24th Annual UIC Alumni & Friends Golf Outing on Sept. 16
Posted on 9/7/2015

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2015 White Coat Ceremony
Posted on 8/24/2015

Entering Students Receive Their White Coats

The White Coat Ceremony, which marks the eligibility of entering DMD and DMDAS (Advanced Standing) students to enter the patient care environment at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, was held on Aug. 21, 2015.

A total of 104 students received white coats. Parents, other family members, friends, faculty, and staff were on hand.

Dr. Susan Rowan, ’84, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, was Master of Ceremonies, and introduced the speakers. She also gave the closing remarks.

Dr. Clark Stanford, Dean and Distinguished Professor, noted that the College’s educational program “is intellectually challenging” but added that students would be working with a “great faculty and staff.” He noted that students were probably asking themselves, “Can I do this?” and assured them they could, noting that “We will not fill your brain with factoids. Instead, we will mold you to think like a dentist and build on that for the rest of your careers. Dr. Stanford added, “You competed with others to get here. Now you will compete only with yourself.”

Dr. Stanford advised students not to be afraid to make mistakes, and noted that the qualities they needed to be good dentists were competence, integrity, professionalism, emphathy, and tolerance.  “When you work with your patients, listen to what they say,” Dr. Stanford said. “When you don this white coat, think about the responsibility it brings.”

Dr. Sue Bordenave Bishop spoke next. She is Eighth District Deputy Regent, International College of Dentists, and Illinois Section Editor, American College of Dentists. She noted that she was “very passionate about dentistry, dental organizations, dental studies, and dental schools,” and advised the students to “enjoy the time that you have here. Learning is an opportunity, and it should be enjoyable.”

Dr. Keith W. Dickey, President of the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, spoke about the activities of his organization and said “we look forward to seeing you” as members of the ISDS.

Dr. Susan Becker Doroshow, ’83, is President of the Chicago Dental Society, and spoke about the CDS mentorship program for College of Dentistry students. She asked students to participate in their local CDS chapters, and informed them that the CDS has “tools to help you manage your student debt." She added, “you have many challenges ahead of you. CDS members will be rooting for you every step of your journey.”

Following was Dr. Edward H. Segal, President of the Illinois State Dental Society, who noted that this is “an exciting time in dentistry” and told the students “you have chosen the best profession out there. Dentistry also is going through the most rapid changes of all the healthcare professions. “The next four years will go very rapidly and you will make lifelong friendships,” he predicted, adding that “the ISDS is here for you. Contact us any time.”

Speaking next was Dr. Larry N. Williams, President of the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry. He also recommended to the students to “enjoy the time you’re here,” and noted that dentistry means “lifelong learning. Five years into your practice, all the knowledge will be different." He added that “we’re all in this together,” and that dental school is “like an elephant. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

Dr. Seema Ashrafi, ’93, MS Histology ’94, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs performed the faculty recognition. More than 25 faculty members helped present the White Coats to students. Dr. Ashrafi also led the students in reciting the Dentists’ Pledge.

Announcing the names of the students were Dr. Priscilla Chang, ’07, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Dr. Terry Parsons, ’82, Co-Director, DMD Advanced Standing Program.

Sponsors of the event were GlaxoSmithKline, the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, and the International College of Dentists.



Laura Douglas and Somayeh Jahedi Honored by AAPHD
Posted on 8/24/2015

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Students Douglas and Jahedi Win Award from AAPHD

