“You should lift more weights if you want to be successful in your career. You aren’t built to do this. You don’t look strong enough.”
No, Rachel Uppgaard, DDS, isn’t a body builder. She’s an oral maxillofacial surgeon, and a clinical assistant professor of oral surgery at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. And yet, she’s been told all these things throughout her career.
“We don’t need a pipeline. We need a purpose.”
Renee Crichlow, MD, drove this point home: pipelines leak and break, and they only go one way. So they’re not the way to foster growth for underrepresented communities.
What Black and Brown young people need in North Minneapolis isn’t such a pipeline. They need a purpose—and that’s exactly what Crichlow aims to provide.
Marie Moeckel is a force of nature. She’s an artist, a writer, a creator who doesn’t plan to stay in one place too long.
“All my life, I’ve wanted to go, and do, and travel,” she said. “Wild horses couldn’t change my mind.” She’s bold and excited about life.
“There was a side of me that was very alive in college,” she explained. “I was a person with a big personality.”
But that’s not who she was in dental school.
Colton Cannon, DDS/MPH ’23, has always had a passion for oral health advocacy. It’s why he’s pursuing a dual degree in dentistry and public health: so he can explore ways to make oral healthcare available for everyone.
“I'm working to become the most well-rounded oral health care provider I can,” he explained. Recently, that’s meant two big undertakings: an election, and a new organization.
An oral health professional completes a procedure flawlessly. They’ve checked every box, completed every necessary step, and are proud of their work. Satisfied, they turn to switch on the red light that tells their instructor they’re ready for a check—and it’s not there.
As the COVID-19 pandemic rampaged the United States and shut down Minnesota, students at the School of Dentistry were left with impossible choices.
Candidates for graduation scrambled to find last-minute housing and extend their stays in Minneapolis as some faced a lengthened program. Students who didn’t own computers had to figure out a way to attend their courses virtually. “So much was unknown,” recalled Emily Best, acting director of development.
Interim Dean Keith Mays, DDS, stressed the importance of a collaborative, comprehensive approach to oral and overall health in a recent Perspectives piece.
The article appeared in the January issue of the Journal of Dental Education, the American Dental Education Association’s peer-reviewed, monthly publication.
Dean Mays wrote the piece to call attention to the role of oral health practitioners, like those educated at the School of Dentistry, in promoting overall health and in preventative care.
Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng will be inducted into the 2021 cohort of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the organization announced this week.
On February 1, 1950, then President Harry S. Truman proclaimed February 6 as National Children’s Dental Health Day. He declared that “the health of our children is of supreme importance to the future of the nation,” referencing the United States Congress’s joint resolution encouraging him to: