On February 4th, CDM faculty and staff gathered for a development day that focused on topics such as goal setting and prioritizing. Prior to the morning training sessions, Dean Friedrichsen gave his State of the College address, which emphasized our purpose here at CDM. Members of the leadership team described various experiences of student achievements, reminding everyone that our success derives from our students. The Dean also took a moment to reflect on the progress our college has made over the past six years and briefly discussed our direction moving forward.
In the afternoon, HEC and PCC staff members attended an Optum training on peer mentoring. The faculty members assumed the student role as they listened to a lecture on Medical Emergencies. Similar to the dental students’ module, faculty members were divided into groups where they discussed cases and participated in hands-on activities related to treating patients during an emergency. Like every Faculty and Staff Development Day, sessions are designed to enhance skills and encourage interaction among individuals who do not typically work together on a regular basis. CDM’s development days exhibit the college’s dedication to foster a culture of lifelong learning, a WesternU core value that faculty and staff hope to instill in our students.
Faculty member, Dr. Diana Folmsbee, has been awarded a WesternU intramural grant for her research proposal. The goal of the study, in collaboration with the WesternU Diabetes Institute, is to determine the relationship between HbA1c values in patients with diabetes mellitus, in addition to concentration of specific periodontal pathogens.
Each semester the AADR (American Association for Dental Research) Dental Student Research Group recognizes students who have displayed continued dedication for research. Having focused on research in Periodontology for the Fall semester, on Wednesday, January 21st, four students (three from the College of Dental Medicine and one from the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences) were recognized with a “Certificate of Research in Periodontology.” This group included Maya Popova (DMD 2015), Shifteh Iranmanesh (DMD 2017), Nataly Salazar (DMD 2018), and Sonoko Nakasato (MSMS 2015).
Following the recognition, the group began an Oral Cancer series, set to include various monthly activities, culminating with the beginning of national “Oral Cancer Month” in April, where a new set of students will be set to receive recognition.
Amidst the chaos of final exams and end-of-the-semester projects and papers, dental students took time from their busy schedules to spread some holiday cheer to the children of Pomona. DMD 2015 student Soma Lari is the American Student Dental Association’s (ASDA) Community Outreach Coordinator and one of the event’s organizers. She explains that during the event, CDM student volunteers handed out gifts and participated in arts and crafts activities with more than 200 local underserved children. The children are part of the Family Preservation program, which provides services to Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and Probation Department families experiencing family functioning challenges related to child abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation.
For a video recap of the event, please click on this link.
Photos provided by Afrin Fatema, DMD 2018.
YouTube video created by Aleksey Kozlov, DMD 2018.