Dental Research Explorer Post Hosts Final Session for 2018-19 Academic Year

April 13, 2019, Dr. Amit Kumar gave an oral health presentation to an audience of approximately fifteen high school and college students, as well as parents, focused on his specialty, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Beginning with his personal educational credentials and insights about home in India, he highlighted the differences between a four-year certificate and six-year combined MD program and showed representative examples of procedures commonplace for oral surgeons.

A suturing lab project facilitated by members of the Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association followed. SNDA/HSDA members provided an overview and then paired up with Post members for the exercise.

Rashin Alipour Morefan was recognized participating in the Dental Explorer Post since high school and Zachary Osmanovic and his mother Sara Spanel were recognized for having traveled three hours from their residence in the Ozarks to participate in the UMKC Dental Research Explorer Post.
This session was the last in a series of eight for the fall and spring session. The Dental Research Explorer Post will reconvene in September 2019.

UMKC School of Dentistry SNDA/HSDA participants included Arianna Jackson, DDS Class of 2019, Tiffany Nguyen, DDS Class of 2019, Shan Ao, DDS Class of 2019, Yona Rasynouvong, DDS Class of 2020, Anthony Spates, DDS Class of 2020, Amber Arsad, DDS Class of 2020, Theresa Nguyen, DDS Class of 2019, Kim Nhung Kha, DDS Class of 2021, Brianna Thompson, DDS Class of 2021, Stephanie Zarrasola, DDS Class of 2020, John Cottrell, Faculty Advisor and Derek Williams, DDS, Faculty Advisor.

Photos from the event here.

Sunday Highlights from Midwest Dental Conference 2019

Midwest Dental Conference 2019 concluded with the annual Dental Alumni Trustees/Alumni Past President’s Breakfastup followed by three Scientific Sessions. The last of nearly 3,000 attendees exchanged goodbyes and headed home with full hearts and heads after their weekend of “Celebration and Education.

The UMKC Dental and Dental Hygienist’s Alumni Associations and the School of Dentistry extend a most heartfelt thank you to all who helped make MDC 2019 such a great success.

Photos from Sunday’s events.

DON’T FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Next year’s meeting is scheduled for April 16-19, 2020.

Saturday Filled with Honors, Reunions, Education at MDC 2019

Saturday’s activities started with 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 addressed a wide range of topics, from medical marijuana considerations in dentistry, advances in endodontics and implants, and eradicating stroke and heart attacks to managing offices’ digital workflow and creating a cohesive office culture. Hospitality suites gave milestone-year alumni additional opportunties to reminisce, and reunion dinners capped the day for several classes.  Find Saturday photos here.

MDC 2019 Continues Friday, March 22nd With More Learning, Fun And Camaraderie

Friday began by welcoming MDC’s more than 3,000 attendees to the meeting. Day two of this four-day conference offered attendees 100 top-notch technical exhibits and a dozen Continuing Education sessions on topics ranging from office communication, insurance management and disaster preparedness to advances in endodontics and implant prosthetics. Students in dentistry, dental hygiene and master’s programs presented research posters in the afternoon — and some of them took a fitness challenge at a nearby exhibit hall booth. Luncheons for hygienists, the KDA and others provided more chances to connect, as did a special happy hour before the always-popular Friday-night Welcome Party. The Class of ’94 reunion was a big hit, along with several classes’ hospitality suites.  Find photos here from Friday events.

Pouring From the Heart Scales New Heights

Pouring From the Heart turned 20 in style Thursday evening, with a new strolling dinner format and a new location, Kansas City’s legendary The American. The American’s high ceilings and incomparable views of the city were the perfect match for the party with a purpose, which raises money to help provide crucial funding for indigent care. Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal and his wife, Sue, were among the guests who enjoyed exclusive eats prepared by Chef Andrew Longres, paired with unique drinks. Silent auction items ranged from a year’s supply of ice cream to a week at a private beach house in Hawaii. The John Haynes Leadership Through Service Award also was presented, going this year to Dr. Connie White, DDS ’81, longtime faculty member and administrator at the UMKC School of Dentistry.  Enjoy photos from the event.

2019 Midwest Dental Conference Off To A Special Start

The UMKC Dental and Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Associations on Thursday welcomed 2019 Midwest Dental Conference 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. Old friends and new met at registration and throughout the day, whether by chance between sessions or by design at planned meetings, breakfasts or lunches for the Dental Alumni and Rinehart Foundation, Kansas Dental Assocation, Fedi patrons and orthodontist groups. The conference’s wealth of Continuing Education offerings began, too, with four entertaining daylong sessions packed with expert information each focused on a specialty: periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery or pediatrics. Please enjoy these photos from the day’s many activities. And look for a separate post and photos from Pouring From the Heart, the annual fund-raising gala that capped a great first day of the Midwest Dental Conference.  Photos from Thursday here.

New Members Inducted Into Honor Societies

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 at the Sheraton Crown Center hotel. The evening’s festivities included the initiation of new student, faculty and honorary members. OKU presented DDS students the William S. Kramer and the Richard Ackerman Scholarship Awards. Sigma Phi Alpha presented the R. Lois Scott Award to a dental hygiene student. Congratulations to all those recognized! The dinner occurred on the eve of the Midwest Dental Conference, which runs Thursday through Sunday.  Photos from the event here.

Here is is list of those recognized.

Scholarship Awards
William S. Kramer Award
Matt Bryant
Richard Ackerman OKU Scholarship Awards
Charlotte Donaway
Frederick Drummond
Henry Hoffman
Casey Prester
Scott Sullivan
Brianna Thompson
Jane Witt
Erin Yoshida

Dana Adachi
Mahshid Farahani
Michael Gulley
Kayla Hanna
Summer Issa
Michael Lee
Graham Naasz
BriAnna Phillips
Angelyn Rosenberger
Michelle Royle
Johnna Thomas
Max Uyeda

Faculty Initiates
Dr. John Ball Dr. Rebeca Weisleder


Scholarship Awards
Annual Chapter Award
KeShawnda Frisby
R. Lois Scott Award
Abbey Hartley

Madi Hirschler
Emily Rhew
Savanna Weiner

MSDH Education
Cheri Fritz, RDH

Faculty Initiate
Tara Allen, BSDH, RDH

Honorary Initiate
Dr. Neal Bilyeu

Certificate of Appreciation
Lynn Prine

Welcoming the Dental Hygiene Class of 2021

The Office of Student Programs and the Division of Dental Hygiene hosted incoming dental hygiene students at its annual Welcome Reception on Friday, March 15, 2019. Members of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2021, guests, and the UMKC School of Dentistry community had an opportunity to come together and celebrate the students’ acceptance to the UMKC Dental Hygiene Program. This event offers information to students about next steps, includes time for incoming students to meet their future classmates and faculty, and provides the opportunity to hear from a financial aid advisor about paying for dental hygiene school and managing student debt.

Over 80 percent of the incoming students were in attendance at this optional program. The incoming class will return to the School of Dentistry August 14 to begin their first year of the dental hygiene program. The geographic distribution of the 30 new students includes the following states: Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, California, and Nebraska. Their average science GPA is 3.45. They all possess dental experience through observation and assisting, as well as extensive community service participation.

Photos from the event.