Dental Students and Residents present 2018 Health Sciences Student Research Summit

The 2018 Health Sciences Student Research Summit (HSSRS) was held on Wednesday, April 18th in the Student Union.  Held annually, the HSSRS highlights health science research conducted in the UMKC Schools of Biological Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, and Computing and Engineering with a display of poster presentations.

Presenters from the School of Dentistry included:
• Matthew Bryant, Henry Hoffman, Veeshesh Patel, Tyler Stanley, Kaitlyn Tom, and Erin Yoshida (2nd year DDS students: 2017-18 Summer Scholars)
• Jillian Dzingle (Dental Hygiene Education MS student)
• Mansoor Safder (2nd year DDS student: 2017 NIDCR Summer Dental Student awardee)
• Dr. Mizuho Kittaka and Dr. Hang Liu (Postdoctoral Fellows)

Photos here.

Student Council Recognition Reception 2017–18

The UMKC SOD Student Council hosted a Recognition Reception at Diastole on April 11, 2018, to recognize outstanding faculty and students. The awardees are chosen by the students within each class. The Student Council officers and class representatives coordinate the selection process and the reception planning.

Senior DH
Dr. Simon MacNeill | Lecturer of the Year
Prof. Christina Baker | Clinical Faculty of the Year
Marissa Ibarra | Student of the Year

Junior DH
Prof. Julie Sutton | Lecturer of the Year
Dr. Liz Kaz | Clinical Faculty of the Year
Kirstyn Corder | Student of the Year

4th Yr DDS
Dr. Ron Riley | Rotation/Lecture Faculty of Year
Dr. Jang-Ching Chou | Team 1 Faculty of the Year
Dr. Laura Brown | Team 2 Faculty of the Year
Dr. Michael Murphy | Team 3 Faculty of the Year
Paul Riddle | Student of the Year
Nicole Nong | Dr. John Killip Leadership Award

3rd Yr DDS
Dr. Eric Wombwell | Rotation/Lecture Faculty of Year
Dr. Thomas Russell | Team 1 Faculty of the Year
Dr. Ahmed Zarrough | Team 2 Faculty of the Year
Dr. Barry Wilson | Team 3 Faculty of the Year
Ryan Bogard | Student of the Year

2nd Yr DDS
Dr. Jacob McGuire | Lecturer of the Year
Dr. Lance Godley | Pre-clinical Lab Faculty of the Year
Laura Bernitsky | Student of the Year

1st Yr DDS
Dr. Willard Morrow | Lecturer of the Year
Dr. John Kiesendahl | Pre-clinical Lab Faculty of the Year
Cassie Boston | Student of the Year

Photos from the event.

Sunday Highlights 2018 Midwest Dental Conference “Celebration Meets Education”

The 2018 edition of the Midwest Dental Conference wrapped up after a morning highlighted by three Scientific Sessions and the annual Dental Alumni Trustees/Alumni Past President’s Breakfast. The last of the more than 3,000 attendees exchanged goodbyes and headed home with full hearts and heads after their weekend of “Celebration and Education.”

Your UMKC Dental and Dental Hygienist’s Alumni Associations and the School of Dentistry thank everyone for making MDC 2018 a banner year.  Photos from Sunday’s events.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Next year’s meeting is scheduled for March 21–23, 2019.

Saturday Highlights 2018 Midwest Dental Conference “Celebration Meets Education”

Saturday’s activities began bright and early at the annual Rinehart Foundation Alumni and Friends Recognition Breakfast, which honored outstanding alumni as well as the reunion classes celebrating 60, 50, 40 and 25 years in dentistry. Milestones in individual giving were also recognized with the awarding of Rinehart Philanthropy Medallions and Benefactor Pins to milestone donors. The day’s Scientific Sessions featured hands-on workshops on “The Single Tooth Crown Solution” and “Stainless Steel Crowns,” as well as programs on topics that included lifestyle habits, ethics, anesthesia, and sports dentistry. Attendees also could wander over to the Technical Exhibits to learn about the latest developments in dental technology, materials and services.  Photos from Saturday’s events.

Friday Highlights 2018 Midwest Dental Conference “Celebration Meets Education”

Friday began by welcoming MDC’s more than 3,000 attendees to the meeting. Day two of this four-day conference offered attendees top-notch Technical Exhibits (100+ in all) and cutting-edge Scientific Sessions (32 programs ranging from “Eco-Dentistry” to “Top Trending Topics in Dentistry”). As for “Celebration,” attendees enjoyed the conference’s customary social events and gatherings, which included the always-popular Friday-night Welcome Party and numerous class reunion celebrations.  Photos from Friday’s events.

