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Uncovered: Minnesota's Dental Emergency

“What would it take to make dentistry painless for all Minnesotans?” asked the narrator of a TPT documentary that aired this weekend.

Uncovered: Minnesota’s Dental Health Crisis documents the breakdown in oral health in the state and explores the role of Critical Access Dental providers in delivering preventive and emergency oral health care to Minnesotans on Medicaid and without insurance.

The documentary, produced by AppleTree Dental, features expertise from Director of Dental Therapy Karl Self, DDS, MBA, among others.

Judith Buchanan in laboratory

Judith Buchanan, PhD, DMD, MS, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Buchanan was the School of Dentistry’s first female Interim Dean. Her tenure was lasting and her impact continues to be seen on the School of Dentistry to this day.

Michael Brooks, DDS

It’s hard to imagine anyone further removed from his childhood than Michael A. Brooks, Jr., DDS ‘13.

Grand Rounds

“When we know better, we do better.”

Evan Lonning, MS, LPCC, mental health clinician at Boynton Health, summed up the intent of a Continuing Dental Education webinar on LGBTQ+ inclusivity in healthcare.

The January 20 webinar kicked off this year’s Digital Grand Rounds series, set to focus on issues of diversity, equity and justice in oral and overall health.

A Message from the Dean

A message from Interim Dean Keith Mays, DDS, MS, PhD to the School of Dentistry Community

Integrity begins with you.

I have a niece who thinks she is my daughter and forces me to check in with her when traveling. Don’t tell her, but I like that part of her. She and I regularly text one another, and some time ago she responded with “SMH.” I had to visit the urban dictionary.
“Shaking My Head.”

Digital Grand Rounds

A series of webinars held by the School of Dentistry’s Continuing Dental Education department will examine dental research and practice in the context of key diversity, equity and justice issues. The free series, open to the public, will host three webinars throughout the Spring semester. 

2020 Admissions

After the initial shock of shutdowns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, as students adjusted to their new way of learning and communities rallied to safely support one another, the School of Dentistry’s admissions team faced a massive challenge: 

How do we complete over 200 student interviews? 

With hard work and flexibility, the Office of Admissions and Diversity put together a seamless interview process--which may have contributed to the over 40% increase in dental school applications from the previous year. 

Give to the Max 2020

Give to the Max Day saw a record-breaking turnout for the School of Dentistry this year, raising $34,500 for the school.

Despite hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesotans came together for the 12th annual statewide event to raise $30 million—the highest total in the event’s history.

Andrew Glover

Motivation for University of Minnesota School of Dentistry student Andrew Glover hasn’t been a problem throughout his life.

The 30-year-old DDS student from Inver Grove Heights was accepted into the Air Force Academy in 2008, managed a group of more than 100 airman as a 2nd Lieutenant at 23, became an acquisitions officer and managed weapons systems for B-2 bombers. But when it comes to what led him to dental school, his motivation came from a very different place. Namely, from failure.

Hiwet Ephrem

For more than a century, the professional and academic discipline of dental hygiene experienced numerous changes and evolutions with many more to come, including the declaration of October as National Dental Hygiene Month.

One person on the forefront of these changes is School of Dentistry clinical professor Hiwet Ephrem, MSDH, RF. While she’s been a faculty member at the School of Dentistry since 2000, her inspiration came two decades earlier working as a dental hygienist in a small North Minneapolis clinic.