Spotlight on Excellence in Dental Education Program Events

The Spotlight on Dental Education series (luncheon and reception) is to honor and celebrate faculty and students who have demonstrated teaching excellence in the College of Dentistry. The goal of this program is to more broadly and publicaly recognize teaching excellence in the college in addition to the Teacher of the Year awards. Click here for more information on the Spotlight on Dental Education Program.


Considering Innovation in Contemporary Education - Luncheon with Dr. Erik Black


Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 12:00‐1:00 p.m., C1-9 ‐ Attendees will learn to identify several polarizing topics in contemporary educational psychology and relate these to their instructional practices, understand the role of innovation theory in contemporary education and gain an appreciation for how foundational philosophies of ontology, epistemology and axiology shape our instruction. Lunch will be provided to the first 75 registrants who RSVP, however, there is no limit to the number of attendees who wish to attend and bring a bag lunch.

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Dr. Erik Black is an associate professor of pediatrics and education and serves as the associate director of the Office of Interprofessional Education at the University of Florida Health Science Center.

First Inaugural UFCD Spotlight on Dental Education Reception

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4:00‐6:00 p.m., Atrium of the HSC Biomedical Science Building ‐ invitation only.

Invitations will be sent to senior dental students who have served as tutors and teaching assistants, Curriculum Committee members, Student Performance Evaluation Committee members, deans and department chairs, program honorees and their nominators. Confirming your attendance here is needed to assist with the catering order.

For any questions contact Anthony Licari at 273-5950 or email: alicari@dental.ufl.edu



Elective Opportunities

How many ELECTIVE hours do you have?

The DMD program includes six hours of elective courses. Elective courses allow you to expand your knowledge and interests in areas that you choose. Plan ahead and don’t wait as some electives are in high demand. Use our elective web page as a quick reference. http://dental.ufl.edu/education/dmd-program/elective-courses/


Instructional Support:

MediaSite Guidelines Update

As of June 2, 2016, all DMD students have access to MediaSite recordings for their year and the prior year, unless the discretion of the course director indicates otherwise, with the understanding if there is a discrepancy in information the current year recording prevails.  For example, the class of 2017 can see their lectures and lectures from the class of 2016. The additional access will double the availability of study information.

MediaSite guidelines state classes ending before 4 p.m. will be posted in ECO before the end of the day. Any classes finishing after 4 p.m. will be posted the next business day. If you have any questions about the guidelines contact Instructional Support (IS) @352-273-6589 or at Mturchin@dental.ufl.edu.


Student Affairs:

The Gale Pride Scholarship

A new scholarship has landed at UFCD, by way of Dr. Marc Gale. The Gale Pride Scholarship was created with the hope of fostering a welcoming and more inclusive environment for all dental students at our college.

The scholarship “represents the first of its kind at the University of Florida and one of only a handful in U.S. dental schools…It is the first endowed scholarship at the College of Dentistry intended for students who, by action and advocacy, support human rights, especially those of LGBTQ students,” explained Dr. Gale.

All DMD students at the College of Dentistry are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Recipients, listed below, were notified in mid-December.

Fitz Brooks – Class of 2017
Wade Combs – Class of 2017
Dana DeLosa – Class of 2018
Byron Amador – Class of 2019
Coty Granatosky – Class of 2019
Daniel Popper – Class of 2019

Sophomore dental student Byron Amador said, “It is an honor to receive the first Gale Pride Scholarship, a big milestone within our school that shows how far we have come as a society. This scholarship supports my path to becoming a health professional who is especially aware of, and willing to address, health disparities that still exist in the LGBT community.”


Clinical Matching

Classes of 2018 and 2019 celebrated the unveiling of their clinical associates matching in October 2016. UFCD students, team leaders, class advisors and faculty members gathered in the HPNP courtyard for activities such as the emoji-themed photo booth and Hyppo popsicles. Students found their clinical pair by matching their emoji stickers. The event was sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences.



Class of 2020 Motto

During the Class of 2020's orientation, students created and voted on mottos and values best describing their class. Class President Matt Dawley and Vice President Dixie Smith unveiled the 10 values and class motto in late November. The motto, “Never above you, never below you. Always beside you,” and 10 values are accompanied by a class logo that encompassed the spirit and character of the freshman class. The Class of 2020 is the first class to accomplish this task, and according to the project's supervisor, Dr. Patricia Xirau-Probert, they will not be the last. For the full motto and values, please visit  http://dental.ufl.edu/education/dmd-program/student-multicultural-affairs/student-leadership-2/freshmen-class-of-2020/



Student Organization Spotlight:
Marketing and Business Management

In this edition of The Wisdom Tooth, we are highlighting the UFCD Marketing & Business Management (MBM) organization. The following information was shared by Joanna Borissova, the current MBM president.

1) Tell us a little about Marketing and Business Management.

​MBM strives to expand what UFCD students know about managing a healthy business. Many members joined this club because they would like to own a private practice in their future, thus we are here to help! The sole purpose of this club is networking with diverse speakers and gaining motivation for the future.

2) What activities does MBM organize/participate in?

MBM organizes 'lunch and learns' for our members. Our first general body meeting was hosted by UFCD alumni Dr. Gregory M. Feldman and Dr. Joseph Sorrentino​. They shared their experiences of transitioning from school to private practice. We also hosted 4th year dental student, Arnelle Wright, to prepare our members on how to succeed in clinics. Our next meeting will host corporation Aspen Dental for the sole purpose of our members to compare a career as an associate and a career in corporate dentistry. In the future, MBM plans to host diverse professionals that can help dentists succeed such as CPAs, bankers, practice management companies, lawyers, and much more.

3) How do you plan on spreading the word about MBM and attracting new members?

In the beginning of the Fall semester, MBM hosted "How to Crush First Year at UF" for our first year dental students. Exemplary​ upperclassmen who have succeeded in various courses gave advice to our members because MBM cares about success in dental school and outside of dental school. Furthermore, our beloved fourth year student, Arnelle Wright, presented "How to crush clinic" for our other members. MBM strives to be active on social media and encourages for members to join with every future planned event.


Did you know we have a new Student Financial Affairs Coordinator?

Angela Moore is filling the role of dentistry's new Student Financial Affairs Coordinator II. She is a satellite advisor for the UF Office of Student Financial Affairs, meaning she is located in the same place as the students. She is an advisor to both dental and vet med students for all financial aid matters. This includes assisting students with any problems that come up with their account, advising students of important financial aid deadlines and educating students on financial aid processes, budgeting, loan repayment options, etc. In addition, she coordinates the awarding of grants and scholarships to dental students.

She is located in room D3-22, hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. She has an open door policy. If the door is open, students are welcome!.

Fun facts: Her happy place is hanging out with a cup of coffee and a good book, and she is a life long Star Trek fan.

Did You Know We Have a New Dental Library Representative?

Sarah Meyer is our new HSC Library Representative. As your Dental Librarian Representative, she serves faculty and students in a variety of ways:

• Meet with you in person or over e-mail to discuss any of your information needs

• Provide information consultations or library orientations

• Guest lecture in your class, department/laboratory meeting, journal club, resident conference, or other venue

• Develop and teach information-related classes workshops on topics such as expert database searching, use of citation management tools, and anti-plagiarism strategies

• Create customized online interactive tutorials for use by on- and off-campus faculty, staff & students

• Conduct literature searches (including IACUC/IRB) for HSC faculty and staff. Also visit the HSCL's FAQ page for additional ways to conduct literature research: http://library.health.ufl.edu/help/faq/

• Provide assistance with data management plan creation and instruction in data management

• Help create/update class reading lists

• Provide basic bioinformatics instruction and consultations

• Assist with the creation of systematic reviews

• Take recommendations for expanding electronic and print resources for the HSC Libraries’ collection

• Collaborate with you on publications, grants, instruction and other academic endeavors