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U of IL at Chicago Predoctoral Implant Program Wins Award
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Predoctoral Implant Program has received a teaching excellence award.
By: UIC College of Dentistry
Upon the CETL’s call for applications, the College’s core PIP faculty submitted a portfolio for consideration of the honor. “All academic departments with a teaching mission are eligible to apply,” Dr. Yuan explained. “The applicants are encouraged to consider the following criteria: teaching and learning activities, development of teaching, provision of resources for students, evaluation of teaching and learning quality, and descriptions of a plan for use of awarded funds.”
A complete portfolio related to excellence in teaching includes: methods the department uses to achieve excellence in teaching and learning and methods to measure the effectiveness of those methods, evidence-based statement of teaching and learning outcomes, support letter from Head/Chair of department, support letter from Dean, support letters from current and past students, and description of how the award proceeds will be used. With an impressive outline of the creative approaches implemented in implant education, the PIP was all too deserving of the 2014 Departmental Teaching Excellence Award.
The one-time $20,000 accolade will be used to enhance student learning experiences and patient education in implant dentistry in the following areas: (1) introduction of multi-media resources demonstrating several clinical and laboratory techniques used for Single Tooth Implant and Implant Supported Overdenture implant therapy; (2) develop a website specific to PIP to inform Chicagoland residents of the implant services provided at UIC and the discounted fees relative to private practice; (3) update of brochures on implant supported restorations, which help to educate UIC patients of the intricacies of implant treatment; and (4) implementation of a community outreach program that includes implant education and restorative options to patients and health-care providers at community-based organizations including retirement homes and healthcare offices.
In alphabetical order, the list of co-applicants includes: Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Dr. Stephen D. Campbell, Dr. Praveen Gajendrareddy, Dr. Rand Harlow, Dr. Michelle Howard Rynn, Dr. Kent L. Knoernschild, Dr. Anna Manzotti, Dr. Michael Miloro, Dr. Salvador Nares, Dr. Cortino Sukotjo, and Dr. Swee Tan.
For more information about the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at UIC, visit www.cetl.uic.edu.
--Written by Kari Radjewski
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