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Help choose the next class

the School of Dental Medicine is seeking community dentists to serve on the admis- sions committee for the upcoming admissions cycle. the committee is charged each year with admitting 90 new students from across the country to the DDS program at UB; there currently are around 18 faculty members from across the various disciplines serving as members.

“Community dentists are a helpful addi- tion and would bring a unique perspective to the process—so we encour- age you to consider this opportunity,” says David Brown, director of ad- missions.

Anyone interested in serving should call Brown at (716) 829-6408.

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lum reform principles, which will be incorporated into the relevant action plans.

As part of her role as project manager, tsembelis has been overseeing implementation of SharePoint Web-based soft- ware that eliminates the need for e-mail and helps stream- line committee members’ internal workflow.

“People’s time is valuable, and this tool will enable com- mittees to share files and edit collectively,” she says. Unlike in the past, most of the docu- mentation can be completed electronically with SharePoint, which allows committee members to share calendars, set meetings and agendas, and track paperwork. “it’s a huge, mammoth body of infor- mation, but so far, so good,” tsembelis says.

Alumni will be involved in the self-study, since their feed- back is an important part of the overall assessment of UB’s dental programs.

“Alumni are in an excellent position to help us,” tsem- blis says. “We want to know if alumni feel there were any gaps, or any room for improvement, in their den- tal education.” the school surveys alumni annually, col- lecting data from classes that have graduated one, five and 10 years ago. Alumni in these classes received surveys this spring (see box, Page 5).

Comments from the SDM community and public, includ- ing alumni and patients, will be solicited in the fall. Alumni may also contact the school’s alumni association to submit comments.

Promoting dental health

the School of Dental Medicine regularly participates in Wellness Awareness Day, presented in the spring by the Professional Staff Senate to promote the physical and men- tal wellness of UB faculty and staff. the school provides oral hygiene products, answers oral health questions, and informs UB employees about the dental services provided by the school. At the most recent event, SDM students, faculty and staff dis- tributed more than 600 bags of dental product samples.

Crow named acting associate dean

Heidi Crow, MS ’91, tMD ’91, has been appointed acting associate dean for advanced education, ef- fective immediately. She will act on russell Nisen- gard’s behalf during his leave of absence.

Crow, associate professor in the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences, has 15 years experience as a faculty member and program director at UB, the University of Michigan and indiana University.

Since 2004, Crow has provided leadership as direc- tor of the school’s general practice residency and tMD and orofacial pain programs, and as assistant dean for postdoctoral general dentistry. Her experi- ence as a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation will help the school’s advanced educa- tion programs prepare for accreditation.

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