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WORD of MOUTH University, College celebrate the exciting start of IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC The University of Illinois at address these challenges by Chicago on Oct. 28 launched creating a sustainable model IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC. of dental education, recruiting The College of Dentistry and retaining talented faculty has announced its goal of $37 and staff, promoting relevant million as part of the overall research that includes basic $750 million University-wide and translational science, and campaign and our theme is increasing our focus and reach “Changing the Future of Oral in community-based activities. Health.” The public phase of the Through the success of the campaign will last five years and IGNITE campaign, we will: 1.) conclude on June 30, 2022. Redefine the model for student “We are inviting everyone experience and success; 2.) to play a critical Cultivate and role in the empower success of this faculty leaders; transformational 3.) Drive lifecampaign for changing the College of discoveries; Dentistry,” said and 4.) Dean Clark Strengthen Stanford. “We connection want each of to our Patients are becoming more comyou to be the communities. plex in terms of their medical, sospark that lights “Success cial, and emotional history, and the the fire within us in this College will provide an education making future graduates competent and to join in a campaign in that complex environment. campaign like will propel no other.” us forward During the to where our IGNITE campaign, the College students are performing at the of Dentistry will leverage its top one to two percent in the world-wide status and position nation, if not globally,” of leadership to improve the Dr. Stanford said. manner in which students learn In addition to the focus on and of how the profession the four University strategic impacts society. The College’s initiatives listed above, IGNITE: next important steps will directly The Campaign for UIC will

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provide the resources for the College to secure funding in five critical core areas. Realize a new model of care: We will partner with fellow UIC health sciences colleges to realize a model of providing healthcare throughout northern Illinois and the State. We envision a model that allows patients to see a team of primary-care providers—dentists, physicians,

The future of the College is in its people, so attracting and supporting the most talented students is critical.

nurse practitioners, and many others in the primary care team, all in one visit located in a clinic in their own community. “The patients in the future are going to be much more complex in terms of their medical, social, and emotional history, and we’re going to have to provide an education that is immersive and makes our future graduates competent in that complex environment,” Dr. Stanford said. “They need to be able to operate within the primary care environment of the future where they are going to be working much closer with colleagues from all different parts of the healthcare system.” Support students: The future of the College is in its people, so attracting and supporting the most talented and ambitious students is critical. “The IGNITE Campaign from the College’s perspective is to really focus on student outcomes,” Dean Stanford said. “The best way to do that is through continuously improving our faculty, because faculty are an important part of the student outcomes, as well as increase the

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amount of student scholarships to support a broader range of students to be able to come here and be able to experience the profession of dentistry.” He noted that scholarships are crucial because there is a concern that “people who traditionally would be excellent dentists aren’t even considering entering the profession because of the cost.” “There are many ways to support the IGNITE campaign and we invite alumni and friends to create named endowed scholarships that are enduring or to designate their support to the A.C.E. Student Scholarship Fund, which provides current use scholarship dollars annually to help alleviate student indebtedness,” said Associate Dean for Advancement Mark J. Valentino. Partner for innovation: We will enter into public/ private partnerships where research interests align. “There are two big areas of exploding science right now in the areas of health and healthcare,” said Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean for Research. “One is the area of ‘Big Data,’ which deals with everything from the microbes, the fungi, and the viruses that make up who we are,” Dr. Cooper said. “The interplay among them is so important to most of the chronic diseases we treat. Understanding that really is a computational issue. Big Data science provides strategic linkages and bridges to other expertise, and makes sure that dentistry plays a leading role. “The other area extremely important for us is the implementation science, looking at everything from design,

Where research interests align, the College will partner for innovation with other public and private institutions. Dean and UIC Distinguished Professor Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, Cert. Prosthodontics, Associate Dean for Advancement Mark J. Valentino Editor-in-Chief William S. Bike

