CU's dental school earns national achievement

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (SODM) is the only school that received the 2013 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement.


Only one dental school is selected per year for this honor. The CU School of Dental Medicine was recognized for the development of an innovative interprofessional (IPE) curriculum that prepares graduates for future team-based practice, and provides a model for other dental institutions embracing IPE. 
“The William J. Gies Awards are truly a high honor in the field of dental education,” said Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH, president of the ADEAGies Foundation and executive director of ADEA. “By shining a light on the extraordinary work of dental educators, academic institutions, and our partners -- the best and the brightest in academic dentistry -- the ADEAGies Foundation recognizes those who blaze a path for a new generation of leaders in dental education.” 
“I have been privileged to witness the ‘creation, evolution and application of contemporary ideas' about interprofessional education develop into a comprehensive interprofessional education program designed to prepare our students to practice collaboratively and improve patient safety and health outcomes,” said Dean Denise Kassebaum, DDS, MS.  “I sincerely appreciate the efforts of Dr. Mark Earnest and his IPE leadership team, along with the IPE Faculty Advisory Committee’s efforts to create unique IPE experiences for dental students to participate with the other campus schools.” 

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