These faculty volunteers led the effort to create a new model for clinical simulation called for in the UTSD Change Initiative of 2010, using virtual patients in a new curriculum unlike any other in dental education. Now in its second year, the new curriculum is fully integrated into the DS3, DS4, DH1 and DH2 clinical programs. Team members included Associate Professor Deborah Franklin, DDS; Assistant Professor Gargi Mukherji, DDS; Professor Donna Warren-Morris, RDH, MEd; Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Simulation Harold Henson, RDH, MEd; Associate ProfessorDarla McKitrick, RDH, MS; Assistant Professor Joanna Allaire, RDH, MDH; and the late Associate Professor Alan E. Levine, PhD.
Ryan Quock, DDS, associate professor, Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics: Honored for creating and implementing a new course that required unifying a team of general dentists and prosthodontists; created a publication series, “The Affected Dentist,” in The Journal of the Greater Houston Dental Society; and secured grant funds for work on fluoride varnish, with results in MedEdPORTAL.
Gene C. Stevenson, DDS, MS, associate professor, Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences: Honored for his work directing both sections of the removable prosthodontics curriculum, teaching in other preclinical courses, and providing clinical instruction in both pre- and postdoctoral programs. He completed a master of public health degree and has leveraged this learning opportunity into a more effective curriculum in the courses he directs. Stevenson is enrolled in the blended Evidence-based Health Care Master of Science program at the University of Oxford in England.
S. Jerry Long, DDS, adjunct associate professor: A 1966 alumnus of UTSD, Long has been a volunteer faculty member since 1987 but has become even more involved since selling his practice in 2012, serving as Advisory Council Chair and on the UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Development Board. Of particular note: His work with Dr. Boyd Shepherd to set up the new Professional Resource Center.
Gena D. Tribble, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene: Since joining UTSD in 2008, Tribble has had nine peer-reviewed journal publications, two book chapters and three invited-review articles. She was awarded a multi-year grant funded by the NIH to “determine the molecular mechanisms underlying genetic variability in P. gingivalis and to measure the effect of DNA changes on bacterial films.” She collaborates with UTHealth’s School of Nursing and Medical School, Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine and mentors faculty, postdoctoral fellows, residents and dental and dental hygiene students.
Nadarajah Vigneswaran, BDS, DrMedDent, DMD, professor, Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences: Honored for his nearly two-decade history of basic, translational and clinical research in oral cancer. He has extramural grant funding of more than $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Defense. He has published more than 95 journal articles and book chapters in high-impact biomedical and specialty journals and has presented at several high-profile national and international cancer research meetings. He collaborates with investigators at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Rice University and has mentored numerous faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, residents and predoctoral students while maintaining his work with UTSD’s pathology consulting service and UT Dentists.
Sergio Ortegon, DDS, assistant professor, Department of Prosthodontics was honored with this award in 2011. Dean Valenza said Ortegon’s accomplishments included producing a multimedia presentation on fixed prosthodontics and publishing it on MedEd Portal. He also integrated SoftChalk into the Complete Denture course.
In addition to receiving strong teaching reviews from students and his department chair, Welch is currently involved in an educational scholarship leadership program. He leads primary bay instructors, directs an elective on business basics, teaches many other courses and leads the dental assistant registration continuing education course, participating in many other CE courses. He also plans and coordinates many faculty development courses.
Associate professor Sheila Koh was honored with this award in 2011. The person who nominated Koh wrote, “She has been a wonderful mentor. What I appreciated most was she allowed differences in opinions and the freedom of intellectual development. Under her guidance I’ve become both a better educator and a better student.”
Dr. Yang is a participant and leader in the Society for Biomaterials, the American Association for Dental Research, the ADA Advisory Group for Dental Implants, and serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and other organizations, in addition to being a reviewer for various journals. Dean Valenza said Yang has demonstrated engagement with organizations such as the Wallace Coulter Foundation, the UT Medical School Dept of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering, and Baylor College of Medicine, and actively teaches and mentors postdoctoral fellows and students.
