Dr. Michael Norton is featured as a guest speaker at the AO Study Club for students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
University of Penn joins AO's University Partnership Program
By Joshua Klein, BMSc, University of Pennsylvania
As the acceptance of dental implants grows, so too does the desire of dental students to seek out more information and resources. That’s why the Executive Board of the student-run Implant Society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine turned to AO for support.
Working with former AO President, Dr. Joseph Gian-Grasso, as our liaison, we developed a pilot study group at Penn Dental. Our mission is to provide pre-doc and post-doc students with an enriched didactic opportunity to develop their knowledge of implant dentistry and osseointegration sciences.
Over the past year, drawing from members of the AO community, we provided stand-alone lectures and an elective course, for which over 60 pre-doc students will receive credit towards their graduation requirements.
Students benefited from the experience and knowledge of experts in the fields of periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery, and were also able to see both the diversity and the depth of expertise that the network of AO members has to share. We were fortunate to host lecturers including: Michael Norton BDS FDS RCS(Ed), Bridget Marron MDT, Harold Baumgarten DMD, Louis Marion DMD MS, Daniel Taub DDS MD, and Najeed Saleh DMD.
We wanted to begin this pilot program, not only for the students at Penn Dental, but with the hope that this model could be spread to other dental schools. Not only is it of value to teach students about dentistry, it is critical to teach them where they can turn for continuing education after graduation.
As hopeful practitioners in the field of dentistry—which continues to change, grow, and improve—we must become lifelong learners of science, clinical methods, and healthcare. I am confident that the introduction to valuable professional organizations, like AO, will help us as future practitioners, as well as our patients.
* Stay tuned for more information about the future of AO’s university partnerships.
This article was contributed by:
AO student member Joshua Klein
University of Pennsylvania
Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), 2018, School of Dental Medicine
Masters of Science in Engineering (MSE), 2018
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
About the Academy of Osseointegration
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