New Developments Afoot at UCLA Dental Centers
Are you in the know when it comes to the new way in which the General Clinic is organized? Did you realize there are two additional pediatric dentistry residents at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center this year? Simply scroll down to learn more.
The General Clinic Gets Reorganized
Did you hear about the new changes at the General Clinic? This summer the School of Dentistry implemented a dramatic change in the organizational structure of the Westwood clinic in an ongoing effort to enhance the student experience and to become more patient-centered.
Many of our alumni readers will recall the “home cubes” concept which existed during the 70’s and part of the 80’s, but was abandoned due to budget reductions and the consequent loss of faculty positions. We are proud to report that as a result of our solid management efforts and through the committed support of Dean Park, we have revived this idea and created the Group Practice Model. The general clinic is now divided into four Group Practices, each comprised of teams of fourth-, third- and second-year students. Each practice is headed by two half-time Group Practice Directors (faculty mentors) and a Group Practice Administrator (office manager) and each student team is assigned to its own operatory.
Our Group Practice Directors are Drs. Herman, Biddle, Brownstein, Rowland, Rappaport, Arstein, Reynolds and Kamyab. Our Group Practice Administrators are Sha’Ron Botts, Cinthia Wagner, Nanci Collantes and Rafi Boghossian.
This change in the organization of the clinic will nearly double the number of available patient appointments however, the design is very faculty intensive. Thus, we are constantly seeking part-time faculty, especially in the areas of Restorative Dentistry and Periodontics. If you are interested in teaching, please contact Dr. Richard Stevenson, Chair of the Division of Restorative Dentistry, at (310) 794-4387, or Dr. Paulo Camargo, Director of Predoctoral Periodontics, at (310) 825-0928.
Two New Pediatric Dentistry Residents Get to Work at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center
Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease—five times more common than asthma? Or that according to a recent study by the Dental Health Foundation, more than 60 percent of children in the Los Angeles Unified School District have dental decay by the time they reach kindergarten? Left untreated, decayed teeth cause painful toothaches which lead to problems eating and sleeping.
Dental disease also may leave children vulnerable to chronic ear and sinus infections as well as orthodontic problems. However, children who receive good oral health care enjoy better overall health and are better able to succeed in school.
UCLA recognizes the need for early intervention in the form of quality, lower cost dental health care for the children of Venice and the surrounding areas. That is why there are two additional pediatric dentists at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center this year who are intent on tackling this problem at the community level. We are proud to announce that on July 1, 2006, the School opened its new Pediatric Dentistry Advanced Education Residency Program at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center. This program
begins with two residents who will experience all phases of training for the treatment of the child patient with an emphasis on interfacing with the community. Dr. Anna-Lynn DeGuzman and Dr. Daniel Nobel, both members of the Class of 2006, are already hard at work in Venice, as the photographs show.
During their residency, Drs. Nobel and DeGuzman will be part of a children’s health team and advocates for children’s health policy. There are only about 4,200 pediatric dentists in the entire United States—not nearly enough to treat all the children who have tooth decay. So Nobel and DeGuzman are examples of what’s becoming a new kind of pediatric dentist.
Most of the time, a dentist develops a relationship with a single patient, and then another individual, and then another. However, Nobel and DeGuzman are learning that the mouth of each child they treat belongs to a culture and a community. By teaching pediatricians how to perform oral health exams and visiting Head Start classrooms to talk to parents about good nutrition for oral health, they will integrate themselves with the community’s other forms of health care and health education. They want to be effective at solving the tooth decay crisis in the local community, and they realize that the way to do this is to be active on the community level and involve as many people, working on as many different “layers,” as possible.
The expansion of the Venice Dental Center's pediatric dentistry services is made possible with the support of a grant from the UniHealth Foundation. Congratulations are due to Dr. James Crall, Chair of the Section of Pediatric Dentistry and to Dr. Kenneth Troutman, Director of the pediatric residency programs at both Westwood and Venice, for the successful launch of this new program.
Look for an update in the fall edition of the Dean’s Newsletter on a further expansion of the pediatric dentistry program at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center —this one physical, and made possible through the generosity of Mr. Bob Wilson, a member of the board of counselors.