On Monday, September 11, 2017, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) hosted a group of Latin American faculty from two universities in Chile, South America. The cohort visited GSDM to learn how the School had implemented Digital Dentistry into its curriculum so effectively and efficiently.
Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter welcomed the attendees to the School and Boston. He was followed by Assistant Dean for Digital Dentistry Development & Clinical Training, Dr. Alexander Bendayan, who introduced the GSDM faculty who have played a key role in the integration of Digital Dentistry. A guided tour of our Patient Treatment Centers and the Simulation Learning Center (SLC) was then provided during which the participants were able to witness the full integration of digital technologies into the GSDM curriculum, our teaching environments, and patient care.
Following the tour, the group then returned to the Dean’s Conference Room for a presentation on how GSDM has incorporated a seamless Digital Dentistry education into the curriculum. The presenters highlighted the processes used by showing “the changes implemented and clinical cases that demonstrated the implementation in the Patient Treatment Center,” said Dr. Bendayan.
The GSDM faculty who participated in the presentation were Dr. Bendayan; Dr. Louis Brown, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Celeste Kong, Professor and Chair of the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Hesham Nouh, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Director of Predoctoral Prosthodontics & Restorative Dentistry; and Dr. Matthew Zweig, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Director of the Group Practice Experience & Team Leadership. Ms. Betsy Ashworth, Head of the GSDM account with Denstply Sirona was also on hand to answer any questions the group might have.
The program participants from South America were:
- Catalina Ros Catholic and Dr. Natacha Oyarzo from the University of Chile
- Luis Vicentela and Dr. Danilo Ocaranza from the Development University of Concepción Chile
- Germán Kociuk CAD/CAM developer
- Eduardo Loreto Latin America Regional Manager