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School of Dentistry Building UTSD held a women in dentistry panel with six alumnae on Sept. 30 via Cisco Webex. Graphic by iStock. Still frame from UT OMS highlight reel video.

‘Women in Dentistry’ panelists talk about challenges, share insights

At the invitation of UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston, six alumnae of varying generations and ethnic backgrounds logged in at noon Sept. 30 to serve as panelists in a discussion of “Women in Dentistry:  Reflections of the Past and Present.” The event was timed to coincide with September as “Women in Medicine Month” as part of Dean John Valenza’s recognition of women in dental medicine.

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A look inside UT Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Take a look at the UT OMS advanced education program with aspects of the surgical experience, how residents and attendings work together, and living in a vibrant, diverse city with the largest medical center in the world.

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UTSD Houston

Since its founding in 1905, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston has graduated more than 10,000 dentists, dental hygienists and postgraduate generalists and specialists. The school is part of UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), joining schools of medicine, nursing, public health, biomedical sciences and biomedical informatics.

The School of Dentistry offers 10 accredited programs: DDS, dental hygiene, two general residency programs and six advanced education programs, including endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics, plus dual-degree programs in partnership with the School of Public Health and McGovern Medical School. Preceptor programs are also available.

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Our dental school has served Southeast Texas since 1905, providing a broad range of services, from fillings to reconstructive surgery. Patients are cared for by students and residents under faculty supervision.

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Each year, we enroll 100 DDS and 40 dental hygiene students. UTSD students gain clinical skills at on-site clinics, hospitals, and through community outreach projects. Advanced and continuing education programs are offered as well.

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UTSD excels in several areas of research, including the biomedical and clinical sciences, education, dental informatics, and much more. Our research programs benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and world-renowned faculty.


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September 22, 2020
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Respect, kindness, and hope. These are just a few of the words written on a mask designed by Ana M. Ibarra-Noriega, DDS, MS, MPH, who won a contest sponsored by UTSD's Diversity, Inclusion, and Wellness Council.


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October 28, 2020

Associate Professor James C. Melville, DDS, of UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston has been awarded the Advocacy Challenge Coin from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).