In the past year, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry has continued its commitment to evidence-based clinical education, preparing ethical and culturally sensitive graduates for dental practice. Changes brought on by the pandemic have become part of the new normal, with the introduction of the HyFlex classroom format, allowing students flexibility in attending classes in person, virtually, or through recorded lectures. Clinic time and sessions have been consolidated to provide more focused patient care, with students now spending 28-30 hours per week on direct patient care. The University Health Center (UHC) clinic, which served as a significant teaching site, was discontinued due to a decline in patient volume. The school is exploring alternatives to provide diverse patient experiences.
In terms of grants and programming, the School of Dentistry received funding from the Delta Dental Foundation for the Senior Oral Health Equity Project and a grant from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health to support the Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic. The school has actively engaged in community service, including outreach to underserved communities and providing care to Afghan refugees.
The school has also emphasized diversity and inclusion, particularly in recruiting underrepresented individuals to enhance the diversity of the oral health workforce. The Summer Enrichment Program has helped pre-dental undergraduate students gain valuable experience and navigate dental school admissions. An art exhibit on microaggressions aimed to raise awareness about implicit biases and stereotypes. Numerous awards and recognitions have been received by students, faculty, and staff, highlighting their dedication and achievements.
The report also touches on faculty and staff accomplishments, admissions statistics, and the school's focus on providing a well-rounded education rooted in Jesuit and Mercy values.
Aksu, Mert N. DDS, JD, MHSA, Cert. DPH
"DEAN’S REPORT: DETROIT MERCY DENTAL Evolving with Purpose, Value, and Pride: A Look at the Past Year and All the People Who Made It Happen,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
9, Article 2.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss9/2
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