Friends of the School
Dr. Russell Tabata Honored
Chancellor Leo Morton, Dean Marsha Pyle, Vice Chancellor Curt Curspino and Hilary Wheat travelled to Honolulu this year to host an important alumni reception and tribute event. All of the UMKC alumni in Hawaii were invited to join together in celebrating their alma matter and honoring Dr. Russell Tabata, the 2013 recipient of the Bill French award given by the university in honor of great service to the institution. More pictures
UMKC/MDA EFDA Partnership
The 1,800 EFDAs have added the equivalent in dental productivity of 180-270 full-time dentists to the Missouri dental work force.
As we look to the future, expanding the productivity of the dental work force in Missouri is critical. Over the next two decades, the number of licensed dentists in the State of Missouri will decrease. Forty (40) percent of the State’s dentists are now age 55 and older. The number of dentists retiring exceeds the number entering the dental work force. We must offset this decrease in the supply of dentists by increasing the supply of other dental workers, such as dental hygienists and EFDAs. Otherwise, Missourians will find it increasingly difficult to access needed dental services. For many communities throughout the state, this is already problematic. Expanded Functions Dental Assistants offer the quickest and most economic means of securing additional dental productivity. According to Brian Barnett, Executive Director of the Missouri Dental Board, EFDAs currently only constitute approximately “25% to 30% of the state 6,000 dental assistants.” As part of a comprehensive solution to the state’s oral health work force needs, EFDAs may be the most significant component (short-term) to the problems of rural areas. For additional information, please feel free to contact Melissa Albertson at MDA (573-634-3436).
Dental School Yearbooks Available
The UMKC School of Dentistry Library has a large assortment of duplicate yearbooks available. There are multiple copies of some years and for other years there are none. Some copies are in better shape than others. And since 1992, no yearbooks have been published. If you would like a copy of a specific yearbook from the thirties, forties, fifties, sixties or seventies, please write or call the UMKC School of Dentistry Library. If a copy of the one you want/need is available, we will send it to you. Please contact: Ann Marie Corry (816)235-2030 or email corrya@ umkc.edu.