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Detroit Mercy Dental At the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, you will receive an excellent dental education to prepare you for a fulfilling career. If you are committed to excelling in a dynamic and comprehensive academic environment, dedicated to becoming a provider of top-notch clinical care, and believe that a professional life includes serving those in need, Detroit Mercy Dental is the choice for you! We invite you to be a part of a collaborative, comprehensive culture of influencers, learners and leaders.

We invite you to be a part of Detroit Mercy Dental.

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Meet the Dean.......................................4 Academic Excellence...........................6 Clinical Leadership............................16 Community..........................................20 Family....................................................26 Alumni Network.................................34 Detroit...................................................38

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MEET THE DEAN Dr. Mert N. Aksu Dr. Mert N. Aksu was named Dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in June 2008. At Detroit Mercy Dental, he has served as a faculty member and administrator since 1993.

“Our dedicated and experienced faculty will encourage you, and challenge you, to meet your full potential. We pride ourselves in

Dean Aksu earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology from the University of Michigan Dearborn, a M.H.S.A. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a D.D.S. from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and a J.D. from Wayne State University. Dr. Aksu is a former attending staff member of Henry Ford Health Systems, a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a Fellow with the American College of Legal Medicine, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

developing students into practiceready oral health professionals.�

Dean Aksu has held numerous administrative positions at the School, including associate dean for Clinic Administration and executive associate dean. Through his leadership, he began a number of activities to further the mission of Detroit Mercy and the School of Dentistry. He was the founding chairperson of the Department of Patient Management, enhanced community outreach opportunities, and fostered an environment of patient care based on a comprehensive care model.

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MISSION The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, in the Jesuit and Mercy tradition, through the integration of scholarly activity, evidence-based teaching, and service, fosters a forward thinking, inclusive learning environment committed to developing competent, socially and ethically sensitive healthcare professionals who are committed to patient care and community wellness.

VISION We will be a leader in advancing health in a diverse and global society.

VALUES Integrity: We embrace integrity in all our daily Respect: We promote respect of self and activities and consider it essential to our identity. others and value diversity. Excellence: We value and reward excellence. Service: We are committed to serving our community, students, colleagues, institution, and the profession of dentistry.

Life-Long Learning: We value life-long learning and promote development to achieve our potential.

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ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

CURRICULUM Our four-year Doctor of Dental Surgery curriculum courses are structured and sequenced to provide a clinically-relevant education with a strong foundation of the knowledge, skills and values to provide comprehensive patient care. Detroit Mercy Dental clinics are key components of our community’s oral health network where you will gain a robust clinical education experience. An integrated education model facilitates the application of biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; you will learn from not only experts in oral health, but specialists in a variety of other health professions. This inter-disciplinary approach reinforces students’ critical thinking skills and ability to provide evidence-based patient care.

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YEAR 1 CURRICULUM In the DS1 year, your education will create a foundation, instilling fundamental knowledge, skills and values in didactic, pre-clinical and clinical settings. Initial threads of the curriculum include biomedical science courses structured around basic science disciplines.

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Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

General Pathology

Physiology I & II

Community Dentistry: Dental Public Health

Gross Anatomy I & II

Professional Ethics and Responsibility Development I

Essentials of Clinical Practice

Immunology

Psychological Aspects of Dentistry

Foundation of Evidence-Based Dentistry

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases I & II

Restorative I

General and Oral Histology

Periodontics I

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YEAR 2 CURRICULUM Progressing into the DS2 year, you will continue to study foundational biomedical sciences, but the curriculum transitions to further emphasize knowledge related to the oro-facial complex oral systemic connections and behavioral sciences. You will also have opportunity for clinical experience by assisting upperclassmen. Evidence-Based Dentistry II

