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White Coat Ceremonies Welcome New DDS, DH Students

Group photo of the DDS Class of 2019 after their White Coat Ceremony.

After their White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 8, the DDS Class of 2019 gathered for a group photo on the front steps of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. See more photos at go.uth.edu/Flickr

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston hosted white coat ceremonies for 40 new dental hygiene students Aug. 7 and 101 new dental students Aug. 8, with both ceremonies held in The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center. The ceremonies were sponsored by the UTSD Alumni Association, the UTSD Family and Friends Association and the American College of Dentists. The white coat ceremony symbolizes the students’ new role as health-care professionals.

Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, spoke on the diverse backgrounds of the new dental students and encouraged them to wear their white coats “with pride” and to help the dental school “enrich the lives of others now and in the future.”

The dental Class of 2019 is 38 percent male and 62 percent female. They are alumni of 38 universities, with the University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University contributing the most students.

“Work together and celebrate your diversity,” said Valenza.  Read more

 

UTHealth's Game Changer Initiative Matches Dr. Seybold's Gift

Dr. Susan Seybold and husband, Rhett Campbell

Susan Seybold, DDS ’81, and husband Rhett Campbell have seen their gift to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry matched 100 percent through UTHealth’s Game Changers Initiative.

Susan Seybold, MPH, DDS, started her career in the basement — literally.

As a student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, Seybold was part of a class whose students — including the school’s current dean, John A. Valenza, DDS — began their training by studying in the building’s basement. 

“I loved dental school,” Seybold said. “I made wonderful friends and learned to be a good dentist.”

Even before training to become a dentist, Seybold began her health career journey by earning an MPH at UTHealth School of Public Health. Her father encouraged her to consider dentistry as a service to others.  Read more

 

Summer Job Program Inspires Future Professionals

he School of Dentistry’s 2015 Summer Jobs Program had five interns working in various departments for eight weeks. Pictured from left are Senior Executive Assistant Sandra Miller; interns Angie Garza, Jarett Magee, Lauren Moran, La’Tisha White and Clarissa Pinales; and Administrative Manager Kimberly Johnson.

The School of Dentistry’s 2015 Summer Jobs Program had five interns working in various departments for eight weeks. Pictured from left are Senior Executive Assistant Sandra Miller; interns Angie Garza, Jarett Magee, Lauren Moran, La’Tisha White and Clarissa Pinales; and Administrative Manager Kimberly Johnson. Photo by Ke’ara Hunt.

Five interns have completed the eight-week Summer Jobs Program at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, gaining an inside look at what it’s like to work for an academic institution in the Texas Medical Center.

Angelique “Angie” Garza (Patient Care), Jarett Magee (Research), Lauren Moran (Continuing Dental Education), Clarissa Pinales (Technology Services and Informatics), and La’Tisha White (Endodontics and Periodontics and Dental Hygiene) began their jobs in mid-June, working up to 32 hours per week while gaining job skills and attending weekly professional development seminars.  

The Summer Job Program is guided by a Steering Committee chaired by Director of Administration Lynnette Lewis, MBA, and including UT Dentists Executive Director Diana Mosenge, MBA; Research Coordinator Auco Dang; Continuing Education Coordinator Yvette Haas; Senior Executive Assistant Sandra Miller and Administrative Manager Kimberly Johnson.

The committee suggests and arranged weekly enrichment seminars designed to “impart knowledge and skills to the interns for their personal advancement,” said Johnson.

This year’s seminar topics included resume writing, Microsoft Office tutorials, participation in departmental and academic meetings, use of the SkillSoft development series, customer service, making presentations, practicing professional etiquette, and mock interviewing. Read more

 

Endodontics Residents Bring Home Awards

Award-winning endodontics residents at The University of Texas School of Dentistry (from left) include Drs. Sameer Jain, Marie Messing, Alexandra Garraton, Valerie Okehie and Will Pack.

Award-winning endodontics residents at The University of Texas School of Dentistry (from left) include Drs. Sameer Jain, Marie Messing, Alexandra Garraton, Valerie Okehie and Will Pack.

Sameer Jain, BDS, MS, an endodontics resident at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, has been selected as recipient of the 2015 Henry M. Thornton/SCADA Fellowship in the amount of $2,500 to help cover expenses incurred during his advanced program in endodontics at UTHYealth. The award will be presented during the upcoming ADA Annual Session SCADA Awards Program Nov. 7 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

It is the latest in a series of honors for UTSD’s Endodontics residents. At the American Association of Endodontists Annual Session in May, Marie Messing, DDS, received first place in Table Clinics, while Alexandra Garraton, DMD, won second place in the residents' Oral Presentations.  Read more

 

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