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  • Call to help! Red Cross Nepal for earthquake assistance.

    Dear all,

    We, Jasmine Shakya and Prasannata Pradhan are current PASS dental students from Nepal. Jasmine is a D4 student graduating in May, 2015 and Prasannata is D2 student from class of 2017. We are representing Nepali community of greater Minneapolis and Saint Paul. By now, you might have heard about the devastating earthquake that struck in Nepal on Saturday. There are a handful of us Nepalese students at the U of M and fortunately most of our immediate family members are safe, but the damage to life and property has been monumental. Over 2500 have been confirmed dead, thousands critically injured and many missing. There is no communication with some of the rural areas of the country where the situation is feared to be a lot worse.

    While we are praying for the departed souls to rest in peace, the ones that survived are in dire need of help. Hospitals are running out of supplies. Families including mine have been living in open fields because of the dozen or more aftershocks that have followed the massive 7.8 magnitude quake. They are in need of food, water, sleeping bags and sanitary items. It is raining in some areas but people don’t have tents.

    The global Red Cross network, led by Red Cross Nepal has mounted an international relief effort to provide emergency humanitarian assistance. The association of Nepalese in Minnesota (ANMN) is raising funds to donate to Red Cross Nepal. We would appreciate your help. Please go to this page http://anmn.org/anmn/?page_id=114 and donate however much you can to help my country in these darkest of hours. It is times like these that humanity needs to display its true compassion and generosity to help those in need.

    Thanking you,

    Sincerely,
    Jasmine Shakya (D4)
    Prasannata Pradhan (D2)

  • Spotlight on Dental Therapy - Star Tribune featuring Kathlyn Leiviska

    The School of Dentistry's dental therapy program was discussed in the Star Tribune's "My Job" column featuring Kathlyn Leiviska, a 2011 graduate of the our first dental therapy class. Read all about it here!

  • Health Literacy Program is in need of motivated leaders

    The Health Literacy Program is in need of motivated leaders for the 2015-16 school year. Our club is focused on increasing communication between health professionals and patients, especially on campus. We are currently involved in a vaccination awareness campaign with Boynton that will likely continue to next school year. We have available leadership positions in administrative work, public relations and communications, money/grant management and event coordinating. If you're interested in applying or in general membership, you can reach us at uhlp@umn.edu
    Thanks!

    Anna


    --
    Anna Milone, PharmD
    Teaching specialist
    University of Minnesota
    College of Pharmacy
     

  • AGD New Graduate Professional Liability Insurance Coverage

    In collaboration with the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) Corporate Sponsorship and Affinity programs, as well as Dentist’s Advantage, I’m pleased to announce the renewal of one of AGD’s most popular member benefits: AGD New Graduate Professional Liability Insurance Coverage.

     

    Designed to help guide today’s young dental professionals toward successful careers, this benefit will provide up to 12 months of complimentary professional liability insurance coverage to qualified AGD members* who will graduate from dental school or complete a general practice residency program in 2015, and who also will enter into their first year of licensed practice in the U.S.

     

    Qualified dental school graduates and residents can enroll online now at www.agd.org/NewGrad in anticipation of coverage beginning May 1, 2015**.

     

    Should you feel that your 2015 graduates may benefit from the practice protection and financial savings offered through AGD New Graduate Professional Liability Insurance Coverage, I invite you to announce this exciting, new opportunity to them and encourage immediate online enrollment. To assist you in your promotional efforts, several informational pieces have been created by the AGD’s Marketing and Communications teams, and are linked below for your convenience:

     

     

     

     

