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Boston University Expands Elective Externship Program to China 

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) will expand its Global Elective Externship program during the 2013–14 academic year to include an exchange program with two institutions in China–Shanghai: Jiaotong University School of Stomatology (SJUSS), located in Shanghai, and the Fourth Military Medical University School of Stomatology (FMMUSS), located in Xi’an. GSDM students and residents will have the opportunity to do one- or two-week rotations in oral and maxillofacial surgery under supervision by SJUSS and FMMUSS faculty. In return, GSDM will accept students and scholars from SJUSS and FMMUSS for clinical observation and/or research experience in various specialties at GSDM. 

Boston University President Robert A. Brown, Ph.D., M.S., states, “I believe that the future success and impact of Boston University as a great private research university will be interwoven with our presence as a truly global university in the 21st century.” Through these new exchange programs with FMMUSS and SJUSS, GSDM plans to extend its international dental externship program initiatives and to help fulfill the mission President Brown writes about. GSDM Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter, D.M.D., M.A., says, “It is an honor and privilege to contribute to the global profile of this great University.”

The two-week externship training program at GSDM has already provided fourth-year D.M.D. students at GSDM the chance to travel to Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ukraine, and Jamaica for rotations. These rotations allow opportunities for the continued growth of the students’ clinical and critical thinking skills in treating diverse patient populations, along with the development of their cultural competencies. The externship locations in China will provide the added opportunity of observing and assisting in clinical practice in a hospital setting.

GSDM provides exemplary advanced specialty education programs in the recognized specialty areas of dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics. Students and residents from SJUSS and FMMUSS will benefit from observing world renowned leaders in dental specialties and patient treatment in technologically advanced settings, along with research being conducted in biomaterials and restorative sciences, health policies and health services, molecular and cell biology, and oral biology.

University of Michigan Offers New Post-Graduate Computerized Dentistry Program

The first graduate program primarily focused on emerging innovations in computerized dentistry is being offered by the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

The Computerized Dentistry Program  offers qualified dentists an opportunity to learn about how they can use digital technology in their practices to deliver quality oral health care to their patients. The new program will give dentists opportunities to develop skills in evaluating and applying dental systems that are available in both clinical and academic settings.

The new course is a full-time, one-year, tuition-based certificate program of advanced dental study and clinical experience. Applications are now being accepted for the first class of students, which begins July 1, 2013, and ends June 30, 2014. Students accepted into the  program  will follow a full complement of didactic courses, laboratory experiences, and clinical care.

Developed by Dennis J. Fasbinder, D.D.S., Clinical Professor of Dentistry, and Gisele D. Neiva, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Associate Professor, the Computerized Dentistry Program includes didactic, laboratory, and comprehensive patient care experiences that focus on current and emerging applications of digital technology. The program emphasizes applications of digital technology and Computer Assisted Design and Computer Assisted Manufacturing to enhance patient oral health.

“The program will offer a comprehensive approach to using digital technology in patient treatment, including diagnostics, treatment planning, and therapeutic computerized applications for both natural teeth and dental implants,” says Dr. Fasbinder, who directs the program. He noted that program participants will spend about 75% of their time providing direct patient care.

Citing the growing acceptance of digital technology in dental offices, Dr. Neiva, Assistant Program Director, says, “Dentists who participate in the Computerized Dentistry Program will become more skilled using today’s technologies to provide comprehensive care for their patients.” 

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