R E N O SO S E L I M S Outstanding OU ASDA Member Tung Nguyen “My Annual Session Experience” Mission Trip: Treasure Beach, Jamaica Endodontists: Partners in Patient Care And More!
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OU ASDA Outstanding Member.....................3 OU ASDA Spring 2013 Timeline......................4 “My Annual Session Experience”.....................8 “Endodontists: Partners in Patient Care”......9 “OU dental students travel to Treasure Beach, Jamaica...”..............................................................10 “Another successful pre-dent simulation course for OU ASDA”......................................12 Inside OUCOD .................................................14 Meet the DS1s/Words from the Wise..........16
OU ASDA received National ASDA Gold Crown Awards this year at Annual Session in Atlanta, Georgia for Best Website, Outstanding Membership and Communications, Excellence in Social Media, Most Improved Newsletter, and the Predental Recruitment Incentive. The spring semester has flown by extremely fast! The 4th years are celebrating completing WREB and the 2nd years are awaiting just a couple more weeks for the dreaded year of dental school doom to end! Our ASDA chapter has had a busy season with the first-ever Pre-Dental Day,
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Letter from the President................................18 Just for Fun..........................................................19
District 9 Meeting, Annual Session, Pre-Dent Simulation Course, and the Aspen Dental Happy Hour. This newsletter will catch you up on those events and let you know about others to come! We hope everyone has a great Summer Break (Part 1) and we will see you in June!
Sooner Smile s 2013 Gold Cr own Award Winn er -Diane Vincent, ’15 OU ASDA Publications Editor
DARYN LU- DISTRICT 9 TRUSTEE
ANNUAL SESSION: CONFERENCE RESOURCES
AND RECIPIENT OF RYAN TURNER
OU ASDA representatives had a great time Annual Session in Atlanta, GA.You can gain online access to resources from the conference including PowerPoint presentations and resolutions by visiting ASDA’s website, www.asdanet.org
Daryn Lu, ’15, was elected District 9 Trustee at the 2013 National ASDA Annual Session conference in Atlanta. He was also the recipient of the Ryan
Turner Memorial Scholarship. Congrats Daryn! We are so proud of you for representing our chapter and ASDA at a District Level!
Outstanding OU ASDA Member: Tung Nguyen Age Hometown Favorite Restuarant Favorite Oklahoma City Thunder Player First big purchase after you graduate
What do you like to do in your free time? What was your favorite ASDA event you attended this year and why?
What have you gained most from ASDA?
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2014 Lambo (Haha I wish, maybe something for the fiancé) Ride around in my new scooter Either the golf tournament because I won a brand new driver despite placing 2nd to last, OR the pre-sim course because I got to cast hearts and Mickey Mouse wax patterns Free toothbrushes/ toothpaste during Dentfest (haha), the opportunity to impact the lives of pre-dents by helping out with the Presim Course and getting the chance to participate in all the ASDA events
A big part of what makes our OU ASDA chapter successful is our member involvement and dedication to service for others. Tung Nguyen has been involved with many ASDA events and we wanted to express our gratitude. At our last spring simulation course, Tung gave demonstrations on how to invest and cast waxups in gold. He was also a participant of the Bumping Dawn volleyball team for our annual tournament and also played in the 2012 ASDA Open-Wide golf tournament. Thank you Tung for representing OU ASDA like a champ! We will continue to make our members’ experience with ASDA the best that it can be. Photos by Chandler Hall, ’15 Historian
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OU ASDAâ€™s first ever Pre-Dental Day introduced students with an interest in dentistry to information regarding admission to dental school, changes in dental school education, the OUCOD clinic structure, and research opportunities. Kaplan DAT gave a presentation and workshops were offered in mock student interviews, personal statement writing, and ethical case discussions. Photos by Daryn Lu, â€™15 President-Elect
The ASDA District 9 Meeting in Breckenridge, CO is an opportunity for students from the 5 schools in our district to network, exchange ideas, learn about opportunities within national ASDA, and listen to guest speakers who talked about financial management, how to run an effective meeting, and chapter branding. Those that attended met with vendors/sponsors including Floss Dental, Heartland, Med Pro, Aspen Dental, and Pacific Dental. The meeting is held once a year and is combined with a ski trip, which is a nice break from studying!
