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ADEA at UCSF Dentistry Honored as ADEA Innovative Chapter of the Year

March 31, 2010

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) held its 2010 Annual Session in Washington DC, from February 27 - March 3. The UCSF School of Dentistry was well represented, and received national recognition.

The ADEA Student Chapter at UCSF was awarded the ADEA Innovative Chapter of the Year Award. This national award recognizes UCSF as the exemplary ADEA chapter, commending accomplishments in Membership & Communication, Chapter Organization/Leadership, Activities and Advocacy & Ethics.

The ADEA Student Chapter at UCSF also received a Distinguished Chapter Award. This award recognizes UCSF's presence at national meetings, involvement with faculty, and representation and communication with the student body.

UCSF Student Leaders were acknowledged for their efforts in outreach, education and academia during 2009-2010.

Jesus Patino, D2, was selected as the ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows Representative to the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure. He will be working with national student leaders to organize the ADA Student Ambassador Program, promoting dentistry and expanding recruitment activities to historically underrepresented groups.

Stanko Bjelajac, D2, was elected as Pacific Regional Representatives for 2010-2011. He will be the voice of students, residents and fellows at schools in the Pacific region, expressing their comments and concerns nationally, as well as mentoring new ADEA chapters to form and grow.

Mahboobeh Bajestan, ID3, and Almut Ellwanger, D2, were selected as fellows for the ADEAGies Foundation/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program 2010. They will participate in training sessions, collaborative meetings, teaching and research practicum during the upcoming year.

Shirin Mullen, D3, received the ADEA/Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. Preventative Dentistry Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate excellence in preventative dentistry.

Christina Tran, Student Chapter President, and Dr. Gwen Essex were invited to speak at the ADEA Presidential Symposium. The symposium, entitled "Answer, Hope, and Move On: What is Wrong with Student Assessment", was hosted by Dr. Don Curtis, DMD, Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, and stimulated discussion on assessments and the educational environment in dental schools.

Relevant Links:
ADEA Chapter at UCSF Dentistry: www.adeaucsf.org
ADEAGies Foundation/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program Names 2010 Class: http://bit.ly/9zekqf
ADEA/Johnson & Johnson Preventative Dentistry Scholarship: http://bit.ly/aldnhW