WesternU College of Dental Medicine

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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Students Shine at STARS Symposium

Congratulations to DMD 2018 students Tina Ahmadi Talesh and Reem Al-Nahhas who represented the College at the Student Technology and Research (STARS) Symposium on July 26, 2016.  Dean Friedrichsen commended the students on their well-conceived and nicely executed study.  Drs. Phillips and Henriksen, Managing  Director for WesternU Ventures & Technology and VP for Research & Biotechnology respectively, noted that they have the potential to sustain and enhance their line of research into a work of substantial value for all health professions in the new world of collaborative care models.
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In a summary of their research, Talesh states that “dentists play a significant role in the detection and management of systemic diseases. Our goal was to investigate referral practices between different health care practitioners to understand and gauge the perceived scope of practice. We hoped to find ways to improve inter-professional communication through the detection of barriers that deter health care professionals from providing patients with holistic and comprehensive care.

In our ongoing pilot study, we investigated the extent to which referrals are utilized between dental and medical providers in providing comprehensive care for patients.”

Formative Feedback Research Funded Through Intramural Grant

Dr. Sandra Farah-Franco, Assistant Dean of Dental Sciences Education, was awarded an intramural grant for her body of research titled, “Professional Longitudinal Formative Feedback Mobile-Based System”. Dr. Franco’s abstract was selected for funding from a pool of high-quality proposals, which were reviewed and scored by the WesternU Research Committee and external specialists. According to her abstract, “this project aims to accomplish the complete development, deployment, testing, and further refinement of a longitudinal mobile based health professional formative feedback system that is FERPA compliant. The purpose of this study is to provide an effective and accurate method of assessment through a formative feedback application that will enhance and serve competency-based education and assessment. The final goal is to deploy the finalized iFF application college wide and possibly to other dental programs nationwide, which ultimately can improve patient care outcomes by better preparing future practitioners through real time, immediate and accurate feedback during their training.”  Dr. Franco is eager to further dental education through her research on formative feedback.  For more information on CDM’s formative feedback app, iFF, click HERE.

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CDM Presentation Well-Received at National Meeting

Watanabe_LAUSD CHDP Regional Workshop PictureOn March 7, Dr. Marisa Watanabe and Luahna Ellner, RDHAP presented “Fluoride Varnish: Knowledge, Clinical Application, and Follow-up Recommendations” at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Regional Public Health Nurses (PHNs) Meeting. The workshop consisted of discussion on common myths of fluoride, asking medical and dental history, followed by how to conduct an oral screening prior to application of fluoride varnish. The PHNs performed peer-to-peer oral screening followed by the application of fluoride varnish. The goal was to provide awareness of fluoride application by a primary provider to a child when the first teeth erupt, the child has not yet seen a dentist, or the child does not have a comprehensive dental home. WesternU CDM continues to strive to work collaboratively with other healthcare providers to create a healthier community.