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School of Dental Medicine

Celebrating 150 Years ADEA and AADR

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

TUSDM continued the school’s 150th anniversary celebrations at both the American Dental Education Association Session and the American Association for Dental Research Meeting and Exhibition in 2018.

A student accepts an award at AADR

TUSDM continued the school’s 150th anniversary celebrations at both the American Dental Education Association Session and Exhibition in Orlando, FL on March 17-20 and the American Association for Dental Research Meeting and Exhibition in Fort Lauderdale, FL on March 21-24.

To commemorate the anniversary, TUSDM had exhibitor booths at both conferences staffed by student presenters. The booths highlighted the 150th celebration, research opportunities, the schools accomplishments, and allowed visitors to ask students questions about the school and ongoing research. The school held a reception at AADR for corporate sponsors, faculty, staff and students to celebrate the anniversary on Thursday, March 22.

AADR

TUSDM won the award for most student abstracts accepted and was recognized at the NSRG Student Meeting & Awards Ceremony. There were 66 abstracts accepted, with 91% of them being first author submissions. This topped the numbers from the previous two years. Additionally, there were 60 poster and oral presentations from faculty, staff and students, with 73 participants from TUSDM in attendance.  

TUSDM was also honored with the “NSRG Newsletter Award” for best student newsletter. The newsletter, Dentes, was created by the Bates Student Research Group in Fall 2017. You can read a copy of it on the AADR website.

ADEA

Holly Fadie, D18, received an ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Preventative Dentistry Scholarship at this year’s conference.  The scholarship is awarded to twelve predoctoral dental students each year who have demonstrated academic excellence in preventative dentistry. Eight Tufts students have received the scholarship in past years.

Irina Dragan, assistant professor in periodontology, was elected secretary for the American Dental Education Association during the conference. Dragan was previously involved with the ADEA Special Interest Group Career Development for New Educations.

Twenty-two students, staff and faculty presented at the conference this year, on topics including interprofesional education, studio-recorded lectures, grading trends, and quantitative and qualitative evaluations. There were 34 participants from TUSDM at the conference.

The dental school’s successful showing at both conferences was coordinated by Gerard Kugel, associate dean for research administration, as well as Katie Dunn, program manager in research administration.