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Steve Gross, C.D.T.
9129 Lurline Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Richard Sobel, D.D.S.
2901 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94509
David Rothman, D.D.S.
2555 Ocean Avenue, #104
San Francisco, CA 94132
Ann Azama, D.D.S.
2674 Ocean Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Kenneth Szymanski, D.D.S.
1755 Erringer, #20
Simi Valley, CA 93065
1215 K Street, Suite 940
Sacramento, CA 95814
Mark S. Lisagor, D.D.S.
451 W. Gonzales Rd., Ste. 300
Oxnard, CA 93030
Dr. Rebecca Lee
11200 Corbin Ave. #108
Northridge, CA, 91326
David L. Good, D.D.S.
Advisory Council Member
USC Dept. of PD
925 W. 34th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Wayne M. Grossman, D.D.S.
Advisory Council Member
11230 Gold Express Dr., Ste. 302
Gold River, CA 95670
Richard Leonard, MBA
Advisory Council Member
1055 Wilshire Blvd., 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Richard Mungo, D.D.S.
Advisory Council Member
7891 Talbert Ave., #103
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Justin A. Shuffer, D.D.S.
Advisory Council Member
150 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite E
San Dimas, CA 91773
A professional organization of pediatric dentists whose mission is to serve by advocating for the optimal oral health of infants, children, and adolescents.
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and promote education, research, and service that advances the oral health of children. The fundraising activities follow the rules for a 501c3.
Board of Directors: 4 Northern & 4 Southern
Executive Director: Ray Stewart
Association Management Company: Smith Moore & Associates
Board of Trustees
Executive Secretary: Deborah Johnson
Open to all CSPD members, corporations, and the general public who want to donate to the Foundation in support of pediatric dentistry.
By Patricia McClory, DDS
Warren Brandli Intern
Q: As a new graduate, what drew you to a career in academics?
A: A dental professional degree involves a close relationship with academics. Exposure to academics started early in my postgraduate training. Teaching became a large part of my PhD and residency education. It seemed that faculty recognized my potential and mentored me in academics before I realized my potential to teach. The mentors I had instilled a hunger to share my knowledge with others and help advance our field. It is important to have mentors that inspire you to apply your training in different ways. That is another reason I wanted to give back to the academic setting and act as a mentor for students.
Q: How did your residency prepare you for this position?
A: The UCLA Pediatric Dental Residency Program prepared me immensely to take on a teaching role. Throughout the two years of residency training, dental student education was an emphasized part of the curriculum. In fact, I share many of the same students now as I did as a pediatric resident! I know a lot of programs do not have that opportunity for teaching, and I am grateful to have had those experiences. Reflecting back, I may not have chosen the path on which I am today had it not been for that exposure to teaching and great mentorship.
Q: How has your PhD helped you as a faculty member?
A: In a field that strives for evidence-based practice, I feel privileged to be a "middle person" in aligning evidence-based philosophies with clinic practice. My PhD education helped my personal development in the practice of evidence-based dentistry. In pediatric dentistry, most practitioners are clinically trained and base many of their decisions on real-life situations. Having a background in research allows me to be a liaison between evidence-based practices and clinical application. When interpreting the literature, I want my students to feel comfortable and not intimidated!
Q: What would you say to other new graduates who are thinking about pursuing academics?
A: I definitely have a newfound appreciation for lecture preparation and the energy that goes into building a curriculum. Teaching is actually very much a constant learning experience. My advice to graduates interested in academics at this level is to consider your students as peers, as many have important contributions to offer. New generations will always challenge you and engage you as an academician.
Need $20,000 for research? Put CSPDF to work for you
We support the science of staying healthy. We know there are multiple ways to look at teeth. Pediatric dental post doctoral students or recent graduates who have research ideas are encouraged to apply for Investigator- Initiated Research Grants up to $20,000. More details are available in the next few articles.
Need Research Dollars?
CSPDF is seeking PTFM (part time faculty member) age 25 to 75 passionate about pediatric dental topics. If you need $5,000 for a worthy project, we might be a match. Inspired researchers with great ideas should apply to the Chair of CSPDF Award & Grants Committee, David Good (dgoodone(at)sbcglobal.net)
$500 Travel Money!
CSPDF offers 2 categories of travel money to either faculty or residents to be able to present their research findings at a national or international meeting. For more info, contact Dr. Good.