    • AGD New Graduate Professional Liability Insurance Coverage flyer and enrollment form
    • Download the attached flyer and enrollment form, and print copies to post on-site within your dental school.
    • Distribute individual copies to graduating students during your program’s scheduled curriculum.
    • Send a personal email to each of your 2015 graduates and attach the flyer and enrollment form.
    • AGD New Graduate Professional Liability Insurance Coverage article text
    • Publish the linked article text in your local dental program newsletter or send it as a memo to each of your graduating students. (Editor’s note: For legal purposes, if you choose to publish this article, it must be published in its entirety, without any changes to the text or content.)
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding AGD New Graduate Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
    • Arm yourself with answers. Read through the FAQs to familiarize yourself with the program benefits, terms, and conditions, so that you are prepared to answer questions from potential applicants and can instantly guide them toward online enrollment at www.agd.org/NewGrad.
    • AGD Member Benefits flyer and 2015 Membership application
    • These materials are for 2015 graduates who are interested in enrolling in AGD New Graduate Professional Liability Insurance Coverage, but who are not yet AGD members.
    • Join the AGD online at www.agd.org today to take full advantage of this exclusive, members-only offer.

     

    We at the AGD are very excited about AGD New Graduate Professional Liability Insurance Coverage and the great money-saving potential it provides to new dentists. I sincerely hope that you find similar value in this benefit and view it as a tool to help prepare your graduates for a rewarding first year of practice.

     

    If you have additional questions regarding the program email savingsandoffers@agd.org or call 888.AGD.DENT (888.243.3368), ext. 4355.

    www.agd.org

     

     

    *The cost of coverage is assumed by the AGD, and coverage is available through Dentist’s Advantage. Qualified applicants must graduate from an accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school or complete an accredited U.S. or Canadian general dentistry residency program between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015; be entering their first year of licensed dental practice in the U.S.; be an active AGD member at the time of enrollment; and maintain active AGD membership through Dec. 31, 2015.

     

    **Policy coverage is effective May 1, 2015, through April 30, 2016, for qualified applicants who enroll by April 30, 2015. For those who sign up after this date, coverage applies from the enrollment date through April 30, 2016.

    Dentist’s Advantage is a division of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc.; (AR 244489); in CA & MN, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency, Inc. (CA 0795465); in OK, AIS Affinity Insurance Services, Inc.; in CA, Aon Affinity Insurance Services, Inc., (0G94493), Aon Direct Insurance Administrators and Berkely Insurance Agency and in NY, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency.

  • Apply by May 11 for GKAS Community Leadership Development grants!

    It’s time to apply for the 2015 Give Kids A Smile® Community Leadership Development grant. The GKAS Institute, set for Oct. 21-24, 2015 in St. Louis, will offer selected participants the opportunity to learn, in-person, how to initiate, expand and/or enhance a GKAS program. The program is made possible through the ongoing support of our generous sponsors, Hu-Friedy and Henry Schein Cares. As part of the Institute learning experience, participants will have the opportunity to witness the estimated 500 underserved children who will receive comprehensive care during the St. Louis GKAS Program.

    Up to ten travel grants will be given for selected applicants. State and local dental societies and/or community based organizations providing oral health care for underserved children during GKAS will be considered. Applicants must reside within the U.S. 50 states.

    The deadline to return the application is May 11, 2015. Only applications completed online by this deadline will be considered. Please click on the following link to access the application: GKAS Institute Application

    For full details click here.

  • Help support the Health Professional Education Loan Forgiveness Program

    Hello fellow SOD students!

    We need your help!
    The Minnesota legislature is currently debating a proposal that will help to fund the Health Professional Education Loan Forgiveness Program for health professionals, like us. The program is part of the Healthy Minnesota Proposal, and the main aim is to help meet the lack of health professionals working in rural and underserved areas while also helping to relieve some of their professional school debt. (We all know how burdensome this debt can be!)

    Why is this important to us as dental professionals?

    Funds for the program have been declining recently, and less and less health professionals have been able to take advantage of the program because of it. Now Minnesota is trying to increase funds for the program to allow more professionals to take part in the Loan Forgiveness incentive. This new proposal will also expand to include public health nurses, mental health professionals, and dental therapists among those who can benefit.
    The discussion and debate happens this month of March, and the vote will take place in May. If we don’t act now, we may lose our chance to help pass this proposal.

    What can you do to help?