An abstract entry by University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry alumnae Dr. Laura Douglas and Dr. Somayeh Jahedi, presented when they were students, “Achieving Optimal Oral Health for Special Needs Individuals in Chicago,” was awarded Honorable Mention in the Predoctoral Dental Student Merit Award category for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD).
    They were recognized and presented with their award during the AAPHD Special Merit and Student Awards Presentation at the National Oral Health Conference (NOHC) on April 27 in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Douglas and Dr. Jahedi presented at the General Poster Session. Dr. Douglas and Dr. Jahedi graduated from the College in May.
    Both Dr. Douglas and Dr. Jahedi were Albert Schweitzer Fellows, and their abstract was based on their Schweitzer Fellowship projects. Schweitzer Fellows develop and direct service projects that address the causes of health disparities in underserved communities.
    Dr. Douglas’s project culminated in her holding a Special Smiles Day at Arts of Life Studio, which provides an artistic outlet for people with and without disabilities. It is located at 2010 W. Carroll Ave. in Chicago.
    Dr. Douglas, five other dental students, and Dr. Douglas’s mentors, Dr. Robert Rada, Clinical Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, and Dr. Larry Salzmann, Clinical Professor and Predoctoral Program Clinic Director, Pediatric Dentistry, volunteered at the March 3 event.
    “My mentors oversaw the screening process and answered any questions that arose,” Dr. Douglas explained. “Three of the volunteers covered the oral hygiene presentation, while the other volunteers handled the screenings and prophylaxis. My tasks were to make sure everyone knew what was going on and everyone had the supplies and forms they needed.”
    Presenters covered proper brushing and flossing techniques, nutrition for healthy teeth, the dangers of smoking, the progression of a cavity, and denture care, and fielded questions from the artists. Approximately 15 artists and staff members of the studio participated.
    Dr. Rada provided a portable dental chair for the patients, a mobile unit for the prophylaxis, and dental supplies.
    “The artists were very appreciative of the expressed interest in their work and asked repeatedly when we would return,” Dr. Douglas said. “I am truly grateful for Dr. Rada and Dr. Salzmann volunteering their time away from their own careers to help me hold this event, and to all of the volunteers who took time away from the clinic to participate.
    “I know that it takes a lot of commitment and effort on everyone’s part and I am so humbled by everyone’s support,” Dr. Douglas continued. “All of those involved, including the artists and volunteers, had a great time and benefited, which makes it all worthwhile.”
    For her project, Dr. Jahedi worked with special needs individuals at the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education-Roosevelt (ICRE-R) at 1950 W. Roosevelt Rd.
    With approximately 40 students on site ages 16 to 21, “ICRE-R is a residential school with a mission to prepare young people with severe physical disabilities for a successful adult life through a comprehensive program of education and training,” Dr. Jahedi explained.
    To address the dental health concerns of the ICRE-R students, in addition to providing dental students with training regarding special needs patients, Dr. Jahedi developed several objectives: Provide optimal oral hygiene methods for the special needs population and their caregivers; increase awareness and volunteerism among dental students and dental professionals regarding special needs patients; and provide dental services to ICRE-R students to address their dental needs.
    Dr. Jahedi developed a lesson plan from resources recommended to her by Dr. Rada. “He has proven to be instrumental in guiding me in the right direction,” she said.
    “I brought the dental student volunteers up-to-date with the lesson plan, demonstrating the modified oral hygiene techniques tailored to special needs individuals,” she explained. “We ordered modified Surround toothbrushes and open-wide mouth props through the special needs grant committee, which we distributed to all the ICRE-R students and caregivers. Feedback from the caregivers included that these were extremely helpful in providing oral hygiene to the ICRE-R students.”
Dr. Jahedi obtained approval from the State of Illinois for a UIC and ICRE-R affiliation agreement, which allowed UIC College of dentistry students to provide dental services for ICRE-R students. As a result, the College’s Give Kids a Smile committee decided to host GKAS Day at ICRE-R in 2014.
    Dr. Jahedi, Dr. Rada, and Dr. Sahar Alrayyes, Assistant Professor and Predoctoral Clinic Director, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, also hosted Lunch and Learns at the UIC College of Dentistry for interested dental student volunteers concerning special needs patients.

Student Nisha Garg Named Schweitzer Fellow
Posted on 8/18/2015

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry student Nisha Garg recently was named an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
 Schweitzer Fellows spend a year working to address barriers that impact the health of underserved communities and develop lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom the Fellowship is named.
 Ray Wang, Program Director of the Schweitzer Fellowship program of Chicago, said, “Our Fellows learn to lead and innovate as they tackle complex health needs—skills they will use again and again throughout their professional careers.”
 Garg learned about the program from a talk that Wang gave at UIC. She applied and was accepted, “giving me the opportunity to design a year-long community service project that catered towards an underserved population of my choosing.”
 Her goal is to provide oral hygiene information to military veterans who are ineligible for dental health care.
 “During one of my urgent care rotations earlier this year, I met a patient who was still suffering from a gunshot wound to the mouth that had occurred during the Vietnam War,” Garg explained. “All of his teeth were damaged from the impact, yet he never received the proper care and rehabilitation.”
 Through seminars that she plans to host at the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, Garg hopes to serve as a resource for veterans deemed ineligible for VA dental care.
 “My seminars will provide information on how to properly maintain oral hygiene, along with how oral health directly relates to the health of the entire body,” Garg said.
 “I’m open to as much input and suggestions for my Schweitzer project as possible,” she added.
 Anyone with suggestions or input on her program, or anyone who wants to volunteer, should email her at
 After graduation in 2016, Garg hopes “to always stay involved with community service,” she said. “I believe it is very important to use the knowledge base that I have gained through my education and experiences to make a greater impact in the community.”
 She also hopes to pursue a career in orthodontics.
 “Nisha joins a distinguished group of prior students from the College that have received this honor and have participated in the rich experiences the Fellowship offers,” said Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences.
 For information about the Schweitzer Fellowships, call (312) 372-4292, ext. 24.