A Festive Time for Care at the 2018 Pouring from the Heart

The more than 300 people attending the annual Pouring from the Heart charity gala Thursday evening, April 5th, at the Westin Crown Center Hotel, enjoing an unforgettable evening of fine food (five gourmet courses) and drink (professionally selected pairings). Dinner was followed by an auction of incredible travel and entertainment packages. All proceeds from the event support the UMKC School of Dentistry’s Indigent Care Fund, which enables disadvantaged patients to receive essential oral health care at the UMKC School of Dentistry.  Join in the celebration and enjoy photos from Pouring from the Heart Gala.

Thursday Highlights 2018 Midwest Dental Conference “Celebration Meets Education”

The UMKC Dental and Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Associations welcomed 2018 Midwest Dental Conference (MDC) attendees to the first of four days of meetings, reunions, celebrations, Technical Exhibits and Scientific Sessions at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel and Westin Hotel at Crown Center.

In keeping with the conference’s theme of “Celebration Meets Education,” Thursday’s Scientific Sessions featured programs tailored to the specialties of periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery and pediatrics. But the day wasn’t only about learning. There was also a huge celebration! As the day eased into night, evening attire emerged among the more than 300 people attending the annual Pouring from the Heart charity gala. Patrons of the event enjoyed an unforgettable evening of fine food (five gourmet courses) and drink (professionally selected pairings). Dinner was followed by an auction of incredible travel and entertainment packages. All proceeds from the event support the UMKC School of Dentistry’s Indigent Care Fund, which enables disadvantaged patients to receive essential oral health care at the School.  Enjoy Thursday highlight photos.

Honor Societies Welcome New Members

The UMKC School of Dentistry’s Rho Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a national dental honor society, and Alpha Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha, a national dental hygiene honor society, held their annual awards banquet, Wednesday evening, April 4, 2018, at the Sheraton Crown Center hotel. The evening’s festivities included the initiation of new student, faculty and honorary members. OKU presented DDS students with the William S. Kramer and the Richard Ackerman Scholarship Awards. Sigma Phi Alpha presented the R. Lois Scott Award to a dental hygiene student.  Enjoy photos from the event.

UMKC Dental Research Students Present at 2018 AADR Conference in Fort Lauderdale

Six DDS students from the UMKC School of Dentistry participated in this year’s 2018 American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Conference held in Fort Lauderdale, FL from March 21-24. These students were part of the 2017-18 UMKC SOD Summer Scholars Program, a nine-week research program. Each student had to submit an abstract of their research project in order to be invited to present at the 2018 conference.

Summer Scholar poster presenters included Matt Bryant, Henry Hoffman, Veeshesh Patel, Tyler Stanley, Kaitlyn Tom, and Erin Yoshida. All of the students demonstrated confidence and professionalism not only in their presentations but in their handling of challenging questions from top scientists in the field of dental research. The success of all our DDS students at the AADR conference is due in part to the efforts of the Summer Scholars Program Director, Dr. Mary P. Walker, and the participation of the research mentors, who provide invaluable guidance for the students. Mentors included: Dr. Bonnie Branson, Dr. Sarah Dallas, Mark Dallas, Dr. Jeff Gorski, Dr. Laura Iwasaki, Dr. Mizuho Kittaka, Dr. Vandana Kumar, Dr. Jeff Nickel, Dr. LeAnn Tiede-Lewis, Dr. Yasuyoshi Ueki, Dr. Shankar Rengasamy Venugopalan, Dr. Yong Wang, and Dr. Anita Xie.

The annual conferences are a highpoint in the Summer Scholars Program, providing a forum for excellence in original oral health and dental research.  Photos from the conference.

UMKC SOD Bass Fishing Club Wins First Place

UMKC SOD Bass Fishing Club competitors Coleton Caldwell (D4) and Chandler Robertson (D1), report that, “We were stoked to win the collegiate B.A.S.S. state qualifier tournament. We fished on Table Rock Lake, Saturday, March 31, and placed first, among 25 other boats, with 14.6 pounds of smallmouth bass. We received $350 dollars, AND we qualified for the national championship this summer on Tenkiller Lake in Oklahoma (with a live streaming weigh-in airing on ESPN.)”  Photos here.