May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


AAPD Resident Recognition Awards

March 2017 Volume LII Number 2

The AAPD Pediatric Dental Resident Committee developed the Resident Recognition Award to recognize pediatric dental residents doing innovative and interesting activities in their training programs. Selected residents are awarded with a monetary prize, featured on the AAPD website, featured in PDT (Pediatric Dentistry Today), and recognized at the awards ceremony during the annual AAPD meeting.

Nominations are reviewed by a panel of at least three reviewers from the Pediatric Dental Resident Committee, New Pediatric Dentist Committee, and the Council on Membership and Membership Services. Winners are chosen based on activities during residency that contribute to one or more of the following fields: patient care, education (i.e., teaching), research and community service. Innovation, time commitment and significance of service to others are the primary factors consid- ered in the selection process.

Please join us in recognizing the two winners for the 2016 Fall/Winter cycle!


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Graduation Date: June 2017
Primary Field: Community and Public Service

Since 1959, Cincinnati Children’s has prided itself on residents who are motivated leaders. Dr. David Anderson is the latest example of this. Anderson noted that due to a clinical focus on early interven- tion in the young child population, an overwhelming crush of patient demand including 60 percent patients with special needs, and 50-60 external referrals a week, the healthy adolescent population was hav- ing increased difficulty obtaining routine access for care. Anderson proposed and has been active in creating a key arm for patient transi- tion – the Adolescent Evening Clinic (ACE). This clinical endeavor is entirely resident run – including scheduling for healthy 14-18 year old patients. Cincinnati has an estimated 30 percent of families living at or near poverty, and this proposal has helped vulnerable adolescents minimize missed school, and challenged caregivers miss less work, while still focusing on oral health.

Anderson has personally helped create electronic health record reports that have identified potential candidates, and has spent per- sonal time calling patients, offering them this new clinic and recruiting residents and staff to provide care. Once he laid the framework he has aggressively sold this to families who could benefit from extended clinic options. Additionally, Anderson has worked closely with the Division business manager to ensure that the ACE was financially vi- able and sustainable. The results have been overwhelmingly positive; a five-fold increase in chair utilization, a no show rate 43 percent less than all other Division clinics, and most critically, a grateful and highly satisfied patient and parent population. The ACE has a mean of 120 patient visits per month.

Another feature of the ACE that cannot be understated, is that it provides the first arm of a cogent transition program for adolescents with three pre-identified general dental offices ready to accept graduated patients. Transition for patients has been identified as a significant barrier to care for the adolescent population traditionally treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Anderson has demonstrated the best we look for in our residents. He is intensely bright and focused. In addressing a potentially vulner- able population at a Children’s Hospital, Anderson has helped refine our definition of a Dental Home, and most critically provided the foundation for a methodical and programmatic transition program for a very vulnerable community.


University of Florida Graduation Date: June 2017
Primary Field: Research

Dr. Karina Miller has a strong commitment and passion towards pediatric dentistry. She has helped gather a large cohort of children diagnosed with localized aggressive periodontitis (LAP), and lab goals are to study treatment response and contributing factors, such as im- mune response and genetic factors, playing a role in this disease. Thus, her love for pediatric dentistry and interest for research development fits well with our lab’s research endeavors.

Miller possesses a very inquisitive mind, is a very passionate and hard-working lady, and a definite pleasure to work with. She is always the first to arrive in the lab and carries out her tasks effectively. She has shown great progress and initiative with her research project, which involved the analysis of long term clinical response to treat- ment in patients with LAP. Her hard work has resulted in two written manuscripts; one of them has just been published in the journal of Clinical Periodontology. The second paper she helped write on clinical characteristics of LAP disease in primary dentition has been submitted and is now being reviewed by the International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. Miller was able to learn and effectively grasp important com- ponents of research methodology, such as calibration, data organiza- tion and analysis, statistics, and finally manuscript writing and oral presentation skills. She understands the importance of well thought out methodology and analysis in order to achieve meaningful results on a clinical trial. She also presented her research results a couple of times already, and is very confident to convey methodological deci- sions, explanation and discussion of results in a very effective way to different audiences.

Miller was and continues to be an essential member in our lab and in the clinics as well. She has contributed a lot during lab meetings and she is also calibrated to help us in clinical examinations of research patients. She understands the protocol well and is able to merge her great clinical skills and bedside manners with the conduct of research methods.

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