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

Published: October 05, 2020 by UTSD Staff

UTSD held a women in dentistry panel with six alumnae on Sept. 30 via Cisco Webex. Graphic by iStock.
UTSD held a women in dentistry panel with six alumnae on Sept. 30 via Cisco Webex. Graphic by iStock.
Panelists shared insights on dentistry from their unique perspectives.
Panelists shared insights on dentistry from their unique perspectives.

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. It was also just two days before the 115th anniversary of classes starting on Oct. 2, 1905, at Texas Dental College (as UTSD was then known). It was the first dental school in Texas.  

“I couldn’t think of a better way to recognize the role of women while celebrating this school’s rich history than having these alumnae share their stories with us,” Valenza said. “It was a real pleasure and learning experience to attend the discussion.”

UTSD Communications Manager Rhonda Whitmeyer served as moderator for the panel, which included:

UTSD is planning additional programs in October and November to explore the school’s past, present, and future. Details will be coming soon.

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