Orthodontics

Preclinical Endodontics

General Pathology

Pain and Anxiety I

Preclinical Orthodontics

Growth and Development

Pediatric Dentistry I

Principles of Treatment Planning

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases II

Periodontal Therapy

Professional Ethics Development II

Nutrition

Pharmacology I & II

Radiology

Oral Diagnosis and Radiology

Physical Assessment

Restorative I & II

Oral Surgery I

Physiology II

Strategies for the Prevention of Oral Diseases

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YEAR 3 CURRICULUM The DS3 year shifts to patient care when you will establish a comprehensive care practice treating actual patients in the Corktown Clinic. Your typical weekly schedule will include daily clinical assignments along with focused seminars and classes scheduled each morning. You will also provide comprehensive care to patients under the supervision of general dentists and specialist faculty members. Clinical Endodontics

Clinical Radiology

Oral Surgery II

Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics

Clinical Removable Prosthodontics

Pediatric Dentistry II & III

Clinical Operative

Clinical Responsibility

Pharmacology II

Clinical Oral Diagnosis

Community Dentistry: Dental Care for Special Patients

Practice Management

Clinical Oral Surgery

Developing Communication Skills

Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry

Clinical Orthodontics

Endodontics

Therapeutics

Clinical Pediatrics

Fixed Partial Denture Treatment Planning

TMJ Pathology and Facial Pain

Clinical Periodontics

Management of Medical Emergencies

Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Medicine I & II

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YEAR 4 CURRICULUM In the DS4 year, a similar schedule of clinic and seminars continues. You will still provide comprehensive care to your patient families in the Corktown Clinic, but also see patients at the University Health Center (UHC), a 42-chair hospitalbased clinic located at the Detroit Medical Center. In addition, you will have unique opportunities to treat patients at partnering community-based clinics located throughout the state of Michigan, as well as aboard our mobile dental coach which travels throughout metro-Detroit.

Clinical Endodontics

Clinical Pediatrics

Clinical Responsibility

Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics

Clinical Periodontics

Clinical Service Learning

Clinical Oral Diagnosis

Clinical Radiology

Dental Rounds II & III

Clinical Oral Surgery

Clinical Removable Prosthodontics

Oral and Maxillofacial Implants

Clinical Operative

Practice Management II & III

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OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES & ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT Office of Diversity and Inclusion To support unique needs of our students, faculty and staff, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides advising, programming, and intercultural competence training that meaningfully engages diverse backgrounds. We are dedicated to building an inclusive community that is culturally and socially sensitive to the needs of a global society.

Educational Support One-on-one support and Academic Success Workshops are available for students in need of developing tools such as study skills, testtaking strategies, exam preparation and time management.

Office of Health and Wellness Our Health and Wellness Counselor is a resource for all students to have access to personal counseling and coaching services in a variety of areas including mental health, emotional wellness, relationship issues, professional growth and development, performance enhancement, and others. Also offered are group sessions and workshops on various topics to learn skills and strategies for personal, academic, and professional success in an environment that is safe, supportive and engaging. 12

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We offer more than

30

Fitness & Wellnessrelated events per year!

Faculty-Student Mentoring You will be paired with an experienced faculty advisor who will provide individualized attention. This faculty member serves as a mentor and a link to other areas of support, which may be needed as your academic career progresses.

Big Sibling Program As an incoming student, you are partnered with an upperclassman to help navigate your transition into Detroit Mercy Dental.

Tutors and Teaching Assistants Students with consistent, documented academic success in biomedical science courses may be identified as potential teaching assistants (TA) and tutors. The TAs and tutors work with faculty course directors to provide academic support for enrolled students.

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Over the past 10 YEARS, we have grown our internal research budget by more than

150%

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STUDENT RESEARCH Research and scholarly activity are vital components of the Detroit Mercy Dental mission. Throughout curriculum and coursework, you will be introduced to aspects of the research method and gain skills in evidence-based decision making. Faculty and students engage in multiple disciplines including educational, material, retrospective health records, basic biomedical and clinical research. Our students have chaired oral presentation sessions at research meetings, received national competitive travel awards, nationally competitive research fellowships, and authored publications in peerreviewed dental journals. We are committed to developing the future of oral healthcare. To advance scholarly activity and innovation, we continue to make meaningful investments in infrastructure, laboratory space, leading edge technology and equipment, and faculty support.

