WesternU College of Dental Medicine

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.

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.

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.