Dr. Aram Kim Wins ACP Sharry Research Award
Posted on 8/14/2015

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry’s Dr. Aram Kim Wins ACP Sharry Research Award

Dr. Aram Kim, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, was the first place winner of the John J. Sharry Research Competition of the American College of Prosthodontics (ACP).

            Dr. Kim won for her research, “Abutment Material Effect on Peri-Implant Soft Tissue Color and Perceived Esthetics.”

            “We, as clinicians, always strive for the best treatment for our patients,” Dr. Kim explained. “To be able to provide patient-centered care, I felt that we needed a better understanding of patients' perception and satisfaction of dental treatment. In my study, I compared perception and satisfaction between patients and clinicians on dental implant soft tissue esthetics by different abutment material choices.”

“The core finding from my study was that patients’ satisfaction did not differ among different materials used although measurable color difference was noted with a sophisticated spectrophotometer,” she added. 

            The Sharry Competition is held to stimulate and acknowledge original research in prosthodontics. It was named for ACP Past President Dr. John J. Sharry. The award has been presented since 1976.

            “The John J. Sharry Award is the most competitive national award in Prosthodontics,” Dr. Kim said, noting that her winning it “brings widespread recognition to the UIC College of Dentistry as a premiere clinical research institution at the national level.

            “Over the years, the College and the Department of Restorative Dentistry have established a culture of clinical science that has led to many innovative discoveries and advancements,” she added. “I am so glad that I was able to represent the UIC College of Dentistry at a national level and showcase what our College stands for and all of the wonderful things we are doing.”

            Dr. Kim received her award at the 44th annual session of the ACP held in New Orleans.

            “I am truly honored to be recognized by the American College of Prosthodontists,” said Dr. Kim. “The Sharry Award is the single highest honor given to a recent graduate from an Advanced Prosthodontic Program by the specialty and ACP. This recognition will go a long way in my prosthodontics career.

            “Research is always a team effort,” she added. “I was fortunate to work with a group of wonderful faculty in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, helping me with the many aspects of my study.

“Special thanks to my mentors Drs. Stephen Campbell and Kent Knoernschild for their unwavering support in the design and analysis for the study. Also thanks to Drs. Lee Jameson and Farhad Fayz for their selflessness in helping with the data collection. Dr. Jameson was the recipient of the same award in 1977, also in New Orleans. The history re-lives and the legacy continues,” Dr. Kim concluded.

Dental Student Earns UIC Martin Luther King Scholarship
Posted on 8/14/2015

Dental Student Danté Brown awarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at University of Illinois at Chicago

Third-year University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry student Dante Brown has been awarded a University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship.
             Brown, who noted he was mentored by his own dentist, Dr. Edward Ruiz, a 1987 graduate of the College, applied for the scholarship in 2014. “I heard about the scholarship as an undergraduate and applied through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs’ (OVCSA) website,” Brown said.
             The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship program was established at UIC in 1985 to recognize outstanding minority UIC students, such as African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, who have demonstrated high academic achievement in fields in which they are underrepresented and who have shown strong commitment to community and campus service. To qualify for the scholarship an undergraduate must have a minimum 4.0 GPA. Graduate and professional students must also show a record of high academic achievement. Brown was awarded the professional level scholarship of $5,000.
            When not in class, Brown provides free dental services at Community Health-West Town, Goldie’s Place, and to homeless individuals in the community. In addition to his community service, Brown also serves as treasurer of the UIC chapter of the Student National Dental Association (UIC-SNDA), and is an active member of the UIC chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (UIC-AAPHD).  He also works to help others in his spare time. “I tutor on campus and am one of the teachers for the post-baccalaureate Dental Anatomy course,” he noted. 
             After his graduation in May of 2016, Brown has well defined goals. “I plan to practice general dentistry for a few years, complete my Masters’ in Public Health, and then consider residency programs in dental public health,” he said.

