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Summer 2015 Case Report Video Now Available:

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In the Summer issue of the PCSO Bulletin, there's a special section focusing on CBCT. Included are clinical columns and “PCSO Program Talk,” which features a series of questions about CBCT posed to a group of respondents, such as PCSO Orthodontic Program Directors, Chairmen, or other participants.

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UofL dental school dean to step down

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:34:11 -0700

Dr. Sauk
Louisville, Ky. — The University of Louisville School of Dentistry announced that Dr. John Sauk is stepping down as dean on Dec. 31.

Dr. Sauk, who has served as dean since 2007, will rejoin the faculty as a professor in the Department of Surgical and Hospital Dentistry.
"It has been a privilege to lead the dental school, and I am proud of our faculty, staff and students for working alongside me these past seven years to elevate our school to new heights," he said.
During his tenure, the school underwent a renovation and renewal of its clinical operation, along with the completion of a new facility for faculty practice. The school established the Miller Clinic in Elizabethtown, opened a pediatric dentistry office at the renovated Kosair Charities facilities on Eastern Parkway, and began operating the Children and Youth Dental Clinic on the UofL Health Sciences Center campus.
The School of Dentistry also created a combined D.M.D.-Ph.D. program, and plans are underway to embark on a D.M.D.-M.B.A. joint program with the School of Business. In addition, the school is involved in a federal grant to engage dental students in interdisciplinary education with the School of Nursing.
"Dr. Sauk's leadership has paved the way for the academic achievement of our students and helped foster innovation in the profession that has helped grow our national reputation not only in dentistry, but academic health,"  said David L. Dunn, MD, Ph.D., UofL executive vice president for health affairs.
Dr. Dunn will soon select a committee to conduct a national search for a new dean.

UCSF dental student receives Zuckerman Fellowship

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:34:11 -0700

Ms. Calvo
San Francisco — University of California San Francisco dental student Jean Marie Calvo was selected for the Zuckerman Fellows program, which will financially support her to pursue a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard's School of Public Health.

"If I'm going to be a dentist who wants to make a difference, I wanted the (MPH) degree to help me get more people access to care," Ms. Calvo said. "I want to make a larger impact in improving public health."
The Zuckerman Fellowship program was established to enable professionals to pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School. Its intent is to bring the perspectives of multiple professions and academic disciplines to bear on public sector problems, according to its website.
Ms. Calvo is taking a leave of absence from her studies at the UCSF School of Dentistry to complete the MPH by May 2016.
Although there aren't any health care professionals in her family, Ms. Calvo said her mother stressed the importance of good oral health, inspiring her to ultimately pursue a career in dentistry.
"I've wanted to become a dentist for a very long time," she said. "And through dental school and volunteering, I realized that there's a lot of problems when it comes to access to care."
Ms. Calvo plans to use her MPH and dental degree to work as a dentist in a community clinic, ultimately becoming a community clinic director.
"Being selected as a future dentist, it made me see that the [Zuckerman Fellows program] considers oral health a pertinent issue in the overall public health," she said.

OSHA updates workplace poster

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:34:11 -0700

– The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled a new version of the employee-rights poster OSHA-covered dentists and other employers must display in a conspicuous place where employees can see it but said employers need not replace previous versions of the posted notice.

The new version of the poster "Job Safety and Health – It's The Law!" is available without charge and in English and other languages at or by phone at OSHA's toll-free number 1-800-321-6742 or the OSHA publications office (202) 693-1888.

The poster is available in Chinese, Korean, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. The Polish and Portuguese versions are available online only. OSHA regulations do not specify or require employers to display the OSHA poster in a foreign language. However, OSHA encourages employers with Spanish-speaking employees to also display the Spanish language version.

For employers in a state with an OSHA-approved state plan, there may be a state version of the OSHA poster. Federal government agencies must use the Federal Agency Poster.

The poster informs workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The poster was updated to include new reporting obligations for employers, who must now report every fatality and every hospitalization, amputation and loss of an eye. It also informs employers of their responsibilities to train all employees in a language and vocabulary they can understand, comply with OSHA standards and post citations at or near the place of an alleged violation.

The last poster update was published in 2007.