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Since becoming a subsidiary of liaison international inc., a Massachusetts-based soft- ware solutions company, and developing the main off-site clinical evaluation system for the American Physical thera- py Association, Eisner reports that AMS and its partners handle more than 200 admis- sions software customers, not just at dental schools but in other health professions schools, including medical, pharmacy and veterinary schools.

3 Self-study goes into high gear the School of Den- tal Medicine is now undertaking a school-wide self-study in preparation for 2010 accreditation by the Commission on Dental Ac-

creditation (CODA). Accredita- tion has a seven-year cycle.

the self-study assesses how well the school is operating on several levels, from the academic standards it sets for students, faculty and staff and how its curricula meet those standards, to its clinical, re- search and facilities functions. the process typically takes 18 to 24 months, beginning with the convening of a steering committee to manage input from a cross-section of the SDM community. it will cul- minate in a report to CODA before the commission’s site visit in September 2010.

“the self-study document is, in essence, the School of Den- tal Medicine’s ‘storythat de- scribes for CODA what we do and how well we think we’re doing it by articulating the as-

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sessment and rigorous evalu- ation methods we use, ” says Athena tsembelis, director of academic services. “We ex- pect to gain valuable insights that reaffirm our strengths, and identify areas where the school can initiate efficiencies that continue to support our long-standing legacy of excel- lence in education, patient care and research.”

tsembelis is project manager of the self-study. Joseph J. Zambon, associate dean for

academic affairs, is chair of the steering committee.

the school has formed sev- eral self-study review com- mittees for the DDS program that are reviewing compliance with CODA standards, includ- ing those for curriculum, instruction, ethics, student services, facilities, practice management and clinical sci- ences. Faculty voted last July to approve a series of curricu-

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Plugged in

Jason Chwirut

When students return to the general den- tistry clinics in August, point-of-care (POC) computer terminals (pictured) will have been installed at almost 400 operatories for chair- side access to electronic health records and for enhanced dental education applications. “the terminals are green, meaning they use low power to operate, and they provide access to a variety of health information for both the student and instructor,” says Gunther Kohn, SDM’s chief information officer. At the touch of a button, the POC terminals can display radio- graphs, clinical applications and educational reference materials for the student, as well as a patient’s full electronic health record, includ- ing drug interactions.

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