Photos by Loan Vu, â€™14 Historian
Annual Session is a national ASDA conference where the ASDA executive
committee is elected, the House of Delegates meet and have a business meeting to discuss and vote on ASDA policies, and where attendees learn about the latest updates on issues like licensure, workforce models, and student debt. Our chapter won several Gold Crown Awards this year which reflects the hard work put in by our own chapter leaders and members.
Photos by Lindsay DeGuilio, â€™15 Secretary
This spring, Aspen Dental sponsored our ASDA chapter and threw a happy hour get-together on the Allied Arts Rooftop.
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Free beer was provided and the event was catered by Iguana Grill. It was a great time to relax after a tough week of school while networking with Aspen Dental. Shout out to Troy Schmitz, DS2 Vendor Coordinator, for heading up event and making it happen! Photos by Chandler Hall, â€™15 Historian
“My Annual Session Experience” By Raegan Vaughan, ’16 Vendor Coordinator I would have to say that my first ASDA experience at a national level was an inspiring one. Even as I stepped off of the plane back in OKC, after almost missing our connection in Chicago because of the weather, I still felt like a million bucks. The passion and dedication of all the awesome people I had met over the past four days had been highly contagious. My highlights of the trip began on the very first day with keynote speaker, athlete Kyle Maynard. This guy was a phenomenal motivator. Then again, probably anyone who can bench press 420lbs and become a state championship-caliber wrestler with under-developed arms and legs would grab my attention. The quote that really hit home with me from his speech was, “There’s always a tool to help do what we’re looking to do”. This coming from a guy who properly dressed himself for the first time at age 12 using a paperclip… After hearing Kyle’s message, I was ready to soak in as much as I could from the events that followed. As the convention progressed in the following days, I was able to absorb some tools to be effective in areas such as lobbying, networking effectively, preparing for the future of dentistry, and tying bow-ties. It was a proud moment for everyone in our chapter as we took home 5 different chapter awards from the Gold Crown Awards, which was more than any other chapter! My experience was topped off by some of Atlanta’s best BBQ (Daddy D’s), a night out on the town with new friends, and rocking the bow-ties for the President’s Gala to finish the week off. This trip was definitely one I will never forget. It was well worth the time, classes, and exams missed!
Endodontists: Partners in Patient Care A summary of the Annual Session presentation given by James Wolcott, D.D.S., Diplomate American Board of Endodontics By Diane Vincent, ’15 Publications Editor
It was Friday morning of Annual Session. Normally I would be in endo pre-clinic lab most likely cone-fitting for hours trying again and again to get that perfect fit of gutta percha to the apex. Maybe I felt a little bit guilty for missing Dr. Goldbeck’s class or maybe I have a subconscious love for endo. For some reason that morning, I was drawn to attend the breakout session presented by Dr. James Wolcott, from Santa Fe, entitled “Endodontists: Partners in Patient Care.” So regardless whether I felt guilty or secretly love endo, I felt this information was relevant to us as dental students and thought I would take some time to share the notes I had brought back from the session. The following information is a summary of the information presented by Dr. Wolcott. The Patient It is easy to think of patients as a tooth number. How we decide when to refer a patient to an endodontist should be based on patient satisfaction and his or her quality of life. Nine out of ten patients will return to an endodontist if another RCT is needed and based on the 2007 Consumer Survey, 2 to 1 patients prefer going to see a specialist over a general practitioner for endo treatment. However, this does not necessarily mean that the same percentage should be treated by endodontists. When considering the quality of life aspect of the patient and when to refer to a specialist, one must consider the efficiency and availability of a specialist to the patient. Is the patient in pain and do they need emergency treatment? Perhaps by referring to a specialist, the patient will require fewer visits and have a faster treatment schedule. Ultimately, whether we decide to refer should be based on what is BEST for the PATIENT! The Dentist The general practitioner should take into account convenience, efficiency, and positive reflection when deciding when to refer a patient out to a specialist. When a full schedule and a patient in pain collide (Rossman, 1998), the GP may decide to refer the RCT. In time, the young dentist will get better and more efficient in what they do, but they will also find out