--Joseland C. Nixon

books for donation
College of Dentistry Helps Start Library in Guatemala
Posted on 7/29/2014

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry senior students Hussain Ali, Alexandria Balich, Joseph Beatty, and Cristian Pavel embarked on an international rotation to Guatemala this past year. The students’ primary objective was providing dental care for 55 children in preschool through first grade. However, it was clear that the Guatemalan youngsters were desperate for books. The UIC students worked with Khatija Noorullah, the College’s Clinical Community Academic Manager, to request children’s books from the College community for the children in Guatemala. Together, college faculty, staff, and students donated around 100 books.

“They were able to start a library in the school where they provided the clinical dental care, Susanna Wesley School,” Noorullah said. “It was great of the students to go the extra mile and for the College to participate so wholeheartedly.” The school is located in Camanachaj in Guatemala’s rural highlands. It educates children in pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade.

Dr. Michael Colvard Earns PhD in Ancient Dental Treatments
Posted on 5/12/2015

Dr. Michael D. Colvard, Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and Director, Dental Medicine Responder and Technology (DMRT) Office, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, recently earned a unique PhD.


Dr. Colvard earned his PhD in Theology and Medical Anthropology through the Graduate Theological Foundation and its parent, Oxford Foundation House, Oxford, UK.


“My PhD focused on the plants used by the Knights Hospitaliers during the Middle Ages,” Dr. Colvard said, suggesting that “Clergy, monks, and knights attempted to treat dental and oral pain and provide analgesia during traumas and epidemics of the Middle Ages.


“For example, clergy and knights they used sugar to sweeten the plant mixtures used for pain and periodontal diseases, wine as a topical antibiotic and for pain and sleep, henbane, marijuana, and poppy for dental pain and trauma,” he added.


Dr. Colvard has been offered a post-PhD Oxford Foundation Fellowship at Oxford University to continue spectrographic research at the UIC College of Dentistry studying the artifacts, specimens, and plants used for ancient dental disease, and how these religious and clinical traditions will impact modern dental care.


Dr. Colvard previously earned his DDS and Certificate in Periodontics from the Loyola University School of Dentistry, an MTS in Theology and Medical Anthrophony from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and an MS in Oral Sciences from UIC.

Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo a UIC Researcher of the Year
Posted on 4/16/2015

The UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) has announced the recipients of the 2014 UIC Researcher of the Year awards. In the Clinical Sciences category, Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, was named a Rising Star.

            These honors recognize the efforts and commitment of scholars who have demonstrated outstanding research and scholarly achievements to advance knowledge in their field of expertise.

            She had been nominated by Dr. Luisa A. DiPietro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

            “It is truly an honor to be a recipient of this award, being selected among great UIC research colleagues in the clinical sciences,” Dr. Bedran-Russo said. “It is amazing recognition of my research, the research done in the College of Dentistry, and the impact of oral health research.”  

            Dr. Bedran-Russo’s research focuses on bio-inspired strategies to enhance the properties of the tooth for prevention and restorative/ reparative applications. Her discoveries have tremendous implications for oral and overall human health, as rather than removing diseased tooth structure and replacing it with materials dissimilar to natural teeth, patients will have treatment options that help them remain free of dental decay.

The chemical compounds she studies, called proanthocyanidins, are plant derived from renewable resources like seeds, bark, and leaves. The significance of her work has been recognized by numerous grants including a National Institutes of Health (NIH) K08 and R01.

“Success in research relies on interdisciplinary work,” Dr. Bedran-Russo explained. “I have been lucky to have found great collaborators just across the street in the College of Pharmacy and more recently with the UIUC Beckman Institute. Research discoveries become limitless when you work with a group. We have led all the current work on bioinspired strategies to modify dental hard tissue using plant-derived proanthocyanidns.”

The compounds interact with collagen and other non-collagenous components in the dentin matrix, “basically enhancing the tissue's mechanical properties and biostability, so the tooth becomes literally stronger,” Dr Bedran-Russo said. “There are many clinical applications to this biomimetic approach. We hope to reduce significantly the breakdown at the interface between restorative materials and dentin.

“This would result in a significant decrease in costs associated with replacement of failed restorative treatments,” she continued. “We have also explored their protective effect of root surfaces to reduce caries progression and promote remineralization.”

UIC, College Host Successful #GivingTuesday
Posted on 3/23/2015

UIC’s Office of Development made a strong effort to encourage members of the University community to donate to campus funds and scholarships on #GivingTuesday 2014, the global day devoted to philanthropy held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Booths were set up across campus on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, where volunteers encouraged people to make donations.

Social media is a key part of #GivingTuesday, which is why the term is preceded by a hashtag; posting pictures on social media of people giving is an important aspect of the event.

The UIC campus raised over $54,714 through email, online, and cash and check donations. The College of Dentistry raised more than $4,545.

