SPEA Event Spotlight Columbia

SPEA Spotlight
Regency: Six
Regent: Steven Daws
Local Chapter: Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Location: Manhattan, New York, NY
Officers:
President- Juliet Tchorbajian
Vice President- Stephanie Bernard
Secretary- Vishah Dhamee
Treasurer- Jennifer Tsuan
Event Title: Debate: Access to Care
Our event was a lunch-and-learn which was a Debate on the Access to Care hosted by one of our clinical professors Dr. McManus. During this lunch and learn we had a stimulating debate covering if health care is a human right, the role of the dentist in treating underserved areas and the role and value of dental therapist in underserved and rural areas.
CDM Chapter of SPEA in Dentistry

SPEA Event Spotlight East Carolina

Regency: Five
Local Chapter: East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Officers:
President- Robert Barton
Vice President- Danielle Gough (Also serves as regent 5 liaison to SPEA National)
Treasurer- Bryson Rominger
Class Representatives: Terrence Campbell, Erica Balbuena Tapia, Alexandra Davis

Event Title: Dining Dilemmas
Cost to attend event: Free

Description: This was a two-part event consisting of a video followed by a dinner discussion. The first part of the event consisted of a twenty-minute video from CBC marketplace entitled “Is Your dentist ripping you off? Hidden camera investigation.” The video, which originally aired in 2014, was filmed in Toronto. It was characterized as an exposé of the dental profession. During the video, we saw the same patient visit dental office after dental office where she sought out an opinion of what dental treatment she needed. We quickly witnessed that there was absolutely no consistency or agreement about recommended treatment by any of the dentists. The patient was told that her needs ranged from a few hundred dollars worth of treatment at one office, to well over ten thousand dollars at another. The question that naturally arose from this video is why was there so much variability between the dentists, and is it possible that some dentist were guilty of overtreatment? The second part of the event was the discussion aspect of the program, which was centered on a fully catered three-course dinner. We had SPEA members act as moderators at each table, where they served to ask follow-up questions and guide the conversation. To close out the event, we had a large group discussion where we wanted to see if the students felt that there really was an ethical issue at hand or if the variability was simply due to a difference in clinical experience. We also wanted to highlight how events like this video shape and influence the public opinion about dentistry. We ended the evening by exchanging views on what we could do in order to preserve the integrity and ethics within our profession of dentistry.

SPEA Event Spotlight Toronto

On November 24, 2016, the SPEA Chapter at the University of Toronto was pleased to host a talk entitled “Facebook, Social Media, and What Happened Here” by Dr. Ferne Kraglund, the Assistant Dean of Students at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry. Dr. Kraglund spoke to us about her experiences and challenges while managing an unfortunate social media related situation at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry in 2015. She highlighted the ethical and professional issues and predicaments involved in the situation, and walked us through how the staff and the students worked together to resolve the issue. Her talk was very well received and we thank Dr. Kraglund for her efforts and commitment to SPEA’s mission of enhancing ethical and professional awareness in Dentistry and healthcare!

Dr. Kraglund giving her talk

UofT SPEA Executive Committee

UofT dentistry students and staff listening

Chapter Award Submissions Now Open 2016

Chapter award submissions are now open for nominations for the 2016 annual session in Denver, CO

There are four categories this year with a winner selected in each one:

Submission guidelines for each award are available to download by clicking the above links. The due date is Oct. 12th. 2016.

Each submission will be reviewed by the Awards Committee and winners will be announced at Annual Session. (If you haven’t registered yet, get on it!)

We hope each chapter considers applying for at least one award.

2015 SPEA Annual Session Schedule Announced

We are very excited to publish the schedule for the 5th Annual SPEA Annual Session to be held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. on November 6th and 7th. To view the schedule, just click on the link.

2015 SPEA Annual Session Schedule

The schedule is tentative and could shift around slightly but starting and end times will be the same. A new copy of the schedule will be posted if any changes are made.

And if you haven’t already registered, go do it now!!

If you have any questions, contact your regent or leave a comment below!

Chapter Awards Submissions Open

UPDATED DEADLINE 10/26!

Chapter award submissions are now open for nominations.

There are four categories this year with a winner selected in each one:

Submission guidelines for each award are available to download by clicking the above links. The due date is Oct. 20th 26th.

Each submission will be reviewed by the Awards Committee and winners will be announced at Annual Session. (If you haven’t registered yet, get on it!)

We hope each chapter considers applying for at least one award.

SPEA Leaders Gather

photo 4Earlier this month, your SPEA executive board members and regents held their half annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Arriving on Friday, some were able to explore the city and experience some of the local culture before settling down for the evening.

Saturday was filled with a long day of discussion. Starting around 8:30am and ending just before 7:30pm, we accomplished a lot of tasks. We developed a new strategic plan for the upcoming year as well as started planning SPEA Annual Session, which will take place November 6-7, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

 

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Sunday morning, we all had the chance to experience some of the Wasatch Mountain range by heading up to Silver Flat Lake. The team was able to bond over snacks, paddle boarding, and cruising around in the RZR.

We have an amazing group of leaders and have an awesome annual session planned. We hope you are already planning to come!

Now is the perfect time to start developing your strategic plan for your local chapter. Always remember, your national officers are here to help support and assist you in any way possible.

 

 

To view all our pictures from Utah, head over to our Facebook page.

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