    We are partnering up with other Health Science schools to show our support for this proposal in the legislature. The more support we can get for this proposal, the better the chance it has of passing. Please spread the word, and we urge you to join our Coalition by signing up on the link below:
    https://docs.google.com/a/umn.edu/forms/d/1WvcnjMkBm8UrcQzhrPPiP3DHcid4XfkUWMfzDZrklDM/viewform?usp=send_form

    All it takes is your name, school, and email address! By signing up as part of the Student Coalition, we’ll provide you with a way to send a prewritten letter to your MN district representative and senator in a future email.

    Thank you for your support!
    Megan Guthmiller, DT2
    AHC SCC Representative
    guthm021@umn.edu

  • Colgate Summer MDH & DDS Internship Opportunities

    Colgate summer internships are now posted online!

    This year we will be able to host three students - one dental hygiene master's student and two dental students (see link below). The programs will run from 8-10 weeks, depending on the schedule of the student. We have a number of interesting projects already lined up for the students. To be considered for the role, all applicants must answer all screening questions and meet criteria for each program.

    The applicant reviews will begin in several weeks, so it is a relatively short turn-around.

    Colgate-Palmolive Clinical Dental Research - Summer Internship Program 2015
    APPLICATION LINK:
    https://career4.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=13901&company=colgate&username=

    Susan Manning, RDH, MS
    Academic Relations Manager - Northwest Territory
    Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    300 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
    Cell Phone: 1-801-391-8581
    Email: susan_manning@colpal.com
     

  • DDS-Clinical Research Internship

    CLINICAL RESEARCH INTERNSHIP

    TYPE OF OPPORTUNITY: DDS Associate, Current DDS students
    TYPE OF PRACTICE: Align Technology, Inc

    LOCATION OF PRACTICE:
    Align Technology, Inc
    2560 Orchard Parkway
    San Jose, CA 95131

    In a Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)? No

    DATE OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE: 6/1/2015

    PRACTICE/OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION:
    R&D Clinical Research Intern

    This position is responsible for assisting the Research Associate(s) in the Clinical R&D department. The Research Intern will help with daily tasks and work closely on research studies.\

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Presentation on program participation.
    • Data collection of clinical research cases.
    • Updating reference articles to the clinical binders.
    • Scanning models when assigned.
    • Archiving models from ongoing studies.
    • Create packaging/shipping boxes.
    • Follows all departmental and company procedures as indicated in quality, administrative, or other systems.
    • Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and/or Human Resources.
    • Assist with documentation and organization of various projects
    • Assist with development of presentation materials including handouts, posters, graphs and PowerPoint presentations

    QUALIFICATIONS
    • Current pre-doctoral graduate, dental student or dental post-graduate with dental degree
    • Experience with data management, including using word-processing, spreadsheet and database software helpful.
    • Willingness to be reassigned to different tasks in a fast-paced research environment.
    • Regard for patient privacy essential.
    • Professionalism in interacting with practitioners and academicians
    • Good oral and written communication skills. Strong writing skills helpful.
    • Organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines.
    • Strong attention to detail and ability to ask clarifying questions.
    • Ability to work independently with only general supervision as well as cross-functionally
    • Competency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access preferred.

    EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
    • Bachelor’s degree in Science or Business
    • DDS in process or received

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
    Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to handle objects and tools; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move light to moderate weight. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
    • Work Environment: The noise level and temperature in the work environment is usually moderate.

    WORK WEEK: Full Time
    WORK HOURS/DAYS: Monday-Friday (Regular Business Hours)

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    Clinical Research
    2560 Orchard Parkway
    San Jose, CA
    clinicalresearch@aligntech.com

  • AAOMS research summit May 6-7, 2015

    DDS students are eligible to attend the AAOMS research summit, as are OMS residents. This as a great program to stimulate clinical research in OMS. Click here for full details!

  • 2015 Postdoctoral MATCH program now accepting applications

    POSTDOCTORAL DENTAL MATCHING PROGRAM FOR 2015-2016 POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS

    Now accepting applications. Please click on the following for more information:

    MATCH Announcement

    MATCH Dates to know

    MATCH application instructions

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