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Buccal Bits & Lingual Views: Volume 2

Dr. Desjardins Wins OKU Award for Teaching Excellence

Jim Delahanty, D.M.D. ('75)

Dr. Paul Desjardins, associate dean for Academic Affairs, is the first recipient of the newly created Stephen H. Leeper Award for Teaching Excellence. The national award was established by the Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the National Dental Honor Society, to recognize dental educators who have demonstrated exemplary standards in dental pedagogy. It honors individuals who have implemented innovative techniques or exhibited consistent excellence in dental education.

A selection committee, composed of OKU Supreme Chapter board members, chose Dr. Desjardins from 22 candidates nationwide, who are all leading dental educators.

Dr. Desjardins was a principal architect of "Curriculum 2000" and has served as program director for NJDS's Community Oriented Dental Education (CODE) project, a national model for community-based dental education. The associate dean is nationally recognized in clinical pharmacology and clinical therapeutics.

Dr. Emil Cappetta Named To N.J. Board of Dentistry

Dr. Emil G. Cappetta (Dec. '72) was appointed to the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry last December by Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

Dr. Cappetta has a private periodontal practice in Summit and is a clinical professor of Periodontics at NJDS. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Implantology. Dr. Cappetta is also a past president of the New Jersey Society of Periodontology.

 

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Forget Something?

It's not too late to pay your 1998 NJDS Alumni Association membership dues. Dues for classes 1960-1995 and associate members are $50.00, and for the 1996 class, $20.00. Dues are waived for the 1997 class. Use the enclosed envelope to send your check, written out to the NJDS Alumni Association, or mail it to the

New Jersey Dental School, Office of Alumni Affairs, 110 Bergen Street, B831, Newark, N.J., 07103-2425.

 

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UMDNJ is Proud of "Smiles With Pride" Program

Dr. Mario Ramos ('92) and his oral health program for Newark's homeless children were recognized by UMDNJ President Dr. Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., during the annual State of the University Address in January.

Dr. Ramos, a clinical assistant professor of Pediatric Dentistry, was one of eight University employees mentioned by Dr. Bergen who exemplify UMDNJ values. The pediatric dentist developed the Smiles With Pride program to provide oral health assessment and treatment for children living in Newark's shelters. During evenings, he and Julia Guzman, a dental hygienist and research assistant, go to shelters, where children receive free exams. NJDS students often volunteer, as well.

"We bring toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, information for parents or guardians about oral health, and of course, toys and prizes," Dr. Ramos says. "We also categorize the children in terms of high or low priority oral health needs and refer them to network providers at NJDS, city clinics, and Medicaid providers. There's also a follow-up element to the project."

There's clearly a need for programs such as Smiles With Pride. "For parents of homeless children, shelter, food, and clothing are the priorities," Dr. Ramos says. "Visiting a dentist is down on the list." Of 120 Smiles With Pride children, he says, 19 percent needed immediate care because of pain, infection, or more than 10 carious surfaces. In medical literature, parents of homeless children reported dental disease second only to ear infections.

Since April 1997, Smiles With Pride has helped 185 children, from infants to teenagers. The project is funded by grants from the Ruth I. Krauss Fund for Homeless Children's Oral Health and the Foundation of UMDNJ.

 

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In Memoriam

John F. Collins, 1927-1998

John F. Collins, Ph.D., former director of alumni affairs for the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, died on Jan. 25.

Dr. Collins joined CMDNJ in 1972 and worked very closely with the Dental Alumni Association Executive Committee. He made many friends during those years as he helped lay the groundwork for the Dental Alumni Association. After the decentralization of the Alumni Affairs Office, Dr. Collins became director of alumni affairs at New Jersey Medical School. He retired from that position in February 1991.

A memorial service for Dr. Collins was held on Jan. 31 at the Shrine of St. Joseph Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity in Stirling, N.J. Representatives from the Dental Alumni

Association were in attendance to honor their long-time friend.