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THE NEXTDDS Magazine Fall 2015 Issue is Online!

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Fall_CoverYour Fall 2015 issue of THE NEXTDDS | Magazine is now available online! Among these pages you’ll find articles that discuss clinical procedures and how you as a practitioner will play a major role in the overall health awareness of your patient. Even more so, though, you’ll find pieces that focus on finding balance and inspiration, on contributing to oral health in your community and globally, and finding your niche as you transition from a curious dental student to an instrument-wielding professional.

A big part of the future of dentistry is interprofessional practice (as we explore in our feature article), beginning with your familiarity of other specialties and healthcare fields through interprofessional education. Learning from other practitioners in your area of expertise as well as other specialties or medical fields will benefit not only you as a well-rounded care-provider, but your patients as well. They will get the best quality healthcare when all of their providers are interconnected and can make recommendations to suit their health holistically.

In addition to being a practitioner who supports the overall health of his or her patients, you should try to promote your own well-being with exercise and time management, as the Magazine goes into in its Associateship and Finance features. By managing your time with patients and scheduling your workdays in advance, you can find a half hour here or there to show yourself some attention through some form of exercise, even if it means doing sit-ups or lifting light weights between appointments.

View the Fall 2015 Edition

Part of being a dental professional is understanding your impact and the ability you have to spread awareness of oral health issues and how they relate to the health of the whole person. Whether you prefer to remain local or want to take your knowledge around the globe, there are unlimited ways in which you can offer dental care and education to the underserved. Whether you pursue charitable efforts locally (such as the students mentioned in our article on Cupcake Wars at West Virginia University) or you want to see the world with dental chair in tow, your education and your skills are meant to be shared.

We hope the articles in this issue are interesting and helpful to you. THE NEXTDDS | Magazine is developed with you in mind, so if you have any experiences or feedback to share, please write to us at editorial@nextmediagroup.com. Whether you’re working on a research project you think would be of interest to fellow students or have requests for future article topics, we’re eager to hear from you!

We encourage you to visit thenextdds.com and enjoy the autumn as you study to become the next great dentist!

Tags: THE NEXTDDS, Well-Being, Integrated Care

THE NEXTDDS 2015 Graduating Dental Student Survey

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 05:15 PM

Greetings, Class of 2015! And Happy Independence Day Weekend!

As a recent graduate, THE NEXTDDS needs your help! Before you begin lighting the barbecue or donning your red, white and blue, THE NEXTDDS would appreciate you taking a few moments to complete our annual Graduating Dental Student Survey.

This questionnaire is meant to gauge perceptions on your dental education experience, thoughts on clinical competency, and career preparedness. It's a great opportunity to share your opinions and help shape dental education for your peers and future dental students. The more insight we have from the graduating classes, the better we can serve dental students with our content and webinars. 

We hope you'll take a few moments sometime this weekend to give us some insight into the mind of a recent dental grad, and we thank you for your commitment to your dental education!

Best wishes for a safe and fun summer,

THE NEXTDDS

Take the Survey!

Professor's Perspective: Lisa Harper Mallonee on Student Technology

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 @ 06:39 PM

Advisory Board Mallonee
Lisa F. Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD
Texas A & M Baylor College of Dentistry
Associate Professor, Caruth School of Dental Hygiene

Harper Mallonee

What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

I get to combine my two areas of interest (dental hygiene and nutrition) to educate students and practitioners.

 

What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

I use Blackboard in the classroom.

 

How often do you assign students material that requires online research?

My students are given several projects that require online research.

 

What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

As the Surgeon General stated in May of 2000 in his landmark report “The mouth is the window to all diseases of the body”. It is crucial that dental practitioners gain knowledge and expertise in treating the whole patient and not just the mouth.

 

Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators? 

The current generation of students are very hands-on and technologically savvy. It is important to keep them stimulated and address these learning styles in both the clinic and classroom settings.

 

What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach?

The application of nutrition in the dental setting is often times a difficult concept to teach. The etiology of caries involves this application because host factors, bacteria, saliva and diet are the four crucial components. Oftentimes students make this application more difficult than it has to be. Diet (forms of foods, frequency of consumption and timing of foods/beverages) should be addressed and discussed with each of our patients who are at risk or present evidence of dental decay.


What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?

In our dental hygiene clinic, the only digital adjunct materials we use are digital x-rays. I think a digital camera is an incredible teaching tool for both patient and student. It allows the student to educate on their findings in the mouth while the patient gets a visual image of what is being discussed.


Why did you choose your specialty?

I have a passion for prevention! As both a registered dietitian and a registered dental hygienist, my goal is to educate and encourage the practical application of diet and nutrition in the dental setting. I also strive to foster interprofessional collaboration between dietetics practitioners and oral health care professionals. My enthusiasm for educating patients, students and practitioners about the oral health-nutrition link is what drives me professionally to make strides in this area.


What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?

I wish I had known more about public health professional opportunities for the dental professional.

