Taking a Big Step – Members of the DDS Class of 2020 and the DH Class of 2019 Transition into the Profession

Members of the DDS Class of 2020 and the DH Class of 2019 were welcomed to the clinical phase of their educational programs during the annual Transitioning into the Profession Ceremony, held Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Folly Theater. Dr. Simon MacNeill, Professor, Department of Periodontics, welcomed everyone before introducing the keynote speaker, Dr. Emily Day, UMKC SOD alumna and owner of Sunny Day Pediatric Dentistry. Representatives of the DH Class of 2019 and the DDS Class of 2020 took turns reading their respective Code of Ethics, which were then signed by each class member as they crossed the stage to be presented with a white coat (DDS students) or scrubs (DH students). Following the ceremony, participants and well-wishers adjourned to the School of Dentistry for a reception.

Enjoy photos from the event.

Watch the video from the proceeding.

Helping Sport Smiles with TeamSmile

On May 11, 2018, third year dental students from UMKC School of Dentistry, along with students from the school’s Students Take Action community organization and the school’s Pedodontic Dentistry Club volunteered at TeamSmile. First and second year dental students who had just finished finals for the year joined these these third year students at the event. Dr. Bill Busch was inspired to partner with professional athletic teams to provide free dental care to children after he heard the story of Deamonte Driver, starting TeamSmile. This TeamSmile event was held at Children’s Mercy Park with Sporting KC. Local dentists, students and volunteers provided over $46,664 worth of free dental care for the 123 children who received dental services.  Photos from the event.

Welcoming the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020

The Office of Student Programs hosted incoming dental hygiene students at its first Dental Hygiene Welcome Reception on Friday, April 27th, 2018. Members of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2020, guests, and the UMKC School of Dentistry community had an opportunity to come together and celebrate the students’ acceptance to the UMKC Division of Dental Hygiene. This event offers information to students about the path ahead, including next steps and financial aid, as well as providing students with the opportunity to participate in a hands-on activity in our pre-clinical lab.

90 percent of the incoming students were in attendance at this optional program. They will return to the School of Dentistry on August 15 to begin their first year in the dental hygiene program. The incoming class is represented by students from Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas. They all excelled in their prerequisite courses. They have observational or dental assisting experience in the field, and have participated in a wide variety of different community service projects within their communities.  Photos here.

UMKC Health Sciences Deans’ and UMKC CEMT Host Dr. Dawn Cornelius

The UMKC Health Sciences Deans’ and the UMKC Center of Excellence in the Study of Dental and Musculoskeletal Tissues (CEMT) welcomed Dr. Dawn Cornelius, Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, Columbia Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the UMKC School of Dentistry. Dr. Cornelius presented “A pillar of the community (effect): EPHA7 promotes myogenic differentiation via cell-cell contact”.  The seminar was a a part of an on-going series hosted monthly by the deans of the UMKC schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and co-hosted this month by the CEMT Distinguished Lecturer Series. A lunch followed. Photos from the event.

STA “Minute-To-Win-It” to raises money for Indigent Care Fund

On April 19, 2018, Students Take Action (STA) held their annual fundraiser “Minute-To-Win-It” to raise money for the Indigent Care Fund. For a donation, Chick-Fil-A was provided for lunch. The teams were made up of the four dental classes, hygiene, staff and faculty. The “Minute-To-Win-It” games took place over the lunch hour with participants collecting funds and playing games for points. STA raised over $1400 for the Indigent Care fund! The Division of Dental Hygiene won a cookie party compliments of STA! Special thanks to the competitors!
D1: Alyssa Kiesneick
D2: Jimmy Oshlica
D3: Teresa Nguyen
D4: Jake Wellner
Hygiene: Kyleigh Campbell
Staff: Dr. Wes Parham
Faculty: Dr. Melynda Meredith

Photos from the event.

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.