Welcome Class of 2020:

Orientation Overview


The Class of 2020 has arrived! While the upperclassmen enjoyed a break from school, the newest set of DMD students were introduced to the College of Dentistry during Orientation week. The incoming class met with faculty, staff, and fellow students in a series of educational presentations, icebreakers and panels. The week culminated in an outdoor team challenge course at Lake Wauburg. In order to complete the course, the students had to work together in teams to complete each activity. Needless to say the Class of 2020 finished the day as victors, and perhaps more importantly, as a family.

A Class Composite of the Class of 2020 can be found on ECO -  https://eco.dental.ufl.edu/pdf/classComposites/DMD_2020.pdf .



ECO's iCal Feed Connection Tips

Below are some helpful tips on how to load ECO's calendar onto your mobile device(s) using the following iCalendar feed.

•  Feed Type: My Courses

• Feed Address: https://eco.dental.ufl.edu/ZF/Calendar/Feed/iCal/Current/User/2WfyQublSMg%3D

• Microsoft Outlook (desktop)

Switch to the Calendar view. On the Home tab in the top menu, choose Open Calendar > From Internet. Paste the feed address from above and click OK.

• Microsoft Outlook (web)

In the left menu, switch to the Calendar view. Right-click in the navigation pane where you see Other calendars. Or, touch and hold if you're using a touch device. Select Open calendar. Choose open calendar. Paste the feed address from above into the Internet calendar field and click OK.

• iOS Devices (iPad, iPhone)

Open Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Other > Add Subscribed Calendar. Paste (or retype) the feed address from above and click Add Calendar. The remaining calendar settings can remain at their default values.Or follow the Google Calendar instructions to add the feed to your Google account, then sync your Google Account with your iOS device and enable the ECO calendar in your Google Calendar Sync Settings.

• Android Devices (tablets, phones)

Follow the Google Calendar instructions to add the feed to your Google account. The feed will automatically transfer to any Android devices connected to your Google account.

• Google Calendar

In the left menu, click the icon next to Other calendars. Choose Add by URL. Paste the feed address from above and click OK.

Contact AHC Service Desk for assistance.


ECO vs. Canvas

ECO is the College of Dentistry’s curriculum database. It contains / provides:

• All of the DMD courses’ electronic syllabi and documents and gives student access to them throughout their 4 years in the program

• A searchable database of ALL ECO syllabi

• The course hours for reporting and curriculum committee review, in addition to the master schedule for each class

• Student grades to track student progress across the curriculum

• Reflect courses that teach and certify the UFCD competencies for the New Dental Graduate

• It features a dental dictionary, searchability of courses by date and/or department

• Access with Gatorlink authentication and VPN security access required when off campus

 Canvas is the University of Florida’s current E-Learning platform. It contains / provides:

• Ability for students to upload assignments

• Ability for faculty to use Turn It In anti-plagiarism software reporting

• Options for quizzing

• Ability to conduct graded discussion boards

• Eportfolio development

• Access to courses in canvas are limited to the current students and Course Directors and they close each semester

• Access with Gatorlink authentication

 At this time there is not one system that does it all. The current best practice is to use ECO for the course management items listed above and link Canvas to the ECO course's Document section and/or schedule for assignment uploads or quiz access to minimize duplicate work for students and faculty. As E-learning continues to develop this will continue to be evaluated.


Instructional Support:

Annotation System - SmartBoard

The annotation system, SmartBoard, allows instructors to write or highlight on the computer monitor during a lecture. Lectures being recorded in Mediasite will capture this annotation.

Rooms with SmartBoards are D3-3, D8-46 and C1-9. If you have any questions about SmartBoard call Instructional Support at 273-6589 or email Marc Turchin at mturchin@dental.ufl.edu.


Student Affairs:

Summer Learning Program

The 2016 Summer Learning Program (SLP) kicked off on July 5th and was a resounding success! SLP accepted 20 undergraduate students from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds expressing interest in the dental health profession. The program consisted of a two-week online course and a 3 night/4 day stay on the University of Florida campus.

 On July 13th, the students (who we lovingly call SLPers) arrived bright and early for check-in at the Hume Residence Hall before meeting Dean Garcia and taking a tour of the College of Dentistry. They learned more about what UFCD has to offer during our dental resident and DMD student lunch panel and then got their first hands-on experience with a Dental Anatomy simulation lab.

 On July 14th, the SLPers learned about access to care, pediatric dentistry, special needs dentistry, and international humanitarian service. They also had the opportunity to give back to the community with an educational and interactive oral health presentation to the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County.

 July 15th was perhaps the busiest day for SLP. The students met with Dr. Sandow and Stacy Buford to learn about financing dental school and the DAT, received information about military scholarships and met with Dr. Wallet to talk about dental research opportunities. That afternoon, Dr. LeCorn facilitated their second sim lab experience: creating dentures. To cap off an eventful day, the SLPers presented their Capstone Projects, which required them to research different dental schools across the country. The following day, they participated in the SNDA Impressions Program.