Tags: education, technology, dental, advice, elearning, educator

Professor's Perspective: Dr. Charles Arcoria Talks Digital Resources

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

Advisory Board Arcoria

Charles J. Arcoria, DDS, MBA
Adjunct Professor, A.T. Still University (ASDOH & MOSDOH)
Webmaster, Anesthesia Education & Safety Foundation (AESF)
Preceptor & Retiree, Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry


What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

The prospects for educating young students in the process of them becoming a practicing dentist.

 

What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

I use a variety of tools including Zoom, Blackboard, Powerpoint, Access, SharePoint Designer, Adobe Acrobat, Camtasia and Paint Shop Pro.

 

How often do you assign students material that requires online research?

At least once during a semester.

 

What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

Learn as much about the specific areas of interest to them, so that their dental practices can find a true niche.

 

Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators?

In general, I don’t see as much entrepreneurship in students as I did 25 years ago.  Today, students are more cautious about starting a business, possibly because of their overall indebtedness.

 

What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach?

Occlusion is difficult—it’s tougher for students to visualize mandibular movement without extensive graphics and videos.

 

What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?

Two things I wish I had spent time learning in school are the economics of dentistry and how to run a business.

 

Tags: classroom, education, digital, THE NEXTDDS, adjunct

Professor's Perspective: E.R. Schwedhelm

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Advisory Board Schwedhelm

Schwedhelm

 

E.R. Schwedhelm

Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry

University of Washington School of Dentistry

 

What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

The interdisciplinary treatment planning

 

What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

I started using Canvas and PowerPoint Mix, have also used TurningPoint

 

What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

Get involved in study clubs

 

What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach? Why?

CAD/CAM technology. The faculty are not trained, there are constant upgrades to software, equipment, cost, facilities, staff. Students have the impression that just a mouse click will do all.

 

Why did you choose your specialty?

Interdisciplinary treatment

Tags: classroom, education, technology, dental, elearning, educator

Professor's Perspective: Dr. David Dunning on Digital Engagement

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Feb 06, 2015 @ 05:04 PM

Advisory Board Dunning
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David G. Dunning, M.A., Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Oral Biology

What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

Dental management simulation (www.dentalsimulations.com)

 

How often do you assign students material that requires online research?

During the management simulation, weekly in that semester. Students also complete on-line courses in motivational interviewing and practice management at dentalcare.com.

 

Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators?

In an electronic age, attention spans can be challenging to engage and maintain.

 

What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach? 

Dental insurance and practice valuations are both very complicated and involve many concepts, students are often unfamiliar with these concepts.

 

What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?

--Supplemental videos for the management simulation.

--Posted supplemental materials on THNEXTDDS and Blackboard.

--On-line course modules.

These options allow students to grasp concepts and learn at least to some degree at their own pace.

Tags: classroom, education, digital, dental education, technology, dental, elearning, educator

Professor's Perspective: Dr. Frederick R. Liewehr

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 @ 05:31 PM

An Interview with Dr. Frederick Liewehr, DDS, MS

Chief of Endodontics

Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center

Richmond, VA


What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

The interpersonal interaction you have with most patients.


What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

Digital record keeping and radiography.

 

What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

The most difficult aspect is dealing with referring dentists, who may not diagnose or treatment plan correctly. 


Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators? If so, explain.
I think there has been far too much “student-oriented” learning. Students should want to learn as much as possible to become the best practitioners they can.


What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach? Why?
Diagnosis seems to be the most problematical for many dentists, and it is absolutely fundamental to treatment planning.


What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?
PowerPoint slide shows are outstanding for presentations. That said, students should expect to take notes.


What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?

I wish I had paid more attention to ergonomics and posture, which could possibly have limited the damage to my back and neck over the years.

Professor's Perspective: Dr. Matthew Brock

Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

Advisory Board Brock
Brock
Dr. Matthew Brock
Visiting Professor, Department of Endodontics
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry

1. What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

A lot of our patients present to us with a tooth that is hurting.  It is rewarding to know that we can diagnose which tooth is the source of the problem, treat it with a root canal and get them almost immediate relief.

2. What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

We use Schick 33 digital radiographs and use this to better educate our patients about a root canal, before and after the procedure.

    3. What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

    I would recommend to shadow other endodontist, have an idea of where you want to live and practice and don’t get into it thinking you are going to make “mega bucks”…

    4. Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators?

    I feel that they are a little more ready for instant gratification and sometimes have unrealistic expectations of what it takes to build a solid practice.  I feel that it is easy to have mentor and assume that you to will be there in a year or two, whereas the reality is that it can take 5-10 years to build a practice.

      5. What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?

      I typically use video filmed through my microscope & radiographs in my Powerpoint or Key note presentations.

      6. Why did you choose your specialty?

      My step-father, John McSpadden, limited his practice to endodontics in the 1970s and developed the McSpadden Compactor, and later NiTi rotary files in the early 1990s.  I watched his NiTi rotary file company grow & even worked with the company 2 summers during college and found what he was doing fascinating and decided that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

      7. What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?

      A lot of research is manipulated by the principal investigators to prove or illustrate the point that their sponsor is trying to promote.  This leads us to a lot of articles that are basically paid advertisements that people sometimes read as the latest and greatest.