“A big thank you to everyone who donated,” said Dean Clark Stanford.

“#GivingTuesday 2014 at UIC surpassed all of our expectations,” said Jeff Nearhoof, Vice Chancellor for Development for UIC. “We wanted to foster a community of philanthropy by increasing participation, and we did that, quadrupling our number of donors from last year. We also topped total dollars raised.

“Best of all, we harnessed the collective power of a loyal and thoughtful community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, whose generosity says it loud and clear: ‘We’re there for UIC!” Nearhoof added.

On #GivingTuesday, Virginia Buglio, the College’s Associate Director of Research Services, came up with the idea of creating a Staff Development and Enrichment Fund to support College staff training, development, and recognition. Lea Alexander, Director of Academic Affairs, and Polyanne Mather, an Administrative Aide, agreed to match money contributed to the new fund that day. Word spread via social media, and many donations were provided to the new fund, “which bumped up the total substantially,” Dr. Stanford said.

Anyone who donated $5 or more received a red superhero cape that said, “I did something heroic for UIC!”

On the UIC #GivingTuesday website at, 17 giving superheroes were featured. One of them was College of Dentistry alumna Dr. Cathleen Coyne, ’93.

Working the College’s #GivingTuesday booth were the members of the College’s Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, William S. Bike, Bruno Mancari, Ana Lisa Ogbac, and Mark J. Valentino.

Clinic and Research Day Scheduled
Posted on 2/6/2015

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Clinic and Research Day to be Held March 5, 2015

Get the latest dental knowledge at the 28th annual Clinic and Research Day, set for Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, which will take on the appearance of a national dental meeting all day.

The event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and focus on student research presentations, Critically Appraised Topics competitions based on actual cases, and feature a nationally known keynote speaker. Continuing Education credit will be available for attending the poster presentation and the keynote presentation.

“Our students and fellows will present approximately 100 posters highlighting their current research,” said Dr. David L. Crowe, Interim Associate Dean for Research at the UIC College of Dentistry. “They cover a wide range of topics in the basic, behavioral, clinical, and applied sciences. Predoctoral, postgraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and their faculty mentors will be competing for awards in a number of categories.” 

At the College, faculty, postgraduates, and students conduct a wide range of research activities, from basic research, public health and prevention, and the development of best practices in dentistry, to the creation of techniques and technology that will allow teeth to be regenerated in adults. Research occurs at the College from the “bench to the chairside” (and the reverse)—to accelerate diagnostic and interventional therapies for College patients. Clinic and Research Day allows the postgraduates, students, and their faculty mentors to share their research with the dental and medical communities.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. James E. Melvin, Clinical Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health, and Chief of the Section of Secretory Mechanisms and Dysfunction. 

Also featured will be “CaseCAT” (Critically Appraised Topics) competitions, featuring actual cases that exemplify unique and interesting aspects of dental practice combined with critically appraised literature reviews relevant those cases. 

“There will be dental products and services, vendors’ exhibits, and events planned just for fun, too," Dr. Crowe continued. “Dentists, students, postgraduates, residents, our medical colleagues, and those interested in research and the vendors’ exhibits are welcome to attend.” 

Events will wrap up with presentations of awards in a variety of categories.

Commercial enterprises are welcome to participate as exhibitors, sponsors, or both. Exhibitors will be provided display space.

For information about attending, Continuing Education, or exhibiting at or sponsoring Clinic and Research Day, contact Virginia Buglio at (312) 996-1027 or or log on to

Continuing Education Courses Set
Posted on 12/16/2014

Continuing Education Courses to be Held at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

Several Continuing Education courses, held under the auspices of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), are scheduled to be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612. The ISDS is an approved provider of Continuing Education and is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.*

For more information or to register, or for refund and cancellation information, email Gloria Pitchford at, log on to, or call (800) 475-4737.

Anesthesia/Sedation Assistant Monitoring Clinical Certification Course

This course is offered as a Continuing Education experience for dental assistants and hygienists who work in dental or oral surgery offices in the State of Illinois where sedation or general anesthesia is administered. The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Illinois Dental Practice Act and the rules administering the Dental Practice Act. The course includes both lecture and clinical exposure.

Course objectives and competencies: The assistant will:

Become familiar with the anatomy and physiology involved with monitoring and airway maintenance in the sedated dental patient.

Obtain a basic understanding of the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological systems as they related to anesthesia and sedation.

Become familiar with the health questionnaire and its application for the evaluation of the patient undergoing anesthesia/sedation and be able to link this information to the ASA classification.

