrations in honor of the ISP Class of 2022 included a banquet and awards ceremony, flag ceremony, and commencement ceremony.


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date December 21, 2022
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DDS Class of 2022 Award Recipients

May is a truly special time for our graduating students and the families, friends, faculty and staff who have supported them. At this year's DDS Graduation Banquet and Awards Ceremony, we recognized each member of the Class of 2022 for their incredible efforts, accomplishments and perseverance. As is tradition, we also presented a number of individual awards established by specialty groups and community partners, listed below. Congratulations to all. 


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date May 25, 2022
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DDS Class of 2020 Award Recipients

The Commencement Ceremony, and the festivities surrounding it, annually provide us with the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates in pursuit of their degrees. Although we have had to cancel our in-person ceremonies this year, I invite you to join me in congratulating the Dental Class of 2020 for a job well done.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date May 20, 2020
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2020 Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Inductees

​The Pi Rho chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) has invited nine students from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine's DDS Class of 2020 to become members. OKU, the national dental honor society, invites new members who are graduating academically at the top of their class.

The 2020 inductees are Kara Arceneaux, Evan Entze, Kyra Garrison, Jordan Henke, Crispin Herrick, Sam Lynass, Matthew Melcher, Matthew Michelotti and Jennifer Terrio. Communications Manager John Brunelli asked each of them about their experience at CU Dental.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date May 19, 2020
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Alumni

Lucinda Lewis named CU Dental's Distinguished Alumni

In 2016, Lucinda Lewis (DDS ’92) decided it was time. Time to sell her successful Aurora-based dental practice. Time to move closer to her elderly parents. Time to, as she likes to say, punctuate the end of her career by returning home.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date January 22, 2020
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Alumni

2018 CU Dental Distinguished Alumni Award

This year, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is proud to honor an outstanding dental graduate with our CU Dental Distinguished Alumni Award. Eric Van Zytveld, DDS Class of 1979, is a great example of what a talented and compassionate dental professional can do with his passion and skills.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date January 08, 2018
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School of Dental Medicine In the News

American Association of Endodontists

May is Save Your Tooth Month

news outletAmerican Association of Endodontists
Publish DateMay 01, 2024

Happy Save Your Tooth Month! Anyone who's ever felt debilitating tooth pain — from the toughest athlete to the everyday citizen — knows a bad toothache can be the difference between winning the game or falling behind.

Luckily, endodontists are the superheroes of saving teeth! They're specialist in pain management and root canal treatment, and they should be your go-to when tooth pain gets you down. To show them how much we appreciate their care and expertise, we're giving them an ENTIRE MONTH of recognition.

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CU Denver News

CU Denver | Anschutz Recognized as a Top Ten Public Urban Research Military Friendly School

news outletCU Denver News
Publish DateApril 07, 2024

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus are once again being recognized as a Military Friendly® School. Together, we are the only universities in Colorado to rank in the tier 2 research category, moving up to the no. 6 spot nationwide. We have been included in these rankings for over 10 years.

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Metro Denver Dental Society

I am MDDS: Susan Somerset, DMD, Pharm D, MS

news outletMetro Denver Dental Society
Publish DateMarch 20, 2024

Susan Somerset, DMD, Pharm D, MS
Assistant Professor (C/T), Director, Senior & Special Care Clinic
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

You are a first-generation college graduate—what influenced your decision to pursue multiple advanced degrees?
My parents. I always had a desire to pursue a professional degree in healthcare. My mother suggested an undergraduate degree in pharmacy because it is usually on of the most challenging classes in healthcare education. She also figured I would be able to work while pursuing other degrees. It was great advice. My pharmacy education really taught me how to adjust for and to be comfortable managing medications in unconventional situations.

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Metro Denver Dental Society

Unleashing the Power of Reflective Treatment Planning

news outletMetro Denver Dental Society
Publish DateMarch 13, 2024

Self-reflection can be one of the most meaningful components of continuous improvement as a dentist, and it starts in school. The American Dental Association (ADA) states in the accreditation standards for predoctoral dental education programs that becoming a competent professional involves "reflection in daily practice for the benefit of the individuals and communities served."

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