Event Title: “Ethics of Corporate Dentistry” Snack and Learn
We started our year with a wonderful event which was our “Snack and Learn.” We hosted a viewing of the Frontline documentary, Dollars and Dentists, which presents an investigation done into corporate dental companies. This documentary helped us gain insight into the lives of the millions of Americans who can’t afford a dental visit. It showed us some of the flaws in our dental system and possible proposals to better them.
We found that this documentary sparked a flame in all of us. We feel that establishing a good public relationship starts by having our own good morals and ethical foundation set. Our organization was delighted that we had a great turn out and had members of every class present at the event. This event helped foster a desire to better ourselves and therefore our profession. SPEA at Roseman University of Health Sciences
SPEA Spotlight: Dental College of Georgia
Regent: Danielle Gough
Local Chapter: Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
Location: Augusta, Ga
Officers: President: Caroline Sewell
1st VP: Sarah Miles
2nd VP: Hali Hall
Secretary: Clara Shin
Treasurer: Ben Miller
Historian: Chandni Patel
Engagement Committee Chairs: Danielle Owen, Ansley Pike, Britney Lewis
Communications Chair: Dafna Lapidot
Social Media: Maydda Qureshi
Event Title: Slip and Slide Kickball
Fall semester just started, but it still feels like summer here. We wanted to start the year off with some camaraderie and competition, and get to know our new D1s and let them become familiar with SPEA as a student organization. A team of eight represented each class, D1-D4, and competed for the title of Slip and Slide Kickball Champions. Kiddie pools served as bases, painters plastic made up the slides between bases, and a little dish soap made things slippery. D1s and D4s competed in the championship game, with the D4s ultimately taking the win (and some nice SPEA T-shirts as prizes).
SPEA Spotlight: UCSF
Regent: Judy Naziri
Local Chapter: University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
Location: San Francisco, CA
President- Ava Arshadi
Vice President- Ella Saeed
Secretary- Pardis Farhadian
Treasurer- Timothy Jung
Publications Chair- Arielle Canoza
LnL Coordinator- Emily Yang
Education Chair- Jonathan Gao
Event Title: How Will You Present Yourself on Social Media?
Our quarterly Lunch and Learn in the Spring featured an American College of Dentists Fellow, Dr. Jean Creasey. Whether or not to use social media is no longer the question in this digital age. The real question is how to use social media tools to build a positive perception of the profession with our patients and our community. Dr. Creasey discussed the best practices for managing our online presence as both dental students and dentists in the future. Should we add our patients on FaceBook? How do we address them when we do receive such requests? What types of photographs should we avoid posting? An open discussion was held with the speaker and the audience, allowing us to critically think about the consequences of our social media actions and guidelines we should keep in mind.
Local Chapter: University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
President- Lauren Nichols
Event Title: Ethics in the geriatric population
Our 3rd meeting of the year featured Dr. Jan Henry, a general dentist in Nichols Hills, OK and alum of OU College of Dentistry. She highlighted the growing geriatric population and how to ethically treat aging patients. As baby boomers begin to reach retirement, they become a large portion of our patient family. Dr. Henry asked several questions to spark discussion and later provided insight to how she handles her elderly population. What accommodations should be made for the elderly in the dental office? Do we need to treat as aggressively in a geriatric patient? Students were able to think critically and share thoughts about this particular population.
SPEA Spotlight: Columbia
Regent: Steven Daws
Local Chapter: Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Location: Manhattan, New York, NY
President- @Juliet Tchorbajian
Vice President- Stephanie Bernard
Secretary- Vishah Dhamee
Treasurer- Jennifer Tsuan
Event Title: ACD Panel
We had an excellent panel discussion focusing on the numerous moral dilemmas that can occur practice and in dental school!
Local Chapter: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Location: Boston, MA
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Ragalis
SPEA Chapter President: Ian Dicandson
Vice-president: Lauren Hagspiel
Treasurer: Ashley Mullaney
Secretary: Stefane Bourguignon
D19 Representative: Ahmad Abazari
Event Title: SPEA and Tufts + Alumni!
Professionalism in action! The full chapter of Tufts SPEA met with the Dean of Tufts Dental to accept a check from gracious alumni Dr. Janice Conrad who donated her award from the American College of Dentists earlier this year. The funding will be put to good use, as the group has a “Questionable Ethics Discussion” dinner in the works and a Town Hall meeting later in the year. This chapter may be new, but we are growing fast and growing strong!
Pictured above in right image from left to right: Ahmad Abazari D19 (D19 Representative), Dr. Kathryn Ragalis (Advisor), Stefane Bourguignon D20 (Secretary), Dr. Huw Thomas (Dean of TUSDM), Dr. Steve Rubin (Advisor), Lauren Hagspiel D19 (Vice President), Ashley Mullaney D19 (Treasurer), Ian Dickinson D19 (President), Jesse Huston D19 (Member at Large)