The CSPD Foundation Board recently received a letter of thanks from the UCSF Division of Pediatric Dentistry extending their profound gratitude for the $25,000 grant for faculty support. Program Director and Division Chair, Dr. Pamela Den Besten, writes that "these grant funds have helped us to hire Dr. Aparna Aghi as a 50% part time faculty member. Dr. Aghi also serves as the Associate Director of the pediatric dentistry postgraduate clinics. Aparna has been an incredibly positive addition to our faculty. She teaches in our postgraduate clinic, sedation clinic, as well as our pre-doctoral clinics. She has taken a leadership role in the design of our clinical facilities in the new children's hospital at Mission Bay and in directing the renovation of the treatment rooms in our Parnassus clinic. Aparna provides leadership in working with our Chief Resident on issues related to clinic scheduling, treatment records, and our annual retreat." Dr. Den Besten continues, "The timing of the grant from CSPDF came at a time of critical need for additional faculty in our training program...we feel a real partnership with CSPDF in addressing our needs by funding this grant and in promoting excellence in our faculty and training programs. We look forward to a continued partnership in this important endeavor to train our future colleagues in pediatric dentistry."
Dr. David Perry, CSPDF Board appointed liason to the San Francisco program, helped to tailor the Bridging the Gap request to allow for maximum impact on the program. He hopes that contributors to the Foundation will continue for this and other projects through their generous donations.
UCSF Spring Quarter Report
The Student Society of Pediatric Dentistry (SSPD) at UCSF is in high gear on their community outreach effort at this time of the year. On a warm August weekend, the group participated in the "HAPPY KIDS DAY," sponsored by the city of Cupertino, in collaboration with the Agape Dental Group and its mobile van clinic. Led by the immediate past president of SSPD, Michael Hong, and current vice-president, DK Lim, the group has screened over 300 children while providing oral health education and oral hygiene instructions under the faculty supervision of Dr. Ye-Ming Wu and Dr. Brent Lin. In addition, extractions and simple restorative and preventive procedures were performed in the mobile van clinic.
This past weekend, eager members of SSPD and its affiliated group Bay Area SUAT (Student United for America’s Toothfairy) partnered with the Southeast Health Center (SEHC) in Bayview-Hunters Point to provide oral hygiene instruction, oral health screenings and topical fluoride varnish applications at the 7th Annual Southeast Health Facility Clinic Fair. Amidst the many booths, SSPD proudly represented UCSF and provided oral health service to children of a wide age range who visited the health fair. "We had a smaller turnout of children than we normally have at our outreach events," said Jeffrey Proniloff, student organizer and SSPD leader. "Nevertheless, we had a great time and we still made a difference to the kids we helped out."
Having had successful community service events and other activities, SSPD hopes to continue this momentum by attracting the new first-year dental students to participate in future events and be a part of the student organization serving children. The student leaders of SSPD have participated in several activities in welcoming the Class of 2018. The plan for eliciting early interest of the first-year class has led to the initiation of the Pediatric Dentistry Journal Club to begin in January 2015 with Dr. Brent Lin as the faculty advisor for this new initiative.
Recently, the UCSF residents and faculty have participated in the Lights Festival and Block Party at Mission Bay to kick off the opening of the brand new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. A new pediatric dental clinic is located on the fifth floor of the hospital among various pediatric specialty and surgical services. The operating room service for pediatric dentistry will be relocated from the Parnassus campus to the new Children’s Hospital in Mission Bay. Pediatric dental residents have also participated in a variety of global health mission trips. One such trip in the summer was the global oral health research project to Roatan, Honduras by Drs. Wendy Yang, Alexandra Malebranche and Ling Zhan, partnering with the UCSF Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.
UCLA Spring Quarter Report
With the start of the academic school year of 2014-2015, the UCLA SCAAPD is eager to continue to build upon the success of past events while introducing new partnership opportunities to promote pediatric educational and service opportunities for our dental students. Some of the highlights of the past year include our participation with Give Kids A Smile Day at The Children’s Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles, faculty and resident panel, and many other service opportunities to promote oral health among the pediatric population. This quarter the SCAAPD is introducing the newly elected cabinet. The recruitment effort will begin with the school-wide Club Tabling Day and the ensuing general student body meeting. Partnerships with special care patient groups and the maternity clinic within the Greater Los Angeles Clinic will provide our students with opportunities to offer oral hygiene instruction to these underserved populations and connect them to the resources for oral health care. An introductory networking lunch will be held for faculty, residents and students. These opportunities offer students’ insights that can only be gained by learning from those that are dedicating their careers to pediatric dentistry.
Loma Linda Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Adi Genish, President of LLU CSPD Student Chapter. Mentor: Jung-Wei Chen DDS, MS, PhD.