what they do not like to do. A way for a GP to stay busy is to do what he/she enjoys most. If endo is not the GP’s thing, then they shouldn’t feel shame for not doing it. Finally, the dentist may use positive reflection in the decision making process when considering to refer to a specialist. The specialist the GP chooses needs to support the same philosophies implemented in his/ her own practice. A possible benefit to referring out is the communication between the specialist and patient. Positive remarks about the GP coming from a specialist can reinforce the credibility of that dentist. The relationship between the dentist and specialist should be a beneficial one. The Expertise Finally when making the decision to refer or not, case difficulty, success rate, and standard of care are important factors. Difficult cases may obviously be more suited for a specialist. When looking at a broad study, it has been shown that specialists and GP’s have about the same success rate of RCT, but one has to keep in mind that the majority of GP are tackling less complex cases. It is important for the GP to know his/her limitations when deciding to do a RCT. On the other hand, a limited study (Alley, 2004) has shown that endodontists have better success with RCT than the general practitioner. This appears to make sense because the specialists are supposed to do it well, and that is their expectation. Lastly, the dentist should think about the standard of care that the patient will be receiving. If the dentist cannot match the standard of care of the specialist, he/she should refer the case. Regardless of the state you live in the GP is still held to the exact same standards as the endodontist. ................................................................................................ The presentation given by Dr. Wolcott was sponsored by The American Association of Endodontics. The AAE accepts student membership for $55/year and includes a year subscription of Journal of Endodontics. For more information, please visit www.AEE.org. 9
OU dental students travel to Treasure Beach, Jamaica for a mission trip over spring break. By Loan Vu, ’14 Historian
To see Loan’s video about her trip, follow the link below
This past spring break, I traveled to Treasure Beach, Jamaica for a dental mission trip with 7 dental students from Oklahoma, 6 from Louisville, 4 from Iowa, a hygienist from Ohio State and 2 incredible dentists. Over the course of many years, Dr. Jim Carney, of Illinois, built a dental clinic attached to the Hopewell Church in Treasure Beach. He slowly imported 8 dental chairs from the US and set up operatories with handpieces,water, and suction! Dr. Bill Griffin, of Virginia, and founder of dentalmissiontrips.com, also co-chaired the trip and lead the spiritual mission of our trip with vespers every morning. Our team worked four days from 11:30 in the morning till often 8pm at night and ended up treating 331 patients. We performed 477 extractions, 61 cleanings, and 30 fillings. We also gave oral health instruction presentations to the elementary school attached to the church and handed out toothbrushes to the most adorable children. However, don’t worry. It wasn’t all work and no play. Our accommodations were actually private villa houses that had balconies overlooking the ocean. Every morning we would wake with the sun, grab a cup of renowned Blue Mountain Coffee and walk downstairs to sit on the beach and listen to the ocean. We also had two full days to explore the natural beauty of of Jamaica. On our first day in Jamaica, we went to YS Falls Water Park where we zip-lined and climbed a waterfall. On our last day in Jamaica, we took a boat tour through Black River where we spotted crocodiles, dolphins, and a large tree swing, while drinking from coconuts plucked fresh off the tree. I feel so blessed to have this experience. I am now so much more comfortable doing extractions and giving local anesthesia. I met some really inspiring like-minded people from across the nation. The people of Treasure Beach welcomed us with open arms and I am so grateful. I’ll be back. One day soon, hopefully.
Another successful Pre-Dent Simulation Course for OU ASDA -By Diane Vincent, DS2 Publications Editor
Do you remember when you were a pre-dental student? Choosing a career path like dentistry is a big commitment that takes time and resources in order to get a foot in the door to dental school. OU ASDAâ€™s PreDental Committee aims to provide resources, such as the Pre-Dental Simulation Course, to aspiring dentists to help increase their chances of acceptance into dental school. The Pre-Dental Simulation Course was a success this April and many ASDA members volunteered to help give predental students an inside look on what dental school is like. The pre-dents started off the morning with a lecture in dental morphology and an intro to operative dentistry. Next, they did a wax up of a mandibular molar and learned how to take impressions of a typodont and
Photos by Chandler Hall, â€™15 Historian
pour them up in stone. During the lunch break, a panel of students representing each school year were available to answer any questions that the pre-dents had regarding the application process and dental school life in general. The afternoon session consisted of tours of the school, a presentation given by Kaplan, and hands-on exercises including cutting class 1 cavity preps in plastic teeth and filling them with composite and amalgam, and investing and casting demonstrations. Around 50 pre-dental students attended from schools in Oklahoma and Texas. Any OU ASDA member can volunteer to help out with our Sim Courses. The next course is scheduled for this fall, so be sure to get involved!
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INSIDE There are so many great organizations the OUCOD has to offer. Many of our ASDA members are actively involved in these groups and are accomplishing wonderful things for the community and our school. We decided to designate a space in our newsletter to update our readers on what is happening in these groups!