Student Research Program Our student research program matches students with a faculty mentor who will help to guide the research process. Together, they work to formulate a hypothesis, prepare a research proposal, gain Institutional Review Board approval if necessary, and complete a project. The goal is for students to present projects at annual sessions of dental professional organizations and specialty meetings. Our students continue to be successful in pursuing scholarly activity, and have presented poster and oral presentations at local, state, national and international levels.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY...

“As students, we consume a lot of science, but in research I can play an active role in advancing science and therefore, health. Research has taught me how stay curious, ask questions and keep learning, all which is essential to life after dental school.”

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Our clinic sees approximately

18,500

patients per year and performs over

120,000 procedures annually.

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CLINICAL LEADERSHIP

DETROIT MERCY DENTAL CLINICS Detroit Mercy Dental offers extensive hands-on clinical training in a variety of settings including; an on-campus clinic, a hospitalbased clinic, mobile dental unit, and community-based rotations at partnering sites throughout the state of Michigan. These diverse and unique opportunities prepare you to treat a range of patients and perform complex procedures. Detroit Mercy Dental ensures excellent practical experience so you will hit the ground running in your career. From classroom to clinic, all educational settings are supplied with a variety of sophisticated digital learning equipment. By incorporating modern technologies, you will graduate as an advantaged provider with the necessary skills, critical thinking abilities, and knowledge essential to be successful in your profession.

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DETROIT MERCY DENTAL CAMPUS CLINICS Corktown The Corktown Campus became Detroit Mercy Dental’s home in 2008 and is a contemporary facility. More than $2 million has been invested in new equipment, including 187 dental chairs, more than $200,000 of radiology and digital screening equipment and $300,000 of new dispensary equipment. We utilize electronic health records, digital radiography, CAD/ CAM units, as well as other cutting-edge technology. Detroit Mercy Dental clinics are the only sites for several types of specialist care offered in Detroit, proving us to be an invaluable resource to our community. As a result, this provides unique and abundant learning experiences for students.

University Health Center The Detroit Mercy Dental’s hospital-based clinic is located at Detroit Receiving Hospital/ University Health Center (UHC) in the Detroit Medical Center. UHC is a 42-chair clinic, one of the largest hospital-based clinics of any dental school in the United States, meeting the oral health needs of thousands of patients each year.

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COMMUNITY-BASED CLINICAL EXPERIENCES Community based experiences are the capstone of public health learning and an essential part of our curriculum. You will encounter and recognize significant cultural competencies, social determinants, and health disparities that plague our society. Our programs help to create sustainable solutions for populations in need and have measurable health impacts on communities.

Mobile Dental Clinic During the DS4 year, students treat patients at our eight-chair mobile clinic, which is equipped to provide comprehensive care to children and adults and travels throughout metro Detroit.

Service-Learning Rotations Fourth-year students attend rotations at partnering community clinics. There, you will encounter and address access to care issues in underserved areas throughout Michigan, as well as confront unique clinical experiences and patient contact scenarios.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY... “As I transitioned from the classroom into clinic, it was scary, but I was also extremely excited because I knew I was properly prepared. Clinical concepts are integrated into didactic work from the very start of our education. The curriculum is intended for us to be thinking about treating patients beginning on our first day at Detroit Mercy Dental.” – Jordan Komyathy ‘17 19


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Our graduates are often offered positions by our partnering

COMMUNITY CLINICS as a result of community-based rotations.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE Community service is an integral component of Detroit Mercy Dental’s mission to develop socially and ethically sensitive health professionals. Throughout the year, students engage in a variety of activities including oral health education, comprehensive, and preventative programs to target underserved populations. Located in a designated oral health professional shortage area, Detroit Mercy Dental takes pride in our extensive history of providing services to a genuinely beneficial population; we are committed to improving the oral health of our community.

