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Four UTSD Students to Be in Competition Monday

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 3:05pm

Four students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston will be among the participants in the 2013 annual Geriatric Interdisciplinary Student Competition, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 at the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Third-year dental student John Hoover and dental hygiene students Leslie James, Fouzia Mohammad and Alfa-Hadassa Capetillo will be among the competitors. Faculty sponsors from the School of Dentistry include June Sadowsky, DDS, MPH, associate professor in the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health, and Donna Warren-Morris, RDH, MEd, professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene.

Each year, interdisciplinary teams made up of students from all six UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) schools, as well as the University of Houston and Texas Woman’s University, tackle semester-long projects related to elder care. The teams present their findings to a panel of judges in front of an audience on competition day.

This year, the teams studied the feasibility of establishing “Memory Café” programs for dementia patients in selected communities. Each project will be scored on the teams’ critical thinking skills, innovation, creativity and quality of presentation.

The contest, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by UTHealth’s Houston Geriatric Education Center. Each team includes students from disciplines that range from nursing and dentistry to social work, physical therapy, law, optometry and more.

Teams will compete for first-, second- and third-place prizes. All participants receive certificates and medallions to wear at graduation.