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  • 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.

  • 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:

    Contact the Office of Student Health Benefits (612-624-0627) with questions.

  • D1's Invisalign Summer Internship Opportunity!

    Align Technology, Inc. (the makers of Invisalign aligners) has paid research assistant positions available for students seeking summer internship opportunities. These opportunities are full time positions for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer. Click here for full details.

  • Now accepting applications for the Maria Pintado Scholarship

    Interested in public health dentistry or practicing in an underserved area? Consider applying for the Maria Pintado Scholarship. The application attached is due May 30, 2014.

  • Check out ASDA's new Central Groove!
  • Calling all bike commuters! Get Zapped!

    Calling all bike commuters! Get zapped and join the School of Dentistry commuter team.
    Did you know that University of Minnesota has a bike commuter program that provides incentives for those who cycle to campus? Any student, staff, or faculty member can participate in the bike commuter program by getting a Dero ZAP RFID tag (radio frequency ID) installed on your bike for free. The tag allows you to track your trips, earn Wellness Points for your benefit plan, and the chance to win prizes from campus restaurants and retailers. With spring just around the corner, start learning more now:

    New this year, the School of Dentistry is forming a bike commuter team to compete for bragging rights as frequent cyclists. Once you’ve installed your RFID tag, you can choose to join the School of Dentistry team by signing up here. Every time you bike past an RFID reader in the “ZAP Zone,” your tag will beep and register your trip, adding to the team’s overall score. Even if you don’t plan on biking until the weather is warmer, sign up by February 28th to join the team for the Spring challenge. The more the merrier!

  • Sports Dentistry Poster Symposium

    Academy for Sports Dentistry is seeking participants for a poster presentation for their annual symposium and awards in San Diego June 20-21, 2014. See the attachment for more information or go to  Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.

  • New Campus Safety Initiatives

    View President Kaler's welcome back message along with some new campus safety initiatives that include extended campus connector and circulator bus services, and expanded Gopher Chauffer services.

  • 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).

    See the flyer or ad for additional information or go to:

    Thank you,
    Dana Wagner
    Communications Associate - OIT

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  • Paperless Charting Begins October 28!

    The School of Dentistry is going paperless effective October 28, 2013. Here are the five things you need to know:

    Beginning Monday, October 28: 

    1. Paper charts for most appointments will not be delivered to clinics (there are some specialty clinic exceptions).
    2. If you need a paper chart - please manually request it (Managing Manual Chart Requests).
    3. Paper generated during the patient appointment (e.g., non-electronic consents and medical history forms) should be turned in to the front desk to be routed for scanning.
    4. Paper charts will not be created for new patients.
    5. Charts will temporarily continue to be created and delivered for patients with 3D discs. IT is currently developing a solution to distribute 3D images using MiPACS (target to have that solution in place is 12/31/13).

    For more information, please visit the project webpage at or email with any questions.

    Thank you!
    School of Dentistry IT

  • Funding your Dental Education

    Here's a great powerpoint on many questions you may have regarding your financial package and funding your dental education

  • DDS 2013-2014 estimated cost of attendance

    A helpful document outlining the DDS estimated cost of attendance for Summer 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

  • ADEA 6 week internship plus other opportunities!

    ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship

    The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship is a six-week, stipend-supported internship in the Advocacy and Governmental Relations portfolio of the ADEA Policy Center (ADEA AGR) in Washington, D.C. This student legislative internship provides a unique learning experience for predoctoral, allied, and advanced dental student residents, and fellows. It is designed to encourage students to learn about and eventually—as dental professionals—to become involved in, the federal legislative process and the formulation of public policy as it relates to academic dentistry. It is open to any predoctoral, allied, or advanced dental student resident, or fellow who is interested in learning about and contributing to the formulation of federal public policy with regard to dental education, dental research, and the oral health of the nation. Funded through the generous support of Sunstar Americas, Inc., the student intern will be a member of the ADEA AGR staff and will participate in congressional meetings on Capitol Hill, coalition meetings, and policy discussions among the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee (ADEA LAC) and ADEA AGR staff.

    An applicant must be a full-time predoctoral, allied, or advanced dental student resident, or fellow whose institution is willing to work with the student to identify an appropriate time, consisting of six weeks, during the school year to pursue the internship. For additional information, please email Yvonne Knight, J.D., ADEA Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Governmental Relations, at Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.

    Students are also invited to come to Washington every April to participate in ADEA's Hill Day along with the staff and faculty of dental schools across the country. It is the perfect opportunity for students to interact, directly, with their members of congress on issues that affect dental education.

    The ADEAGies Foundation/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADEAGies/AADR ADCFP) provides dental and allied dental students at U.S. and Canadian institutions with an opportunity to experience the benefits and rewards of teaching and an academic career. Other awards for students are listed here.

  • Compliance with SOD Financial Patient Treatment Plans

    Attention Pre-doctoral Students-

    The following is an excerpt from the Clinic Manual:

    Patient Accounting must review the U of M School of Dentistry Treatment Plan to verify faculty approval and obtain the patient’s electronic signature of acceptance. Treatment plan financial consultation is accomplished when the student accompanies his/her patient to the accounting office after the treatment plan has been presented to the patient (i.e.: case presentation.) It is necessary that the student is present with the patient during the financial consultation both to answer questions, and to provide an opportunity to utilize alternate plans and achieve consensus on a final accepted plan. The treatment plan form will be used to document the fees. Down-payments or co-payments will be due at each appointment. The treatment plan is used to clearly communicate patient financial responsibility.

    As a part of the treatment plan financial consultation the accounting representative will discuss payment methods, down payment requirements, treatment plan changes, financial holds and review payment due dates specific to your patient's treatment. Additionally, the accounting representative will provide assistance with financial forms including insurance pre-determinations, Minnesota Health Care Programs (MA & MNCare) prior authorizations and non-covered services forms, and; demographic and insurance updates. The patient will also be provided with the financial representative’s business card and may contact them at any time with questions about payment on their account.

    Financial consultation with Treatment Planning staff with your patients who have new treatment plans is both an educational requirement and a valuable service to patients. To ensure compliance, a list of students not in compliance will be sent to Dr. Thierer and he will be contacting you to discuss the situation.

  • 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. (
    Kara Goldmann, M.A. (
    Phone: 612-624-3323

  • What's the latest with Student Council?

    Check out the Student Council meeting minutes.

  • BE SAFE!

    Be safe around campus. Free 24-hour Campus Walk Program 612-624-WALK (9255).

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