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DEVELOPING STUDENT AWARENESS We believe service is much more than the activity itself – it is about meeting, and understanding, the needs of the community through direct patient care. Through our outreach activities, you will develop awareness and sensitivity to a culturally diverse population, which will help you to understand the value and inherent responsibility of the profession to care for those in need. During your education at Detroit Mercy Dental, you will have the opportunity to engage in multiple outreach projects in Detroit and surrounding areas. From mouth guard clinics to traveling abroad providing care to underserved populations, you will take pride in knowing you have made a difference in the lives of others.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY... There are always outreach events to participate in and every activity I have taken part of has been incredibly rewarding. Through interaction with community members and providing care to those in need, I can feel myself becoming not only a better clinician, but a more compassionate provider.

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OUTREACH ACTIVITIES St. Vincent de Paul-Detroit, Student Run Dental Center Student volunteers provide free dental care to underserved adults at the St. Vincent de Paul-Detroit Dental Center. All logistics are handled by students, including administrative and clinical duties. This project increases access to oral health care, reduces oral health disparities and teaches students awareness of needs in surrounding communities.

Oral Health Pregnancy Day This interdisciplinary program provides opportunity for Detroit Mercy dental students and OB-GYN residents at Wayne State University to practice coordinating care and make referrals; it also aims to improve patient knowledge as it relates to pregnancy.

Mouthguard Clinic To reduce the risk of sport-related dental injuries, we host on-location clinics to make custom fit mouthguards for adolescent sports teams in the community. Students provide proper fitting, instructions on wearing, cleaning and storing the appliance, in addition to a dental screening.

Men’s Health Event The Michigan Institute of Urology’s Men’s Health Event provides free health screenings to men in our community. Student volunteers provide oral cancer screenings and oral health education to patients at Detroit’s Ford Field; an excellent opportunity for students to identify potentially life threatening conditions.

Give Kids a Smile Throughout the year, we host a multi-day format of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day; oral screenings and cleanings are provided for children at no cost.

Special Olympics Special Smiles Detroit Mercy Dental Special Needs Clinic supports Special Olympics Special Smiles of Michigan by providing a dental home for athletes. Students gain experience in treating patients with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Mission Trips You will have the opportunity to travel with a student group partnering with dental mission organizations to provide care overseas. In the past, students have traveled to the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, and elsewhere. 24

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Mouthguard Clinic

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More than

20 WORLD languages

are represented

by

Detroit Mercy Dental faculty, staff & students

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FAMILY

EMBRACING DIVERSITY The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to embracing, respecting, and honoring all forms of diversity. Our family of students, faculty, staff, and patients have a wide array of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, (dis) ability, and other backgrounds which reflect a global society. We engage students in numerous training opportunities in order to develop culturally competent dental professionals able to serve the diverse needs of patients from all walks of life. Throughout the year, we coordinate a variety of events and programs to celebrate our similarities and differences.

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CLASS OF 2020 DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE

Race / Ethnicity:

85 Caucasian

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Asian

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African American

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Hispanic

10

Under Represented Minority

58%

27%

4%

4%

7%

Caucasian

Asian

African American

Hispanic

Under Represented Minority

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Residence:

CANADA

INTERNATIONAL

27 %

19%

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STUDENT LIFE Detroit Mercy Dental strives to make your student life as robust as the educational experience. Though you will work hard, we also encourage you to have fun! Each dental class is a diverse and vibrant group of people; unique and special memories are shared amongst classmates and life-long friendships are formed.