Loma Linda’s CSPD chapter has been organizing events while welcoming our new residents. We are excited to welcome Amanda Zenthoefer, Adriana Cuellar, Ryan Baker and Xuan Lam to the LLU pediatric dentistry family! In the beginning of the quarter, CSPD organized a Board Review and Alumni/Resident Social. Our alumni came to join our residents for a Q and A in preparing for the ABPD Oral Comprehensive Examinations. Dr. Jung-Wei Chen was hosting the Q and A of OCE, and provided a lot of tips and guidance on how to prepare residents for job seeking and career development. The alumni were able to share their experience with the residents.
We followed this event by have a CSPD student mixer inviting junior and senior dental students to come have lunch and listen to a lecture about pediatric dentistry as a career and what to expect as a resident. Several of our faculty members were present to provide their perspective and advice. Drs. Jung-Wei Chen, Afsaneh Matin, Wesley Okumura and Gregory Olson were all present to further the interest with their experience and expertise.
In September, our chapter held a personal statement writing seminar for all the pre-doctoral students applying to pediatric
dentistry and those who will be in the coming application cycle. All of our residents were in attendance to give tips and ideas,
and share their personal statement writing experiences. Dr. Wesley Okumura was also present to help our pre-doctoral
students get insight into what makes a personal statement stand out. We wish all our applicants the best of luck this cycle.
We have several events planned for our fall quarter and look forward to the 2014-2015 academic year!
Dr. Santos Cortez
Leadership Development Chair
The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry is accepting applications for the Warren Brandli Leadership Intern Program. Current pediatric dental residents and individuals in their first five years of post-residency residing in California are eligible to apply. This opportunity was created for individuals who are in training programs or in the early stages of their career to participate in the CSPD governance and advocacy activities, attend internal organizational and inter-professional meetings, and complete a project designated by the CSPD Board President by the end of the program.
Through these activities, CSPD hopes to:
Applicants must be willing to attend all regular meetings of the CSPD Board of Directors as well as the Society's Leadership Orientation Session at the annual meeting and Strategic Planning Session, which is held every third year. Other opportunities may include attendance at the meetings of the Dental Board of California, California legislative hearings, California Dental Association-sponsored advocacy events and community leadership and/or Public Policy Advocate.
The CSPD will arrange transportation and lodging and will cover all program-related administrative costs and supply needs. Selection will be based on the applicant's 1) completion of an application, 2) submission of a short essay about the candidate's interest and specific personal goals for the program, 3) relevant activities or roles within their professional sphere and 4) two required letters of reference (one of which should be from the program director if the applicant is a current pediatric dental resident).
Applications are due November 10th and selections will be made and announced prior to the next annual session. The internship period will begin with the final meeting of the Board of Directors held in conjunction with the annual session and will finish 12 months later at the final meeting of the next Board of Directors at which time each intern will give a final report about their project.
CSPD Foundation Grants and Awards Update
CSPD Foundation Grants and Awards RFPs
"The Foundation is ready to put its money to good use," states Treasurer Ken Szymanski, "I'm ready to write more checks." Szymanski is referring to four categories of grants that have been established to further the goals of fostering research and developing faculty at California's pediatric dental programs. "The CSPD Foundation is foremost concerned with strengthening the Pediatric Dental Programs that exist in California," President Richard Sobel reminds us. "These grants and awards are great starting points and can really help each program."
Two categories of travel awards exist to help either faculty or residents to be able to present their research findings at national or international meetings. Up to $500 is available to help defray travel expenses.
Research grants are now available for up to $20,000 ($10,000 per year for two years). Pediatric dental post-doctoral students or recent grads are eligible for theses awards on topics that will contribute to the knowledge base in Pediatric Dentistry. This Investigator-Initiated Research Grant will initially be funded in January of 2008. Completed proposals are due October 1st for 2007. Inquiries should be directed to the chair of the CSPD Awards and Grants Committee, David Good (dgoodone(at)sbcglobal.net).
In an effort to further assist the state's pediatric dental programs, CSPD has developed the Faculty Development Grant for part-time Pediatric Dental Educators. These grants are designed to facilitate the recruitment and retention of clinicians to teach part-time and may be available to each program annually. The Faculty Development grant will provide a maximum of $5,000 to attract and retain clinicians who desire to be teachers, thereby bringing mid to late career clinicians into the educational system. These grants have deadlines for submission. More detailed information and applications can be obtained from Dr. David Good or from the CSPD office. Complete RFP's, application forms, and additional information is available on the CSPD website via links to CSPDF.
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