Celebrating Our Community
From left: Marco Bergamini (Oral Surgery Fellow), Dimitry Klass (DDS '19), Dr. Thomas Wiedemann, clinical assistant professor of oral & maxillofacial surgery; Juliana Gomez Farias (DDS '19).
A First, A Second, and a Third Place Award: NYU Dentistry Students Shine at GNYDM
NYU dental students and a student organization garnered prestigious awards at the 2018 Greater New York Dental Meeting.
The first place award for student research went to Dimitry Klass, '19, and third place was won by Marco Bergamini, a student in the Program in Oral Surgery for International Dentists, and Juliana Gomez Farias, '19. All three students were mentored by Dr. Thomas G. Wiedemann, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
In addition, the College’s Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) chapter -- led by student chapter president Vanessa Mancuso Cortinas, '20 -- won the second place award in the Orgullo Competition, sponsored by the Hispanic Dental Association and Oral B, in which student chapters from all the dental schools across the country are invited to make a video using Crest and Oral B products. NYU’s video dealt with cultural competency and oral health instruction among Hispanic senior citizens. Vanessa served as executive producer and starred in the video. Dr. Cheryline Pezzullo, clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, serves as the chapter’s faculty advisor.
We congratulate all of these outstanding students and their mentors on their impressive achievements.
Fall 2018 Strategic Planning Plenary Council Draws 250-Plus Students, Faculty, and Staff
The fall 2018 Strategic Planning Plenary Council held on October 27 in the Kimmel Center's Rosenthal Pavilion drew more than 250 students, faculty and staff from across the College for a series of presentations and open discussion of the College’s path forward.
Following welcoming remarks by Dean Bertolami, Executive Vice Dean Michael P. O’Connor presented an overview of the new NYU Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities. He was joined by Drs. Jessica Hilburg, associate dean for clinical affairs, and Ron Kosinski, clinical director of the new Center.
Next came a presentation by Dr. Andrea Schreiber, senior associate dean for education, on the curriculum review process now underway.
The series concluded with an interactive presentation on the Council on Humanitarianism and Culture Change led by Council members, followed by a lightning round of rapid-fire questions and comments by Plenary Council participants.
NYU Dentistry and Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program Partner to Provide Free Care for Elderly Survivors
For the past six months, NYU Dentistry, in partnership with Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity and Henry Schein Cares, has been providing essential dental care at no cost to Holocaust survivors through the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program.
Among the 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the U.S. today, approximately one third live in poverty, making it all but impossible to access the care and support they need. Survivors often have special oral health needs, as many experienced prolonged nutritional deprivation and received little or no dental care throughout their childhoods, compromising their lifelong oral health. By increasing Holocaust survivors’ access to oral care, this program is meeting a critical need and significantly enhancing the overall health and quality of life of this underserved population. The program provides care to the most economically vulnerable Holocaust survivors as well as individuals of any faith who are survivors of Nazi persecution.
Through this program, Henry Schein donates the dental supply kits used by participating dentists, while participating dental labs donate crowns, dentures, and other appliances necessary for patient care. NYU Dentistry contributes the professional expertise of its faculty and students to provide pro bono care. The NYU program, now in its initial stage, has provided care for a small number of survivors but that is expected to grow as additional eligible patients are identified through members of the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies and other local organizations.
As part of the Principles of Dental Hygiene III curriculum and initiated with a literature review, students in the Dental Hygiene programs presented their research posters on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in LL1-20 at 433 First Avenue. Approximately 30 posters were presented, and each presentation was judged by three faculty members. The winning presentations will be presented at the ADHA national meeting and the College's annual Research Scholarship Expo.
Two students in the Jonathan and Maxine Ferencz Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics won first and third place prizes at the annual meeting of the American College of Prosthodontists.
Dr. Elena Chachik won the first place prize in the case presentation section for her project, "Digitally-guided technique for crown lengthening in an Amelogenesis Imperfecta Patient: A fabrication technique." Her table clinic showcased the use of Z-brush software that is used in the movie industry for the fabrication of a printed crown-lengthening guide. Dr. Chachik was mentored by Dr. Farhad Vahidi, associate professor of prosthodontics, and Dr. Paul Zhivago, adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics. Dr. Zhivago helped the department to implement the software this fall.
Dr. Toni Sami won the third place prize for his project, "The accuracy of four intraoral scanners." His table clinic compared the accuracy of various scanners using the FARO Edge HD Arm, which is considered to be the world's most innovative 3D measurement system. Dr. Sami was mentored by Dr. Gary Goldstein, professor emeritus of prosthodontics.
