May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


AAPD Predoctoral Chapter Spotlight

Howard University College of Dentistry

May 2016 Volume LI Number 3

What an exciting year it has been for Howard University College of Dentistry’s AAPD student chapter. This school year our chapter started with great enthusiasm and continues with undying dedication. We have a growing student body and a full executive board consisting of President Jennifer Sylvian, Vice President Victor Amartefio, Secretary Stephanie Oboite, Treasurer Linh Phan, Fundraising Chair LaToya Powell, ASDA Representative Elaria Ghobrial, and representatives from each dental class—Tamerah Marable, Christina Becco, and Morgan Marrow. They are fully committed to the advancement of children’s oral health and increasing their knowledge in the realm of pediatric dentistry. 

In October of 2015, the Howard University’s Hispanic Dental Association (HSDA) and AAPD predoctoral chapters came together to educate the young minds of Bancroft Elementary School on oral health care through the Lessons In A Lunch Box program. With the ultimate goal of the Children’s Oral Health Institute in mind, the predoctoral dental and dental hygiene students brought along their compassionate hearts and enthusiastic personalities to serve their community. Approximately 250 lunch boxes were delivered to Bancroft Elementary School to be distributed to first, second, and third graders. Oral hygiene instructions and nutritional counseling were given using visual aids and the contents within each lunch box. All lunch boxes included a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and rinse cup; all disguised as a carrot! 

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, the Howard University College of Dentistry’s student body hung up their scrubs and signed up for a bit of fun in support of the AAPD predoctoral chapter’s game night fundraiser, "It’s Your Move". The fundraising event is one of many events to come from the AAPD predoctoral chapter during the fall semester. The event was designed to facilitate comradery and bring about awareness of the philanthropic organization, Operation Smile. By partnering with Operation Smile, Howard University College of Dentistry faculty and students were given the opportunity to help at least one child obtain a successful cleft lip/cleft palate surgery.

The "It’s Your Move" game night consisted of video game tournaments, party games, such as, Taboo and Logo, as well as classic games like Connect Four and Jenga. The student body happily indulged in a night of pizza, beverages, and allowing their inner child to roam free. At the end of the night, a few lucky winners walked away with great prizes, such as, gift cards from popular places like Starbucks and Chipotle.

Also in November, the students of the Howard Chapter of the AAPD took part in a health science activity of hosting students as a part of STEM day. The day was planned to introduce the students to the different health science career paths open to them in the future of education and health. The STEM day at the dental school started with a quick tour of where the clinical and academic dental experience were built. The tour included a stop at the classrooms, the clinic floor, as well as the simulation lab. The STEM students were encouraged to ask questions while observing second year dental students practicing crown preparations in the simulation lab. The dental students explained to the visiting students the different aspects of dentistry they enjoyed and how dental school compared to their expectations. The tour ended in the pediatric clinic where the students were shown how to make impressions and practice restorations on large teeth models with wax. Many of the visiting students discovered the finesse and methodical procedure required to restore a tooth.

We have so much more planned as a chapter in the final stretch of the school year in 2016. As a chapter we hope to have more fundraising events, community service events, lunch and learns, and mentor/mentee link ups with local pediatric dentists. All of which we cannot do without the guidance of our motivational and inspirational faculty advisor, Dr. LaToya Barham. We appreciate the love and support of all our Howard University College of Dentistry family. We will always continue to represent the helping hand of Howard University with pride.

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