Develop an understanding of the levels of sedation/anesthesia and be able to recognize these levels in the patient under dental sedation.

Acquire the skills required for monitoring the sedated patient, including monitoring of blood pressure, pulse, perspiration temperature, and level of consciousness.

Learn to operate automated monitoring devices including the EKG and pulse-oximeter.

Learn to complete the anesthesia record and make appropriate monitoring entries during the procedure and during recovery.

Learn basic management protocols for anesthesia-related emergencies and become more competent in assisting the dentist in their management.

Credit: 12 credit hours.

Dates: Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16, 2015; Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Course times to be announced.

Instructors: Dr. William Flick, ’74, Clinical Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Fee: $525 ISDS member dentist staff; $850 non-member dentist staff.

Prerequisite: Current BLS certificate.


Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Course

Course objectives: This course will provide dental assistants with the proper educational requirements as stated in Illinois law for application of pit and fissure sealants and coronal polishing which includes didactic study in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and dental emergencies followed by a written exam.

This course also will include two hours of clinical experience on pit and fissure sealants and two hours on coronal polishing. The clinical instruction on coronal polishing will include work performed on a human subject.

At the completion of this course and prior to being permitted to perform these expanded functions in Illinois, the dental assistant must meet the following requirements:

Be 18 years of age and working as a dental assistant for at least 1,000 hours.

The supervising dentist must personally observe the successful placement of six sealants on a patient or patients by the dental assistant.

The successful participant will receive a certificate of completion.

Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

Credit: Ten credit hours.

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014; Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015; Saturday, April 18, 2015; Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015; Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.

Instructors: Dr. Richard Perry, ’68, and Dr. James Bryniarski, ’78, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Katherine Lutz, RDH.

Fee: $450 ISDS member dentist staff; $800 non-member dentist staff.

Prerequisite: Must be at least age 18, and a dental assistant for at least 1,000 hours.


Local Anesthesia

Course objectives and content: This four-day course will satisfy the State of Illinois expanded function training requirements to allow registered dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.

Dr. Stanley F. Malamed’s Handbook of Local Anesthesia (6th Edition) text is not included in the fee and must be independently purchased.

Credit: 32 credit hours.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 9 and 10 and 16 and 17, 2015.

Instructors: Dr. William Flick, ’74, Clinical Associate Professor; Dr. Michael Miloro, Department Head; Dr. Antonia Kolokythas, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) ’04, MS Oral Sciences ’11, Assistant Professor; and Dr. Thomas Skiba, ’68, MS OMFS ’77, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Fee: $950 ISDS member dentist staff; $1,100 non-member dentist staff.

Prerequisite: Current BLS certificate.


Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Course

Course objectives and content: This course for monitoring and administration of nitrous oxide by dental assistants and dental hygienists is designed to meet the certification requirements of the State of Illinois for expanded functions.

This course will include both didactic and clinical components in the monitoring and administration of nitrous oxide and advanced airway management. It will provide instruction in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and dental emergencies as they relate to the use of nitrous oxide in the dental office.

After successful completion of this course the dental assistant can return to the private office and provide expanded function for the dental team and the monitoring of nitrous oxide, while the dental hygienists will be able to start and stop the flow of gas.

Credit: Six credit hours.

Dates: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014; Wednesday, March 25, 2015; Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015; Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.

Instructor: Dr. Larry Salzmann, Clinical Professor and Predoctoral Program Clinic Director, Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Fee: $275 ISDS member dentist staff; $500 non-member dentist staff.

Prerequisite: Must be currently certified in CPR/BLS for healthcare providers, or its equivalent. A copy of your current BLS card must accompany registration form. This course is open to all qualified dental assistants for monitoring and dental hygienists for administering.

Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch included.


*The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professional in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Brian Floriani, Dr. Jazmine Dillard and Dr. Marcio da Fonseca
Pediatric Dentistry Residents Provide Free Books to Youngsters
Posted on 11/4/2014

Second year University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry resident Dr. Jazmine B. Dillard and other members of the department are doing their part for child literacy. Since the beginning of 2014, with the support of Department Head Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, the department has partnered with Bernie’s Book Bank to provide free books to youngsters who are patients in the department.

Bernie’s Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing, and redistribution of new and used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers, and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

“I was looking to start a literacy program when I saw information about Bernie’s on the Wintrust Financial Corp. billboard on the Mural Building next to the Kennedy Expressway,” Dillard explained.

She contacted Bernie’s, and they began an initiative in which Bernie’s provides individual bags of six age- and gender-appropriate books to residents to distribute to Pediatric Dentistry patients for free at both their initial and recall appointments.

