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School of Dental Medicine

TUSDM Turns 150: Perspectives on the Future of Dentistry and Healthcare

Friday, September 28, 2018

In 1868, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (then known as Boston Dental College) was founded. In the 150 years since, a great deal has changed, both at TUSDM and in the profession of dentistry itself. In 1868, who could have predicted how the advent of x-rays, porcelain crowns, and dental implants would change what it meant to practice dentistry?

As we gather to commemorate TUSDM's 150th anniversary, we invite friends and alumni of TUSDM to join us as we not only reflect on the past, but also look to the future. This is an opportunity for our community to consider some of the broader questions that will face the school and the profession in the coming years:

  • What will the dental profession look like five, ten, or twenty years from now?
  • How will dentistry fit into the larger healthcare landscape?
  • How can we prepare dental students for success?
  • What emerging technologies are likely to have a dramatic effect on dental practice?

In order to spur discussion on these important topics, TUSDM will be hosting a two-day symposium featuring an expert panel of dental and medical experts. We hope you will join us for this groundbreaking event!

Course Schedule and Speakers:

Friday, September 28th

Keynote Speaker: Daniel Kraft, MD - 'The Future of Health & Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?'

Ellen Zane, MA - 'The Real Drivers of Healthcare Costs and What They Mean for the Future'

Richard Valachovic, DMD, MPH - 'The Future of Dental Education'

Saturday, September 29th

Athena Papas, DMD, PhD - 'The Future of Diagnostics'

Noshir Mehta, BDS, DMD, MDS, MS & Irina Dragan, DDS, MS - 'The Future of Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Treatment Planning'

Evangelos Papathanasiou, DDS, MS, DMD, PhD - 'Future Perspectives for Therapy of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases'

Pamela Yelick, PhD - 'The Future of Growing Teeth'