 Don’t worry, we didn’t leave out the fun stuff. The SLPers enjoyed nightly dinner socials at a number of Gainesville staples, bowling, game nights, and some even learned how to dance Bachata.

 We’re very happy to report that this year’s group of students bonded from the very beginning. Their seemingly effortless ability to become a family in such a short amount of time was awe inspiring. These students have undoubtedly bright futures ahead of them, and we can’t wait to see where they go from here.


Legacy of Lorie

As many of you know Lorie Primosch, M.Ed retired from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in June. She leaves a diverse legacy but promises she will be back to continue mentoring our students. While Periodontology was her academic department, her contributions to the college were extensive. She served on various governance committees including the Constitution Committee, the Quality Affairs Committee and was the college parliamentarian for Faculty Assembly. Lorie taught pre-clinical and clinical periodontology and basic life support CPR in the DMD curriculum. Her instruction in CPR involved all students, residents, clinical staff and faculty. You could say she literally “touched” everyone in the college. She is most noted for her acumen in  screening patients with students challenging the Mock Board and Florida Licensure Board Examination. She also personally sharpened student's instruments prior to the Board.  Her 30 years with the college was celebrated by the DMD students with a cupcake extravaganza and we look forward to every opportunity she can join us in her phased retirement so the legacy of Lorie can continue.


HSC Ice Cream Social (a student only event)

The Health Science Center Advisory Council serves as an interprofessional student-led liaison between the various colleges and programs that focuses on promoting a collegial and collaborative environment between the Health Science Center colleges. This includes the coordination of future co-curricular and social activities and student service learning activities.

The HSC Advisory Council’s Ice Cream Social is a student only event taking place this Friday, Sept. 2 at 11:30am in the HPNP Atrium. There will be free ice cream from Sweet Dreams and a chance to win one of several Starbucks gift cards. We encourage our students to join in the festivities and meet their colleagues from the other Health Science Center colleges.


Wellness at Wauburg

Fresh Air, Fresh You, Fresh Mind

On July 23rd, the UFCD student Wellness Chairs (pictured), in collaboration with the Cultural Climate Workgroup, hosted an event at Lake Wauburg’s North Shore. Attendees took a break from the stressors of dental school to refresh and rejuvenate themselves with light stretching exercises, volleyball, and interval training. They also enjoyed healthy refreshments and received wellness bags from the UF Wellness Center.


Did you know about the Shared governance pages?

The Office of Education provides staff support for the Student Affairs Committee, the Curriculum Committee and the Student Performance Evaluation Committee. These committees are composed of dedicated faculty and students who contribute to the governance of the college.

The Office of Education would like to thank those committee members who have completed their terms of service, and welcome the following new committee member who began their service on July 1st:

Student Affairs: Neila Nicholson, Galia Fakhri-Medrano, Mimi HongAn Nguyen, Eugene Rowell.

SPEC: Dr. John Neubert, Dr. Shannon Wallet, Dr. W. Stephen Howard, Vadim Vankov

Curriculum Committee: Damone Weaver (alternate for 4DN class), Andres Alvarez (3DN representative), Nelson Guanche (alternate for 3DN class), Adam Tow (2DN representative), Katelyn Radner (alternate for 2DN class), Dr. Marcio Guelmann, Dr. Robert Caudle.


New Employees: Lauren Jadotte and Claudia Sanchez

Lauren Jadotte is the Office of Education’s new secretarial assistant. She can assist faculty, staff and students with scheduling meetings, booking rooms and answering any questions you might have (just give her some time to learn the ropes). Lauren will also provide support to the Cultural Climate Workgroup.

Lauren can be reached at ljadotte@dental.ufl.edu or by calling the Office of Education at 352-273-5950.

Claudia Sanchez is part of the Office of Education's Instructional Support team. She'll be working with Marc Turchin to support faculty in using video conferencing, classroom computers, AV, Mediasite and instructional videos.

Claudia can be reached at instructional_support@dental.ufl.edu or by calling Instructional Support at 352-273-6589.


White Coat Ceremony
Class of 2018

On June 24, 2016, ninety-one students received their prestigious white coats and pledged with pride their commitment to the profession and the public it serves. At the ceremony, student dentist Casey Cameron gave the class address on professionalism. The white coat ceremony marks the junior class’ entry into the clinics.  The wearing of the white coat originated in the 17th century when physicians began donning them in operating rooms to protect both the patients and physicians from contamination. Over time the white coat has become a symbol of accomplishment, commitment to health, delivery of healthcare, pursuit of lifelong learning, and service to the profession. Congratulations to our juniors, the Class of 2018.