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Online Dental Education Platform Created at HSDM Attracts Dental Students Worldwide

March 8, 2021

Two years ago, before COVID-19 upended in-person learning, a team of five Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) DMD students had the idea of creating “My Dental Key”— an online platform with step-by-step video tutorials of dental procedures to supplement clinical and classroom learning. After launching the platform with 30 instructional videos in November 2020, My Dental Key has quickly amassed over 3,000 users and 350 active subscribers from around the globe, and is gaining the attention of a growing number of dental students and educators...

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Meet Dr. David Wu: A Future Clinician-Scientist Charting His Course at HSDM

March 4, 2021

David T. Wu, DMSc23, is an Advanced Graduate Education (AGE) student in Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Periodontology. Born in Suzhou, China, Wu grew up in Montreal, Quebec, and received his Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University in 2015, followed by his DMD from the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill. In his free time, Wu enjoys running and cycling around Boston. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wu also enjoyed weekly Boston Symphony Orchestra...

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Give Kids a Smile Delivers Care at a Critical Time

February 10, 2021

Smiles on the faces of patients and providers were still discernible even through layers of masks and PPE at Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s recent Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) event. The annual event, held each February during Children’s Dental Health Month, offers an opportunity for kids ages one to 17 to receive free dental care.

Stephanie, a mother who brought in four-year-old Ellie for her first appointment, watched as her daughter received care from dental students. “She was scared at first but now she’s all chatty. This is awesome!”... Read more about Give Kids a Smile Delivers Care at a Critical Time

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HSDM Alumni and Students Receive Recognition at the First-Ever Virtual Yankee Dental Congress

February 8, 2021

In late January, dental professionals and students gathered for the first-ever virtual Yankee Dental Congress. The three-day event brought together dental professionals from all over New England and beyond to connect with colleagues, participate in professional development, discover new innovations, and advance the profession of dentistry. The annual event also offers an opportunity for the dental community to recognize the achievements and contributions of those in the field.... Read more about HSDM Alumni and Students Receive Recognition at the First-Ever Virtual Yankee Dental Congress

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Interim Leaders Named for Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, and Development

January 19, 2021

Dean William Giannobile recently announced interim leaders for the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM).

Dr. Bonnie Padwa, professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) was named interim chair of the Department in early January. She succeeds Dr. Jay Austen, who will continue to oversee OMFS at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).... Read more about Interim Leaders Named for Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, and Development

New Scholarship Represents a ‘Decisive Step Forward’ Toward Greater Equity in Dentistry

New Scholarship Represents a ‘Decisive Step Forward’ Toward Greater Equity in Dentistry

January 13, 2021

Beginning this year, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) will be able to offer scholarship support to dental students from underrepresented minority backgrounds with financial need through the Freeman, Grant, Franklin Scholarship. The endowed fund was recently activated with a capstone gift made by Colgate-Palmolive Company. It has also been supported by HSDM alumni and community members dedicated to expanding diversity in dentistry.

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U.S. Surgeon General Addresses the Importance of Oral Health and the Prominence of Social Determinants During a Recent HSDM Webinar

December 16, 2020

In early December, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) welcomed United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Dr. Jerome M. Adams for a special virtual Oral Health Seminar Series event. VADM Adams was joined by Jane Barrow, associate dean of the Office of Global and Community Health, and executive director of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, and HSDM Dean, William Giannobile.... Read more about U.S. Surgeon General Addresses the Importance of Oral Health and the Prominence of Social Determinants During a Recent HSDM Webinar

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Harvard School of Dental Medicine to Expand Dental Practice in Cambridge

December 9, 2020

In September, Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) announced its Dental Service would close at the end of the year due to financial pressures amplified by the pandemic. The Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) announced that it will re-open the former HUHS dental practice under the direction of HSDM. The School is the only graduate school of Harvard to offer direct patient care and already operates dental practices within the Harvard Dental Center in the Longwood Medical Area.

Beginning in February 2021, HSDM will open the practice...

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Fellowship Recipient Pursues Career at the Intersection of Periodontics and Public Health

Fellowship Recipient Pursues Career at the Intersection of Periodontics and Public Health

November 30, 2020

Danielle “Danni” Burgess, a first-year resident in Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Periodontology program, was inspired to pursue a career in dentistry so she could help individuals like her grandmother who struggled with periodontal disease and tooth loss. A new Periodontology Fellowship is helping her take a step closer to her dream. Burgess is the first recipient of the fellowship that was funded last year with the support of the program’s alumni and friends.

“I grew up in Seaforth Village, Jamaica. I was raised by my grandmother, who struggled with periodontal disease...

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Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellows Pursue Dynamic Goals in Public Health

November 13, 2020

Drs. Siobhian M. B. Sprott, and Shelly D. Taylor were recently awarded the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, awarded each academic year, is an academic degree-granting program with the goal of preparing the next generation of leaders in minority health, health policy, and oral epidemiology. The program is named after Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s first African American full professor, Joseph L. Henry who also served as the School’s interim dean from...

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