STUCO The OUCOD Student Council elected its new officers for the 2013-2014 school year. OU ASDA would like to extend a big congratulations to those elected! President: Tim McNamara Vice President: Krystal Mills Secretary: Lindsay DeGuilio Treasurer: Lauren Bowers Social Chair: Carlie Hall, CJ Ragha
Oklahoma Association of Women Dentists
Senior Dinner @ The OAWD is holding a Senior Dinner, sponsored by Alexander and Strunk, for the female DS4 members to celebrate them as they approach graduation and embark on the next chapter in their lives. The event will be held on May 2nd at 6:30 pm at Stella Modern Italian Cuisine. If you are an OAWD member, be sure to look through your school email for the Evite in order to RSVP. The event is free for DS4 OAWD members and all other student members can attend for $20. An awards presentation and OAWD oﬃcer installations for the new academic year will follow after dinner. Congratulations to the Class of 2013 and good luck in your future endeavors!
Senate: Jenny Chadd, Shelby Olsen Senate Proxy: Brent Haynes, Loan Vu Hygiene Senate: Eryn Pennello Community Service Chair: Priyanka Kainthla Campus Activities Chair & Rep: Loan Vu, Clark Torbert
Upcoming OAWD Events: Class of 2017 Freshman Welcome Lunch June 21 OAWD Membership Drive August Date and Location TBD 14
-By Diane Vincent, DS2 Publications Editor
The Staples Society represented our school at the Regional Food Bank this month. They helped box and organize goods to distribute to the Oklahoma community. 1 in 6 Oklahomans struggle with hunger and Staples has become part of the solution by taking time out of our busy school schedules and volunteering a few times each year.
Photos by Loan Vu
The Staples Society also held a Big Brother Big Sister Event â€œJump 4 Joyâ€? at the Trampoline Elevation Park. It was a fun-filled night of eating pizza and joyfully jumping around with some great kiddos. The BBBS organization is such a great event and Staples is honored to be involved with it every year! SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS/SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS: If you would like OU ASDA to recap your event or make an announcement in our newsletter please contact one of our publications editors.
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By Katie Camacho, ’16 Publications Editor
HOMETOWN: Purcell, OK
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UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/MAJOR: University of Oklahoma with a BA in Letters and a BS in Zoology FAVORITE TOOTH: Maxillary central incisor, because I never missed that one on an ID exam FAVORITE QUOTE: “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”Hans Selye DREAM JOB (BESIDES DENTIST): As a kid I thought that I would be an Architect, I would spend hours drawing blueprints of houses or zoos. I even talked to my advisor about changing my major at OU to Architecture. HOBBIES: Yoga, running, working in the yard, painting
BRENT HAYNES HOMETOWN: Midwest City, OK UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/MAJOR: University of Oklahoma/B.S. Mechanical & Bioengineering FAVORITE FOOD: Tie between New York style pizza or lasagna rolls FAVORITE THING TO DO OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL: Playing drums is a huge stress reliever FAVORITE TOOTH: Big fan of mandibular first molars DREAM JOB (BESIDES DENTIST): Musician or chef HOBBIES: Music (drumming), cooking, baking, soccer, softball, volleyball, running/working out, hanging out with friends, movies, volunteering, shuffling, video games, yo-yo-ing
KRISTEN LINTON HOMETOWN: Del Rio, Tx UNDERGRAD/MAJOR: Southern Methodist University/Biology with a minor in Business FAVORITE FOOD: Gyros FAVORITE SONG: Metric “Help I’m Alive” FAVORITE THING TO DO OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL: Travel FAVORITE TOOTH: Maxillary 1st premolar HOBBIES: Scuba diving, skiing, cooking 16
“Farewell to Class of 2013” With graduation being a mere one month away I on behalf of the senior class would like to look back, and re9lect on our past four years together. We have been through long and sleepless nights study biochemistry and anatomy, hours trying to make our wax-‐ups “smooth,” and days debating if we will ever get out of here. Yet somehow it seems like only yesterday we were given our restorative kits, and told to save the world one tooth at a time. It also was not that long ago when our 9irst occlusal 9illings took us a three-‐hour clinic period, because the entire 9irst hour was spent conquering the rubber dam. Through the good and the bad times we have gotten closer as a class, received a quality dental education, and matured as dental professionals. Many have also found the time to not only balance their school lives, but also their personal lives. As a class we have much more to show for our past four years at the OUCOD than just a box of waxed crowns with “ideal” anatomy. We have had 14 engagements leading to happy marriages. We have also seen pictures and videos, denoting 13 new babies growing up before our eyes. Not to mention the new babies we have on the way. As our time together is running short we are excited to say our farewells in order to go our separate ways to begin promising dental careers. From the class-‐-‐-‐will be going into private practice, -‐-‐-‐will be joining a practice, 17 are entering residencies, and many are undecided. Along with our post-‐graduation accomplishments, we have overcome new changes throughout our education. We were the 9irst to conquer aXium and digital radiographs, the 9irst to welcome four students into our class via the Advanced Standing Program For International Dentists and the 9irst to truly experience comprehensive care clinic. Most importantly, we had a distinct reputation; known for our pranks, chain emails, and interesting photos. No matter how far we are apart in our post-‐dental school lives, we will always be the Smurf Blue OUCOD class of 2013! -‐ Stephanie McCarty, Class of 2013
Words from the Wise Want advice on how to survive dental school? Why not go straight to those who have been there, done that, and learned the tricks of the trade! WITH WREB OVER, THE DS4’S ARE ALMOST OUT OF HERE! WHAT WORDS OF WISDOM DO YOU HAVE FOR THE REST OF US WHO WILL EVENTUALLY FALL IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS?