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to how a patient identifies that they have a health issue, to how they engage with a health provider, to how they get themselves—both individually as well as a population—to a state of health, and maintain that health,” Dr. Cooper said. “This is so important because this is where many of our other allied health colleagues are going, and dentistry

The College of Dentistry contingent at the IGNITE kickoff included Dr. Budi Kusnoto, Interim Head, Orthodontics; Dr. Manal Ibrahim, member of the College’s Alumni Board; Dr. Terry Sellke, longtime Orthodontics faculty member; Dean Clark Stanford; and Dr. Dale Nickelsen, longtime Pediatric Dentistry faculty member.

needs to take a leadership position.” In addition, Dr. Cooper said, the College is also particularly strong in regenerative medicine, and among the College’s IGNITE goals are obtaining funding for a Center for Regenerative Medicine and an Endowed Chair for its Director. “Endowing faculty positions to retain and recruit the brightest and the best faculty will allow the College to build on the excellence of its research enterprise and donors who fund research projects will be our partners in incredible discovery over the next five years,” added Valentino. “Private support in this critical space also will give our students increased research opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.” Fund faculty excellence: We will secure endowed chairs and professorships to attract and retain the faculty expertise and bandwidth necessary to carry out the strategic goals we outline. “Recruiting and retaining the very best faculty is one of the biggest challenges—there’s a lot of competition out there,” Dean Stanford said. “We have to make sure that when we recruit, that potential faculty member knows he or she is coming to a place of excellence. “One measure of excellence is having endowed faculty positions, which provide additional resources to allow the faculty member to do great things, like trying innovative educational approaches, innovative science, and innovation in terms of addressing social equity issues,” he added. Invest in infrastructure: We will continue to make December 2017

strides in updating our infrastructure, technology, and learning environments to create a comfortable, contemporary, and welcoming environment for our students, staff, and the populations we serve. “Students not only want the best in terms of faculty, but they want the best in technology,” Dr. Stanford explained. “They want to know that when they will have the best education they possibly can. That takes the creation of leading-edge facilities, so facilities are going to be an ongoing part of this.” The College’s specialty departments also have compiled a list of fundraising priorities for the IGNITE campaign. Dr. Stanford also noted that one of the features of the campaign “is to embrace and expand on our ability to intellectually visualize for the students their role in that process of improving equity of health—the role that they play in improving health for both the individual patient and the health of the community.” He looks at the College’s future legacy as “to continuously create opportunities. To never shut doors because of cost, resources, difficulty, and challenges of a complex profession. We want to continuously create those opportunities to let everyone have a chance. “Along with faculty, staff play an invaluable role in the education of our students,” Dean Stanford said. “The people who run this place day-to-day are the staff. Those are the people who also need to be supported, rewarded, and embraced with an invitation to be part of what is a high quality education and research enterprise as we

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provide excellent service to every one of our patients.” “People are what makes this place work,” Dr. Stanford concluded. Look for more information regarding IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC and our effort to “Change the Future of Oral Health.” For more information on the Ignite campaign, contact the College’s Office of Advancement at (312) 996-0485.

Dr. Elizabeth Kaminsky Named Schweitzer Fellow

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Periodontics Resident Dr. Elizabeth Kaminsky was named an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for the 2017-18 year. Dr. Kaminsky earned her fellowship through the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program, a chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, and through the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, an independent policy center that conducts research, educates, and collaborates with other groups to advocate policies and impact health systems to improve the health status of all people. Schweitzer Fellows spend a year working to address barriers affecting the health of underserved communities and develop lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer, for whom the fellowship is named. “The Schweitzer Fellowship program is an


extraordinary opportunity for students and residents to engage in service projects and set the stage for a serviceoriented career,” said Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences. “Fellows understand the need to extend access to care and respond to the health challenges faced Dentistry Periodontics Resident Dr. Elizabeth by the whole community. We Kaminsky was named an are proud of the record of achievement by our Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer Fellow. Fellows. Elizabeth Kaminsky is continuing that record.” “I chose to apply for the Schweitzer Fellowship because I believe holistic care, interdisciplinary teamwork, and community outreach should be the foundation of dental medicine,” Dr. Kaminsky said. “Becoming a Schweitzer Fellow will help me reach these goals as a future dentist and healthcare provider.” She noted that her Schweitzer project “involves increasing dental education and access to dental care for an at-risk, underserved community on Chicago’s North Side.” Dr. Kaminsky is working at the Broadway Youth Center (BYC), a branch of Howard Brown Health.

