WesternU College of Dental Medicine

Dr. Jeffrey Turchi named to ADEA GoDental Task Force

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Assistant Professor and Manager of Admissions and Recruitment, Dr. Jeffrey Turchi, has been selected to join the ADEA GoDental Task Force. The mission of GoDental is to provide students interested in pursuing careers in the dental field with information and guidance in applying to programs. Members include health professions advisors, dental schools, current students, and dental professionals.

As a member of the task force Dr. Turchi will develop ideas and provide support for GoDental initiatives. He will also contribute strategic direction in serving students interested in dentistry, while also discussing improvements to further the GoDental mission.

Further information regarding the ADEA GoDental initiative can be located on their site here.

WesternU & Chaminade University Sign New Linkage Agreement

Western University of Health Sciences and Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii signed a linkage agreement Monday, May 4, 2015 on WesternU’s Pomona campus, paving the way for students from a private Catholic Marianist college in Hawaii to become College of Dental Medicine (CDM) students. From left, CDM Dean Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS, WesternU Provost and Chief Operating Officer Gary M. Gugelchuk, PhD, Chaminade Associate Provost Patricia M. Lee-Robinson and Chaminade President Bro. Bernie J. Ploeger, SM, PhD, signed the agreement.

(Story & Photo provided by the Department of Public Affairs)


AAWD Hosts “Eat Your Art Out” Event

The American Association of Women Dentists at WesternU hosted their annual “Eat Your Art Out” fundraising/social event on Saturday, April 25th from 2-5 pm at the home of Dr. Sandra Farah-Franco. The faculty, staff, and students enjoyed a relaxing afternoon filled with food, fun, and a chance to view her priceless art collection! This event was also a great opportunity to say one last “Congratulations” to our graduating 4th year students.

ASDA National Lobby Day 2015


Written by Laine Janzen, DMD 2017

This year at ASDA National Lobby Day, we met with US senators and their staff to ask for co-sponsorship and support for two different bills: Action for Dental Health Act (H.R. 539) and Student Loan Refinancing Act (H.R. 649).

The “Action for Dental Health Act” bill would allow programs such as Give Kids a Smile and Missions of Mercy, such as CDA Cares, to access existing CDC grants currently being allocated to state health departments. This bill would not cost taxpayers any money and simply allows more oral health programs to apply for these grants. This is a bi-partisan bill that most senators we talked to were happy to support.

The “Student Loan Refinancing Act” would allow individuals to refinance their federal student loans more than once at a lower interest rate. This includes Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Federal Grad PLUS Loans. We lobbied that when healthcare education becomes more affordable for students, we are more likely to choose to practice in underserved areas, as we don’t become solely concerned with practicing in an area where we can make enough money to pay our crippling student debt. This is also a bi-partisan bill that most senators we talked to were happy to support.

The chance to meet with senators and their staffers was a wonderful opportunity to learn about some of the current issues facing dental students and it was an incredible experience to feel as though I’m truly making a difference in the dental school experience for my peers and myself. I’m very excited to hold our second annual Advocacy Academy this year and bring what we have learned to other students in District 11 ASDA!

CDM Dean Elected to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

Dean Dr. Steven Friedrichsen

Dr. Steven W. Friedrichsen, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, was elected to a four year term on the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) by the American Dental Education Association House of Delegates at the 2015 ADEA Annual Session in Boston.  Dr. Friedrichsen will serve a “red-shirt” training and observation year following the American Dental Association meeting in November 2015 and will start his service on the Commission the following year.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation works to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards in the nation’s dental schools and programs.  CODA employs a collaborative peer review accreditation process to evaluate the quality of over 1,450 dental and dental-related education programs nationwide, including dental, advanced general dentistry, advanced specialty, clinical fellowship and allied dental programs.


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