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Call to help! Red Cross Nepal for earthquake assistance.
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.
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 email@example.com
Anna Milone, PharmD
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
• 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)
2560 Orchard Parkway
San Jose, CA
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
Check It Out!
- Check out the latest Dental Lifeline Network newsletter
Campus wide student workshops
Golden Gopher Workshop Database: workshop.umn.edu.
Students can use this site to find workshops and opportunities taking place all over campus. Some require registration, others do not.
DDS 1-4, 2014-2015 estimated cost of attendance
A helpful document outlining the DDS estimated cost of attendance for Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.
AHC Student Health Benefit Plans are changing
If you are enrolled in the Academic Health Center Student Health Benefit Plan (AHC-SHBP), you should have received a message notifying you that the plan is being discontinued in Fall 2014. Find more information about these changes at: http://www.shb.umn.edu/email/2014/ahc/plan_elimination_TC_032614.html
To waive the benefits this Fall simply access the "Health Plan Coverage" link on www.onestop.umn.edu. All waiver requests for AHC students can be made online for fall semester 2014; there will no longer be a paper form.
Contact One Stop directly at 612-624-1111 if you have additional questions.
10 days notice needed for planned absences from clinic
All Students in Clinic Beginning Summer 2014
Part of our current attendance policy is that planned absences must be submitted 10 working days in advance. Right now, that part of the policy is not enforced. Please note that the Office of Student Affairs and Clinic Scheduling will begin enforcing the 10 day requirement at the beginning of summer semester in May 2014. At that time, all planned absences (i.e., any time you know in advance that you will be absent from clinic, either for excused absences or personal sessions) must be submitted at least 10 working days in advance or your request will be denied.
Why are we starting to enforce this requirement? We’ve seen an increase in the number of last minute schedule changes this year, which is challenging for our clinic schedulers and, ultimately, inconvenient for our patients. Let’s work together to keep this process running smoothly and efficiently. Please see Sara Johnson with questions or feedback.
- Check out ASDA's new Central Groove!
New Outreach Attendance Policy beginning May 12, 2014
Attached is the new Outreach Division Attendance Policy, which will be in effect starting May 12th, 2014 (the first day of summer semester).
Free peer technology tutoring!
There's a new free student technology peer tutoring service! Students can stop in one of the Tech Stop locations around campus and build skills in Excel and the Adobe Creative Suite (that's InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop).
Communications Associate - OIT
Funding your Dental Education
Here's a great powerpoint on many questions you may have regarding your financial package and funding your dental education.
Support Group for International Students
Worried about your English speaking/writing skills?
Lonely? Unsure of how to make friends?
Eager to know how to succeed in your classes?
Interested in learning job/internship search strategies?
Confused about the American culture?
Homesick? Feeling alone or misunderstood?
This weekly group provides a place for both undergraduate and graduate international students to meet other international students who have concerns described above. It also provides an opportunity to learn from one another about adjusting to a new culture and educational system, dealing with different customs, and practice speaking English.
For more information, please contact:
Chia-Chen Tu, Ph. D. (email@example.com)
Kara Goldmann, M.A. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What's the latest with Student Council?
Check out the Student Council meeting minutes.
Be safe around campus. Free 24-hour Campus Walk Program 612-624-WALK (9255).