School News

Lorena Vasquez, BSDH '21

Lorena Vasquez, BSDH ’21, is a student ambassador for dental hygiene students at the School of Dentistry. Earlier this week, she showed us what a day in her life looks like as a dental hygiene student. Check out highlights from her day:

She started with a morning class and some time in her favorite study spot.

Inaugural Interprofessional Education Intern cohort

Two School of Dentistry students are members of the first Interprofessional Education Intern cohort through the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs.

Kaushik Mikherjee, MSc, PhD, DDS ’22, and Trang Nguyen, DDS, PhD, UMN PASS join thirteen other health sciences students as inaugural interns. The students seek to solve interprofessional problems together, gain skills in leadership and communication, gain knowledge across disciplines, and integrate research.

Justin McHugh

When Justin McHugh was growing up, he knew one thing: he was going to be a Gopher someday.

An athletic kid who excelled in hockey, baseball, and football, he had his eyes set on the University of Minnesota. “I grew up loving the maroon and gold,” he said. Combined with his desire to pursue athletics, the ability to explore “just about anything anyone would want” in academics, and advice from his dad to embrace the University’s history and local connections, it was an easy choice to make.

Get To Yes

A working group comprised of dental providers, state officials and lobbyists is making headway toward ensuring high-quality, lasting dental care for low-income populations throughout Minnesota.

The Get to Yes Coalition brings together dental safety net clinics from across the state, along with their lobbyists and Department of Human Services (DHS) officials, to explore long-term solutions for Critical Access Dental (CAD) providers. Their work has fostered a sense of camaraderie and partnership, while also providing actionable recommendations for the state.

Timothy Bono, PhD

Continuing Dental Education at the University of Minnesota is providing a new way of completing mandatory and core continuing education credits this year—culminating with a crash course on happiness.

The 2021 mandatory and core continuing education virtual session on May 7 allows dentists and dental clinic staff to complete their required credits by learning about updated infection control practices, ethical and technological discussions around implants, and updated oral cancer detection.

Katy Leiviska, ADT

Katy Leiviska, MDT ’11, had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to do after college. As a pre-medicine major, she shadowed several professionals and just couldn’t figure out the right path for herself.

A Message from the Dean

This reflection is challenging to write, as it is difficult to truly capture and appreciate the progress, the successes, and the perseverance while looking back on the lost.

Five reasons to attend the School of Dentistry

March 15 marks an exciting day in the School of Dentistry admissions journey: today, Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy students will be invited to join the 2021 incoming classes. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to students who have been invited to join the School of Dentistry.

Professor of the Year Gary Anderson, DDS, MS

Gary Anderson, DDS, MS, was named University of Minnesota School of Dentistry 2020 Century Club Professor of the Year during Research Day on March 5, 2021.

Interim Dean Keith Mays introduced the honor during the 17th annual and first virtual Research Day. "One of the things that is special about Gary, in addition to his broad intellectual knowledge, he has a capacity to relate to people on a human level which is so important as a senior leader," Mays reflected. 

Research Day

The School of Dentistry’s 17th Research Day required innovation, creative thinking, and adaptability to pull off—and those same traits quickly became themes of the day’s presentations.