Sesquicentennial Educational Summit - Session Descriptions

Educational Summit

Sessions 10:15-11:00

1. Dental Education for the Next 150 Years

The future of dental education lies in our ability to allow the needs of our communities - on both global and local scales - to drive how we shape curriculum development and training. In this session we will grapple with what it means to educate, deliver, and integrate oral health and health systems in our training of primary care physicians and dental providers. From a global and community health perspective, we will discuss how to understand the burden of oral disease and barriers to health care access in low income communities and how we train providers to effectively serve these populations.

Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH - Dean, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral health


Christopher Fox, DMD, DMSc - Executive Director, IADR
Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH - Dean, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
Richard Valachovic, DMD, MPH - President and CEO, ADEA

2. Having the Difficult Conversation with Patients: Educating the Oral Physician

Oral health should be discussed as part of the total patient healthcare. There may be signs of problems that oral health providers detect before other healthcare providers meet with the patient. How can oral health providers effectively communicate with patients and discuss their findings with primary care doctors? What are the various ways to talk with and present this information to different underserved populations?

Brian Swann, DDS, MPH - Chief of Oral Health, Cambridge Health Alliance; Instructor, HSDM

Pamela Alston, DDS - Dental Director, Eastmont Wellness Center, East Oakland, CA
Rochelle Burdette, DDS - General Dentist, Nashville, TN
Beverly Woo, MD - Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; General Internist, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston

3. Teeth Through Time: How Humans Have Evolved

Much of what we know about evolution of animals and humans comes from studies of teeth.  In fact, a fossil tooth is a “gold-mine” of information about the life of prehistoric humans.  Learn why and how by attending this session.

Bjorn R. Olsen, MD, PhD - HSDM Dean for Research, Professor of Developmental Biology and Hersey Professor of Cell Biology

Daniel Lieberman, PhD - Harvard Professor of Biological Sciences and Chair, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
Tanya Smith, PhD - Associate Professor, Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Australia

Sessions 11:15-12:00

1. Oral Health and Primary Care Integration: Opportunities and Challenges

How can we, in underserved communities, provide as many services as possible with one provider? What would a system like this look like? Are there examples of this already in existence? How would this look on a global level? In this session we will look at the specifics and realities of oral health and primary care integration on both local and global scales.

Jane Barrow, MS - HSDM Associate Dean for Global and Community Health; Lecturer in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology; Executive Director, Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine.

Stephen Martin, MD, EdM - Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Graduate School of Nursing
Christine Riedy Murphy, PhD, MPH - HSDM Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology; Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professor in Oral Public Health and Epidemiology
Ken Wright, DMD, MPH - Vice President, Dental Care Services, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest

2. Breaking Barriers: Women Innovators in Dentistry

How can we ensure healthy communities and people – starting with children in underserved communities? Women advocates focus on healthy habits to start and describe some innovative approaches that are being utilized.

Marcy Borofsky, DDS, PT, MPH - Executive Vice-Chair and Co-Founder, Smile Programs

Shigemi Nagai, DDS, PhD - HSDM Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences
Teresa Perkins, DMD, MMSc - Pediatric Dentist, Jackson, MS
Beth Posner, DMD, General Dentist, Southport, CT
Anubha Sacheti, DMD, PD - Pediatric Dentist; Inventor of Grush: The Gaming Toothbrush

3. The Making of Modern Dentistry at Harvard School of Dental Medicine: Historical Perspective PLUS Walking Tour of HSDM: A 150-Year Legacy Exhibit

Participants will have the opportunity to view primary objects and documents that portray the historical development of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Items relevant to the conception of the school, curriculum and technology advancements, and highlights of the student and faculty community will be on display. This will be followed by a walking tour of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine: A 150-Year Legacy exhibit and a discussion.

Jessica Murphy, MLIS - Reference Archivist, Center for History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine