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Special Issue on TADs

In the Summer issue of the PCSO Bulletin, there's a special section focusing on temporary anchorage devices (TADs). Included are clinical columns and a new column entitled “PCSO Program Talk,” which features a series of questions on a single topic posed to a group of respondents, such as PCSO Orthodontic Program Directors, Chairmen, or other participants.

Download the 30-page TADs Special Issue here. 

Fall Case Report Video Now Available:

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Podcasts and Webinars

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2012 Strategies for Challenging Times

Dr. Gerry Samson, (Macon, GA) and Dr. Jerry Nelson, (San Francisco, CA), hold  a conversation that will definitely interest residents and orthodontists in their first decade of practice. How can you sustain patient family and dental colleague loyalty, a key to a successful practice life?  This, and many other questions,  submitted by residents, practitioners, and PCSO leaders, stimulate the discussion. As always, this podcast is free and available for download 24/7 so members can listen whenever and wherever they like.

Download now our latest installment in our Podcast series as Dr. Gerry Samson answers questions from some of our residents and practitioners.

Nov. 14, Dec. 5 deadlines set for ADA Foundation student programs

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:53:57 -0700

foundation logoFour ADA Foundation student programs, including academic scholarships and clinical research projects, have deadlines approaching in the fall.

The ADAF supports access to care, education, and research — three of its four mission-centric pillars — as reflected in the ADAF acronym C.A.R.E: Charitable Assistance, Access to Care, Research, Education.

To that end, the Foundation is accepting applications (available at for these dental student programs:

  • Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarships and Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships (application deadline: Nov. 14).
The ADAF's Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship Program, including the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships, the Dr. Robert B. Dewhirst Scholarships and the Robert J. Sullivan Scholarships, helps predoctoral dental students defray some of their academic expenses. The Foundation awards about 54 scholarships of up to $2,500 each, totaling up to about $135,000 annually.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled full time in the second year of study at an accredited dental school while maintaining a minimum 3.25 grade point average. Applications must be sent to the ADA Foundation by the dental school on the student's behalf. The ADA Foundation accepts one application per school for the general predoctoral dental student program and, new for 2014, up to five applications per school for the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships program.

  • E. "Bud" Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award (application deadline: Nov. 14).
The ADAF Tarrson Award recognizes exemplary volunteer community service projects that are organized and/or conducted by a group of dental students enrolled in an accredited predoctoral dental education program.  

The ADA Foundation accepts one application from each accredited dental school with a predoctoral dental student group involved in an outreach program to vulnerable communities within the U.S.

ADA Business Enterprises Inc. generously contributed $25,000 in 2013, enabling the Foundation to award six Tarrson Awards. The recipients were: Harvard University School of Dental Medicine for its ACTION program; Indiana University School of Dentistry for its Student Outreach Clinic; University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry for its UCLA ASDA Los Angeles Community Clinics; University of Michigan School of Dentistry for its Wolverine Patriot Project; University of Mississippi Medical Center-School of Dentistry for its Jackson Free Clinic; and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine for the Huntridge Clinics.

  • Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award (application deadline: Nov. 14).
The Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award recognizes and encourages student programs that provide services to underserved populations outside of the U.S. One grant of $5,000 is made annually to a dental school in honor of the selected student outreach program.
Dental student groups at accredited dental schools who are involved in an outreach program to vulnerable communities outside of the U.S. are eligible to apply. The ADA Foundation accepts one application from each dental school.

The 2013 Zwemer Award went to the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry for its UNC Malawi Dental Project.

  • Dr. Ray Bowen Fellowship (application deadline: Dec. 5).
The ADA Foundation, in collaboration with the Academy of Operative Dentistry, offers the Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award in odd-numbered years. Formerly known as the Paffenbarger Award, the Dr. Ray Bowen Award is open to dental students at all levels who wish to undertake novel research relevant to contemporary operative dentistry.

The award is valued at $6,000, with additional support up to $1,000 provided for the student's presentation of their research at an AOD conference.

Louisville dental school to create endowed fund

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:53:57 -0700

Dr. Wayne Mortenson and his wife, Sue
Gift givers: Dr. Wayne Mortenson and his wife, Sue, gave $5 million to the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to create an endowed fund that would help the school continue advancements in research, technology, scholarship and patient care.
Louisville, Ky. —
To help the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and its students meet future needs, Dr. Wayne Mortenson and his wife, Sue, are giving $5 million to the dental school to create an endowed fund — the largest philanthropic gift in school history.

“Investing in the talent of UofL students is our goal as we seek to hire dentists and dental hygienists who can provide exceptional care to our patients,” said Dr. Mortenson, a 1979 UofL graduate and CEO of Mortenson Family Dental.

“We are always thinking about the future of the company and the impact it will have on the health of the communities we serve.”

Nearly 70 dentists of Mortenson Family Dental and more than 70 dental hygienists call UofL their alma mater.

“Increased competition and a changing health care paradigm make gifts like these vital to sustaining excellence,” said David L. Dunn, M.D., UofL executive vice president for health affairs. “The costs of education and training continue to rise, but our traditional sources of funding continue to decline. Philanthropic gifts enable schools like ours to make the investments into equipment, people, students, so that we continue to meet the dental needs our patients.”

The endowment will also help the school through continued advancements in research, technology, scholarship and patient care, Dr. John Sauk, UofL School of Dentistry dean, added.

Dr. Mortenson earned his UofL dental degree in 1979. He began practicing in Louisville and expanded to multiple locations in Kentucky and Indiana.

Institute for Diversity in Leadership Class of 2014-15

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:53:57 -0700

Class of 2014-15
Class of 2014-15: The 16 members of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class attended their first session Sept. 4-5 at ADA Headquarters. From left to right (front row) Drs. Robin Nguyen, Trinity, Fla.; Carliza Marcos, San Carlos, Calif.; Xochitl Anderton, Lubbock, Texas; Amanda Hemmer, Phoenixville, Pa.; Christina Meiners, San Antonio; and Zellisha Quam, Albuquerque, N.M.; (center row) Drs. Rico Short, Smyrna, Ga.; Mark Limosani, Weston, Fla.; Malieka Johnson, San Diego; and Abe Abdulwaheed, Cambridge, Mass.; (back row) Drs. Inna Piskorska, San Antonio; Kevin Bolden, Waco, Texas; Deryck Pham, Mays Landing, N.J.; Darwin Hayes, Bronx, N.Y.; Paul Hsiao, Fresno, Calif.; and Shane Murphy, Anchorage, Alaska. The Institute provides a diverse group of dentists with education and experience to build a lifetime of relationships and set new leadership paths within the dental profession and their community. The 2014-15 class will attend two other sessions: Dec. 8-9 and Sept. 10-11, 2015. Students will work with leading educators from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business during these sessions.