GSDM Shines Bright at 2017 John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day

IMG_1372A diverse community of educators and students gathered at the Boston University Medical School on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, for the twelfth annual John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day, which brings together Boston University Medical Campus faculty, staff, students, fellows, and residents for a productive, fast-paced day of lectures, presentations, and networking.

Among the participants in the twelfth annual John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day, which lasted from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. were several Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) faculty, staff, and students.

The annual scholarly event is named after former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)—1976 to 2006—Dr. John McCahan. When Dr. McCahan was appointed to the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1976, after an impressive professorial career, he showed a particular interest in patient-doctor interaction and the teaching methodologies that resulted in effective clinical skills. In so doing, he quickly won the respect and support of his colleagues and students at BUSM.

The day started with a Meet and Greet and Welcome Address with Provost of the Boston University Medical Campus and Dean of Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Karen Antman.

The Keynote Lecture, which came after Dr. Antman’s welcome, was delivered by Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli EdD, Co-Principal Investigator for the Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative for the Association of American Universities. Her talk, titled, “Fostering a Culture of Teaching & Learning,” focused on professional development, mentoring, and innovative teaching strategies.

Next came four workshops run by various faculty, staff, and residents at BUMC. One workshop, “Goal-Based Communication Training in Healthcare Education,” was taught by GSDM’s Dr. Michael Slesnick, Clinical Instructor in GSDM’s Department of General Dentistry and Group Practice Leader in the Predoctoral Patient Treatment Center.

Other presenters for those workshops were; Drs. Shoumita Dasgupta, Karen Symes, and Angela Jackson (BUSM); Drs. Jeffery Markuns and Laura Goldman (BUSM); and Mr. Kenith Wilson and Dr. Vafa Akhtar-Khavari (BUSM).

Next, the Dean’s Panel took place from 12 to 12:40 p.m. The theme of the Dean’s panel was “Fostering the Culture of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation.” Serving on the Dean’s Panel from GSDM was Dr. Neal Fleisher, Clinical Professor in General Dentistry,  Director of Predoctoral Periodontics and Director of Faculty Development.

After the panel, several faculty and staff were honored with awards, as well as two GSDM community members. First, Dr. Penelopi Pani, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry, was honored with the Faculty Appreciation Award for Predoctoral Education. This award is given to a faculty member, who through the use of technology or alternative modalities of teaching and assessment, has been able to inspire and motivate his/her students to achieve competency in their subject matter, while enhancing student learning. The second award, the Faculty Appreciation Award for Postdoctoral Education was presented to Dr. Melih Motro, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Dr. Celeste Kong, Professor and Chair of the Department of General Dentistry, was on hand to present both awards. Of Dr. Pani she said, “Words do not fully express how wonderfully she is able accomplish all aspects of this teaching experience. Dr. Pani is calm, focused, and has never let the students falter, or feel inadequate. In presenting Dr. Motro with his award, Dr. Kong said, “Dr. Motro is one of those unique people who commands respect from his peers and residents, not with his words, but with his actions. Simply stated, he is a humble, quiet professional.”

Poster and oral presentations followed the awards; the themes for which were “Education Technology,” to demonstrate creative use of interactive technology to augment learning, and “Education Innovation and Research,” to showcase scholarship or ongoing research in education at BUMC.

Many GSDM faculty members presented:

Utilizing Virtual Smile Design for Patient’s Treatment Acceptance: A Modern Tool for Patient’s Education

Mr. Haidar Alalwi; Dr. Alexander Bendayan; and Dr. Hiroshi Hirayama

Digital technologies have revolutionized the way medical and dental care is being provided. In dentistry, a patient’s participation and understanding of their treatment options is critical for acceptance and satisfaction. In this simple case report, we have utilized a digital technique available to analyze the patient’s smile and esthetic demands to provide them with a pre expected result prior to any teeth preparation. CEREC SW software 4.4.4 version was utilized to incorporate a patient’s frontal photograph and optical impressions were merged to generate a virtual smile to be presented to the patient for understanding and acceptance.

Challenging the Status Quo: A Digital Approach to Dental Education

Dr. Hesham Nouh and Dr. Neal Fleisher

While dental implantology has become a major focus in clinical dentistry, its importance in dental education has lagged behind. Educating dental students in the disciplines of implantology and the emerging field of “digital dentistry” have become an important initiative at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM).

At BUGSDM, we have taken a leading role in developing a new standard in teaching these concepts and skills to pre-doctoral students. The scope of this initiative is a first of its kind in dental education; resulting in professional interest as evidenced by invitations to speak at national and international dental meetings.

Practical Skills-Based Communication Training for Dental Students

Dr. Michael Slesnick; Dr. Marianne Jurasic; Ms. Sharron Rich; Dr. Celeste Kong; and Dr. Joseph Calabrese

Communication and Interpersonal Skills is one of six domains in which new general dentists must be competent in order to enter the profession. The challenge is effectively teaching communication without overwhelming the student’s schedules or unreasonably increasing the demands on faculty. Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) has instituted a training program designed to meet this challenge.