Annual Student Events:

School Amenities:

Boat Cruise

Cafeteria

Dinner Dance

Chapel & Prayer Room

Golf Outing

Fitness Center

New Alumni Reception

Massage Days

Talent Show

Outdoor Seating/Study Areas

Taste of Diversity

Ping Pong Tables & Foosball

Welcome Picnic

Pop-Up Fitness Classes including Zumba, Boot-Camp, and Yoga Student Lounge

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Fitness Center

Talent Show

Student Lounge

Dinner Dance

New Alumni Reception

Student Leadership Appreciation Dinner 31


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Student Organizations Whether it is a personal interest or preferred academic specialty, there are a variety of student groups to join. Connect with like-minded peers to broaden the scope of your education; learn from your classmates, and make new friends along the way! Advanced Clinical Education Club (ACE) Alliance for Inclusion Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity American Dental Education Association (ADEA) American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Canadian Student Association Chaldean Student Dental Association Christian Dental Association Delta Sigma Delta International Professional Fraternity Fit Club Forensic Dentistry Club Hispanic Dental Association Korean Student Dental Organization Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Society Club Pediatric Dental Club Periodontal Implant Study Club Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) Student Government Student Muslim Dental Association Student National Dental Association (SNDA) Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry Student Research Group WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY...

“My involvement in extra-curricular activities and student organizations is what keeps my life balanced. It is easy to get caught up in course work and grades, but I find staying involved makes learning more meaningful and makes me a more-well rounded provider.”

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AN ALUMNI NETWORK

OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS A leader in dental education for more than 75 years, Detroit Mercy Dental has graduated more than 5,500 dental professionals since 1932. We strive to offer and implement programs that will nurture lifelong relationships among alumni and carry on the great traditions of the School and University. As a graduate of the School of Dentistry, you are automatically a member of the Detroit Mercy Dental Alumni Association. Alumni are invited to special events and receptions, have access to our web career services and can look forward to regular class reunions!

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WHAT ALUMNI ARE DOING TODAY Detroit Mercy Dental graduates are an elite community of professionals who hold positions as private practitioners, researchers, forensic odontologists, academicians, specialists, inventors, entrepreneurs, national and international speakers, and leaders in organized dentistry. Networking among this group of individuals facilitates collaboration and career enhancement. Graduates are making significant contributions in Michigan, the United States and throughout the world. Locations:

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Mexico

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United Kingdom

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Israel

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Saudi Arabia

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United Arab Emirates

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CONTINUING EDUCATION Students As a student, you are able to participate in free continuing education courses. This not only enhances your in-school learning experience, but also provides an opportunity for you to interact with and learn alongside practicing clinicians.

Alumni Detroit Mercy Dental offers a robust discounted continuing education program for alumni. By choosing to stay connected after graduation, not only will you continue the commitment to lifelong learning, but you will also strengthen a professional network.

WHAT OUR ALUMNI HAVE TO SAY... “I can say with confidence that I have successfully grown my career and practice thanks to the knowledge and tools I developed during my UDM education. This is a higher educational institution that cares about where it stands in the state and country, and consistently produces top-quality oral health care providers. I am proud to be part of the UDM legacy of leaders and influencers in dentistry.”

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DETROIT

OUR HOMETOWN Detroit is a dynamic, diverse city with an intriguing history in its people and places, trends and events. From winning sports teams to inspiring museums and live music festivals, there is something special for everyone. The culture in Detroit is energetic and determined, and it is particularly exciting to watch the resurgence of the great comeback city of America! Detroit Mercy Dental is located in the historic Corktown neighborhood, an area with an aesthetic offering a glimpse into the lives of generations of immigrants who helped build the city. It is now a trendy and upcoming part of Detroit with a hip stretch of nightlife and variety of unique restaurants on Michigan Avenue.

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DETROIT MERCY is an active player in developing and growing the

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The Downtown Detroit People Mover

Fox Theater

Comerica Park

Belle Isle

Campus Martius

Motown Museum

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Hart Plaza


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WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY... “Coming from Richmond, Virginia, I was not sure what to expect of Detroit. I have learned the city is full of diversity and opportunity for people of all backgrounds to pursue and explore their passion. Over the past three years, I have watched Detroit evolve before my eyes and I am excited for its future!”

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