WesternU College of Dental Medicine

CDM ASDA’s “On the Cusp” Receives Journalism Award


CDM’s American Student Dental Association (ASDA) received the American Association of Dental Editors and Journalists (AADEJ) Meskin Journalism Award 2016 at the AADEJ Conference that took place in Denver, Colorado on October 18 and 19.  DMD 2018 student and Editor-in-Chief, Kelly Nelson, ASDA club adviser, Dr. Marisa Watanabe, and their team of dental student reporters and writers will receive two plaques (one for the College and one for the Editor-in-Chief), a monetary award for the College, and publication of “Recipient, Meskin Journalism Award for Excellence in Dental Student Publications. Presented by the American Association of Dental Editors & Journalists. October 2016” on their upcoming journals through December 2017.  The newsletter is an exceptionally well-designed compilation of articles and photos from current CDM students, showcasing their participation in various events and programs.  Of the publication and award, Dr. Watanabe expressed that “the students have burnt some late night candles putting together the best publication to represent our College, and I am a very proud parent”.  Dean Steven Friedrichsen gave his congratulatory remarks to the group saying that the College is so very proud of their outstanding achievement.  Want to check out the award-winning newsletter? Just click HERE.


WesternU Duo Host Mentoring Session at PAEA Conference

Dr. Tim Wood, Director of our Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement, and CDM faculty member, Dr. Nithya Venugopal, presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) 2016 Education Forum in Minneapolis on Saturday, October 15th.  Dr. Venugopal commented, “Mentoring has played an important role in academic medicine and is thought to increase career satisfaction, productivity, and professional growth. However, the traditional dyadic mentoring model is not always possible to meet the needs of today’s faculty.

PAEA is in the process of forming an online mentoring community that enables faculty to build Peer to Peer professional relationships. Even though the program is in its infancy, it is imperative that as faculty we are inter-professional and creative in our approach to the work that we do, whether it is teaching, patient care, or community building. This type of collaboration models our efforts at CDM and WesternU.”

More information on the PAEA Conference

CDM Faculty Discusses Dental Professionalism in CDA Journal

In October’s issue of the California Dental Association (CDA) Journal, CDM Assistant Professor, Robert Stevenson, DDS contributed a short piece on the importance of ethics in the dental profession.  Dr. Stevenson, who is the course director for the College’s Ethics course as well as a member of the CDA Judicial Council, discussed an often overlooked aspect of dental professionalism – timely referrals and conduct between dentists.  To read the full article titled “Timely Referrals – Our Ethical Obligations to our Colleagues,” head over to the CDA Web site.


Faculty and Student Authorships & Publications

CDM faculty member Jeffrey Elo, DDS, MS, FACS in collaboration with DMD 2017 student Ho-Hyun (Brian) Sun recently wrote and published a chapter titled, “Anesthesia and Sedation”in the book A Textbook of Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Volume 3.  In addition to their chapter, Dr. Elo and Brian also co-authored an article in this month’s issue of the California Dental Association Journal.  Dean Friedrichsen expressed that the co-authorship by Dr. Elo, a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Brian, founder of the Dental Student Research Group, is a living testament to the collaborative environment of the College.

The September 2016 Issue of the California Dental Association Journal also featured another CDM faculty member, Joel Laudenbach, DMD.  Dr. Laudenbach was a guest editor of the issue and contributed both the Introduction, “Oral and Systemic Diseases You May Encounter Throughout Your Career,” and the article, “Mucocutaneous Diseases: Oral Lichen Planus, Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid and Pemphigus Vulgaris”.

If you get a chance, check out the September 2016 Issue, which can be read on the CDA Website and includes more CDM familiar faces.  The Journal featured DMD 2017 student, Jessica Vergel de Dios, who was the Community/Education Dental Student at the Table Clinic Competition at CDA Presents in Anaheim as well as Hubert Chan, DDS who regularly contributes to the Journal’s Tech Trends section.

Congratulations to all on the excellent accomplishments!

Plane Pull Fundraiser A Success

This past Saturday the Sports Dentistry Club represented WesternU CDM in the 11th Annual Southern California Special Olympics Plane Pull fundraiser at Long Beach Airport.  A team of 11 CDM students joined by 14 special Olympic athletes pulled a 124,000 pound FedEx Boeing 757 plane 12 feet in 12 seconds.  The team raised $617 to benefit athletes with intellectual disabilities through sports, education and athletic health.  The Sports Dentistry Club would like to extend a warm thank you to all our members that participated and to all those who donated generously.  Content submitted by Asya Marsh, DMD 2018, Sports Dentistry Club President

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