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“BYC is a safe space for LGBTQ youth ages 12-to-24 who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability,” Dr. Kaminsky explained. BYC offers low-cost and free services such as medical, social, and mental health care along with resource advocacy (ID replacement, housing referrals, and food stamp and job application assistance), education opportunities (a GED program, tutoring, and scholarship assistance), and drop-in services (such as food, clothing, youth-led programming, and leadership opportunities). “I am seeing youth for dental screenings and education sessions to improve dental knowledge and help them access dental treatment at UIC,” Dr. Kaminsky said. “I hope to increase awareness about the importance of dental care as a component of the overall systemic health of the youths,” she continued. “I also hope to create a partnership between BYC and UIC so that a dental referral system will be in place for future years.” Dr. Kaminsky noted that she is working closely with her UIC Schweitzer mentor, Dr. Colin Haley, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, to make the referral system possible. “Any time we as a dental profession can increase knowledge about what we do and why it is important, we help ourselves by erasing misconceptions and decreasing barriers to care,” Dr. Kaminsky said. “By expanding the network that we serve, we can help local community members who otherwise have no dental home.” Dr. Kaminsky is one of two current Schweitzer Fellows at the College. The other is student Joseph Deek. Since the 2006-07 year, the College has had 16 students or residents serve as Schweitzer Fellows. “In the face of ongoing uncertainty in our health care system and increased threats to the services our most vulnerable residents rely on, the role of our Schweitzer Fellows as ambassadors of hope is more important than ever,” said Dr. Arthur Kohrman, Chair of the Schweitzer Fellowship Advisory Council and a board member at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group. Dr. Kaminsky noted that additional volunteers at BYC always are welcome. For more information, log on to For a video on two earlier College of Dentistry Schweitzer Fellows, log on to https://

Pain/Oral Medicine residency, her presence makes a tremendous difference in treating unusual and unique Orofacial Pain patients.” (See related article, page 6.) Dr. Wigdor also noted that Dr. Beth Miloro, Clinical Assistant Professor, OMDS, also is a key faculty member in the Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic. “This clinic can only be successful with outstanding clinicians such as Dr. Miloro, Dr. Sahni, and others,” he said. Besides an increased emphasis on treating Orofacial Pain, Dr. Wigdor noted that the new clinic will “provide the dental students with more of an understanding of the medical model—how to take a good health history,” he said. “When you read the literature on physical diagnosis, many practitioners believe that 80% of performing a correct diagnosis is attained through proper health histories.” Collaboration is another emphasis at the new clinic. “We had a patient suffering from Crohn’s disease who was developing oral ulcers,” Dr. Wigdor explained. “Oral ulcers are not uncommon with patients who present with Crohn’s or irritable bowel syndrome, but dentists and gastroenterologists may not always be familiar with this. That’s an example of why they should collaborate and why taking a good health history is crucial.” He also said that the clinic is developing a closer collaboration with the Department of Dermatology at UI Health. “A lot of what we treat are dermatologic lesions,” Dr. Wigdor explained. “There are times we need to lean on a dermatologist to help us out because there are a lot of medicines available for dermatologic lesions that they

OMDS has New Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic; Dr. Harvey Wigdor is Chief of Clinic

The Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (OMDS) has expanded the scope of its Oral Medicine Clinic, which now is the Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic. Dr. Harvey Wigdor, Professor, OMDS, is Chief of the new clinic, which is located on the first floor of the College. “It’s not just a name change,” Dr. Wigdor explained. “It’s a significant difference. We have been treating Orofacial Pain in patients. But now that we’ve brought on Dr. Jasjot Sahni, who was trained at USC in an Orofacial December 2017

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work with much more commonly than we do.” The Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic also welcomes outside referrals. Dr. Wigdor earned his DDS in 1976 and his MS in Oral Pathology, both from the College, in 1984. “I was in the first dental class in the College building in 1972, so I’ve been here 35 years,” Dr. Wigdor said. “So I basically opened up the place and never left.” After he earned his DDS, Dr. Wigdor was invited by Dr. Daniel M. Laskin, then head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, to become an attending in the Oral Surgery Clinic in the General Practice Residency Program at the University of Illinois Hospital. Dr. Wigdor noted that about 20 years ago, then OMDS-head Dr. Joel Epstein asked him to join the Oral Medicine Clinic. Dr. Wigdor also thanked Dr. Richard Monahan, Head of OMDS, for naming him Chief of the new Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic. In addition to his work at the College, Dr. Wigdor spent 15 years as Chair of the Department of Dentistry at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital and directed its General Practice Residency training program.

Drs. Beth Miloro, Jasjot Sahni, and Harvey Wigdor at the Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic.

Orofacial Pain Expert Dr. Jasjot Kaur Sahni Joins OMDS

Orofacial pain expert Dr. Jasjot Kaur Sahni has joined the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (OMDS) as a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor. “I deal with Chronic Orofacial Pain including mainly TMD and neuropathic pain, on a daily basis,” she explained. “I’m also trained in Dental Sleep Medicine and Oral Medicine.” Dr. Sahni also diagnoses and treats lesions, headaches, neuropathic pain, trigeminal neuropathy and neuralgia, myofascial pain, muscle pain, joint issues, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), burning mouth syndrome, dry mouth, bruxism, halitosis, and sleep disorders caused by craniofacial issues. Her primary focus remains the treatment of Orofacial 6

Pain. “In Chicago, I feel that there is a great need for a specialist in this field with my kind of training,” Dr. Sahni explained. “With other UIC faculty, our aim is to build a successful Orofacial Pain clinic within the Oral Medicine clinic, now called the Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic. We’re adding an important component of orofacial pain treatment and offering services for patients who cannot get help elsewhere.” “I’m seeing patients with the students and it is mainly a teaching clinic setup, so we have limitations sometimes,” she said. “I use conservative, reversible, and holistic treatments, and if needed, we refer the patients appropriately, to specialists including Oral Surgeons, Physical Therapists, Psychotherapists, Neurologists, Sleep Physicians, and Chronic Pain Physicians, when necessary. This multidisciplinary approach is the key in managing these complex pain patients. I always tell my patients that I am going to manage their pain and do not promise a cure to their conditions.” Dr. Harvey Wigdor, Professor, OMDS, is Chief of the Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic (see related article, page 5). Dr. Sahni earned her dental degree from India, and earned her certificate in Oral Medicine with an emphasis on Orofacial Pain at the University of Southern California. She was taught by well-reputed mentors in the field of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine. She also is in private practice with Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Chicago. She previously had been with the Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Clinic at USC. She also taught DDS students during her residency at USC. Dr. Sahni earned a research grant from the American Association of Oral Medicine to study bisphosphonaterelated osteonecrosis of the jaw in cancer patients versus patients with osteoporosis. When not working, Dr. Sahni enjoys spending time with her husband, an engineer. “I also like traveling, exploring new places, and singing—classical Indian singing,” she said.