Dr. Hoopingarner is a member of the Class of ’73 and current president of the UTSD Alumni Association. Valenza said Hoopingarner has taught local anesthesia, laser dentistry, clinical photography and clinical restorative dentistry, in addition to giving multiple lectures on esthetic dentistry and teaching continuing education classes.
In 2010, Professor Donna Warren-Morris was chosen for her work with student electronic portfolios that document students' progress and learning. The portfolios include patient case studies, presentations, papers and posters, along with personal reflections. The students also documented and analyzed their community service activities, detailing exactly what services were provided and how the community benefited.
Associate Professor Rade Paravina was instrumental in organizing the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry, and as the society’s president, personally organized and hosted the inaugural meeting of the organization in Houston in 2009. He also serves as editor of the Journal for Color and Appearance in Dentistry and serves on the editorial board of five national/international dental journals.
Prosthodontics Chair and Associate Professor Raymond Koeppen completed the two-year Educational Scholars Fellowship Program, an in-depth course aimed at improving educators’ skills at lecturing, clinical instruction, curriculum development, student evaluation and learning theory.
His workshop on adding interactivity to large group presentations was selected for inclusion in Baylor College of Medicine’s Faculty Education Initiatives and his research project, "Relationships between Dental Students’ Personality Types and Learning Preferences," was presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Dental Education Association.
Visiting Professor Jay Elliott was honored for providing outstanding clinical education to both the fourth-year general practice bays and the Special Patient Clinic. He brings enthusiasm and a wealth of experience from his private practice in general dentistry, removable prosthodontics, and implant dentistry.
As a lecturer and laboratory instructor, Dr. Sam Adkisson participates fully in the Complete Denture and Removable Partial Denture preclinical courses. He donates additional time making models for student demonstrations, which facilitates students’ progress in the preclinical laboratory and enhances their understanding of the techniques.
Dr. Friedman received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Volunteer Faculty. He has been a volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics since 1988. His time is spent primarily in the Graduate Department of Periodontics where he lectures, assists in the clinic, and participates in Clinical Case Presentation class. His 40 years of experience in private practice provides students with a unique point of view.
Associate Professor Janet Grobe Hood received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Scholarship in Teaching. She was chosen for her work in support of interprofessional service-learning and community-based education as an integral part of dental education, based on evidence and sound educational principles, with the goal of developing clinical skills, civic engagement, and ethics and professionalism in students. Her article, "Service-learning in Dental Education: Meeting Needs and Challenges" was published in the Journal of Dental Education.
Associate Professor George Suchko received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching and has worked to promote and develop programs that better integrate the basic sciences with the clinical aspects of dentistry. He has strongly advocated the vertically integrated teaching models and the incorporation of virtual patient cases to assist the student in understanding the importance of critical thinking on a case-by-case basis.
Dr. Belles was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Scholarship in Teaching for work he completed as a part of the two-year Educational Scholars Fellowship Program, a collaborative faculty development program offered by Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas School of Dentistry and Medical School. His research project “Calibration in the Evaluation of a Fixed Partial Denture Competency Examination”, led to an improvement of faculty feedback to pre-doctoral dental students and is available for implementation nationally through the Academy of Prosthodontics.
Dr. Busaidy received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation when he revamped journal club in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, turning it into an exercise that teaches residents how to mould a clinical quandary into a searchable question, how to utilize online resources, how to critically appraise literature and how to incorporate lifelong education into their clinical practice. The residents choose the clinical questions and run the meetings, which are facilitated by Dr Busaidy. Residents produce a written appraisal of the evidence pertaining to each clinical question. The best written reports are posted online at the alumni website, both for future reference and to encourage past graduates to engage in similar critical thinking.
Dr. Gonzalez was the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching. She conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of the methodological change implemented in a Prosthodontic course and how these changes influenced student grades or attitudes about the course. Based upon the outcome of this study, it was concluded that students were strongly positive about the teaching methodology changes and attitudes towards the course were not influenced by grading.