“The patients and their families love it,” Dr. Dillard said.

Brian Floriani, Founder and Executive Director of Bernie’s Book Bank, recently spoke to Pediatric Dentistry residents at the College.

He thanked them for distributing books to their patients. “Our objective is to get to them at a young age,” Floriani explained. “Lots of these families don’t have books at all.”

He noted that everyone in the room was a reader as a child, which is a predictor of future success. “You literally read your way here,” Floriani said.

As part of the program, the residents talk to patients’ parents and ask them to both encourage youngsters to read, and to read to their children themselves.

"Even if the parent’s English isn’t strong or if he or she doesn’t speak English at all, getting the kid on his or her lap and flipping through the book makes a difference in the child’s literacy,” Floriani said, quoting a startling statistic that “in at-risk communities, 24% of children don’t even know what a book is.”

Only 30 minutes a day of reading, or being read to, makes a huge difference in child literacy, he said.

Floriani noted that supplies of books are “not an issue,” with book publishers and the public willing to donate children’s books to Bernie’s Book Bank. “It’s a logistics issue—how do we get the books to the children?” Floriani asked. “You’re doing that for us,” he told the residents.

Bernie’s hosts book drives in schools and churches and among corporations, and also has relationships with publishers who donate new books.

Floriani noted that “one book doesn’t do it. We want to have a constant flow of books. And, since we deal with a transient population, we want to set up a system in the area that no matter where a youngster receives social or healthcare services, books will be available.”

Bernie’s volunteers put in about 2,200 hours per month sorting and packing books.

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Faculty Promotions Announced
Posted on 11/13/2014

The Faculty Affairs Advisory Committee (FAAC) has announced this year’s University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry faculty promotions.

Promoted to Clinical Associate Professor were: Dr. Priscilla Chang, Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Mohamed Fayad, Endodontics; Dr. Rand Harlow, Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Nadia Kawar, Periodontics; and Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier, Restorative Dentistry.

Promoted to Clinical Professor were: Dr. Farhad Fayz, Restorative Dentistry; and Dr. Robert Rada, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences.

Dr. Praveen Gajendrareddy was promoted to Associate Professor of Periodontics.

Promoted to Professor were: Dr. Srilata Bagchi, Oral Biology; Dr. Michael Colvard, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences; Dr. G. William Knight, Restorative Dentistry; and Dr. Keiko Watanabe, Periodontics.

Mondopads Improve Small Group Learning
Posted on 10/30/2014

The College has recently invested in large electronic tablets to accompany the revamped curriculum in Small Group Learning (SGL) classes. Earlier this year, the College acquired five 55-inch Mondopads, which are being used by both students and faculty as digital whiteboards to promote collaborative and engaging learning.

A Mondopad is an all-in-one, wall-mountable computer and monitor equipped with a touch screen, Windows 7, and Microsoft Office. In addition, the College of Dentistry Mondopads have adjustable cameras (operated by remote control) and microphones for videoconferencing. The computers optimize the classroom experience by allowing students to work together and share information more easily.

“With its touch interface, Mondopad makes it simple for students to transition from the paper-based method of working through their SGL cases to a computer-based process,” said Nancy Norman, Instructional Development Specialist. “The new process offers more options than a paper-based method and is much more intuitive than a computer-based process that uses a mouse and keyboard.”

Mondopads bring a number of logistical improvements to the SGL program. Before, SGL groups used “large paper pads and easels” to display information and ideas, said Norman. Now, students can simply use the Mondopad’s whiteboard feature, which allows users to draw, create shapes, and type text onto a digital canvas.

In SGL, faculty and students use Mondopads to draw diagrams, display documents, and show relevant video clips. Incorporating the device into the SGL process not only uses less paper, but also makes the information more easily visible. Students and faculty can now use their iPads—which are part of the first and second year curriculum—to connect to the Mondopad through a special app and project their personal screen for the room to see.

In addition, the videoconferencing feature allows for both traditional videoconference meetings and enables the college to host new facilitator training, where they can view the group process via a one-sided connection, similar to a one-way mirror. Facilitators-in-training can observe SGL groups and discuss the process they are observing while also minimizing disruptions for students.

Norman first learned of this technology from Jay Dean, Director of Management Information Services. After attending a vendor fair to see a demo of the devices, Norman lent her support for the purchase.

“Since the new curriculum is fully implemented, the College felt this was a good time to install the technology,” she said. The acquisition of new technologies is just a small part of everything the College does to ensure that it remains a leader in innovative dental education.

