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Dental Medicine News and Stories


Innovation    Education

Me and My Avatar—A New Frontier in Dental Simulation

Imagine having the opportunity to join a multi-dentist practice during your first days in dental school. Imagine that within that practice, you are able to establish a long-term relationship with a patient whose evolving case and progress is your responsibility throughout your entire dental education. Now imagine that your patient is an avatar with a complex mixture of social, medical and dental histories and challenges that develop in response to your treatment decisions.

Author Robert Thurston-Lighty | Publish Date July 19, 2023
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Education    Community    Students   

Poverty Simulation Teaches Empathy and Person-Centered Care

“During the next hour, you’re going to be participating in a simulation of what it might be like to be part of a family with low-income trying to survive month to month.” Assistant Professor (C/T) Deidre Callanan, RDH, DC, MPH, introduced the afternoon’s interactive lesson. “This is not a game or a competition; rather it is a shared learning experience meant to educate and elevate patient care.” 

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date February 13, 2023
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Innovation    Patient Care    Education    Students    Clinics

CU Dental Student’s Innovative Treatment Plan Advances Dental Education

“You don't realize how important your back teeth are until they’re not there,” said fourth-year dental student Minh-Tom Van (DDS '23) as he reflected on a recent case. His patient had been experiencing pain in his back molars, unable to chew or eat properly for eight months. While this is not an unusual situation, Van was inspired by a faculty member to present an exceptional idea for treatment.

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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Education    Students

Top Six Tips For Gum Care Month

To help commemorate National Gum Care Month this September, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s Graduate Periodontics Program residents are sharing their advice on how to take care of your oral health. 

Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date September 07, 2022
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School of Dental Medicine In the News

Pharmacy Fika

Does Teamwork Make the Dream Work in Health Professions Education?

news outletPharmacy Fika
Publish DateNovember 07, 2023

During the episode we speak with Lindsey J. Yates, DDS - Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine and Assistant Director, Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - about the benefits and challenges of interprofessional education.  There are lots of natural connections and topics that faculty, practitioners, and students could explore together... but often, the incentives are misaligned.  

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American Dental Association (ADA)

Leaders in Evidence-Based Dentistry Honored at the American Dental Association's SmileCon™ 2023

news outletAmerican Dental Association (ADA)
Publish DateOctober 08, 2023

CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2023 — The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) today announced the winners of the annual Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Faculty & Practice Awards. The awards, which are supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Colgate, are presented to educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance EBD. The winners will be recognized at the ADA Science & Research Institute’s (ADASRI) Science Social event at SmileCon™ 2023 in Orlando, Fla.

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Denver 7

Cancer Survivor Running Half Marathon

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateOctober 06, 2023

Denver7 News interviewed CU School of Dental Medicine student Mohita Sharma as she prepares for her first half marathon in Boulder this Sunday. Sharma, a dentist from India, is passionate about helping people understand how regular dental checkups can catch medical issues, just as she was able to catch hers early. Thankfully she has been in remission almost three years now. 

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American Dental Association (ADA)

Diversifying Dental Schools

news outletAmerican Dental Association (ADA)
Publish DateOctober 04, 2023

Dental schools are more diverse than they have ever been, but there is still work to do before the dental workforce reflects the diversity of the overall U.S. population. Here, the American Dental Association (ADA) takes a closer look at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, which have made strides in diversifying their student bodies.

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