WesternU College of Dental Medicine

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.

In the Fast Lane to Formative Feedback: CDM’s Mobile App Debuts at ADEA2016


The mobile app developers

Western University of Health Sciences – College of Dental Medicine continues to pave the way for dental education through its implementation of innovative solutions in all arms of its curriculum.  This week at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Meeting in Denver, CDM administration, faculty, and staff presented on novel, creative, and technologically advanced ideas and processes from fully launching electronic clinical competency exams to using an adaptive learning platform for teaching oral pathology to training dental students through virtual simulation, all of which will undoubtedly drive the field of dentistry and dental education forward.


iFF booth at ADEA 2016 Tech Expo

Most notably, the college officially debuted its formative feedback mobile application, iFFTM, at ADEA’s Tech Expo on Monday morning.  The app is a result of a combination of solutions for providing formative feedback to dental students at any level of the program and within any setting. Designed and developed by a team of our very own faculty, staff, and administrators, including Dr. Hubert Chan, Dr. Alexander Lee, Dr. Brent Fung, Dr. Sandra Farah-Franco, Mr. Marcel Ngo, and Dean Steven Friedrichsen, iFFTM has a sleek and user-friendly interface, the ability to authenticate faculty, select students based on QR codes, and a student evaluation time of only 17 seconds! The app was so well-received at ADEA16 that the iFFTM booth experienced non-stop traffic from the beginning to end of the session.  It is evident that the overwhelming response and interest in iFFTM can continue to give CDM the momentum it needs to propel the college far ahead in dental education.

For more information on iFFTM, please visit our website: www.westernu.edu/iff and be sure to keep an eye out for future developments and innovations. WesternU CDM is a force to be reckoned with!


Interested attendees discussing the formative feedback app

ASDA at WesternU Recognized for Newsletter Design at Annual Session

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ASDA at WesternU’s newsletter, On the Cusp, was nationally recognized during last week’s Annual Session.  The Summer 2015 Edition of On the Cusp was awarded an Honorable Mention for Design and Layout at the 2016 Gold Crown Awards.  Kelly Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, and Design Editor, Binh Dang, collaborated to make their newsletter vision a reality.  Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, Binh created the art, images, and layout.

You can see the winning edition online at https://issuu.com/asdaatwesternu.


CDM Honored at Desert Friends of the Developmentally Disabled’s Annual Fundraiser

dfdd1Western University of Health Sciences was honored at the Desert Friends of the Developmentally Disabled’s 4th Annual fundraiser entitled The Magic of Love, February 21, 2016, at Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage, CA. The event was designed to provide financial support for dental services for the developmentally disabled offered through We Care Dental.  Western University of Health Sciences was honored for more than four years of commitment by the College of Dental Medicine that has included building the dental student rotations to the site from one day a month to seven week rotations as the patient population and dental needs have grown.  Starting January 4, 2016, the College of Dental Medicine entered into an agreement to oversee and manage the clinical operations of We Care Dental at a new and expanded site in Rancho Mirage.

In addition to the DFDD honors, Western University of Health Sciences was presented with a Proclamation from the County of Riverside Board of Supervisors for the services provided.  Drs. Gary Gugelchuk, Interim President, Thomas G. Fox, Senior Vice-President, Mr. Kevin Shaw, CFO and Treasurer, as well as several members of the College of Dental Medicine leadership and senior staff were on hand to represent the University at the event.


According to Dr. Steven W. Friedrichsen, Dean CDM, Interim Provost, “The recent expansion of We Care Dental is the result of the efforts of many different individuals across the campus and within the College.  I would offer special thanks and appreciation to Ms. Anna Enriquez, Director of Operations, and Ms. Suzanne Adolphson, Director of Patient Care Operations, within CDM.  Without their extraordinary dedication to this transition, it would not have happened.”

The new We Care Dental site will be formally dedicated in a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for March 2nd


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