Gene Park, Class of 2020, received the Most Outstanding Presentation in Clinical Research Award at the 2018 Hinman Student Research Symposium for his project titled "A Bone Histological Study: The Effect of Macrometer, Micrometer, and Nanometer Surface Texturing on Osseointegration." Gene's faculty mentors were Dr. Paulo Coelho, Linkow Professor of Biomaterials, and Dr. Lukasz Witek, assistant professor of biomaterials and director of the Craniomaxillofacial Orthopedic Biomaterials Regenerative Applications Lab.
The Symposium also featured a presentation by Emilie R. Grodman, Class of 2021, titled "Effects of Probiotics on Type 2 Diabetes MKR Mice Gut Microbiome." Emilie was mentored by Dr. Deepak Saxena, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.
The Hinman Symposium, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, is a national meeting that features oral and poster presentations of research studies by dental students and graduate trainees from dental schools across North America.
NYU ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program Enters Third Year
The ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP) has entered its third year at the College. The program was founded with the goal of providing pre- and postdoctoral students who may be considering entering an academic career with the opportunity to gain structured mentoring and insight into what that involves. The program consists of faculty (mentor) and student (fellow) pairs who work in collaboration on a research or teaching project. Dr. Jeffrey Stewart, senior vice president for interprofessional and global collaboration at ADEA, has called the NYU ADCFP participation "outstanding."
The fellows and mentors for the 2018–2019 academic year are:
Fellow/Mentor: Daman Anand/Lauren Feldman; Tajmina Akter/Stuart Hirsch; Beverly Chen/Edmund Khoo; Kiyoung Cho/Mitchell Lipp; Kate Chung/Olivier Nicolay; Jinyoung (Katelyn) Jung Kim/ Katayoon Noroozi-Leibowitz; Jong Kil Kim/ Mitchell Lipp; Lyndon Tran/Mitchell Lipp; Tatiya Ungphakorn/ Mary Kang; Anna Wong/Edmund Khoo; Michael Chang/Lucretia Depaola-Cefola.
On Saturday October 6, 2018, NYU Dentistry students and faculty participated in a dental outreach at the Nigerian Independence Day Parade Health Fair in Dag Hammarskjold Park in Manhattan. A record number -- more than 100 children and adults -- received free dental screenings at the event, which marked the College's 5th consecutive year of participation.
The parade was sponsored by The Organization for the Advancement of Nigeria (OAN). It is the largest celebration of Nigerian Independence Day outside of Nigeria, with tens of thousands of people participating each year. The Health Fair is organized by the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) and facilitated by Dr. Esther Kuyinu, immediate past chair of the New Jersey Chapter of ANPA. Physicians, dentists, nurses, medical residents, and dental students collaborated in providing blood pressure, blood sugar, and oral health screenings, along with health promotion education, to the celebrants.
Participating dental students included Oludamilola Ademidun '20, Bhavani Achunala '19, Yuxiang Lian '19, Melissa Marin, '19, Catherine Nguyen '19, Tuan A Nguyen '18, Perpetua Okoh '20, Ivana Petrovic '20, Khalida Stanazai '19 and George Vattes '20.
Dr. Winifred Montuori, Dr. Elena Damiano and Dr. Esther Kuyinu provided faculty supervision.
Hanna Liss, Class of 2020, was recognized with the second place prize at the 2018 China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Forum on Dentistry, for her presentation titled "3D Printing of Orofacial Structures: A Model for 21st Century Reconstructive Surgery." She competed in the host city of Nanning, China, against 23 other dental students from China, the 11 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), and the US.
On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the College celebrated the graduation of the second cohort of students enrolled in the Dental Assisting Certificate Program.
The program graduates – five students admitted last October to this highly selective, six-month, tuition-free pilot program – are all minority men and women who were recruited from the College's patient pool based on referrals from students, faculty, and staff.
The program's goal is to provide highly motivated, un- or underemployed individuals who are eager to gain viable job skills – but may not have had the opportunity to do so before now – with the education and training necessary to embark on a career as a chairside dental assistant. The program includes all core courses in short modules taught by expert faculty from the College's Office of Allied Dental Programs alongside clinical faculty and DDS students in the Group Practices and specialty care clinics.
Following the ceremony, the graduates and their families were honored at a gala reception.
Three hundred and eighty-one DDS students and 68 dental hygiene students were welcomed to the College during the week of August 20. Highlights of the orientation program included remarks by Dean Charles N. Bertolami and NYU President Andrew Hamilton, along with a weeklong series of informational and social events designed to acquaint the new students with NYU Dentistry and the many educational and student life resources available to them.