Harold Henson was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching for his contributions to the development of creation of an online teaching course for the Degree Completion Program in Dental Hygiene. Information about the course development and evaluation has been presented at the American Dental Education Association’s Annual Meeting. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Lorna J. Bruning Clinical Teaching Excellence Award and a Fellow of the Educational Scholars Fellowship Program, a collaborative faculty development program offered by Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas School of Dental Medicine and Medical School.
Ms. McKitrick received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching for her contributions to the creation of an online teaching course for the Degree Completion Program in Dental Hygiene and for being a participant in the creation of the program. The first of its kind at the School of Dentistry, the program takes advantage of distance education to allow UTSD dental hygiene certificate graduates across the country to seek a baccalaureate degree. Ms. McKitrick is currently an Associate Professor and a Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Periodontics.
Ms. McWherter was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching for her contributions to the dental hygiene online baccalaureate degree completion program. She developed and continues to teach the Healthcare Ethics course in the program. Beginning in the Fall of 2005 this program was and continues to be the only program offered 100% online by the School of Dentistry.
Dr. Sadowsky received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Engagement and Collaboration for the interdisciplinary work related to collaboration with faculty at UT School of Nursing and the UT School of Dentistry. This collaboration created the Elder Loving Care Oral Hygiene: Caregiver Training DVD. This program focuses on showing caregivers how to provide oral care and has been presented at local and national levels creating an awareness among care-givers about the importance of oral health care for the geriatric population.
Dr. Silverman received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Engagement and Collaboration related to his work in creating the Examination, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Clinic. This Clinic is one of only a small number of such clinics in the nation’s dental schools. Much of the success of the Clinic has been attributed to the successful collaboration with the different departments within the school initiated by Dr. Silverman resulting in the creation of a high quality learning environment for the students.
In 2008, Ms. Donna Warren-Morris received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Engagement and Collaboration with interprofessional faculty related to her work on Geriatrics. She co-authored a video on oral care for the elderly targeted at caregivers that been presented at the national level through the American Dental Education Association.
Dr. Wilson received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Collaboration and Engagement through the collaboration monthly facial trauma conference involving three clinical services he developed with Memorial Hermann Hospital. This conference facilitates comprehensive coverage of didactic material for facial trauma and strengthens participation and cooperation with our surgical colleagues. A new Outpatient clinic in the basement now exist for the care of Hermann patients admitted through the emergency room. A monthly histopathology conference has been developed for residents in OMS and General pathology with the guidance of the UT Dental School Oral and maxillofacial pathology department. Strong participation in committee work includes his presence on the Operating room and the Transfer committees.
Dr. Wilson has been recognized for his leadership activity in the professional societies at all levels. His primary interest involves patient care and resident teaching at the Dental school and Memorial Hermann Hospital, and it is this role of being an educator that is most satisfying.
In 2010, Dr. Flaitz was elected into The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, a faculty honors academy, recognizing innovations in teaching. From 2 different academic health science centers, she has been the recipient of the highest teaching distinction, including the 1990 University of Colorado President's Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2004 University of Texas Health Science Center President’s Scholar Award for Teaching Excellence – the only dental educator to have received this honor. In recognition for her commitment to excellence in dental education, she was the recipient of the 2005 Texas Dentist of the Year Award from the Texas Academy of General Dentistry and the 2010 President’s Service Recognition Award from the Texas Dental Association.
Dr. O’Neill was elected into the membership of The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education in 2008 based upon her work in faculty development and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) at the local, national and international levels. In 2006 she received The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston President’s Award for Mentoring Women and also received the School of Dentistry’s Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award four times. Her educational efforts at the Dental School include co-chairing the Academic Task Force, and serving on numerous committees related to teaching and learning at the school and Health Science Center.
Dr. Roeder was elected into The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education in 2006. She received the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and numerous Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards. She has served as a clinical primary bay instructor, team leader and is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Her educational efforts include co-chairing the Academic Task Force and leading the curriculum mapping efforts for the School of Dentistry.
Dr. Valenza was elected to The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education in 2007. His work in simulation was recognized the previous year by the Academy when he received one of the annual awards in Innovation in Health Science Education. His work in this area has been foundational for the school’s initiative in creating a new curriculum in simulation across all years of the DDS and DH programs using virtual patients and the electronic patient record.