Diversity Week Fun, Successful

Diversity Week, sponsored by the College’s Diversity Advisory Committee and the Office of Student and Diversity Affairs, offered a variety of fun events Oct. 10 through 16. The events provided opportunities for members of the College community to come together in unity and to celebrate their rich diversity. A goal of the week is to promote the different spectra of diversity and inclusion, sharing student, staff, and faculty differences and similarities through a variety of activities. The week kicked off on Oct. 10 with a showing of international movies hosted by Carolyn Feller. The movies were What Does the World Eat for Breakfast?, School Swap: Korea Style, and Epicly Palestine’d. Blanca Luna and Janette Guzman coordinated the art show on Oct. 12. Artists showing their paintings, photography, sculpture, and textile art were Janette Guzman, Mina Golubovich, Katherine Janda, “JJ,”

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Dr. Linda Kaste, Dr. Anne Koerber, Susan Lloyd, Blanca Luna, Anne Nordhaus-Bike, Maria Santamaria, and Wade Wilson. There were food sales of Indian and Mexican food on Oct. 12 and 13. Oct. 14 saw the Got Talent Show. Emcees were Maame-Ama Antwi and Ahmed Mohamed Hegazy. Dean Clark Stanford Garima Shulka was one welcomed the crowd. The of the talented performtalented performers were ers, singing in English Garima Shukla, singing in and Hindi. English and Hindi; Tanvi Bakshi, performing a Rajasthani dance; Maria Molnar, performing a Romanian song; Reshma Shah and Tejal Patel, performing an Indian dance; Srinivasula Vidarshana, performing a Hindi song; Shuwei Wang and Megan Lao, performing a Chinese song; and Viveka Patel and Garima Shukla perfoming an Indian dance. Dr. Christine Wu organized a procession of faculty from a variety of countries. The group then sang a chorus of It’s a Small World, and then was joined by the entire audience. Faculty represented Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Poland, Slovenia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. The week concluded on Oct. 16 when alumna Dr. Elisa Ochoa spoke about her practice philosophy and mission at Pilsen Smiles Dentistry. Her talk was sponsored by the Hispanic Student Dental Association. “At our Diversity Week we all enjoyed the events, especially at the College of Dentistry Got Talent Show when our faculty came on stage and sang with their students,” said Alhareth Dhari, President of the DMDAS Class of 2018. “It made us realize that we all come from

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different backgrounds, but at UIC we are one big family. As the President of DMDAS Class of 2018, I always encourage my classmates to gather and celebrate all of our cultural events and holidays.” Diversity Advisory Committee members include

Faculty hailing from many different countries had fun performing the song “It’s a Small World.”

Rebeca Abarca, Seema Ashrafi, David Avenetti, Tanvi Bakshi, Jennifer Bereckis, Saundra Brady, Virginia Buglio, Carlos Chavarria, Stephanie Clarke, David Dominguez, Kim Fasula, Carolyn Feller, Nishi Garg, Michael Han, Karen Homsi, Christine Hryhorczuk, Shawn Seok-Hun Jung, Linda Kaste, Blanca Luna, Millie Mendez, Arniruddh Narvekar, Elizabeth Ninan, Khatija Noorullah, Anna Panova, Erin Raymond, Colleen Scroll, Paval Shah, Tim Sullivan, Marium Sultan, Yuoissa Villasenor, Janelle Wade, and Christine Wu. Office of Student and Diversity Affairs personnel participating were Angelica Alvarez, Carolyn Feller, Laura Macias, Millie Mendez, and Dr. Darryl Pendleton.

AAOMS, OMSF Honor Oral Surgeon Dr. Michael Markiewicz

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation (OMSF) awarded Dr. Michael Markiewicz, Assistant Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, its Faculty Educator Development Award (FEDA). The award is given to a deserving full-time OMFS faculty member in the United States, and includes $40,000 per year for three years, and $10,000 to the faculty member’s department. “I thought of applying for the FEDA because it is a unique award that is given to Dr. Michael Markiewicz. academicians,” Dr. Markiewicz

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said. “My department chair, Dr. Michael Miloro, fully supported me and my application.” “This involved a rigorous application process by Dr. Markiewicz and me, outlining his career plans and my plans for his mentorship and career development,” Dr. Miloro said. The FEDA “will help support my young career and will lower the burden of educational debt,” Dr. Markiewicz said. “The money I receive from the award will go to loan repayment, and the department can use the money it receives to support research and career development endeavors.” Dr. Antonia Kolokythas, formerly Associate Professor, Program Director, and Director of Research in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received a FEDA when she was on the faculty at the College.