“New technologies can be used in creative ways that [staff and faculty] never envisioned,” said Norman. “Our students are figuring out ways to take advantage of the technologies to better assist in their learning. That’s the best reason for the College to support use of this new tool.”

Dr. Blase Brown, Director of Small Group Learning, summed it up this way: “The use of the Mondopad has enhanced collaborative learning in SGL sessions by linking this technology with student groups’ shared resources using the University’s BOX cloud storage. The students build their case learning issues and then store individual research files in their group’s folder. These research files are then displayed on the Mondopad during the SGL session. This allows a visual resource for notes, photos, charts, graphs, biologic and clinical images, etc., which was not available previously. Having this displayed for the entire room, rather than individual paper notes, has created an environment for richer, interactive discussion about case learning objectives.”

For more information, contact Nancy Norman at (312) 355-0357 or

Laura Douglas and Farah Shakir
Students Laura Douglas and Farah Shakir Named Schweitzer Fellows
Posted on 10/17/2014

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) has announced the selection of its 2014-15 class of Chicago Schweitzer Fellows. Students Laura Douglas and Farah Shakir of the UIC College of Dentistry are among 31 graduate students who will spend a year working to address barriers that impact the health of underserved communities and developing lifelong leadership skills.

In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom their Fellowship is named.

“Schweitzer Fellowships change lives, both of the individual Fellows as well as those of the many vulnerable community members they serve through their Fellowship projects,” said Ray Wang, program director of the Schweitzer Fellowship program of Chicago. “Our Fellows learn to lead and innovate as they tackle complex health needs—skills they will use again and again throughout their professional careers. Meanwhile, their project participants learn information, skills, and behaviors that will assist them in leading healthier lives.”

Schweitzer Fellows develop and direct innovative service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, projects that are separate and in addition to their existing academic responsibilities. Each project is implemented in collaboration with a community-based health and/or social service organization.

Douglas proposes to increase oral health awareness and preventive care among the special needs population at the Arts of Life Studio at 2010 W. Carroll Ave. She also will incorporate arts activities to engage the community, and to support the studio’s efforts to help individuals with and without developmental disabilities realize their full potential.

Shakir will focus on oral disease prevention within the Iraqi refugee community. She plans to conduct community outreach in Arabic and English to assess and improve the community’s knowledge about oral health, and to address barriers to their receiving oral health care. Working together with Dr. Sheila Raja, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, an expert in psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Shakir also hopes to address the underlying mental health issues that impact the community’s overall health.

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College Community Enjoys Diversity Day
Posted on 1/28/2015

The College held its annual Diversity Day on Oct. 15, organized by the Diversity Advisory Committee. The festivities featured great food, ethnic entertainment, and increased awareness of the different cultures across the staff, students, and faculty at the College through dealing with co-workers, students, and patients.

“We had a most impressive diversity celebration,” said Dean Clark Stanford. “The variety of food presented by our diverse student organizations was followed by a range of talents from singing, dancing, and clarinet playing to a very emotional community singing led by Uvoh Onoriobe (DMDAS Class of 2016) to honor the families in Africa suffering from Ebola.”

After Dr. Stanford welcomed the audience, Dr. Charu Thakral, Associate Director, Diversity Educational and Research Initiatives, UIC Office of Diversity, also greeted the assembly. Mark White and Sana Siraj were the hosts.

Along with Onoriobe, singers included Jackie Magallanes, Jackie Kalan, Dr. Thiago Vinhas, Tarnit Kapoor, Ramanpreet Nanra, and Shruti Tandon.

A modern hip-hop dance was led by Vu Quach, and Indian dance was provided by Nisha Garg, Isha Parikh, and Tania Bajaj. Katherine Janda and Eric Moy played clarinet.

As part of Diversity Day, each of the College’s student organizations visited and researched a Chicago neighborhood and created posters showcasing the demographics of diversity in Chicago neighborhoods.

Student organizations participating in providing food at Diversity Day were Alpha Omega, the American Association of Public Health, American Association of Women Dentists, American Student Dental Association, Association of Muslim Dental Students, Christian Medical Dental Association, Dental Charity Ball, Dental Student Council, Hispanic Student Dental Association, Illinois Academy of General Dentistry,  Indian Student Dental Association, Korean American Student Dental Association, Middle Eastern Dental Student Association, Pride Alliance, Student National Dental Association, and Student Research Group.

Diversity Advisory Committee members are Angelica Alvarez, Virginia Buglio, Jackie Kalan, Khatija Noorullah, and Colleen Scroll.  Many other staff, students, and faculty also volunteered and provided help as well.