First years you might already think dental school sucks but you've had it easy, prepare for the year from hell because second year can't be described in any other way. Second years you can now wax crowns with the best of them but it doesn't matter, you'll grind all that pretty anatomy you spent hours working on out of
that fancy crown because your patients occlusion will be high. Third years you're big time now. My only advice for you is actually more of a favor from us all. When all the construction is complete, please for the history and legacy of the OUCOD, enshrine a new Brown 41 for all who enter to enjoy. -‐ Cody Christensen Quit frowning. Play Ke$ha at your chair, shoot your pedo patients with the water tip, tell your patients the coping try-‐in is the 9inal restoration, superglue your buddies bur block to the desk. Have fun. If you're miserable in dental school, blame yourself. It's possible to enjoy yourself, you just gotta make it happen. So smile, ya'll gonna be 9ine -‐ Trent McCord Find an instructor or several who will truly mentor you and gain as much knowledge as possible in
your short time here. Those mentors will be with you not only through school but for the rest of your career. And lastly, hang in there...you’ll make it through! -‐ Shanetha Collier Take it from me-‐-‐Your four years 9ly by! Your classmates are BY FAR the best thing about dental school. Don't take them for granted, and spend as much time as you can getting to know them and learning from them (after all, they're about to be your colleagues!). -‐ Nolan Jenkins Remember to always 9ind time for fun, family, and friends. It will feel like you have no time but taking an afternoon or evening off from studying will help maintain your sanity and your relationships. Also, when in doubt...pinky out! -‐ Melissa Nguyen-‐French 17
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Letter From the President ) (Photo by Shak Feroz, ’16
Wow, May is upon us already and that means a lot of change at the College of Dentistry. Each of us will be experiencing change in some aspect or another, whether it is graduating or simply moving on to the next year. So too will the COD, as the commons and first floor are already seeing changes in the first phase of the renovation project. Much like these changes we will all experience in the next month, OU ASDA went through quite a few changes itself over the last year. We amped up our communication efforts by creating a website, establishing a relevant social media presence, and revamping this very newsletter. We added new events like ASDA Happy Hours and the 1st annual Pre Dental Day. We even beefed up our philanthropic efforts in the community through our relationship with The First Tee of Oklahoma City and doing screenings at Douglass Mid-High School. All of this work did not go unnoticed, we took home 5 Gold Crown Awards at ASDA’s Annual Session in Atlanta this past March. Overall it has been an incredibly productive year, one that could not have been possible without a hard-working executive committee and strong membership. I am excited to see what is in store for our ASDA chapter in the future, as I am confident the 2013-14 executive committee will accomplish bigger and better things. I am incredibly honored to have led such a strong ASDA chapter over the last year. Seth Brooks OU ASDA President 2012-12
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Happy Retirement! Joy Beckerley Luis Blanco Robert Carson Vicki Coury Glen Houston
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Thank you for all that you have taught us while you were here at OUCOD and for all that you have done in helping us become great dentists! You will be missed!
Interested in writing an article for Sooner Smiles? Contact an OU ASDA publications editor: Jon Barnes, DS3 Diane Vincent, DS2 Katie Camacho, DS1
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