Dr. Andrea Reale-Reyes Joins Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Andrea Reale-Reyes has joined the College as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. “I will be involved in the Restorative Dentistry and Digital component for pre-patient care for DMD and the Advanced Standing DMD students,” she said. “I will also be a faculty member in the Digital Dentistry patient care clinic.” Dr. Andrea Reale-Reyes. “My main goal is to help students succeed in their development as dentists,” Dr. Reale continued. “By participating in different courses, I will be able to share my knowledge and experience with them. In addition, I look forward to working as part of a team alongside different faculties and departments to provide excellent dental care to UIC patients.” “Lastly, I aspire to work on extending my research experience in areas that interest me, such as dental ceramics,” she said. Her thesis title was “Relationship of Flexural Strength and Translucency of Different Ceramics.” Dr. Reale received her DDS from Santa Maria University in Caracas, Venezuela. She completed the Restorative Dentistry graduate program at the University of Michigan and earned a Master’s Degree from Michigan’s Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. She has served as a pre-clinical instructor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Reale said she “will be getting married next year to my fiancé, Hector. We met in Venezuela and came to the United States to continue our studies.” In her spare time, she said, “I feel passionate about crafting, and in my free time I’m always trying to look for 8

things to create with my hands. I also like to exercise and I love to spend time with my friends” “I’m excited to be a part of the UIC family,” Dr. Reale concluded. “I’m looking forward to an enriching experience, working together alongside students and faculty as one team.”

First Guanghua Students Visit College The Guanghua School of Stomatology at Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, China, for the first time sent their dental students to the UIC College of Dentistry this year. “Under the exchange agreement established in 2012, the SYSU dental students will learn about the dental education system and dental health care system in the United States,” said Dr. Christine Wu, Professor, Pediatric Dentistry. “They will observe teaching at the pre- and postgrad dental clinics and research laboratories. They will also attend several Small Group Learning sessions, seminars and extracurricular activities.” During the past five years, several UIC College of Dentistry students have spent four weeks during their extramural service learning rotations at the Guanghua School of Stomatology. This summer, four SYSU dental students, Louise Chen, Sissi Chen, Cindy Huang, and Lexie Liu visited the College for four weeks in July and August under the supervision of Dr. Wu, who organized the visit. “During the first week we had the opportunity to tour the College and the UIC campus and to know more about what was happening at the school here,” Louise Chen said of the students’ schedule. “From the second week and on, we had a full schedule of observing pre-docs and post-graduate clinics. We joined in small group learning and lunch and learn seminars.” The four, who speak excellent English, were particularly surprised by the warm welcome they received at the College. “The most impressive thing is that people here are really friendly,” Huang said. “Friendly and nice,” noted her colleague, Sissi Chen. “Hospitable,” Louise Chen agreed. They quickly observed the differences between the two universities. “The teaching schedule is different,” Liu explained. “Your students have access to the clinic in the D-1 and D-2 years. We can’t do clinical procedures until the fourth year. And you have clinics where only students practice. What a great idea; we don’t have that. “I think all that gives your students a lot of experience before they actually become dentists,” Liu continued. “We have only one year of clinical procedures. Your system makes our training seem a little rushed by comparison.” “Your use of case studies in education is very efficient,” Louise Chen said. “That’s different from the teaching style we experience, too. We are taught about the dental aspect, but at your college, through Small Group Learning curriculum, students learn about the body systems and how they interact with the oral cavity. They have to discuss the patient’s fundamental health situation.”

