Students participating in the 2022 poverty simulation

Developing empathy for patients experiencing poverty

In November, 84 dental students role-played the experiences of low-income patients as part of the College of Dentistry's annual poverty simulation. This simulation helps students develop cognitive and affective empathy which enhances their ability to plan treatments that patients can realistically implement.

In Memoriam

We were saddened learn of the death of one of our program alumni, Dr. Rahul Nair (MS, 2008) who died in an automobile accident on November 4, 2022. 
John Warren

Scratching the Itch

The term “seven-year itch” is a belief that after a certain amount of time – usually about 7 years – there is a psychological need to change or do something new.  After nearly seven years of not producing a Dental Public Health Alumni Newsletter, there is now a definite ‘itch’ to once again send out an annual newsletter.  So, for the first time since 2015, we have a DPH Alumni Newsletter for your reading enjoyment. 
Historical intramural dental team

Dentistry rocks Iowa intramurals

From very early on, Iowa Dentistry has always had a reputation as intramural juggernauts. 2022 was not exception to this trend!
Iowa periodontics faculty at the AAP Annual Meeting in 2022

Iowa represents at the 2022 American Academy of Periodontology

The 2022 American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) held its 108th Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from October 27 to October 30. The University of Iowa Department of Periodontics had excellent participation with numerous invited speakers and recognitions.
Leeroy, William, and Josh Strohman

IMOM Recap

The Iowa Mission of Mercy was held this past weekend, November 4 and 5, in Des Moines. Over the weekend, the dentists and dental staff saw 1,083 patients, completing 6,732 procedures, which amounted to $1,013,563.44 worth of care. Over 100 students, several residents, and over 20 faculty and staff turned out to support the free clinics.

Where are They Now?

We haven’t been keeping track of everyone, but we do know there whereabouts of many of our graduates.  Some of them are listed below.  If you have updates, please feel to share them with us, and we will include them in the next newsletter.
Group photo with ABDPH Diplomates

New ABDPH Diplomates

Several DPH program graduates have recently become certified as Diplomates of the American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH). 

New Graduates, Current Students and New Students

In 2022, there are several students are graduating from our programs. Currently, there are three PhD students and two MS students. We welcomed two new students to our Dental Public Health-Pediatric Dentistry program and three new MS students.

Faculty Accomplishments and Honors

In recent years, our faculty have received many awards and recognitions, or have served as national leaders in various organizations.