      Tags: classroom, education, THE NEXTDDS, technology, student, dental, advice, specialty, endodontics, elearning, educator

      Professor's Perspective: Dr. Anthony Eltink's Advice for Dental Grads

      Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

      This is the second in a series of interviews highlighting THE NEXTDDS Academic Advisory Board members and their views on dental education today. From their choices in digital tools in the classroom to what advice they would give current dental students, these academicians will weigh in on their experiences.

       

      Advisory Board Eltink

      Anthony P. Eltink, DMD, MS

      Orthodontics

       

      What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

      Being an orthodontist allows you to form relationships with children and families, and it is a pleasure to watch them grow up.  The positive impacts on a child's self confidence and self esteem that are directly related to the improvements in their smiles are incredible, and it is great to be a part of these changes.

       

      What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

      The biggest advancements in digital technology in orthodontics lie in the realm of digital treatment planning and execution with appliances such as Invisalign.  Taking the patient's teeth to a computer screen, manipulating their occlusion in a virtual world, and then applying that clinically is an amazing advancement in orthodontic technology.

       

      How often do you assign students material that requires online research?

      Much of the learning for our orthodontic residents comes from finding an understanding of the literature and determining orthodontic treatments that are evidence-based and sound.  The internet is rich with both information and misinformation, and we work hard to create orthodontists who understand the power of online tools.

       

      What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

      Interview well, and be different.  Orthodontics as a specialty is very competitive, and you will be competing with other very qualified applicants.  If you interview well and are memorable it will go a long way toward ranking highly for the residency match.

       

      Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators? If so, explain.

      Education in a residency program is driven by self-motivation.  We provide opportunities to learn, but there is no spoon-feeding of information.  Younger generations might not be used to this method of instruction, and might miss opportunities to learn.

       

      What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach? Why?

      Craniofacial growth and development - the head and neck go through so many changes during periods of growth, and the complex nature of dental development takes place in this very dynamic environment.  These are difficult concepts to teach and to test.

       

      What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?

      Technologies for virtual treatment outcomes and digital treatment planning are crucial to understanding orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.  We use these routinely in our orthodontic department.

       

      Why did you choose your specialty?

      I chose orthodontics because of the total package that it offers - low stress, "clean" dentistry, you get to work with kids, no emergencies, generous compensation, physically less demanding than general dentistry.... 

       

      What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?

      I wish I had known more about running a business.  We spend so many hours learning about diseases, teeth and therapies, and are then thrust out in the world and asked to run a business.   Well-organized, specialty specific business courses should be added to the dental school and residency curricula.

       

       

       

      Tags: classroom, education, technology, student, dental, advice, online, change, industry, grad

      Professor's Perspective: Dental Educator & Clinician John Christensen

      Posted by Christina Ferraro on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

      This is the first in a series of interviews highlighting THE NEXTDDS Academic Advisory Board members and their views on dental education today. From their choices in digital tools in the classroom to what advice they would give current dental students, these academicians will weigh in on their experiences.

       

      Advisory Board Christensen

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      John Christensen, DDS, MS, MS

      Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

       

      What is the most rewarding aspect of your dental specialty?

      Working with a varied population daily (children and adolescents) who make every appointment different.  You never know what is coming next.

       

      What digital or online tools do you use in the classroom or clinical setting?

      Digital photos, x-rays, models for orthodontic diagnosis. I use Dolphin software to help work up orthodontic cases.  I use Pubmed, Google scholar alerts for information and education. Dentaltraumaguide.org is the best resource for trauma available.

       

      How often do you assign students material that requires online research?

      Often, it is a way of getting journal articles without the journal.

       

      What advice can you give current dental students nearing graduation who are interested in your specialty?

      Visit dentists in the specialty you are considering and observe for more than an afternoon.  Do they seem happy? Challenged? Frustrated?  That tells you a lot about the specialty.

       

      Does this generation of students present any unique challenges to educators? 

      Yes, the amount of information available to students is almost overwhelming.  Couple that with all the information coming from news, social media, etc. and I think the current generation has a difficult time finding time to focus on the material at hand. Multitasking is not the answer.

       

      What do you find to be the most difficult dental concept to teach?

      Critical thinking to apply different concepts to a single problem.  Students often know A, know B, and know C.  What they have trouble with is combining A, B, and C to make D which is the best solution to the problem.

       

      What digital adjunct materials do you find most useful for students, and for what lessons do you use them?

      Dentaltraumaguide.org for resource.  Dolphin Imaging to see what treatment might look like. 

       

      Why did you choose your specialty?

      Children create another dimension to treatment and that is time.  They change and one needs to understand growth and development to incorporate the changes into the treatment solutions.

       

      What do you wish you had known about the dental industry as a whole when you were a student?

      My father was a dentist so I knew most of what was happening.  I wish I knew more about where we are going.  Will dentistry and dentists just become technicians providing services or will we continue to be part of the health team?

      Tags: children, orthodontic, classroom, student, dental, elearning, educator, online

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