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“We find the extramural program of 16 weeks away from UIC very interesting,” Liu said. “It allows you to see how other clinics and health systems work.” “By going abroad, some of your students learn different cultures, too,” Sissi Chen said. “Not only China, but Colorado, Guatemala, and Africa, too,” Huang said. “Wow!” Other notable differences to the students were

The visiting SYSU students with College of Dentistry faculty.

attributes of the larger campus. The University of Illinois has three campuses, in Chicago, Urbana, and Springfield. Sun Yat-Sen University, the students said, has five campuses. “Where we are from is the SYSU north campus, or the medical campus,” Liu said. “The School of Stomatology has an education building, a stomatology hospital and an oral research institute” The students were housed at UIC on the East Campus. “Your shuttle bus is very convenient,” Sissi Chen said. “But it’s also convenient to walk between the two campuses,” said Louise Chen. “It only takes us 20 minutes to get here walking, or we can take the shuttle or public bus.” Dr. Wu took the students on a tour of the University of Illinois Hospital as well. “We saw that there were fewer patients in the hospital than in China,” Sissi Chen said. “In China we have lots of patients waiting for doctors, so it’s quite different. It is more comfortable here for the patients to have a meeting with the doctor.” The friendliness factor was a topic that the students enjoyed returning to and talking about. “A student we just met yesterday invited us to join her in a volunteer program providing free dental services in the community,” Louise Chen said. “That was nice.” “People here are really happy to offer us help,” Huang said. “They want to help us no matter what problem we have,” Sissi Chen said. “They’re so nice, so friendly.” “Not only were these students exposed to UIC and the College’s educational system, but they were exposed to American culture, customs, and lifestyles,” Dr. Wu

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said. “These memories will be with them forever and be treasured always. “They also showed that they appreciated our staff and especially our students, who were very patient with them at the clinics and took time to explain various procedures,” Dr. Wu added. “They have also cultivated lifelong friendships with several of our dental students. “They will be bringing back their experiences to China and hopefully help to improve and make a difference in their education system,” Dr. Wu said. During the last week at the college, the SYSU students presented at a lunch and learn seminar on what they have learned here and the differences they observed between the two education systems. They were especially impressed with the College’s faculty and students’ learning attitude, especially utilizing the precious lunch hour. “In China, most schools and government institutions have a long lunch break from noon to 2 p.m., but end the day later,” said Liu. “The long lunch hour gives workers the opportunity to rest and refresh during a busy day.” Dr. Susan Rowan, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, was instrumental in designing the clinical schedule for the students, and Jennifer Bereckis, Director of Clinical Operations, also helped coordinate their activities while they were here. Dean Clark Stanford visited SYSU in 2016 when he signed a renewal of the exchange agreement established between the two schools in 2012, and taught a clinical continuing education course in implantology. Over the years, visiting research scholars and faculty from the Guanghua School of Stomatology have participated in collaborative research projects of mutual interests at the UIC College of Dentistry. College faculty members have also presented Continuing Education courses, both clinical and research, at the Guanghua School of Stomatology. “Our four visiting dental students from Sun YatSen University, China, enjoyed a scientific, educational, clinical, and cultural exchange with our UIC community,” Dean Stanford said. “Thank you to Dr. Christine Wu for mentoring our visiting students. We wish them the best as they carry forward and remember their time here in Chicago. Thank you all for helping our Asian ambassadors.” Guanghua School of Stomatology has a complete range of specialties with 18 teaching and research offices, among which the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is the Asian Experimental Training Base for Diplomates in OMFS. The school has a complete education system of all academic degrees and has been granted a postdoctoral research station. It now enrolls over 200 undergraduates and graduates, with over 1,000 students on campus. The school pioneers in introducing advanced teaching facilities. It has built a large-scale multimedia simulation laboratory, and has built 13 stomatological bases for clinical practice, which provide the students with an excellent environment to train in for their clinical and research.

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Dr. Satish Alapati now is an Assistant Professor of Endodontics. Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan now is an Associate Professor of Orthodontics. Dr. Alison Doubleday now is an Associate Professor of Oral Biology. Dr. Maria Therese Galang-Boquiren now is an Associate Professor of Orthodontics. Dr. Budi Kusnoto now is a Professor of Orthodontics. Dr. Judy Yuan now is an Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry.

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Part-time pediatric specialists wanted. Chicago and suburb locations. Generous per diem compensation. Half- or full-day every week or every two weeks. Flexible schedule. Digital/chartless offices. Malpractice insurance paid. New pedo specialists welcome. No HMOs. Email director@ (FA permanent) General dentist: Family Dental Care. Full or part time. Several of our associates have become partners. Come and talk to them. Very high income potential. Specialists on staff. Currently five locations and growing. 95% fee-for-service. No Public Aid. (773) 978-7801 (ask for Laura) or email personnel@familydentalcare. com. http:/ (FA permanent) General dentistry practice opportunity, in vibrant, prosperous community of 12,000 near Effingham, IL. New stand-alone building with five operatories. Practice is 65+ years at its present location. Current doctor purchased this practice 20+ years ago, relocating here from Chicago with my wife. Began and raised our family here. Have enjoyed very gratifying practice success and a wonderful lifestyle in a town with excellent schools and entertainment and recreational amenities far beyond what one would expect for its size. Will sell outright to experienced practitioner or willing to stay to transition to and mentor new grad. Email inquiries to patientsnowfriendsGPpractice@gmail. com. (10/19/17) General dentist: Family Dental Care. Full or part time. Several of our associates have become partners. Come and talk to them. Very high income potential. Specialists on staff. Currently five locations and growing. 95% fee-for-service. No Public Aid. (773) 978-7801 (ask for Laura) or email personnel@familydentalcare. com. http:/ (FA permanent)


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Positions/Practices/Space Available

A “Positions/Practices Available” page is on the College’s website at Check it out for listings of jobs that are available, and for notices of practices that are for sale. For adding or subtracting listings from this website, contact William S. Bike at Come join the professionals at ProCare Dental Group PC. Generous compensation, contemporary facilities, flexibility, autonomy, premier locations, continuing education, professional camaraderie. Part-time and full-time positions available. (847) 621-7229. (FDT) Full-time dentists wanted—Chicagoland offices. Gain lots of experience in a digital, chartless office while treating everyone from kids to seniors. Excellent income. Hit the ground running without waiting to build your own clientele. We love to help train new dentists. Recent graduates welcomed.

December 2017

Associate-Decatur, IL

Associate-Partner needed to replace a retiring full-time dentist.

Looking for an ambitious general dentist who would eventually be interested in buying-in to a well-run, very profitable practice. Our practice has been newly renovated and our operatories are equipped with the latest technology. We are a very busy dental practice with three full-time dentists, six full-time hygienists and several dedicated auxiliaries. The associate would be taking over his/her own practice with plenty of established patients to treat. Staffing is in place and excited to welcome a new associate. Our practice is open Monday-Thursday with a three-day weekend. We have a fun, light atmosphere that eases anxiety that some patients experience when they’re at the dental office. We have excellent patients to work with that make the work day enjoyable. Benefits include a 401K, CE expense account, medical insurance and generous vacation days. A very generous draw and commission will be based on experience. Please send CV to or call: Burmeister, Colby and Ingram Dental Office. Phone (217) 875-4555. Email or fax (217) 233-6792.

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New Dentist Program $0 Professional Liability insurance for your first year. 45% discount in your second year and 25% in your third. Guidance through our Risk Management Advice Line. Five-minute short form and e-signature make the online application process a breeze. Apply today at First year TDIC Professional Liability coverage rate depicted is for newly licensed and never practiced dentists in the state of Illinois and is valid for a $1M/$3M coverage amount. Rates subject to increase per schedule in years two through eight until they reach maturity.

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December 2017

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